Soaring on the Wings of Eagles…Really?

So today we continue this I am Second series looking at a very inspiring young lady.  Some may know her from the movie Soul Surfer which is all about her story.  Her name is Bethany Hamilton, and I will tell you her story is inspiring and challenging because of how she responds to adversity, and the challenges of life.  I know by now you probably sick of hearing about it, and you are thinking is he seriously going . . . Read More »

The Hardest Person To Forgive

You know if you have been anywhere near MRC in anyway, you probably have seen one of our favorite images.  It’s the image of an upside down turtle with this one very specific question on it; “stuck?”  We love that imagery and we use it on everything from our Facebook page, to our billboards, and our invitations to our church because it really says a lot about how a lot of us feel.  We can feel stuck in . . . Read More »

If God is all powerful, why is there suffering?

One of the greatest challenges we have is trying to understand why there is pain and suffering in our life. I have a family member who claims they don’t believe in God. As I was talking with them, they shared with me that in high school, one of their best friends was killed in an accident. It’s hard for them to understand how God could be all powerful and loving and allow pain and struggle. Just recently in . . . Read More »

The Way Through

So today, we continue this I Am Second series looking at Brian Welch, who was a musician in the band Korn.  I’m excited because as I watched his story I realized even though he is a famous rock star, with fame, and fortune, and all that comes with that rock star life, he also deals with a lot of what you and I deal with.  When I watch his testimony I see that Brian is in the whirlwind of life, . . . Read More »

Sometimes Pain Comes In Handy

I’m just going to come right out and say this as we get started today, I think today we are going to get into the true reality of life today, and if we are honest, reality isn’t always pretty.  So as we jump into the next story in our “I Am Second” series you need to know, this one is going to be very raw.  I know it might not be the world we show people on social . . . Read More »

We Don’t Have the Right Perspective

Welcome to our new series called, ‘I am Second’. The whole point of this series is about transformation. You are going to hear real people share their real stories and how they found transformation. That means they found peace, found healing and were able to break their addictions. I want to start with what scripture says. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Don’t be conceited, sure . . . Read More »

Every Spiritual Journey That Leads to Depth goes through The Darkest places

We are in a series called Sticks and Stones. Have you ever heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?” It’s a lie. Words can cut deeper and last longer than what sticks and stones can do to you. This is a relationship series that teaches how to be in emotionally healthy relationships. There are three parts to this series. Each Sunday we get together and we talk about in . . . Read More »

#Blessed

The older I get, the more I realize, life is messy. Nothing is simple. Nothing is easy. When I was younger, I was very naïve. I thought the older you got in life, the easier it got. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The older you get; the messier life can become. When our three girls were younger, in diapers running around the house, I thought life was pretty hard. Looking back, I would love to have . . . Read More »

The Beast, The Dragon, The Key, and The Gifts

Today we are going to continue our big fall series on Pete Scazzero’s book Emotionally Health Spirituality.  Oh man, this is such a big deal, and I am very excited to jump into this material with you all.  I think by the end of this talk today you will really see why this material is so important for us living in this world that we live in today.  There is something special that happens when we can work . . . Read More »

Following Christ: A Part Time Job

A part time job helps you make ends meet but you really don’t want to be there – right? Today we talk about what happens when we treat following Christ like a part time job. We might know, to some degree, that we need God but we really don’t want to follow Christ. Let’s start with a few questions. Have you ever opened up your heart to a person and started a friendship, a Christian, only to see . . . Read More »