To Live by the Sword or Not
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #2 • January 13, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
The Bible says that those who live by the sword will perish by the sword. I believe this is among the most misrepresented scriptures in the Bible. We are not called to be pacifists or warmongers, peace-at-any-cost type individuals or live for the conflict. There is a truth in-between.
Love Fulfills the Law
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #1 • January 6, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Christians often struggle in their relationship with Old Testament Law. And when they hear Jesus’s explanation of what fulfilling the Law really looks like, they often feel it can’t be that simple. Can soul-saving appeasement of God Almighty be as simple as loving Him and loving people?
Freedom from Guilt and Shame
2018 Advent 5 • December 24, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
Guilt and shame must have been overwhelming as Eve held her dead son in her arms realizing they had brought sin into the world. It was another woman - Mary - who brought forth the child who would bear it all on the cross removing guilt and shame for those who believe.
A New Kind of Love
2018 Advent 4 • December 23, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
The world preaches a false gospel based on carnal love concepts like if you love someone, you will not say anything contrary to their chosen lifestyles or behavior. There is a healthy kind of love demonstrated by Jesus Christ that leads to real healing and wholeness. It is the most fulfilling type of love there is because it comes from the Creator of love. Many of you here today are battling through tough marriages, challenging child/parent relationships, tough friendships or work-related issues.
How to Find Joy
Advent 3 • December 16, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
Jesus showed us that joy is not a result of a geographical location, a set of ideal circumstances or the friends you surround yourself with. They can all influence your joy. Joy is attached to higher purposes lived out that come from God. When you find and commit to your higher purposes, you will find joy was there the whole time. Let’s look at another life … one that struggled to find joy.
Preparing Our Heart for the Prince of Peace
Advent 2 • December 9, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
On this second week of Advent, we lit the peace candle. When Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace came the first time, the way was prepared by John the Baptist. He instructed people to repent and be baptized to make their hearts ready for the Lord. He created a buzz throughout the land that prepared the climate to receive the Messiah. Today we are going to talk about preparing our hearts for the peace of God to have a firm hold.
How to Become Confidently Hopeful
Advent 1 • December 2, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
Everyone hopes for something. Some people’s hope is hanging by a thread while other’s hope seems to carry a lot more confidence. What is the difference and how can we get from lack of expectation to confident hope empowered by faith? Advent is the perfect time to strengthen our hope.
Grateful for the Sufficiency of Christ
2018 Gratitude Series #3 • November 18, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
The devil wants to make you feel isolated, to overwhelm you with thoughts of inadequacy and make you live in expectancy of impending doom. Yet, as disciples of Jesus, all the resources we need for victory in Christ are within us to draw upon. We just need someone to show us how.
Getting to Peace, Confidence and Joy
2018 Gratitude Series #2 • November 11, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
If you could sell peace, confidence and joy in a bottle, you could practically name your price. That is how badly the world craves what the Bible promises the disciple of Jesus Christ. Each disciple of Jesus Christ is instructed how to achieve this state-of-mind from the scriptures. If you want it, you can have it. It is the key to longevity and wellbeing.
Don't Eat The Forbidden Fruit
2018 Gratitude Series #1 • November 4, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
There are things in life that are appealing to us that are not ours to take. They seem good but are detrimental. Discerning the difference takes faith in God’s good intentions for us. Gratitude for what we have is the starting point of God’s blessings in our lives.
Church: What Is It Good For?
Sacred Living in a Secular World #6 • October 28, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
The church is not a building. It is a gathering. There is a biblical purpose for it and it should be something that makes us glad. The gladness of heart is not tied to the things that sometimes steal our joy. It is tied to the deeper understanding of relationship with Jesus Christ and other believers.
Creation vs. Evolution
Creation Ministries International, Inc. • October 21, 2018 • Keaton Halley
The Genesis account of the Bible is foundational to the rest of our faith. If it is not true, what else cannot be trusted. There is an assault against the biblical account of creation especially focused on origins. If we have a good understanding of biblical and scientific truth, we can present a sound reasoning for what we believe.
How a Little Integrity Goes a Long Way
Sacred Living in a Secular World #5 • October 21, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
God has called us to bear much fruit. Over time it grows into a beautiful vineyard everyone can admire. But there are dangers lurking. Small evil can destroy great fruitfulness. Even the mighty can fall. Today we are going to study the life of a man chosen and trusted by Jesus until Satan had his way.
Sacred Living in a Secular World #4 • October 14, 2018 • Tolbert Livingston
There are rewards and crowns God has reserved for those who demonstrate endurance in the character of Christ in everyday life. Each of us must be tested before we are promoted. God's gymnasium is the refining process that builds the spiritual muscle necessary to go against self and choose God's ways. Listen to Tolbert teaching us how to die to ourselves daily and live unto Christ.
Lust, Hedonism and Vain Glory
Sacred Living in a Secular World #3 • October 7, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
Sin hasn’t changed very much – it’s whatever appeals to our eyes, appetites and ego. The difference is in its power. While it once left us as slaves with no choice, we are now free in Christ to choose whom we will serve. We are free to live sacred lives in a secular world.
Gossip, Profanity and Drama
Sacred Living in a Secular World #2 • September 30, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
People are watching us and listening to us all the time. Our speech reveals what is lodged in our hearts. Irresponsible use of speech can hurt our testimony, our friendships and even our job or promotion opportunities. We are called to lived wisely and maturely. Yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit empowers us to do this.
Sacred Living in a Secular World #1 • September 23, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
A Global Positioning System provides geolocation and timing information throughout the earth through the line-of-sight of at least four satellites. When we align ourselves with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we will know the where and when of our lives as well.
God's Nature vs. the Facts of Our Lives
September 16, 2018 • Dr. Sam Rockwell
Jesus's feelings toward us and intentions for us are based on more than the facts of our lives. They are based on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. This message helps to identify misconceptions about God that hinder many believers today.
Operating Under Spiritual Covering
2018 Spiritual Warfare Series #6 • September 9, 2018 • Mike Stubbs
No one goes into battle uncovered. If we do, we will be mastered by the evil one like Cain the son of Adam. God does not want his children to fall prey to the devil and lose their spiritual battles. So why did it happen to Cain and how can mistakes be made right? The Bible reveals answers for us.