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EVIL SPIRITS, DUSTY FEET: Jesus teaches us how to handle rejection. He tells us to "shake the dust off our feet and move on" when we feel the sting of not being wanted. He gives us hope for even the most difficult relationships.
Jan. 6, 2019 - When Your Mountains Won't Move
WHEN YOUR MOUNTAINS WON'T MOVE. In Mark 11 we read:
Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.
Yet for many of us, our mountains don't move. This teaching takes a close look at what Jesus meant when he said this.
Dec. 30, 2018 - A New Attitude for a New Year
A NEW ATTITUDE FOR A NEW YEAR. How can your faith make 2019 the best year yet? Mark 5.21-43
Dec. 23, 2018 - Christmas Presence
CHRISTMAS PRESENCE: the arrival of Jesus drives away fear and shame in the lives of those who invite him in.
Dec. 16, 2018 - Swine Demons
SWINE DEMONS: Jesus has power over the mistakes we make and the fallout from them that happens because of self-pity and bad choices. He can help you change from a bad attitude to an attitude of gratitude, which makes all the difference in your life. [From Mark 5.1-20]
Dec. 9, 2018 - It Will Be All Right
IT WILL BE ALRIGHT. Jesus can calm the storm in your life, from Mark 4.35-41.
Dec. 2, 2018 - Growing in the Dark
GROWING IN THE DARK. Do we really grow in dark times as well as good times? How can we maximize the growth in the dark times? How can we maximize the growth during times of pain and stress? We look at this as we explore Mark 4.26-29.
Nov. 25, 2018- OK God. I'm Here. Now What?
OK GOD. I'M HERE. NOW WHAT? A look at the Transfiguration, from Matthew 17.
Nov. 18, 2018 - Untroubled Hearts
UNTROUBLED HEARTS. Check out Jesus' famous teaching about the many rooms in his Father's house.
Nov. 11, 2018 - This Little Light of Mine
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE: A LOOK AT SPIRITUAL GROWTH. You can grow spiritually, but not without some effort. Using Mark 4.21-25, we learn how to make spiritual growth happen through the feeding of our souls.
Nov. 4, 2018 - The Mystery of Free Will
How can I make better decisions and have fewer regrets? How much of my life is predetermined and how much of it do I have a say in? Today we look at these questions with the Parable of the Sower from Mark 4.
Oct. 28, 2018 - A Sabbath Infraction
A SABBATH INFRACTION: here we explore Jesus' response to human regulations under the guise of religion from the first part of Mark 3. It is better to be compassionate than correct.
Oct. 21, 2018 - The Levi Party
THE LEVI PARTY: what happens when Jesus eats with those society refers to as "scum" and what to do about it.
Oct. 14, 2018 - What is a Demon?
WHAT IS A DEMON? We take a look at how the Gospel of Mark defines demons and examine their activity in our lives.
Oct. 7, 2018 - Time for Change
TIME FOR CHANGE: What kind of person do you want to be? What kind of church do you want your church to be? We explore these questions in light of the first chapter of the gospel of Mark.
Sept. 30, 2018 - Dealing With the Crazy Makers
DEALING WITH THE CRAZY MAKERS, a teaching focused on dealing with the difficult people in your life.
Sept. 23, 2018 - Order in the House
ORDER IN THE HOUSE: An interpretation of the story of Zacchaeus. Luke 19:1-10
Sept. 16, 2018 - How to Escape the People-Pleaser Trap
HOW TO ESCAPE THE PEOPLE-PLEASER TRAP, a biblical look at codependency and narcissism. Discover how to get out of the vicious cycle of always needing to please everyone.
Sept. 9, 2018 - Breaking Free From Abuse
BREAKING FREE FROM ABUSE: 7 steps you can take to end abuse in your life.
Sept. 2, 2018 - Conflict Management 101
CONFLICT RESOLUTION 101: seven biblical steps are presented to reduce conflict in your life.
Aug. 26, 2018 - Who's Pushing Your Buttons?
WHO'S PUSHING YOUR BUTTONS? This teaching looks at biblical ways to manage the button-pushing that takes place in all our lives.
Aug. 19, 2018 - Seeds of Sustainable Relationships
SEEDS OF SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIPS: We all want sustainable relationships. This Sunday we begin a new series, loosely based on Rick Warren's "You Make Me Crazy" series. The topic is "Seeds of Sustainable Relationships." We'll learn biblical ways to plant seeds for healthy relationships that will replace the toxic relationships in our lives. 9 or 11. [BTW, the tradition of handing out chocolate contintues...]
Aug. 12, 2018 - Is Jesus Your Friend?
IS JESUS YOUR FRIEND? A lesson on acceptance, love, mercy and grace. Luke 5:27-32.
Aug. 5, 2018 - Hungry Again?
HUNGRY AGAIN? We take a look at Jesus' famous claim of being the "Bread of Life" in this communion service.
July 29, 2018 - Talking on Water
TALKING IN WATER, a Bible lesson from John 6. Peace doesn't come from finding a lake with no storms; it comes from having Jesus in the boat.
July 22, 2018 - Faith in Faith
FAITH IN FAITH. Another perspective on Luke’s account of the taxman, Zaccheus.
July 15, 2018 - Build Me Up Buttercup
BUILD ME UP, BUTTERCUP is the title for a message based on Romans 15.1-7, the conclusion of Roman Nuggets series. We end on this note (from verse 7): "Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory."
July 8, 2018 - Accepting Hunters and Vegans
ACCEPTING HUNTERS AND VEGANS from Romans 14. How do we deal with those whose values are in contrast to our own?
July 1, 2018 - Wild Parties and Drunkenness
WILD PARTIES AND DRUNKENNESS, a teaching based on Romans 13.8-14, explains that God wants us to love our neighbors rather than focus on religious performance.
June 24, 2018 - Government Control
GOVERNMENT CONTROL - Do we have too much government? How does someone who wants to follow Jesus respond to the government? We take a look at this with two Bible readings, Romans13.1-7 and Luke 4.5-7.
June 17, 2018 - Love Thy Tax Collector
LOVE THY TAX COLLECTOR, Is it our job to judge? A look at the Bible's views on this.
June 10, 2018 - How to Manage Bullies
HOW TO MANAGE BULLIES, a message derived from Romans 12.14-21
June 3, 2018 - Be Abnormal
BE ABNORMAL, a message based on Romans 12.1-2 that invites you to change your values and become a living sacrifice to God.
May 27, 2018 - Let the Spirit Excite You
LET THE SPIRIT EXCITE YOU, a message from Romans 12 that covers the root of all our foolish behavior and how to "root" it out.
May 20, 2018 - Becoming Irresistible
BECOMING IRRESISTIBLE, a message on how the Bible teaches us we can become any kind of person we want to be. From Romans 12.6-8.
May 13, 2018 - Happy Mother's Day
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, a special teaching regarding Mother's Day and many of the issues surrounding today's families.
May 6, 2018 - Hell Insurance
HELL INSURANCE. Can you be sure of your eternal destiny? Explore this with us in this message from Romans 10.
Apr. 29, 2018 - Not a Separation Agreement
NOT A SEPARATION AGREEMENT, nothing can separate us from God's love, taken from Romans 8.35-39.
Apr. 22, 2018 - You're All Set
YOU'RE ALL SET, a teaching from Romans 8. The absolute salvation offered by Jesus liberates us from the tyranny of the pursuit of human approval. Jesus tells us if someone doesn't approve of who we are, we "shake the dust off our feet and move on."
Apr. 15, 2018 - Do All Things Work Out for the Good?
DO ALL THINGS WORK OUT FOR THE GOOD? An exegetical review of Romans 8.28 and similar teachings from the Bible.
Apr.8, 2018 - Full-time Mechanic on Duty
FULL-TIME MECHANIC ON DUTY, exploring the amazing gift of God's love for all.
Apr. 1. 2018 - The Eager Hope of Easter
THE EAGER HOPE OF EASTER, a different kind of Easter message.
Mar. 25, 2018 - Juggling Machetes
JUGGLING MACHETES, looking into Romans 7.21 - 8.1
Mar. 18, 2018 - The Wages of Gin
THE WAGES OF GIN, a message based on Romans 6.23.
Mar.11, 2018 - Grace Unfiltered
GRACE UNFILTERED, a message from Romans 5.6-11.
Mar. 4, 2018 - The Wide-Open Spaces of Grace
THE WIDE-OPEN SPACES OF GRACE, a look at Romans 5.1-8.
Feb. 25, 2018 - Sinners in the Hands of a Gracious God
SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF A GRACIOUS GOD, from Romans 3
Feb. 18, 2018 - First Reformed Stone
MASTERING THE BASICS: FIRST REFORMED STONE, a recovering calvinist takes a look at grace in the context of the woman caught in adultery.
Feb. 11, 2018 - Getting Your Neighbor's WiFi Password
MASTERING THE BASICS: GETTING YOUR NEIGHBOR'S WIFI PASSWORD, a message from Luke 10, the story of the Good Samaritan.
Feb. 4, 2018 - Praying in the Shadows
MASTERING THE BASICS: PRAYING IN THE SHADOWS, a teaching from the story of the Pharisee and the Taxman.
Jan. 28, 2018 - A Man Had Two Sons
MASTERING THE BASICS: A MAN HAD TWO SONS, a new slant on the classic story of the Prodigal Son as told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.
Jan. 21, 2018 - Hitting the Bullseye
MASTERING THE BASICS: HITTING THE BULLSEYE, a teaching on how to have sustainable relationships with healthy boundaries based on 1 John 3.23-24.
Jan. 14, 2018 - Bible Thumpers vs. Bible Scholars
MASTERING THE BASICS: BIBLE THUMPERS VS. BIBLE SCHOLARS, an examination of the role of the Bible for today's follower of Jesus.
Jan. 7, 2018 - This Radical Church
THIS RADICAL CHURCH, a discussion of why Laketon Bethel is committed to accepting everyone. Is this some old-hippie, left-wing thing or is it derived from the teachings of Jesus?