Right Thing, Wrong Heart

Good morning everyone! Today we are looking at the next chunk of Jesus’ teaching, what I am titling “Right Thing, Wrong Heart.” We’re moving into Chapter 6 now of Matthew, if you want to turn or click there awhile. Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there is a theme behind almost every section of the Sermon on the Mount that we’ve looked at, and it’s a pretty clear one: God is concerned about your heart. Sure, . . . Read More »

4 Simple Questions That Can Change The Game

So we are rolling right along in our series Different and from week 1 I wanted you to see that when we encounter Jesus we will actually be different because of God’s love living and active in our lives!  It’s all about life change.  We love talking about life change at MRC because seeing our lives change spiritually, living differently makes this so real, and we love it when our spirituality is real!  Being different spiritually affects you, . . . Read More »

Courage From Understanding

I have to tell you that coming in here last week was a little more challenging for me than normal.  Late last week my Grandma Hepner had passed away.  I have had a really close relationship with both my Pap and my Gram Hepner all of my life, and have found so much personal health and healing in their home.  I was blessed with a lot of time with them, and while her death wasn’t unexpected, it was still sad, and . . . Read More »

Keeping Your Focus

I have to tell you, I have really enjoyed this series so far.  We kicked off 2018, and our church with this idea of making a commitment to being different in 2018 and beyond.  So by now you are probably picking up on the idea that here at MRC we want you to be engaging God in such a way that you are different from your encounter with Him.  That is a really big deal to us, because life change means . . . Read More »

Risky Business

So today we continue our journey into this series called Different.  The whole idea is to be different spiritually from our encounter with Jesus.  Which is a big time focus for us because when we are different it means that God’s love is in us, flowing through us, and transforming us.  You see I it means that things are getting real, and we like the real thing here at MRC!  Over the last few weeks we have watched . . . Read More »

If you aren’t looking for it, you won’t find it

The point of transformation is to grow up. Remember what Sam said last week? When someone tells us to ‘grow up,’ it almost feels like a slap in the face, kind of abrasive. And yet, scripture is filled with sections that tell us, ‘grow up!’ Jesus said, In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives . . . Read More »

Do You Remember?

So today we are going to jump ahead a little in our study of 1 Corinthians and at Chapter 9.  It’s a Better Together Sunday which means the children stay in the service with us today.  So here’s the deal, next week you will probably understand why we skipped ahead a bit as Ken drops back into Chapter 5, BUT there is a major benefit to this and it is absolutely intentional that Chapter 9 is placed on . . . Read More »

I Am Way Too Busy To Rebel!

So today I wanted to start by talking parenting a little bit with you.  It seems fitting because we have so many young people, getting married and getting ready to have children that I thought we could talk a little bit about being a parent.  I have to tell you that it has been the greatest experience for Mashawn and I.  It really takes you out of a “me” first mentality and puts you in a mode of . . . Read More »

Spiritual Warfare Inside Community – Don’t Drop The Rope!

So today we are coming to the conclusion of the Spiritual Warfare series, and I have to tell you that I will be sad to see this one go.  Because it is just so important to us that we see this stuff for what it is and engage into it with intentionality.  Here at MRC we care about you so much and it has really been our biggest prayer through this series that we would be able to . . . Read More »

Appetites-How Do You Turn Down The Volume?

So last week was a big week here at MRC, and I have to tell you it was a tough week for me to communicate for a couple different reasons.  First, in my opinion, outside of the Good News of the Gospel I don’t believe there is anything more important for us to understand and engage into than Spiritual Warfare.  So I can get a little excited over this topic.  I pray all week long for our spiritual . . . Read More »