Latest Lessons

Here are the most recent items added.
Wed. Jan 19th
The Conversation
They talked endlessly. Since there was no need to express and explain, their communication moved beyond the speed of light, yet the time taken by the exchange was imperceptible.
Sun. Jan 16th
Giving our Best to God
Mike draws several practical lessons for contemporary times from the Jew's attitude and approach in building the Tabernacle in the desert, one of the spiritual high points in their history.
Thu. Jan 13th
Extreme Extinction Event!
The Genesis account of the global flood clearly states that all of the high mountains were covered with water. Have you ever wondered where all of the water came from? Meteorologists inform us that today's atmosphere can hold enough water to cover the earth to a depth of 1 inch. Obviously, atmospheric water vapor could not be the sole water source for a global flood. We will explore one theory that has the explanatory scope that not only provides the water, but helps to explain the megasequences of sediments on the continents.
Thu. Jan 6th
Extreme Extinction Event!
Sedimentary rock is where the action is! At least if you are interested in fossils. All sedimentary rock began as mud. But did those fossil-bearing sediments take hundreds of millions of years to accumulate? That's one interpretation. But it fails to explain how trillions of living organisms came to be fossils while waiting patiently to be buried over millions of years - without decaying away or being scavenged. Common sense points to rapid burial. Interpreting the sediments through a Biblical lens has amazing explanatory power.
December, 2021
Extreme Extinction Event!
Do you know how many fossils there are in the rock layers around the globe? Some scientists say trillions, others say quadrillions. A quadrillion is a 1 followed by 15 zeros - that is a lot of fossils! Scientists also tell us that fossilization is a very rare event. This begs the question as to why are there so many. We will explore fossilization, and look to Scripture to see if there is a Biblical starting point for how this massive graveyard should be viewed.
December, 2021
Evolution's Extinction Engine
Natural selection is supposed to play a large role in Neo-Darwinian evolution. But is it really equipped to help a bacterium to evolve into a basketball player over eons of time? Let's explore the concept of natural selection, what we actually observe, and if it is up to this incredible task.
December, 2021
Evolution's Extinction Engine
A biological cell has many of the same traits as a physical city. Energy production, waste management, communication systems, factories, workers, and more. No one would believe that a city, even a small one, could spontaneously arise through random, chance processes. Yet we are taught that cellular cities somehow came into existence through nature alone. In this session we will examine a few of the impossible odds associated with these cellular cities arising from chance.
December, 2021
Evolution's Extinction Engine
Ever wonder what each of our cells use for energy? The answer is ATP! In fact, every living organism uses this molecule to fuel the millions and trillions of processes taking place within them at any given time. In this session, we examine cellular energy and how it is created with unbelievably tiny bio-motors. Is it possible that these motors, and the entire processes surrounding them, could assemble themselves over time by a mindless, random, accidental process? Or are they the result of an intelligent mind Who not only designed them, but encoded their instructions within the DNA of all living things?
December, 2021
On the Day She Died
I have a Christian sister and friend who lost her baby recently.
December, 2021
The Lord of Hurting
In this lesson Mike reviews the three avenues of help that God provides for those who are suffering.
December, 2021
Secret Love
Have you ever noticed that God places a premium on secret acts of love?
December, 2021
Evolution's Extinction Engine
We continue our discussion of the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution by examining four dimensions of DNA. Discover how the genetic code is read, how the cell efficiently uses the code, DNA folding, and dynamic reprogramming! With each dimension exhibiting exquisite trademarks of intelligent design, the plausibility of macro-evolution becomes increasingly improbable.
November, 2021
Evolution's Extinction Engine
Did you know that the lowly, single celled bacterium called MO-1 has 6 million individual parts? Did you also know that a 747 jumbo jet also consists of 6 million parts? No one would ever think that a jumbo jet could not only assemble itself but also write its own instruction manual on how to build it piece by piece. Yet, this is precisely what you must believe about the bacterium when subscribing to evolutionary theory! Let's examine evolution's engine that is supposed to make this happen and discover a few reasons why it could never happen.
November, 2021
Why Go?
In this lesson Mike reviews two basic Bible reasons that compel the church to evangelize the world in every generation, and one reason to do so which is particular to today's generation.
November, 2021
Evolution's Extinction Engine
If you have ever wondered exactly how the Neo-Darwinian Theory of evolution can transform a bacterium into a basketball player, you're not alone! We will examine the heart of the theory and compare its lofty goals to what is actually observed. Does nature alone possess the ability to move life in an upward direction - from the simple to the complex? Let's ask the critical questions and find out!
November, 2021
At What Cost?
You may have heard the statement, "millions of years ago, shallow, warm, inland seas covered large portions of ____". The ending of that statement being any continent you choose. The Bible affirms that all land mass was indeed underwater, not only at the same time, but much more recently than "millions of years ago". In this lesson we will examine one of the evidences which support a recent global flood. Additionally, we will weigh the ultimate cost for discounting the history of Genesis.
November, 2021
4 R's in Rehabilitation
This lesson examines the actual spiritual work necessary in order to be restored to a right mind and spirit after a serious fall into sinfulness.
November, 2021
The Gift of the Holy Spirit
In this wrap-up lesson Mike discusses the terms used to describe various features of the Holy Spirit's ministry, what they mean and how they apply to believers.
November, 2021
Big Church, Little Church
The first question people ask when they find out that I'm a minister is the name of the church that I preach for and then, without fail, follow up with the query, "How big is your congregation?"
November, 2021
Literal Genesis

When it comes to scientific theories of origins, as Christians we should hold firm to Scripture - which never changes, and hold loosely to human theories - which often change. In this series, we will examine the early history in Genesis, the supporting scientific evidences and explore the main controversies which often raise doubts for some Christians. Be prepared for critical thinking!

November, 2021
A Rib, a Snake and a Flood
Have you ever discussed the first few chapters of Genesis with someone and felt inadequate to defend or perhaps embarrassed about its account of history? Or are you under the impression that all of science somehow disproves the Genesis narrative? In this lesson we will examine four components of early Genesis history and how they may be supported scientifically. But above all else, as Christians, we should hold firm to Scripture and hold loosely to theories.
October, 2021
How God Works
In this lesson Mike explains the purpose of miracles and the necessary element that authenticates legitimate miracle workers.
October, 2021
Raising up the Cross of Christ
In this lesson Mike expands the meaning and method used by the Holy Spirit to raise up the cross of Christ externally.
October, 2021
Atonement Theories
In this lesson Mike discusses the various ideas down through history that various teachers have had concerning the meaning of atonement as well as the one vital work of the Holy Spirit in the plan of salvation.
October, 2021
Perseverance
In this final session Mike will review the purpose and reward of spiritual disciplines and add the tenth and most critical of these.
October, 2021
The Function of the Holy Spirit
This lesson demonstrates the role played by the Holy Spirit in executing God the Father's #1 goal in sending Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of all humanity.
October, 2021
Sacrifice
This session is about sacrifice a discipline that most aligns us with Christ and His life.
October, 2021
Lessons from the Valley
It has been eighteen months since my first serious bout of dizziness and nausea.
October, 2021
Self-Control
Mike talks about the relationship between the Holy Spirit's influence and the discipline of self-control.
September, 2021
Godward and Manward Manifestation
In this lesson Mike will explain the various ways that the Godhead is manifested.
September, 2021
Humility
The complex discipline of humility is examined by reviewing common attitudes, the battle experienced and everyday habits that are connected to this quality.
September, 2021
The Holy Spirit is God
This lesson will focus on the various Scriptures that define the particulars of God's complex character and demonstrate the unique presence of the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
September, 2021
Prayer
In this session Mike corrects some of the misconceptions many people have about prayer.
September, 2021
The Spirit and the Cross

The twin goals of this series are to first explain the history and evidence of the triune nature of God in the Bible, and carefully trace the specific role of the Holy Spirit in the plan of salvation as this is revealed in both the Old and New Testament.

September, 2021
Our Concept of God
In this lesson Mike examines the early passages of Genesis that clearly reveal initial evidence of God's nature or what is often referred to as the Trinity.
September, 2021
Surrender
This session takes a look at one of the most difficult of the 10 disciplines on the way to spiritual maturity.
September, 2021
The Gold in the Golden Years
Mike reviews Psalm 71 and describes three golden blessings that only God can provide when we are old.
September, 2021
Stillness and Solitude
Mike discusses two important features of spiritual maturity and how each supports the other.
September, 2021
Bible Bytes

Bible Bytes are short animated articles that comment on every day events, feelings and questions from a uniquely Christian perspective.

September, 2021
Back to School
With the big day soon upon us, I offer a few reminders to parents and kids to help get us started on the right foot.
August, 2021
Decluttering our Lives
In this session Mike will explain the condition that permits intimacy to take place - simplicity.
August, 2021
Drawing Closer
In this session, Mike reviews the 4 stages of complete spiritual transformation as well as the second step we need to take towards spiritual maturity.
August, 2021
Faith
Becoming a disciple of Jesus is a choice. If we choose wisely then we enter a relationship with God. If we choose poorly, we reject God and suffer the consequences of lost hope. In this lesson we explain how we wisely use the gift of choice to learn more about God, trust God, and obey God. The lesson demonstrates choosing faith by showing how Peter gained, weakened, and regained his faith and how Judas Iscariot chose to misdirect and lose faith.
August, 2021
Being Rich in a World of Poverty
Mike shares some observations as a rich person who has been exposed to and visited areas of extreme poverty and despair in this world.
August, 2021
10 Steps to the New Spiritual You

This small group series is devoted to mature Christians who want to take their Christian experience to another level of spirituality.

August, 2021
The Foundation
This introductory lesson and discussion questions will lay out the path taken by the group for this spiritual journey.
August, 2021
Matthias and Paul
As the gospels end and the church begins, we see Matthias appointed to replace Judas and later Paul appointed to continue to carry the gospel into all the world. This lesson looks at these two later appointed apostles and the lessons we learn from them.
Bible Class
August, 2021
What should we do about COVID?
Here is Mike's response to believers about the current pandemic.
August, 2021
Judas Iscariot
This lesson looks not at a wasted life, but at a life wasted. The difference is choices made. How sad it will be on judgment day when we are presented with the many opportunities to serve our Lord. Such is the case with the tragic figure Judas Iscariot. He was with our Lord physically but not spiritually and never grew in his faith.
July, 2021
James the Less, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Not Iscariot
Known only by their names yet known to God for their faithful and selfless service. These three untold heroes teach us that our role is to put the Master first.
July, 2021
Matthew and Thomas
All of us have questions, doubts, and fears. These two apostles showed their faith in Jesus over things of the world and things that cause us to fear and doubt. They learned to turn their lives, without hesitation, to the one who gives life.
July, 2021
What You Should 'Get' Out of Church
In this lesson Mike examines what type of rewards we should be receiving from the practice of public worship.
July, 2021
Philip and Nathanael
Two men whose first instinct was to bring others to Jesus. Sometimes they got it wrong but, in the end, they recognized who Jesus was and followed Him into eternity.
July, 2021
James and John
This amazing pair of self-centered and self-serving brothers became faithful and self-less servants of Jesus. Along the way they had much to overcome, beginning with themselves. The result was complete loyalty and service to the master.
June, 2021
Andrew
This apostle, the first follower of Jesus, shows us the value of taking the gospel to those close to us. He, like his famous brother, Peter, grew to become fishers of men.
June, 2021
Peter
Perhaps the best known of the apostles, this giant of the faith went from putting his foot in his mouth to opening the way to Jesus for all humanity.
June, 2021
Father Knows Best
Mike looks at an old TV show that reflected a world where life was good because fathers in general knew what was best for their families.
June, 2021
Introduction to the Apostles
In this lesson, we will gain insight into the difference between a disciple and apostle. We will look at how Jesus prepared Himself to call the 12 and what they had to overcome as they grew in their faith.
June, 2021
Twelve Were Chosen

This study reviews what we know from Scripture of the men known as the Apostles. The intent of this study is to look briefly at the lives of these men to learn from them how to strengthen our walk of faith.

June, 2021
Prejudice and the Bible
In this last lesson, Mike demonstrates that if we followed what the Bible teaches there would be no prejudice of any kind.
June, 2021
Still Sinful, Still Saved
In Romans chapters 6-7 Paul explains the apparent paradox that Christians who still struggle with sin are nevertheless saved.
June, 2021
Genetic Engineering: Playing God
In this second part on the subject of genetics, Mike explains the process of cloning and the moral issues stemming from this practice.
Bible Class
May, 2021
What is the Textual Authority for Internal Biblical Inspiration?
Where does is it state in the Bible that the Bible itself is the only source of authority and who established the Bible's canon?
May, 2021
Genetic Engineering: Playing God
In this first of a two-part lesson, Mike examines the first two practices in this scientific field, genetic modification and human engineering. He will also refer to Bible principles that should guide these practices.
May, 2021
Graduating with Honor
On Graduation Sunday, Mike honors not only this year's graduates but also speaks about graduating from the school of Christian life.
May, 2021
Do I Have to Attend Every Worship Service?
Mike provides 3 good reasons to motivate everyone to attend every service of the church.
May, 2021
The Great Illusion
In this session, Mike addresses the destructive nature of gambling focusing particularly on Internet gaming and many Scriptural references that speak directly to this addictive vice.
May, 2021
The Alphabet Gender Wars
Mike reviews the history and possible future of a society actively seeking the deconstruction of traditional gender norms.
April, 2021
Pornography and Behavior
Pornography has gone mainstream and is easily available for free, at first, for the naïve. This lesson explores internet porn, the most prevalent form of this highly addictive substance and some ways to avoid or break this poisonous habit. (N.B. - No graphic images will be shown in this lesson).
April, 2021
Pro-Life or Pro Death
In this concluding lesson, Mike finishes examining the main arguments Pro-Choice groups use to defend abortion and brings forth key Scriptures that address this issue. (N.B. No graphic pictures or photos of abortion procedures will be used in this presentation).
April, 2021
Pro-Life or Pro Death
In this two-part lesson, Mike will describe the various methods used to abort babies, and compare the main arguments used by both Pro-Choice and Pro-Life groups to support their positions on this highly controversial issue. (N.B. No graphic pictures or photos of aborted children will be shown).
April, 2021
The Sobering Truth about Alcohol
Mike reviews the facts concerning the #1 addictive substance in the world and the deceptive arguments used to lure Christians into its use.
April, 2021
In the Likeness of His Resurrection
This Easter Sunday lesson focuses on the order and nature of the resurrection made possible by Jesus' resurrection - our own!
March, 2021
The Bible and Addiction
This lesson traces the four steps that lead to addiction and the specific teachings in the Bible that condemn this state of being.
March, 2021
The 4 Phases of Addiction
In this first of three sessions, Mike describes the biology and behavior of the individual who is in the process of becoming addicted to drugs of various kinds.
March, 2021
7 Steps to Successful Church Growth
Mike reviews local stats as a basis to examine the type of actions taken by churches who experience significant numerical growth.
March, 2021
Superstition, Astrology and the Occult
Mike delves into the world of the occult explaining various facets of the dark practices and what the Bible specifically teaches about them.
March, 2021
Mercy Killing or Selective Killing?
In this lesson, Mike examines the differences between natural death and mercy killing, and what the Bible teaches concerning the manner that one's life ends.
March, 2021
Førbidden Topics

In this series, Mike tackles topics that are sensitive in nature and often have strongly differing opinions. Nevertheless, he presents a balanced view keeping in mind that the teaching goal in all BibleTalk material is to seek out what the Bible has to say on these and other subjects that we all are aware of and sometimes have to deal with personally.

March, 2021
Enemies of the Cross
In the Philippian letter, Paul warns his readers of the various tactics used by Satan to rob Christians of the peace with God won for them at the cross.
March, 2021
The Power of Proclamation
In this last lesson, Mike describes the purpose for which God's kingdom was established here on earth.
March, 2021
Farming in the Kingdom of God
Mike uses a "farm" analogy to explain the natural growth and development of God's kingdom.
March, 2021
Living in the Kingdom
Even though the kingdom of God is spiritual in nature, there are definite experiences and laws that govern one's conduct as a citizen.
March, 2021
My Kingdom is not of this World
In this first lesson, Mike highlights the similar and separate features possessed by God's kingdom and all other kingdoms established by men.
March, 2021
The Kingdom of God is Like...

This series traces out the various features of God's Kingdom that separate it from every other organized body here on earth.

February, 2021
The True Fast
In this lesson, Isaiah reveals the nature of the kind of fast required by God that goes beyond the simple denial of food or drink for a time.
February, 2021
Who Wrote the Bible?
Mike explains the many internal and external witnesses who claim that the Bible was written by God.
February, 2021
The Suffering Servant
Isaiah's most dynamic and accurate portrait of Jesus the Messiah as Israel's Suffering Servant.
February, 2021
Christmas Before Christ
In the Old Testament, there was great joy among those who read and believed the prophecies concerning what we today refer to as Christmas. The happiness caused by this event was felt long before the actual birth of Christ became a reality.
February, 2021
Famine of the Word
This lesson examines how God can and does punish modern nations in the same way He disciplined the Israelites for similar sins against Him.
February, 2021
Here Am I, Send Me
Mike uses Isaiah's call into ministry to provide direction and encouragement for the men and women that are being called into the various ministries that a congregation needs.
January, 2021
When Good Becomes Evil and Evil Becomes Good
America's acceptance of same-sex marriage reflects the confused moral stance that existed in the days of Isaiah when the prophet charged the nation with usurping God's moral order.
January, 2021
Goose Wisdom
Mike compares the natural wisdom seen in the migration habits of Canadian Geese to the attitudes the Christian flock should cultivate to live together in harmony.
January, 2021
Structures and Features
In this lesson, Mike will review the fifth of the five strands Isaiah uses to frame his prophecies, the special literacy and structural features of his prophetic utterances.
January, 2021
Structures and Features
This lesson continues to examine the third and fourth major topics addressed in Isaiah's writings, the Holy One of Israel, and the faith response of the Jewish people.
January, 2021
Structures and Features
This lesson begins a three-part series outlining how Isaiah actually arranged the material in his book.
January, 2021
Isaiah for Beginners

In this study, Mike will provide a comprehensive introduction to Isaiah explaining the structure, style and various themes Isaiah addresses as well as several lessons developed from key passages in Isaiah's book.

January, 2021
The Three C's of Christianity
Despite the millions of books and articles written about Christianity, this faith can be summarized using three words that begin with the letter "C".
January, 2021
The Life and Times of Isaiah
In this first lesson, Mike will give a brief introduction of Isaiah himself and how his book was written.
December, 2020
Christianity vs. Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto and Buddhism
In this lesson we compare religions from China, Japan and India to the religion of Christianity.