A variety of sermons dealing with many different biblical issues.
The Rewards of Surrender
Mike shares two primary lessons that he has learned on this his 40th anniversary of full-time preaching ministry.
Mike demonstrates the parallels between the broken society in Israel during the time of the Judges and American in the present time. (Judges 21:25)
Mike talks about the specific blessings we enjoy as Christians and what these should motivate us to do in the here and now.
Mike explains that the type of funeral he will preach for you will largely depend on the life you have lived.
Christians pursue and define success differently than those not guided by their faith in Jesus Christ.
This lesson examines the use of power by God and its misuse by angels and mankind. (Colossians 1:15)
This lesson examines the most important thing in the world. You may think it is family, health, happiness and all of these are very important but more important than these is the Church. (I Peter 2:9-10)
In this sermon, Mike draws a picture of the ideal father with the references to fatherhood in both the Old and New Testaments.
Mike explains the nature and purpose of the three permanent resurrections described in the New Testament.
In the lesson, Mike examines the different ideas about heaven put forth by various world religions and philosophies and compares these with the Biblical teaching of what heaven is really like.
Mike discusses the very real effects of the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every Christian. (Acts 2:36-38)
In this sermon, Mike describes the nature of the "upward call" that Paul mentions in Philippians 3:14 as well as some strategies to help obtain this blessing. (Philippians 3:14)
Preparing the minds and hearts of Christians for the materialism, confusion, and conflict that often arises at a time when there should be peace, joy and love in the world.
This lesson looks at the relationship between the national holiday of "Thanksgiving" and the ongoing gratitude that all Christians have which nourishes their faith.
This sermon looks at the very real reasons why everyone, even the very good, suffers and what is ultimately gained by experiences of sorrow and pain.
In this sermon Mike will review the most common reasons that people use to reject the message of the Bible, and provide answers to these arguments.
This lesson is a call to Christians to purify their language in order to perfect their witness.
This sermon outlines the process one must undertake to move from unbelief to belief in anything including Christianity.
This lesson dispels the popular notions about God and focuses on the description of God's nature which is revealed only through the Bible.
We don't know much about angels but the little information the Bible does give yields some very important life lessons.
This sermon examines the Biblical basis for the tradition in most Churches of Christ to extend an "invitation" at the end of each sermon.
Three important things today's children need to know if they are to grow up to become well balanced adults leading faithful lives.
One of Christianity's main features is it's exclusivity. This lesson will examine several non-negotiable demands that contribute to its exclusive nature.
This sermon reviews the practical as well as the theological implications of the golden rule.
I've noticed a trend in T.V. and movies of late and that is the marriage of the occult with science fiction or comedy or regular weekly soap operas. There was a time when the various characters and beliefs of the occult, such as witches and demons and fortunetelling etc. were relegated to scary movies or horror.
Now when we think about it we might not at first see the connection between the two but hopefully, after this lesson, you will see that there would be no Christmas without the Holy Spirit.
God's power is revealed and experienced in His Word. This lesson outlines seven of these specific powers. (Jeremiah 23:29)
This sermon profiles mothers from the past, present, and future that make this congregation a blessed church to serve and belong to.
A review of the reasons why America is great along with a warning concerning the influences that are undermining that greatness.
In this lesson we look at the time in history around the arrival of Jesus and see what Christmas would have been like before Christ.
In this lesson we look at the history of miracles and try to determine if there is evidence that miracles can still be performed today?
Finding the balance between the Biblical pattern for public worship and the on-going changes in culture and technology. (Acts 17:10-12)
In this world of spin doctors and fake advocacy one Person stands out as reliable and trustworthy in every way, every day!
A review of the significance represented in each of the gifts presented to Jesus by the Magi. (Matthew 2:9-11)
In Case of War
If we understand the times and circumstances correctly, the time for war has come upon us and as Christians we need to be prepared for this fact.
Giving our Best for God
After several months of construction work in the renovation of our basement area after it was flooded, I was reading about the construction of the tabernacle in the desert by the Jews. As I read this story in the book of Exodus I noticed that there were many lessons that could be taken from this story about building things for the Lord.
Pretty Woman Complex
The "sexy on the outside/good on the inside" ideal works in the movies and magazines but it's not how the real world operates. In the real world we see that hardly anyone, especially guys, ever get past the sexy outside part of a girl in order to bother discovering the true inner goodness.
The Preaching of Jesus
Perhaps in examining Jesus' style and approach to this glorious work we can become more of what all of us seek to be, like Him.
The Chosen Wives
Life's 3 Choices
Sure of Unsure
Why We Struggle
The 5 Chairs
Gold in the Golden Years
In Psalm 71, an old man describes three golden blessings that only God can provide when we are old. (Psalm 71)
Jubilee & Jesus
Lessons from Jubilee
In the Book of Leviticus, chapters 24-26, we read about an amazing system of economics that God provided for the Jews called the Sabbatical year ordinances. (Leviticus 24-26)
Graduating with Honor
This is the time of year when we see many people complete their education at various levels. Many are graduating from High School, Tech colleges, or University. It’s a time for awards, ceremonies, and speeches as we applaud those who have persevered in their studies in order to achieve their educational goals. It is truly an honor to be a graduate at any level, and an honor that is deserved and should be respected.
The Three C's of Christianity
Like many of you I read the papers and some magazines as well as the news on T.V. and occasionally monitor what's going on through our computer at home. The more I read and observe, the more I feel that I'm being overloaded with information, with choices, with new products and ideas.
The Most Dangerous Sermon
This sermon looks at the reasons why the "money" sermon is dangerous for the preacher to preach but so necessary for the church to hear.
The Missing Ingredient
We need to listen carefully so we can make sure we have the right recipe for our own hope of eternal life as well.
The Death of a Pope
As you all know Jean Paul II has died at the age of 84. He is the spiritual leader and head of the Roman Catholic Church. It is said that there will be over 1 million people that will visit his body in Rome. The world and especially Catholics see this as an important and historic event, but how are we, as New Testament Christians, to react to the death of this Pope?
The Deacon of Blame
I've often said that the church should appoint a deacon in charge of blame - the deacon of blame. That way when anything ever goes wrong, or something doesn't get done, this deacon's only job would be to accept the blame for it.
Being Rich in a World of Poverty
Have you ever wondered why you feel so uncomfortable when a homeless person or a panhandler comes up to you asking for money on the street? Oh sure, their clothes and appearance as well as smell may push you back, but do you know what really causes the "gut" reaction you feel -- a little fear, a little guilt mixed together?