How Religion Will Steal Your Courage

When our girls were in elementary school, it was a great time for them.  Great school, great teachers.   The girls were always happy to go to school and always happy to come home.  Then they hit third and fourth grade.  That’s when everything began to change.  Now, they had homework.  They would bring home a work sheet to fill out.  It seemed overwhelming for them.  And some nights, they spent more time being frustrated about the worksheet than . . . Read More »

Redeemed & Forgiven – You Can’t Hide Your True Heart Condition

So I’m just going to let you know as we get started today that what we are talking about is going to be a challenge because it’s just so opposite of how we tend to live our lives.  I think the nicest way to say this would be to say that what we are talking about today is counter cultural.  That’s a pretty accurate way to view it because today we are going to dive deep into our . . . Read More »

So What’s The Big Deal?

I want to start today with an exercise, don’t worry it’s not cardio or anything like that but I want to get you thinking before we really dive into this today.  If I asked you to tell me what the central part of your Christian faith is could you do it in a sentence?  If we took a moment and I asked you about your journey as a Christian how would you describe it?  When you think about . . . Read More »

The Magnitude of the Cross

You know here at MRC we stay focused on keeping things simple and introducing you to the magnitude of The Cross and I will just say it, I think we do a pretty good job of pointing to the Gospel message on a weekly basis.  We want to introduce you to the amazing gift that our Heavenly Father gave us through Jesus.  We want you to know it, and more than know it, we want you to feel . . . Read More »

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 »