In Less Than A Minute

 In Bill Hybel's book, Just Walk Across The Room, he talks about his story and the illustration of a bridge. How do we bridge the gap between God's perfection and our sinfulness?

We'll develop this thought Sunday morning. How would you tell your story? Why are you a person of faith? Can you tell it in less than a minute?

What was your life before and now, after you became a person of faith. How has Christ changed your life?

Series Continues - "Living In 3-D"


Last week we took a quick peek at I Peter 3:13-16 and how it relates to evangelism. Some have asked for examples, and so this week, as we look at “Living In 3-D,” we will examine several examples of what it means to wait to be asked and then be ready with a response.

Hope your small group study is going well and is bringing out some helpful dialogue in our effort to “Walk Across The Room.”


New Series - "Just Walk Across the Room" Begins Sunday

 This Sunday we launch a series on Just Walk Across The Room, a look into how we introduce seekers to Jesus. My primary text will be I Peter 3:13-16 that speaks of setting apart Christ as Lord.

The task is not evangelism; it's making Jesus fully the Lord of our lives. Why do we struggle with this? I believe there are three reasons.

First, we are afraid that being evangelistic is getting too spiritual, and that being spiritual will cost us our stuff. We really do have a problem with our gods of comfort and convenience.

Second, we don't want to give up control of any aspect of our lives. “I want to call the shots, thank you!” “You know what I want to be when I grow up? God!” It's human nature to keep control.

Third, we don't want to appear weird. Present me as respectable, solid, and a “go-to guy.” If I get too serious about Jesus it will make me appear as a whacked-out freak.

I look forward to studying with you this Sunday morning. Sharing the heart of God is truly one of the great joys of this life!

Jesus does a DTR in Matthew 16

 While working out at the gym a few weeks ago, I overheard two young ladies talking, and one said she had to do a DTR. I thought it was some kind of test and didn't think too much of it until I heard it again in a different setting.

This Sunday I want to explore this DTR – a hip way of putting something of importance into perspective and how it affects us spiritually.

Whatever this DTR is, Jesus did it in Matthew 16:13-18. Good text to read to prepare for the lesson.

Also, beginning this Sunday night, our small groups will undertake the study, "Just Walk Across The Room." For more information about our small group Bible study, contact the church office at 989.835.8559.

Billboards & Getting The Word Out

   Recently I read some detailed marketing research on the churches and membership in Midland. Interesting reading, and perhaps a valuable tool when considering who's out there, and who's churched and unchurched.

My undergraduate work was in International Marketing. Understanding marketing plans and how they are integrated into an overall business model unfolds the background of success in a market-driven economy.

Can we learn from business models and marketing schemes. Absolutely. The church has a “product” or lifestyle we desire to make known. What's the best method? Should we do research? Might we formulate a plan?

This Sunday we will talk about Billboards & Getting The Word Out. This study will hopefully prepare us for the launching our upcoming Small Group study on Walking Across The Room, a study on personal evangelism. Prepare for this Sunday's message by reading Mark 8:27-38.

Our Daily Bread

Next to the 23rd Psalm, the Lord's Prayer is most recognized passage in the Bible.  We are familiar with the prayer and passage, but do we understand it?  Having an understanding of this one prayer can have a huge impact on our spiritual journey. 

This Sunday (January 6th) we will be looking at just one piece of the prayer – Our Daily Bread.  We will look at questions and qualifications for this daily bread.  Take a look at Matthew 6:5-11.

The Christmas Story

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Hosea 9:6

Peace Be With All Of You This Season!

The 12 Days Of Christmas Explored & Why Did Jesus Come? - Part III

In our Bible class we will look at the Christmas song, “The Twelve Days Of Christmas.”  There is some mystery and controversy around this traditional work.  We will attempt to unpack some of these and discuss the lessons that will bless our lives.

For three weeks we have asked the question, “Why did Jesus come?”  We have narrowed our study to John 1 because the story and implications of Advent are massive.  We have introduced terms, symbols, colors, and meanings.  It all comes down to this:  God came Personally to turn on the light for us to make our way through the heavy darkness.  Our final installment will focus on three “take-aways” from the Advent, and a story of a little boy hiding under a bed.  May the Spirit of Christmas  -  the Advent always be a part of our witness to the world!

7 Meditations For Christmas & Why Did Jesus Come? - Part Two

For Sunday morning's class, I will share 7 Meditations For Christmas.  This is materials for family or private devotions a week before Christmas.  7 meditations to help us with our focus on the Advent.

In our worship time, we will continue our series on "Why Did Jesus Come?" It makes no difference how successful we get in any field; makes no difference how much we accumulate, it is never enough?  Why?  Last week we searched Romans 1 and came face to face with the “darkness” that exists in the human spirit.  Jesus came to dispel this darkness.  This Sunday we will zoom-in on John 1 giving special attention to the “Logos” of God becoming flesh, and how this impacts our witness.


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