Navigating Transition Well

August 7, 2022

As summer approaches fall, we are preconditioned to expect change with school starting, teaching jobs kicking into high gear, less vacation and more work, fall chores to prepare for winter and even weather changes. Some people hate change, but Christians were created to navigate change well for every blessing requires a change and we have access to the grace to navigate it well. Today we are going to talk about change, some truths about it and advise for handling it well.

Are You Resting?

July 31, 2022 • Pastor Mike Stubbs

Summer, vacation, and time with family is supposed to be restful and relaxing. But our incurably busy culture has conditioned us to skip vacations, work harder to stay ahead of the curve, grow attached to our cell phones, always be on call, work on the go with laptops making it convenient, to remote work and put in constant overtime. Our underlying doubts of God’s provision cause us to strive harder and harder to stay on top of things instead of letting Him redeem our time. One of the strategies of Satan is to wear down believers and make them grow weary. God has given us a weapon to counter the devil’s strategy and it’s called rest. Rest belongs to the believer and has to be embraced by faith by letting go and letting God. One of the greatest acts of faith is to surrender control. Each of us must prayerfully seek out what God’s rest should look like for us.

Appearances Matter

July 24, 2022 • 1 Thessalonians 5:12–24

Summer is a time for rest, relaxation, and fun. Sometimes fun can go too far and we find ourselves in a place we aren’t meant to go. Or we find that our activities don’t look or sound much different from those who don’t know Christ. It is important for us to remember that discipleship is not on summer break and our decisions can lead others closer to or further from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ryan and Jentry Page From Belize

July 17, 2022 • Ryan and Jentry Page

Ryan and Jentry Page uprooted their family and moved to another nation to spread the love of Christ and they are back to report on their first year abroad. Listen to this message to understand the challenges and victories that come with spreading the love of the Messiah and rejoice with them.

The Art of Conflict Management

July 10, 2022

Conflict is a good thing when handled properly. It is just that many have never learned de-escalation and do not handle conflict well. Conflict, or contending, is a healthy thing when managed with love and respect and leads to better decision-making, commitments, accountability, and fruitfulness. The following is solid instruction from The Crisis Prevention Institute, the Bible and practical experience that anyone can use to become better.

The Healing Power of Obedience

Pastor Mike Stubbs • Genesis 48:8–20

Most people want to do something for God but feel unprepared, unqualified or that life has just taken too much of a toll on them to this point to put themselves out there again. But the life stories of the characters of the Bible are speaking to and mentoring us into the adventure of faith-life. Faith-life obeys where one is at, is fruitful with whatever resources God has given, and reaps the reward of the pain of the past becoming a distant memory crowded out by the blessings of the God-life now. John 10:10 reminds us that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus came to give us abundant life now.

How to Live a Longer Happier Life

June 26, 2022 • Pastor Mike Stubbs

Each of us wants to be happy. Nobody woke up this morning and said, “I’d love to be miserable and resentful from now on.” But the promise of abundant life has been elusive to many because of things held on to that should be released. When we release others from our resentments, the benefits toward us are immediately felt. We live a happier, more fulfilled life when we release resentment and are living as Jesus taught us to live. It is basic discipleship and pays huge dividends.

Forgiveness Is a Better Way

June 19, 2022 • Pastor Brandon Little • Matthew 18:21–35

Parenthood can be a great joy and tremendous challenge at the same time. Few of us have a huge cache of winning secrets to navigate it successfully, but most of us have some regrets. We all want to make better decisions and can commit daily to doing better. If you can relate, listen to the insights in this message regarding the importance of forgiveness in parenthood.

Healthier Communication in the Family

June 12, 2022

God values people. Jesus Christ lived this out as an example for us. God expects us to value people with the same kind of respect and love that flows from Him. It should flow through us and play out in the home, marriage, and family. God insists we love like He does and treat His creation with care and respect. This is not only reasonable but completely doable.

The Purpose of Pentecost

June 5, 2022 • Pastor Sam Hari

The Holy Spirit is vital in the life of the believer and bestows upon us many blessings. In this message, Pastor Sam Hari discusses the Holy Spirit, our co-mission with Christ, and the transformational power this releases in our lives and others. He sums it up with a powerful emotional testimony.

The Family Dynamic

May 29, 2022 • Proverbs 17:17

The power of identity so strong that the devil twists and misuses it to divide as well as kill, steal and destroy. But the family dynamic was created by God for good and is an identity that strengthens us through all the challenges of life and will be consummated in perfection with the coming Kingdom of God.

Healthy Discipline in the Home

May 22, 2022 • Pastor Mike Stubbs

Discipline of children is not cookie-cutter in methodology or easy at any time. Every child is different, and it requires time, love and commitment to find the form of discipline each child responds to best. But all forms of disciple must be practiced in love without cruelty. First we much establish child discipline is biblical, must be consistent and loving, and may require self-examination and the hard work of personal change to be effective.

The Honor Challenge

May 15, 2022 • Exodus 20:12

Honoring our parents can be one of the toughest challenges out there. And outside of the grace of God, it can seem nearly impossible. But since it is the first command with a promise attached, it must be really important, completely possible, and very rewarding if done.

A Biblical Parenting Paradigm

May 8, 2022 • Pastor Mike Stubbs

Parenting is difficult at best, and you may feel discouraged or like a failure at times. It has been said that you need a helmet and knee pads to parent well because when you are not banging your head against a wall you are on your knees praying fervently. Keeping an ear tuned in to Christ is the greatest advantage we can have to parent well.

What Now?

May 1, 2022

In a world overflowing with distractions, it can be easy to become distracted or to miss the clear instruction of God. In this message, Tolbert Livingston exhorts us from God's Word to keep a higher perspective and mission awareness while trusting Jesus Christ moment by moment and walking it out with Him.

Choosing God

April 24, 2022 • Matthew 14:22–33

Each of us are confronted with nearly endless choices throughout life. Some of those choices are simple, some of them are life-changing. When we are moved (by the Holy Spirit) to accept the gift of salvation from Jesus we make the greatest choice of our lives. However, as we will learn by the apostle Peter’s example, we still have more opportunities to choose between what is expected or what is possible.

Resurrection Starts the Endgame

April 17, 2022 • Pastor Mike Stubbs • Matthew 16:21

The plan of Jesus Christ was not only to die to pay the death penalty upon us because of sin so we could be pardoned, but also to enter the realm of death and destroy its grip on humanity by defeating it once and for all. That defeat came by rising from the dead and giving new life to each of us who receive him. Once life lives in us, the possibilities are endless!

Positioning Yourself for Desirable Outcomes

April 15, 2022

Desirable outcomes do not always come easy. Sometimes they are painful in the process and carry a great cost. But Jesus Christ demonstrated that there is a grace that gives us joy in the midst of challenge to press through to the other side of life's challenges. This Good Friday message will help to encourage you to look toward the outcome instead of your current situation. Jesus's endgame was victory.

Engaging in Spiritual Warfare

April 10, 2022 • Pastor Mike Stubbs

Victorious living in the end times requires a spiritual perspective. It means we realize there are spiritual forces at work for us and against us. Our response to this truth determines our outcomes and whether we experience the abundant life of Christ or constant stealing, killing and destroying brought on by the evil one. Any time we actively resist death, the curse and the will of the devil, we have entered the realm of spiritual warfare. God’s endgame is for us to win every time.

Trusting the Supernatural

April 3, 2022 • Pastor Mike Stubbs • 1 Kings 17:1–9

Today’s challenges are very unique. Government over-spending, up-and-down taxation, workforce, and work-ethic issues, non-sensical new laws and ignoring of established law, spikes in the cost of living along with the vulnerability of peoples and nations all add up to a future that is uncertain at best. Since there is nothing in the natural that can be trusted in the long-term, and yet the promises of God’s goodness toward His children remain, we must turn to the supernatural in faith for the daily miracles we need.

Radical Life Core Community

March 27, 2022

Radical Life Core Community works with families to resolve poverty and reduce the number of kids going into foster care in Lyon County. They also provide area businesses, churches, civic groups, and individuals opportunities to serve their community and help kids in foster care.