Welcome to a brand-new series in a brand-new year, and I’m just going to say it’s a very important series built around a very important question. What is the point of church? This is a conversation that Ken, and I have been excited to talk about for a couple of reasons. First, this conversation is really the next step or just simply a continuation of what we were talking with you about this fall. If you remember all . . . Read More »
Why Is It So Hard To Focus On God and Spiritual Things?
We talk a lot around MRC about the importance of focusing on God and Eternal things, don’t we? We also point out week after week that this world and everything in it seems to have one goal, and that is to keep us from focusing on God and eternal things. Do you know the thing that most people struggle with in their faith more than anything else? It’s finding an ability to focus on God and eternal things . . . Read More »
What Are You Choosing To Invest In?
The Parables of Jesus Study Continues
How Did Religious Leaders Miss Jesus?
Christmas is amazing. Do you know what makes Christmas amazing? It’s the story of God who brought heaven down to earth. There is a reason this entire season just feels different. It’s the God story. It’s incredible to think about. Here is what scripture says. 16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send . . . Read More »
The Danger Of Greed Is How Much Farther It Reaches Than Our Pocket Books
We have been in an awesome conversation this year called Rise Up & Stand Firm. I’m thinking that at this point, if you have been walking with us, you are seeing just how significant this series is and also how personal and relevant this is to our lives. I know it has meant a lot to me on a personal level, because we are talking about standing up as the people that God created us to be in . . . Read More »
You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have
Rise Up & Stand Firm Series Continued
The Idol of Money
The one sentence overview of the Sermon on the Mount would be: God sent Jesus to establish His kingdom in our hearts. The whole point of this sermon is the transformation of our hearts. I just warn you though; God’s kingdom is radically different than the kingdom, the culture, we live in. In the first part of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5, Jesus explains how God’s kingdom changes us from the inside out. He talks about . . . Read More »
The Toxic Formula
The foundation to being a disciple of Jesus; is to be broken. That means, “I see my need of God.” The Bible says; Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. MSG Psalms 51:16-17 The reason a broken heart is so important is because when you see your need of God, when you are broken, you will follow God. So what God askes of . . . Read More »