If you're in need of a spiritual pick-me-up or just want to feel strong in your faith, this group of lessons will provide insights and examples to help the struggling saint persevere in faith, hope and love.
In Romans chapters 6-7 Paul explains the apparent paradox that Christians who still struggle with sin are nevertheless saved. (Romans 6-7)
This lesson examines how God can and does punish modern nations in the same way He disciplined the Israelites for similar sins against Him. (Amos 8:11-14)
Mike answers some of the major objections that many believers have concerning the celebration of Christmas.
Prime 35 min
Mike examines the problem of evil and how the Bible responds to the irony of evil's existence, even at Christmas.
Prime 21 min
In the story of the prodigal son, we see the intimate, human ways that God, our Father, loves us. Ways that we as humans can understand and relate to ─ ways that a father loves a son. (Luke 15:11-32)
Mike examines the spiritual characteristics and virtues that cannot be developed simply by self-denial. (Isaiah 58:1-12)
In this sermon, Mike reviews the timeless spiritual truths that can buffer the storms of change that are challenging this nation.
Prime 23 min
Why does God allow so much evil in this world especially if He is supposed to be a good and merciful God? Hopefully, the answers provided in this lesson will help bring to faith those who doubt there is a God because of the suffering that they see in the world. (Hebrews 11:1)
The world's solutions to stress involve things like drugs, vacations or some type of therapy. As Christians, however, we believe that even if these methods might be helpful, the most satisfying and permanent solution to the problems of worry and stress can only be found through faith, and specifically through faith in Christ. (I Kings 19:1-18)
Prime 38 min
This sermon examines how God perseveres in His efforts to seek and save sinful man. (II Thessalonians 3:3-5)
Prime 30 min
In the Old Testament I came across Psalm 103 that describes the kind of benefit package that God provides to everyone who trusts in Him, and serves Him faithfully. (Psalm 103:1-22)
During a trip to help clean up in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, I spoke to and interviewed over 500 people about the effect that these hurricanes had on them and the resulting lessons I learned from the flood.
The 'student-friendly' testing methods of today don't adequately prepare young people for the real life testing they will encounter after school is over. Mike discusses three such life tests.
In this biographical study Mike looks at the character and ministry of one of the most influential ministers of the Apostolic age. (I Thessalonians 5:1-11)
Prime 38 min
In this lesson Mike examines six gifts we receive from God at our conversion and the one gift that powers all of them. (John 3:3-5)
Prime 36 min
This sermon describes the actual physical and spiritual advantages made possible in a person's life by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
This sermon describes how Moses' encouraging words to his people seemingly trapped between an advancing army and a raging sea can be used by us today when we are in need of rescue. (Exodus 14:13-14)
Prime 20 min
The Bible refers to Jesus in ways that describe His sovereignty (e.g. Lord of the Harvest, Lord of the Sabbath, etc.). In this lesson Mike will explore Jesus' Lordship over the most hopeless of situations in our lives. (Matthew 9:36-38)
Prime 34 min
In this sermon we look at four remedies God provides to keep us from growing weary in the faith. We also look at some of the good works of the Choctaw Church of Christ in Oklahoma City as examples of faith in action. (Hebrews 12:3)
While no one is exempt for suffering in various ways during one's lifetime, there are some who profit from their sorrowful experiences. This lesson explores what successful suffering actually produces in concrete terms.
Prime 35 min
Money has a way of creating more worries and health is so fragile, youth is temporary and usually not appreciated by those who possess it, power corrupts and great intelligence leads to pride, but peace of mind is precious at every season in life, every position in society, every level of ability. (Philippians 4:4-9)
In this sermon, I want to examine this quality of courage and demonstrate the various elements that come together to produce it. I want to do this by reviewing the story of a man who found the courage to stand up for God when it wasn't a popular or safe thing to do.
In Psalm 27 David provides an example of the kind of attitude a believer should have when facing tough times. (Psalm 27:14)
Prime 25 min
In this lesson we examine the engine of our faith and how it powers all that we do and hope to do in Christ.
Prime 37 min
Solomon explains how one can live successfully through the long dry periods in between the high and low moments in life. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-22)
A review of this familiar proverb examining the cycle that takes us from rebellion to restoration with God. (Luke 15:11-24)
Prime 25 min
Lessons on Christian perseverance from Joshua's leadership experience in the desert and in the Promised land. (Joshua 1)
This lesson, based on the popular song by Bobby McFerrin, encourages people to replace worry with other specific responses to life's trials that will create the happiness that all of us search for.
There are greater dangers in the world than suicide bombers and madmen weilding guns. This lesson prepares a person to survive the absolute worst case scenario. (I Corinthians 10:13)
Practical ways to overcome the reality of failure, injustice, and adversity in our present lives. (Hebrews 12:14-15)
Prime 20 min
One of the main objectives people who do not believe in God use is the argument of pain. If God is good and kind why is there pain in the world? This lesson will discuss the reasons why people suffer and offer some solutions as to how we can deal with the pain in our lives and maintain faith.
When Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Work
The great things God can accomplish through simple and weak people who trust Him.
The pursuit of true happiness requires 3 basic changes regardless of the person or circumstances.
Why Me, Why Now?
One thing you learn a lot about as a minister is suffering and death. You're among the first to be called when there is illness and the last person to see the dead as they are buried at their funerals.
Loneliness is a catchword for a variety of feelings associated with being by oneself. The "feelings" associated with being alone are usually caused by the reasons why a person finds themselves alone to begin with.
The Promise Land
A lesson that parallels an immigrant's experience with the experience of Christians who come into the kingdom and seek the promise of heaven.
Freedom, Slavery and Heaven
Lords of the Ring
Mike gives three tried and true principles that will help you to learn one of life's most important lessons - finishing what you start.
Everybody Has a War to Fight
The Lord of Hurting
Candles of Love