Get Real

So today we continue this teaching on Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount…and I have to tell you, for me this has been a huge deal on a personal level.  Jesus is literally laying out a foundation of how we are to live our lives as His followers and here’s the deal, it’s a better way to live.  Think about where all just the first chapter of this sermon has taken us and what our lives would look . . . Read More »

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 »

The Challenge of Real Love

It is hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of our big spring series on Emotionally Healthy Relationships.  Spring seemed to take a little longer to sprung than we would like but here we are in our last talk in our spring series before heading into our big summer study of Jesus’ famous teaching, The Sermon on the Mount.  I have to tell you this series has meant a lot to me for many reasons.  First the . . . Read More »

The Greatest Thing You Could Ever Do

I don’t know about you, but I had a lot of fun last week.  I know we were talking about a subject that can be a little touchy when it comes to church, but I guess that was really part of my point last week.  Why is it so touchy?  Why is it so unnerving to people to talk about money, and our material possessions in church?  You see that was really part of the bigger issue we were hitting on.  I wanted . . . Read More »

Loving God First

So I think it’s safe to say that last week was a pretty big deal here at MRG, being our very first Sunday as a church!  I have to tell you it was awesome to finally get started after all the planning, and all the prayer, and all the questions and all the wondering about what it would look like…it was just so awesome to actually do church here last week!  And I think for all of us figuring . . . Read More »

How to Have the Best Holiday Run Possible

So today we start our Christmas series and I have to tell you I’m really excited for this because we are going to really be addressing somethings that we all have challenges with in one way or another.  Can we just be really honest here for a minute and say something?  The holidays can be really hard!  Ok, now it’s out there and we can move on with the talk today.  If you are like me you often . . . 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 »

My Story – Counterfeit vs Real – There’s Only One Way.

So last week we kicked off a brand new series here at MRC called “My Story.”  What we are doing is looking at seven choices that we make that will forever mark our story spiritually.  Last week, on Easter with all of our friends here that we haven’t seen since Christmas we hit a big one.  We looked at the decision we can make that will absolutely change the course of our spiritual journeys forever…that choice was to . . . Read More »

Working Hard For What You Already Have

I would like to start my time with you by sharing with you my definition of the Spirit of Religion.  Religion will always try to minimize Jesus and everything He did for us on The Cross.  This is what Ken was really showing us today, religion minimizes Jesus and all that He did for us on the Cross.  Anytime you and I try to do what Jesus already did for us we will have a real mess on . . . Read More »

Yo-Yos, Brain Freeze and Contracts

Starting a new series today. We are talking about choices that forever define our story. I think back to one of the biggest choices that forever changed my life. I got married and had kids. Clearly one of the best decisions I ever made. I joke about it being one of the best decisions I ever made, most of the time. When I was single, I owned one pillow. Now, in my married life, I own several. I . . . Read More »