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January 16, 2022 - Simple Adulting

SIMPLE ADULTING.  Love transforms us from narcissism to maturity.

January 9, 2022 - How to Deal with the Opinionated
HOW TO DEAL WITH THE OPINIONATED:  Followers of Jesus need to learn to trust each other when it comes to making moral or lifestyle decisions.  If someone sees things differently than you, the law of love applies.  Actively accept those whose opinions are different or offensive to you.  Even the obnoxious ones.
January 2, 2022 - 7 Ways to Defeat a Bad Mood
7 WAYS TO DEFEAT A BAD MOOD:  We can avoid being dragged down to society’s level of immaturity and let God develop well-formed maturity in us.  The last sentence of Romans 12 in The Message says it all:  “Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.”
December 26, 2021 - What's Next, Papa?
WHAT'S NEXT, PAPA?  Since our “Papa”, our heavenly father loves us, we can expect good things in the future.  We deserve nothing, yet he blesses us with everything.  So, we can move from being angry pessimists to grateful optimists.  We can mature beyond being self-centered and entitled people to becoming grateful stewards of the gifts he has given us. 
December 19, 2021 - The Grandmothers of Jesus
THE GRANDMOTHERS OF JESUS.  God redeems and uses people regardless of their past lives.  He will redeem you and give your life purpose.
December 12, 2021 - Why Can't I Be Good?
WHY CAN'T I BE GOOD?  This time of year, lots of folks think about whether they have been good or bad in the context of Santa’s list.  The fact is, that try as we may, we can’t be good.  So we must rely on Jesus to save us.  We don’t deserve this or anything else, it is his gift.
December 5, 2021 - Who Tells You What To Do?
WHO TELLS YOU WHAT TO DO?  Jesus offers real freedom from the patterns and actions of sin.  Give him control of your life today to experience this real freedom.
November 28, 2021 - How Do You Navigate Tough Times?
HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE TOUGH TIMES?  We can navigate tough times when we learn to grow through them while realizing God’s great love for us. Or we can respond by pouting.
November 21, 2021 - Do You Have Enough Merits for Heaven?
DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH MERITS FOR HEAVEN?  None of us have enough merits to deserve heaven or be made right with God.  We are made right with God by trusting Jesus.  Our acquittal is not based on obeying the law.  It is based on faith.  So trust him to save you today.
November 14, 2021 - Is It Crazy to Believe?
IS IT CRAZY TO BELIEVE?  With the rise in the popularity of atheism and agnosticism, it might seem crazy for us to believe.  But when we look at the evidence for and benefits of trusting Jesus, it seems crazier not to believe.
November 7, 2021 - Surviving Rough Patches
SURVIVING ROUGH PATCHES.  Sometimes it seems like we hit a lot of rough patches in this life with our work, our families, our health, etc.  Does faith help us survive these rough patches?  How can we engage our faith and make it work for us during these times?
October 31, 2021 - Are You Being Punished?
ARE YOU BEING PUNISHED?  With the Covid pandemic and resultant pandemonium affecting your life, sometimes it feels like it.  Maybe being pruned is a better way of looking at it.  Pruned so that you can bear more fruit and that fruit is love.  It is good to be pruned.  
October 24, 2021 - Where's That Better Life?
WHERE'S THAT BETTER LIFE?  Sometimes we get frustrated with our lives because, try as we may and believe and serve, our lives still seem to come up not so happy.  What does Jesus have to say about this?  We'll look at what he says from John 10.
October 17, 2021 - How to See Better
HOW TO SEE BETTER.  Jesus is in the business of helping you see better.  He is, after all, the light of the world.  Let him help you see through the darkness that is all around you.
October 10, 2021 - Can You Be Forgiven?
CAN YOU BE FORGIVEN?  This video looks at the classic story of Jesus from the gospel of John where Jesus is presented with a woman caught in adultery.  We learn from the story how forgiveness from God may be available for us all.
October 3, 2021 - Can a Narcissist Change?
CAN A NARCISSIST CHANGE?  If you want to change, follow Jesus.  If you change your behavior, your heart will follow.  From Luke 19.1-10, the story of Zachaeus.
September 26, 2021 - The Drug Dealer and the Evangelical
THE DRUG DEALER AND THE EVANGELICAL:  The ones who dump their self-righteous cover are the ones who get along with God.  So drop your cover.
September 19, 2021 - The Way of Growth
THE WAY OF GROWTH: : :  Faith comes from taking a small step and letting God do the rest.  We’re like crop farmers; we put the seed in the ground and God does the rest.
If we trust Jesus to save us, as a first step, the other benefits of faith will show up.


September 12, 2021 - Crippled By an Evil Spirit
CRIPPLED BY AN EVIL SPIRIT: Crippling spirits are alive and well, they have just changed their methods from Jesus' day.  They cripple us differently now.  They come at us with bad attitudes and deceptive, destructive, distorted thoughts.  We must remember that they are just vapors that flee from the presence and power of Jesus.
September 5, 2021 - What About the Lord's Prayer?
WHAT ABOUT THE LORD'S PRAYER?  The Lord’s prayer is a model and outline of how to pray.  If it helps you pray, use it.  We will also take a look at the history and origins of this classic prayer.
August 29, 2021 - Only One Thing
ONLY ONE THING.  Jesus has handled your relationship with God.  You need only to focus on loving and serving those He puts in your path.  Your job, as his representative, is love and serve people for him, as an extension of him.  Focus on one thing.  From Luke 10.38-40.
August 22, 2021 - How to Get More Out of Church
HOW TO GET MORE OUT OF CHURCH:  We will get more out of church if we look at it as a place to serve, a place to learn, and a place to give.  We'll get more out of church if we seek to serve, rather than be served.  [From Mark 10]
August 15, 2021 - The Great Reversal
THE GREAT REVERSAL: Kids are more important than big shots.  God is not impressed with success.  He is impressed with compassion.  He is especially impressed with compassion for children.  (from Mark 9.33-37)
August 8, 2021 - What About My Doubt?
WHAT ABOUT MY DOUBT? A crosstalk from Mark 9.  Faith comes out of doubt.  Doubt is part of the process of gaining resolute faith.  So embrace your doubts.  Plant little seeds of faith.  Your faith will grow.
August 1, 2021 - Traitors at the Table
TRAITORS AT THE TABLE, a communion message from Luke 22.19-27.  Here we find Jesus trying to communicate with his disciples the true meaning of his mission.  The church they are to build is not to be a "condemnation station" but rather a "dispensary of grace."  We are all traitors at the table.  We are all appointed ambassadors of the Good News, not bouncers at the door of Club Heaven.
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.