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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?
Dec. 31, 2017 - And A Happy New You
AND A HAPPY NEW YOU. God can reinvent you from the ground up any time you are willing. He makes all things new.
Dec. 24, 2017 - Dealing With Jesus
DEALING WITH JESUS, how being a representative of Jesus and not worrying about yourself will make your Christmas merry.
Dec. 17, 2017 - Dealing With Shopping
DEALING WITH SHOPPING, a pastoral message based on Matthew 11.28-30.
Dec. 10, 2017 - Dealing With Holiday Schedules
DEALING WITH HOLIDAY SCHEDULES, a message that will give you seven biblical principles to help deal with the chaos of holidays.
Dec. 3, 2017 - Dealing With Family at Christmas
DEALING WITH FAMILY AT CHRISTMAS, part one of a four-part series on how to make the Holiday Season a positive part of your spiritual life.
Nov. 26, 2017 - Giving Thanks - What's the Dealio?
GIVING THANKS - WHAT'S THE DEALIO? - We look at how expressing gratitude can change your life.
Nov. 19, 2017 - Outrageous Nonsense
OUTRAGEOUS NONSENSE, a careful look at the controversial teaching of James 2 regarding the tension between faith and works.
Nov. 12, 2017 - Hot Air Religion
HOT AIR RELIGION, a message from James 1.22-27
Nov. 5, 2017 - Big Jimmy Says: "Hou Je Bek"
"HOU JE BEK", A DUTCH EXPRESSION FOR HOLDING YOUR MOUTH, a sermon based on James 1.19.
Oct. 29, 2017 - The Crown of His Creatures
THE CROWN OF HIS CREATURES from James 1.12-18, a message about how to get the crown God has planned for you.
Oct. 22, 2017 - Big Jimmy Says: Not Fade Away
BIG JIMMY SAYS: NOT FADE AWAY, a teaching from James 1 on how to make eternal investments.
Oct. 15, 2017 - Big Jimmy Says: Don't Forget To Ask
BIG JIMMY SAYS: DON'T FORGET TO ASK, a teaching from James 1.5-8. Explore how to recover from bad choices and learn how to make better choices.
Oct. 8, 2017 - Big Jimmy Says; "Is That All You Got?"
BIG JIMMY SAYS: "IS THAT ALL YOU GOT?" This is the first of an 8-part series from the letter of James.
Oct. 1, 2017 - Please, No Mayo
PLEASE, NO MAYO - an examination of the teachings of Romans 14, how to get along in an environment of sharply divided opinions.