The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Growth
May 31, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Every Christian who is committed to spiritual growth will run squarely into the Holy Spirit. How will you respond to Him? From start to finish, the Holy Spirit adds vibrancy to our spiritual growth. An open heart to the Holy Spirit is a game changer in the formation and transformation of the sincere follower of Jesus Christ.
A Little Heaven on Earth
May 24, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Many believe all there is to Christianity is getting to heaven and avoiding hell. That’s all good but there is so much more for the believer who prays that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Are you praying down some heaven on earth? Or are you passively taking all the devil throws at you just hoping to survive long enough for a cabin in the corner of glory? There is more to life than many believers are aware of.
Slow Down, Simplify and Be Kind
May 17, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
We live in a cruel, complex, and fast paced society. Yet there is something clear back from the garden that calls us to slow down, simplify and to be kind. Since we have been conditioned for a lifetime to operate the wrong way, be patient with yourself but be intentional about setting out to change to healthier behaviors. Let’s get this working now so we can exit this shelter-in-place in a “better place” than we were before.
Do Believers Grow in Righteousness?
May 10, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Since the Bible says the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9), a believer must be righteous to say he is saved. This means on one hand you are perfected, but our behavior suggests something different at times. Our perfect righteous identity should begin to work itself into our behaviors. So, although you are a righteous child of God as a believer, there is a way to grow into righteous behavior.
Going to God First
May 3, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Our natural mind tends to gravitate toward our own solutions first. But Jesus Christ challenges us to invite Him into every situation first. The reason is that the natural is influenced by the supernatural realm. Doing this takes us deeper into the unseen domain faith operates best in.
Is the Believer Righteous or Not?
April 26, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
This is a good time to know that you are blessed as a believer. If you do not, it can be daily misery as you battle anxiety over whether your needs will be met or if God really likes you. The Bible says God blesses righteous people so its more important than ever to know … are you righteous or not? Do you qualify for God’s goodness?
Embracing Who You Really Are!
April 19, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
The devil is a chatterbox constantly speaking lies into our mind. Some don’t listen as they counter with truth and others think the lies are the truth. Our response to the devil’s lies will either mobilize or immobilize us. The Bible is full of imperfect people shaken to life by the glorious power of God. Jesus Christ is more powerful than any grip the devil has on you!
God's in Control
Easter Sunday 2020 • April 12, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Sometimes we say that God is in control while our conversation seems to indicate we believe just the opposite. God is in control should not be a cliché used to soothe our doubts and justify passivity but a statement of faith that challenges us to reach for higher outcomes.
Is Death All Bad?
Good Friday 2020 • April 10, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Death has gotten a bad rap. Don’t get me wrong. Death without Jesus Christ is simply a terrible ending to what could have been a good story. But death with Jesus Christ is only the beginning of something far better. What do you need to let die today?
Triumphant Believers in Perilous Times
April 5, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
What the world needs right now is faith-filled, triumphant disciples of Jesus Christ fanning out to spread light and hope on this dark planet. If you are a believer, you have already been commissioned. Will you be the fragrance of Jesus Christ to a fearful world?
The Secret Place of God's Provision
March 22, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
There is a place of safety, security and provision for those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. We will all be tested and most of us currently are. God's faithfulness in the past, the assurance of His promises and our undying faith in Him is enough to see us through any challenge and overcome fear.
It Takes a Village to Make a Church
2020 Romans Series #8 • March 15, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
There is a lot of misunderstanding about the church is. It is not a building, but a body consisting of all believers worldwide and those who departed this life. Those who remain meet locally in smaller groups in cathedrals, churches, buildings, shops, homes, huts and out in the open all over the world. And the Bible, the Holy Spirit and the God-influenced motivational gifts within us help to shape us into a Christ-reflective image of authority, power and love on the earth to heal all who are oppressed by the devil.
Contending for Your Family's Salvation
2020 Romans Series #7 • March 8, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Some of you are experiencing anxiety over the spiritual condition of your family members. Anxiety is not faith so there must be an adjustment that needs to take place that assures us of God’s plan for the family, puts us in agreement and gives us a sense of peace as well. Today we are going to look at God’s faithfulness to the family of Israel and see how that pertains to our families as well.
Christ's Love Compels Us
March 1, 2020 • Brandon Little
We are all called, as believers, to work for God in the ministry of reconciliation. Working for God's kingdom requires power that is not from us. God's love is our primary motivator to do the Lord's work in light of His return. It is a better life God empowers each of us to live.
Watch Your Mouth
2020 Romans Series #6 • February 23, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Lose lips sink ships. I have seen friendships and careers end due to unregulated words. I have even seen the quality of people’s lives suffer who could not control their mouths. What difference does it make? What comes out of our mouths tells on our hearts, affects our temporal lives and can alter our eternity.
Don't Ignore the Helper
2020 Romans Series #5 • February 16, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
Our journey from here to eternity is a high mountain to climb. If we set out on our own, we can suffer and get lost along the way. But if we allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide, He can prepare the route in advance, fix support in place for the difficult places, and make sure you have the necessary tools and supplies to make the climb. He is alike a skillful, divine Sherpa guide for life. We begin by realizing we’re now free from the old sinful lifestyle.
Peace, Privilege and Progress
2020 Romans Series #4 • February 9, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
There is a reason the psalmist commanded believers to not forget any of God’s benefits (Psm. 103:1-2). It is because believers often are ignorant of, don’t believe in or don’t live up to the benefits secured through Jesus Christ. Sometimes it is hard to tell a believer from a non-believer even though the Bible teaches us it should be the difference between night and day. Today we are going to learn more about the position of privilege believers occupy in Christ.
Getting to Abundant Life
2020 Romans Series #3 • February 2, 2020 • Mike Stubbs
There is a life that is full and abundant. It is called “zoe” or “a God-kind of life”. Everyone wants it but relatively few know how to attain it. The Apostle Paul taught extensively about it deriving much of his understanding from the life of Abraham. When the wages of his sin were removed, it opened him up to a new life described as a gift from God.
Journey Through the Wall
January 26, 2020 • Pastor Joel Liew
Sometimes we run into a wall between where we are at and where we want to go in our walk with the Lord. How do you get past that wall? Learn, from Malaysian pastor Joel Liew, what it means to relinquish what is holding you back from crossing over into your Promised Land.
January 19, 2020 • Rev. Tolbert Livingston
Transition is hard and scary at times. But just as Joshua transitioned from being a follower of his leader to becoming the leader, we are also called to move forward. Holding on to past versions of ourselves will just hinder the better God has planned. This message will encourage you to embrace transition, understand loss and grow in maturity.