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July 25, 2021 - What Defiles You
WHAT DEFILES YOU: We’re defiled by what comes out of our “inner pig”, not by what we take in. Things on the outside can’t hurt us if we don’t let them. So don’t let them. Instead, be kind because that is who you are and kindness doesn’t defile.
July 18, 2021 - Bags of Blessings
BAGS OF BLESSINGS from Matthew 25, the parable of the talents. Use your gifts or you may lose them. While salvation is always free, some blessings are dependent on the choices we make and the actions we take.
July 11, 2021 - Thrive Part 6: The Spirit Prince of Muskegon
THRIVE (LESSONS FROM DANIEL), PART 6: THE SPIRIT PRINCE OF MUSKEGON. Well-organized, ancient evil tries constantly to block the arrival of the Kingdom of Heaven in your life and in the world. Prayer gives energy to Heaven’s armies to defeat this evil.
July 4, 2021 - Thrive Part 5: A Lion in a Den of Daniels
THRIVE (LESSONS FROM DANIEL), PART 5: A LION IN A DEN OF DANIELS. You don’t have to be a wimp. God gives us a spirit of power, love and self-discipline. Use it to get through your dark times and to make the dark times of those next to you better.
June 27, 2021 - Thrive Part 4: The Writing on the Wall
THRIVE (LESSONS FROM DANIEL), PART 4: THE WRITING ON THE WALL. You can control your choices but you cannot control the consequences of those choices.
June 20, 2021 - Thrive Part 3: The Mad King
THRIVE, (LESSONS FROM DANIEL) PART 3: THE MAD KING. Pride and greed lead to madness. Humility and generosity lead to joy and deep connections to God.
June 13, 2021 - Thive Part 2: The Fiery Furnace
THRIVE, LESSONS FROM DANIEL, PART 2: THE FIERY FURNACE. Build up your faith now so that when the tough times come, you can face them regardless of the outcome
June 6, 2021 - Thrive Part 1: Eating Veggies
THRIVE, A SERIES FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL, PART ONE: EATING VEGGIES? We can love and serve others and God better by maintaining our health. Plus, we will feel and look better. Plant seeds for better health today.
May 30, 2021 - What Makes You Happy Part 6: Going Against the Grain
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, PART 6: GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN. If you want to be happy tomorrow, you need to plant seeds today that will get you the desired results.
May 23, 2021 - What Makes You Happy Part 5: Shoes
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, PART 5: Follow Jesus by planting good seeds and your life will be rich and satisfying. Your life will be better than it is now. You can greatly improve your life by planting blessing seeds.
May 16, 2021 - What Makes You Happy Part 4: Happy Money
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, PART 4: HAPPY MONEY. Money won’t make you happy or unhappy. It’s about how well you manage what you have. Money contributes to your happiness if you manage it well.
May 9, 2021 - What Makes You Happy Part 3: Peace With God
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, PART THREE: PEACE WITH GOD. Peace with God is possible because God has made peace with you. We can experience peace with God when we stop resisting and striving and simply surrender.
May 2, 2021 - What Makes You Happy Part 2: Plan for It
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, PART TWO: PLAN FOR IT. Happiness is not immediately accessible, but it’s not out of reach. It’s a result. It’s sowing and reaping. Happiness is determined by outcome.
April 25, 2021 - What Makes You Happy Part 1 - No Thing
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, PART 1: NO THING. No thing can make you happy. Happy is about who, not what. The path to happiness begins with who.
April 18, 2021 - How to Win an Argument
HOW TO WIN AN ARGUMENT: you can have peaceful disagreements without making enemies if you approach arguments with the principles of Jesus.
April 11, 2021 - How to Watch the News
HOW TO WATCH THE NEWS: Many of us watch the news and become discouraged and afraid. This teaching looks at ways to respond to the news as a representative of Jesus, bringing healing and hope to those inundated with bad news. You can make a difference for yourself and your friends and family by how you respond to the news.
April 4, 2021 - Redefined by Jesus
REDEFINED BY JESUS: an Easter story from John 21. Jesus wants to redefine you no matter who you have been. Let him do it.
March 28, 2021 - The Barking Rooster
THE BARKING ROOSTER from Luke 22. We get sifted (tested). Let’s not waste a good sifting (tested).
March 21, 2021 - Bewitched
BEWITCHED: from John 14 and Galatians 3. You’ve been set free from human rules by the sacrifice of Jesus. Don’t go back to those human rules. Enjoy your freedom.
March 14, 2021 - Open the Doors
OPEN THE DOORS: The church exists to open the doors of the Kingdom of God for children. Laketon Bethel is called to open the doors for kids.
March 7, 2021 - Stingy or Frugal
STINGY OR FRUGAL - Cheap people are driven by saving money regardless of the cost; frugal people are driven by maximizing total value, including the value of their time. ... Being cheap is about spending less; being frugal is about prioritizing your spending so that you can be a greater blessing with the gifts God has given you. So manage your resources accordingly.
February 28, 2021 - Increase Our Faith
INCREASE OUR FAITH: You don’t need much faith; you need obedience.
Feb. 21, 2021 - The Devil's Attitude
THE DEVIL'S ATTITUDE: The devil wants to mess with your attitude. He wants you miserable, pessimistic and ungrateful. But you can win using the weapons God has made available to you.
Feb. 14, 2021 - Performance Religion
PERFORMANCE RELIGION: Jesus does not like performance religion. Let your faith and practice always be real. Observe Lent if you want, but don’t feel guilty if you don’t and don’t show off if you do.
Feb. 7, 2021 - Green Hope
GREEN HOPE: Hope is a rare and valuable commodity these days. One word can make a difference. Who can you encourage today?
Jan. 31, 2021 - The Big Meanie in the Sky
THE BIG MEANIE IN THE SKY. God is love, not some big meanie in the sky. Spread this idea around with your actions and words.
Jan. 24, 2021 - Generous Light
GENEROUS LIGHT: we’re called to let God’s generous light shine through us. Our church is called to be a bird feeder, not a bird cage.
Jan. 17, 2021 - Running Long and Srong
RUNNING LONG AND STRONG: be a waiter on God and you will be energized for the race of life.
Jan. 10, 2021 - I'm On It
I’M ON IT. When the Lord has a simple task for you are you willing to say, “I’m on it?” From Luke 5.1-11 and Isaiah 6.8
January 3, 2021 - Passionate Patience
PASSIONATE PATIENCE from Romans 1.1-5 (The Message). The pandemic will develop passionate patience in us if we open our doors to God.
Dec. 27, 2020 - Advent Renewal Part 4: Fill Buckets
ADVENT RENEWAL, PART 4: FILL BUCKETS. If you want to get the most out of church, fill buckets.
Dec. 20, 2020 - Advent Renewal Part 3: Serve
ADVENT RENEWAL, PART 3: SERVE. The one who gets the most out of church is the one who puts the most in. So serve with all you have.
Dec. 13, 2020 - Advent Renewal, Part 2: Listen & Learn
ADVENT RENEWAL, PART TWO: LISTEN AND LEARN. If you want to get the most out of church, be prepared to learn. Learning is a vital part of worship.
Dec. 6, 2020 - Advent Renewal Part One
ADVENT RENEWAL, PART ONE. This begins a series on spiritual renewal that could be called, “HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF CHURCH.” Today is part one on the topic of soul preparation.
November 29, 2020 - Your Purpose
YOUR PURPOSE: Special guest teacher Jan Reahm talks to us about life's purpose.
November 22, 2020 - Luck or Karma
LUCK OR KARMA: Does everything really happen for a reason? What Jesus said about this may surprise you.
November 15, 2020 - Healthy Doubt
HEALTHY DOUBT: Doubt is like the puberty of the faith journey. It is necessary for a growing, productive faith. So embrace it (own it) and get through it.
November 8, 2020 - Taking Criticism Like A Boss
TAKING CRITICISM LIKE A BOSS: Not everyone who criticizes you is your enemy. When we embrace and evaluate criticism rather than run from it, our lives get better.
November 1, 2020 - Your Status With God
YOUR STATUS WITH GOD: You can know your status with God is OK by following the “abc’s” of Jesus’ teachings.
Oct. 25, 2020 - Disagree Without Disrespect
DISAGREE WITHOUT DISRESPECT: In our heated political climate, followers of Jesus have the opportunity to model the teachings he gives us. It is always OK to disagree. It is never OK to disrespect. Followers of Jesus are called to honor all of God's children.
Oct. 18, 2020 - A Lighter Burden
A LIGHTER BURDEN. Jesus’ burden is easier because he changes our values. He takes away our need to prove our significance and teaches us to live in humble grace.
Oct. 11, 2020 - What Can We Expect?
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? Good things, because of who God is and not because of who we are or what we have done.
Oct. 4, 2020 - Re-Vision
RE-VISION: We’re suggesting that everyone follows Paul’s mandate from 1st Corinthians 12 to trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly and love extravagantly. Doing these three things will result in many positive life changes.
Sept. 27, 2020 - The Long Haul
THE LONG HAUL: how can we get through the Covid crisis? This brief teaching brings out some ideas from the Bible on how to develop spiritual grit that helps us get through anything.
Sept. 20, 2020 - Red's Livin' On the Edge
RED'S LIVIN' ON THE EDGE: Guest teacher Theresa Schiltz shares her secrets of how to deal with life's storms.
Sept. 13, 2020 - A Goal for Your Soul
A GOAL FOR YOUR SOUL. Is it possible to be "calm in the soul" during a pandemic? Is it right to be calm? Can I lower my level of anxiety by paying attention to my soul?
Sept. 6, 2020 - Spitting Nickels
SPITTING NICKELS: today we are encouraging encouragers to encourage using examples from the Bible.
August 30, 2020 - The Real Enemy
THE REAL ENEMY: We’re fighting on two fronts. The first front is the virus and all the fallout from it. The second front is the gray matter between our ears, that we often surrender to the bad spirits of cynicism, ingratitude and pessimism. Paul tells us how to win on the second front.
August 23, 2020 - What About the Kids?
WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? Today we remind ourselves of our purpose as a church, what God has called us to do and be. We need, in times of crisis like this, to remind ourselves of God’s vision for this church and of God’s vision for us as individuals. What is God calling us to do? What is the right thing to do in times like this? What is the right thing to do today? How can we steer ourselves toward becoming the kind of church that God wants? How can you become the kind of person God is calling you to be?
August 16, 2020 - But I Won't Do That!
BUT I WON'T DO THAT! We look at Jonah [and the Whale]. Jonah ran from God and his mission – and the consequences are an important message for all of us. Like Jonah, we can address chaos, worries and concerns in our lives when we stop avoiding what we know we should do. And the results of reconciling with our life mission can be miraculous.
August 9, 2020 - Losing Your Grip
LOSING YOUR GRIP. We take a look at some readings from the 12th chapter of Hebrews that teach us how to lose our grip with grace in any situation, especially as we deal with COVID 19.
August 2, 2020 - Does God Want to Bless?
DOES GOD WANT TO BLESS? Or, does he want to make life difficult for you? Or maybe both. We'll take a look at this question in this message.
July 26, 2020 - Why is Life So Hard?
WHY IS LIFE SO HARD? Life is hard because the devil and his minions have messed it up. How do we handle it?1. Eat a steak. Enjoy the Lord’s bounty. There are good things that we can look forward to and enjoy in this life.
2. Follow Jesus. Take Jesus’ teachings to heart. Put them into practice. Treat others as you want to be treated. Love as Jesus loves us. Fill cups. Be a blessing.
3. Trust Jesus to save you. He’s making room for you in his father’s house. He can do it. Trust him for your great future. Be a grateful optimist.
July 19, 2020 - Our Spiritual Hearts
Guest teacher Steve Mussman helps us understand the dangers of being "pew potatoes."
July 12, 2020 - Free Refills for the Soul
FREE REFILLS FOR THE SOUL: Can your cup overflow with blessings even as you walk through the valley of the virus? If so, how? I recently rediscovered the children's book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. Her principles are in line with the teachings of Jesus and very practical. God uses others to fill our cups. You are the "others."
July 5, 2020 - Would Jesus Wear a Mask?
WOULD JESUS WEAR A MASK? We take a look at the answer to this question derived from Jesus' own teachings in the gospels.
June 28,2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul Part 10: Make a Difference
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART 10: MAKE A DIFFERENCE. God loves you and wants to spend all eternity with you. That is the reason why you were created. He also wants you to help recruit his lost children to himself. He forces no one to love him, he wants the love to be voluntary. You are to be the reason they love him, so let your light shine. Make a difference.
June 21, 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul Part 9: From the Inside Out
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART 9: FROM THE INSIDE OUT. The most therapeutic thing you can do for your soul is to surrender to God. Doing so will give you hope, purpose and inner peace.
June 14, 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul, Part 8: Take Charge of Your Thoughts
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART 8: TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR THOUGHTS. To reduce melancholy during the quarantine or any other unpleasant situation, surrender your heart and mind to God and then work at it. Add sweat equity to move from being an angry pessimist to a grateful optimist.
June 7, 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul Part 7: The Great Covid Commandment
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART 7: THE GREAT COVID COMMANDMENT. Love is often the missing ingredient in our souls. If we want our souls to thrive, we must both give and receive love.