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THE BAD GIRLS OF JESUS from Matthew 1.1-17. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba are mentioned as part of Jesus' family tree when women were rarely included in family histories. All four of these women were outside of the circles of acceptable morality. Matthew is making an obvious statement about inclusion, as should all the followers of Jesus.
HABITS OF HAPPINESS: GROWING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. Happiness is often the reward of healthy relationships. We learn that if we want to be happy, we need to be grateful for the people in our lives. Based on Philippians 1.1-11.
Nov. 24, 2019 - 5 Daily Habits for Happiness
5 DAILY HABITS FOR HAPPINESS: how you can learn to be content by adding some simple practices to your daily routine. From Philippians 3.
Nov. 17, 2019 - Habits of Happiness - Reducing Worry
REDUCING WORRY: how to replace worry with gratitude from Philippians 4.6-13.
Nov. 10, 2019 - Habits of Happiness - Contented Hearts
CONTENTED HEARTS from Philippians 2.12-18. Happiness is like physical fitness for the soul. Happiness is often a word used for contentment. It this teaching we outline some steps that will increase contentment in our hearts and souls.
Nov. 3, 2019 - Habits of Happiness - The Humble Path to Happiness
THE HUMBLE PATH TO HAPPINESS. Unresolved conflict is part of life but it hurts relationships and diminishes happiness. Philippians 2.1-11 directs us to ways to reduce unresolved conflict in our lives.
Oct. 27, 2019 - Habits of Happiness - Achieving Contentment
ACHIEVING CONTENTMENT: We're looking at a sure-fire way to add peace and contentment to your life. The biblical text is Philippians 2.12-18.
HABITS OF HAPPINESS, PART ONE: GROWING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. Happiness is often the reward of healthy relationships. We learn that if we want to be happy, we need to be grateful for the people in our lives. Based on Philippians 1.1-11.
Oct. 13, 2019 - There's a Lion in the Streets
THERE'S A LION IN THE STREETS. Here we use the "roaring lion" passage from 1 Peter. The devil only has the power we give him. If we don't cooperate, he is a lame pussycat. So let's learn how to master him.
Oct. 6, 2019 - Payback's A Blessing
PAYBACK'S A BLESSING: "Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing." - from 1 Peter 3.8-9.
Sept. 29, 2019 - A Stone You Can Be Proud Of
A STONE YOU CAN BE PROUD OF. The living stone calls us to life. You are chosen to be his priests, to speak out for him, to tell others how he is changing you, how he has moved you from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. From 1 Peter 2.4-10
Sept. 22, 2019 - Like Newborn Babies
LIKE NEWBORN BABIES, crave pure spiritual milk so you can grow in God's kindness. From 1 Peter 2.1-3
Sept. 15, 2019 - Embrace the Chaos
EMBRACE THE CHAOS - How can you manage the chaos in your life? We look at how faith can help.
Sept. 8, 2019 - Wild Flowers
WILD FLOWERS from 1 Peter 1.22-25. You're clean and in. Your relationship with God is taken care of. Now focus on your relationships with those around you as you look forward to the next life.
Sept. 1, 2019 - Those Old Grooves
THOSE OLD GROOVES: Is your life stuck in a rut? Do you wish you could see more personal growth, experience more contentment and happiness? This important teaching from 1 Peter will give you some help figuring this out.
Aug. 25, 2019 - Old Gold or Lucky Strikes
OLD GOLD OR LUCKY STRIKES from 1 Peter 1.3-12. Fire purifies gold. Tests purify faith. Daily struggles and failures work together to make your faith bullet-proof.
Aug. 18, 2019 - Gettin' My Worship On
We look at the story of Cain and Abel, Genesis 4, and worship today.
The Oats Are Ready
THE OATS ARE READY from Galatians 6.7-10. In the midst of burnout, we find energy in doing more. Decay and depression come from living to please the sinful nature. Living to please the Spirit gives life. We will get the harvest if we keep at it.
Aug. 4, 2019 - Get Some Satisfaction
GET SOME SATISFACTION from Galatians 6.4-5. Do your best and you will be blessed.
July 28, 2019 - Lean On Me?
LEAN ON ME? In Galatians 6 Paul asks us to bear each other's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. What does this look like in our world?
July 21, 2019 - Exuberance About Life
EXUBERANCE ABOUT LIFE from Galatians 5. Exuberance for life happens when the inner narcissist is denied. Self-indulgence reduces the exuberance for life while generosity raises it.
July 14, 2019 - Gorillas in Our Midst
July 7, 2019 -
DANCING, CARDS, BEER AND MOVIES from Galatians 5.7-15. This is about freedom from religious rules. You don't need to follow them. You need to love. Period. We are called to help, not to judge.
July 7, 2019 - Dancing, Cards, Beer and Movies
June 30, 2019 - Religious Tattoos
RELIGIOUS TATTOOS. You are cut off from God if you think that by following various superstitions you can manipulate him into healing you or saving you. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. We don't have to pay any more spiritual taxes. So why would we? from Galatians 5.1-6.
June 23, 2019 - Paper Tigers On The Loose
PAPER TIGERS ON THE LOOSE from Galatians 4. Who would want to return to slavery after being set free? We no longer need to conform to the rules of society. We don’t need to live in fear of the future. We don’t have to keep our car clean or our hair cut. Societal and religious pressure is obsolete for the one who knows God because of Jesus.
June 16, 2019 - How to Inherit Well
HOW TO INHERIT WELL from Galatians 4. Jesus not only ransomed us from the devil, sin and death; he also let us be adopted by his Father, making us his siblings. What implication does it have to be a sibling of Jesus?
June 9, 2019 - Give It Grace
GIVE IT GRACE: Grace brings many benefits to our lives.
June 2, 2019 - My Favorite ISM
MY FAVORITE ISM from Galatians 3.26-29. We're all the same at the foot of the cross. No more gay or straight, male or female, smart or stupid, rich or poor, white or colored, leader or follower, educated or illiterate. All are saved the same way and all are one in Jesus.
May 26, 2019 - Confronted by Grace
CONFRONTED BY GRACE: Paul said in Galatians 2, "We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ". (From The Message)
May 19, 2019 - The Porpoise Diving Life
THE PORPOISE DIVING LIFE from Galatians 1.11-24. It is a guiding principle, not a specific assignment. We get the principle and then that principle becomes the compass that guides us through the events of life, the open and closed doors, the solid and breaking relationships and our daily tasks. For example: “Inviting and encouraging people to follow Jesus.”
May 12, 2019 - Goody Two Shoes No More
GOODY TWO SHOES NO MORE from Galatians 1.6-10. Our rules don't impress God. Let him love you and love him back and your soul will be saved.
May 5, 2019 - What's Your Story?
WHAT'S YOUR STORY? A look at the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman from John 4:1-30.
Apr. 28, 2019 - Pulled Out of the Trash
PULLED OUT OF THE TRASH: Jesus saves you; you don’t. So let him. From Galatians 1.1-5.
Apr. 21, 2019 - When the Sabbath Ended
WHEN THE SABBATH ENDED, an Easter message from Mark 16.1-8. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we know longer have to live in fear of offending God. We are loved by God. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus. We are guilty, but we are acquitted by faith.
Apr. 14, 2019 - Sacrificing Scrupulosity
SACRIFICING SCRUPULOSITY: love is more important than maintaining religious scruples from Mark 14.
Apr. 7, 2019 - I Drink It New
I DRINK IT NEW, a teaching on the Lord's Supper from Mark 14.12-26.
March 31, 2019 - The Backslider's Prayer
THE BACKSLIDER'S PRAYER, a new look at the Lord's Prayer from Matthew 6, good news for all us backsliders.
Mar. 24, 2019 - Peter Swore
PETER SWORE: are flawed followers of Jesus worth redeeming? We take a look at what Jesus did about this from the gospel of Mark, chapter 14.
Mar. 17, 2019 - The Judas Goat
THE JUDAS GOAT: How to turn something hurtful into something helpful. From Mark 14.43-52.
Mar. 10, 2019 - Not My Will
NOT MY WILL. This teaching recognizes the fact that we are both saint and sinner simultaneously and we always will be as long as this life lasts. We look at the story of Jesus from Mark 14 where he makes the statement, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."
March 3, 2019 - God's Will for Divorce
GOD'S WILL FOR DIVORCE: a new look at an old subject from an experienced pastor who has been through divorce. The main scripture is Mark 10.1-16.
Feb. 24, 2019 - Coming in Last
COMING IN LAST: Jesus calls us to make a higher priority of serving than winning, from Mark 9.33-37.
Feb. 17, 2019 - Help Me in My Unbelief
HELP ME IN MY UNBELIEF: Is doubt part of the process of spiritual growth? Is it OK to doubt parts or all of the Bible? Is it alright to struggle with belief in the existence of God? This teaching is from Mark 9.14-29.
Feb. 10, 2019 - Bacon Cheeseburgers and God
BACON CHEESEBURGERS AND GOD: Did God really forbid the eating of bacon cheeseburgers? Why would he do that? We'll take a look at what God is really calling us to do and be from the gospel of Mark, chapter 7
Feb. 3, 2019 - A Wet Filter
A WET FILTER: Ditch the filter of negaholism and trust Jesus in the storms. It will be alright. From Mark 6.34-44
Jan. 27, 2019 - A Quiet Place
A QUIET PLACE: we take a look at how Jesus refreshed his soul from Mark 6
Jan. 20, 2019 - Pride and Shame
PRIDE AND SHAME cause foolish behavior. Humility and transparency cause wise behavior. We look at the story of John the Baptizer from Mark 6 and learn how to move further away from shame and make better choices.
Jan. 13, 2019 - Evil Spirits, Dusty Feet
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.