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.
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.
May 31, 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul Part 6 - Prepare for Obstacles
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART 6: PREPARE FOR OBSTACLES. We live in a world where things go wrong. This is normal. If we want our souls to survive, we need to be prepared. We need to build some reserves so that we can be resilient when times are up, down or sideways.
May 24, 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul part 5 - Lingering Hate or Clean Slate
LINGERING HATE OR CLEAN SLATE, part 5 of the series "Positive Therapy for the Soul." This session takes a look at the damaging effect of lack of forgiveness to the soul and how to get rid of it.
May 17, 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul Part 4: A Heart Exam
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART 4: A HEART EXAM. We all get infected from time to time with doubts, fears and bad attitudes. We need to let the Great Physician examine our hearts and heal us from these things so we can have the joyful life he intends for us.
May 10, 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul Part 3: Removing the Victim Label
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART 3: REMOVING THE VICTIM LABEL. Let's think about replacing the blaming and self-pity that often accompany situations like this with grateful optimism.
May 3, 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul, Part 2 - Respond or React
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART 2: RESPOND OR REACT. God has given each of us the ability to respond wisely to all circumstances. Let’s choose to do that. Maybe you can remind this preacher to respond with thoughtful grace rather than react with anger.
Apr. 26. 2020 - Positive Therapy for the Soul, Part One: Attitude Upgrade
POSITIVE THERAPY FOR THE SOUL, PART ONE: ATTITUDE UPGRADE. Here we discuss how in coping with the virus shutdown, we can spread something even more contagious, an attitude rooted in Christ.
Apr. 19, 2020 - Well Done
WELL DONE. You will likely survive this virus. How will you make the rest of your life count? Will Jesus say to you on the day your number is up, “Well done, enter into the joy of your Master?”
Apr. 12, 2020 - A New Day is Dawning
A NEW DAY IS DAWNING, an Easter message. Jesus came out of the tomb in much better shape than he went in. We can come out of this pandemic much better than we were before if we let him lead us. Let's come out of this with stronger faith, stronger purpose and bigger hearts.
April 5, 2020 - Thunder Chicken
THUNDER CHICKEN: A teaching of Jesus on anxiety from Matthew 6.
Mar. 29, 2020 - Peace in a Pandemic
PEACE IN A PANDEMIC, three things you can do that will make your journey through this pandemic go better, based on Philippians 4.6-8
Mar. 22, 2020 - When God Orders Downtime
"WHEN GOD ORDERS DOWNTIME": based on the story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10.38-42.
Mar. 15, 2020 - Christ in our Crises
CHRIST IN OUR CRISES from Luke 8. We can stay calm in all our storms.
Mar. 8, 2020 - Released from the Law
RELEASED FROM THE LAW: Jesus has something much better for us that the rules of popular religion. From Matthew 5.17-20
March 1, 2020 - Celebrating New Direction
CELEBRATING NEW DIRECTION - Today is a special service celebrating the completion of a discipleship program at Muskegon Rescue Mission.