The Three Points of Connection

Can I ask you something as we get started today?  Have you ever noticed how many people you come across that have been hurt by someone they look at as a Christian or a church person?  It’s amazing just how common it is to know someone who has felt the weight of judgement, the gut punch of religion from somewhere in there past and they seem stuck dealing with those hurts from someone they look at as a . . . Read More »

Going Backward to Go Forward

Today we continue this journey into Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by talking about something that I know that we all have in common.  Regardless of who you are or where you have been we all have come from somewhere.  We all have a past.  We all, regardless of how different the background is…have a background and a family of origin and today we are going to take a look at the importance of going back and dealing with that . . . Read More »

There’s Just No Replacement For Intimacy

So last week we started Chapter 10 and we were looking at how we deal with sin and temptation.  Paul explained to us that we all deal with temptation, that God won’t tempt us beyond what we can handle…and maybe the most encouraging point of that talk was Paul letting us know that we are not stuck!  There is a way out which I think is just an awesome thing to hear, because for a lot of us, . . . Read More »

When Is Enough Actually Enough?

I have got to tell you something, I am really excited about getting into this message today.  We are going to be talking about temptation and sin, and how to overcome this stuff…and I have to say, this message excites me because it gives us great handles, and practical tools to deal with things.  Things that we all deal with…now we may not like to tell people in church we deal with things like this but and Paul . . . Read More »

MRC Vision

You and I live in a world that is full of pain. Lots of hurts. Lots of struggles. Lots of disappointments. I want to read for you how it impacted Jesus. 35 Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. 36 When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless . . . Read More »

Standing In Your True Self

Have you ever looked around and wondered what started the latest fad or trend?  I know I’m getting older and maybe a little grumpy but there are some trends that I wish would just go away.  I got to tell you if I see one more kid flip a water bottle and think it’s cool when it lands properly I’m going to lose it!  I could do without that little fad.  I have to say the skinny jean . . . Read More »

Faith that Transforms

Welcome to Easter Sunday. I love the video we just watched. I think it explains the way many people view Easter. Maybe the candy, the egg hunts and the ham is good enough for you. Maybe all Easter will do is change what you wear and what you eat today. Today, we want to go a lot deeper. If you want more, if you want Easter to change your life, that is what Sam and I want to . . . Read More »

Sure Would Be Easier To KEEP The Peace

You know this series we are in is really interesting.  We have been able to talk about some really big subjects like grace, and The Bible, and Following Jesus, and community and last week Kim and I had a chance to talk to you about serving others.  Serving others is a really big deal here at MRC and I felt like we really had to go after the importance of living our lives as Jesus lived his.  I . . . Read More »

We All Pick A Side

So last week we tackled all of Chapter 7…the entire chapter and while it was a daunting task I told you that I truly believe there is no better place for all of us human beings to draw strength from, because we see the amazing Apostle Paul saying hey, I tried things my way and it didn’t work.  Remember how he says, “I want to do right but I continue to do what is wrong,” I need help . . . Read More »

Meeting In the Middle

So last week Ken really did a great job of helping us see something…Paul continues to unpack for us that we were a complete mess without God and the gift of grace.  He showed us the importance of that shift in focus that we keep coming back to.  It is not about what we do, our focus must stay on what God does.  If we can’t stay focused on God and what He does we can really end . . . Read More »