Personal Spiritual Growth
These lessons provides various personal spiritual growth strategies as well as insights from God's Word that will help all Christians mature in their faith.
Fall brings with it the start of school and for many students bound for college, their first experience of living away from family. In this lesson Mike provides some wise advice from the Bible for those leaving home for whatever reason. (Psalms 119:9-16)
When I was a young Christian the preacher who baptized me warned me that I had to be careful of "selfish ambition". This term is only used three times in the N.T. and each time there is a warning that those who are this way, who have this attitude, will suffer in this world and the next.
A look at spiritual characteristics and virtues that cannot be developed simply by self-denial. (Isaiah 58:1-12)
In this sermon, Mike reviews the factors that go into both making and ultimately breaking the many bad habits we acquire as sinful human beings.
Most of our sins are little ones. Our sins rarely get us on the 10 o'clock news. Few of us are ever convicted of robbery, murder, rape. The majority of Christians manage to avoid the big "whopping" sins most of the time. That's why when a Christian does break the law, it's news. (I Chronicles 21:1-11)
A faith building program that has been used to help Christians build up their faith muscle and protect them from poor spiritual health. (Mark 4:35-41)
The Bible is filled with stories of heroes and their feats of great faith and perseverance. In this lesson those who only come close to greatness are discussed and what their near misses can teach us today.
This sermon summarizes all the instructions given by Moses to the Israelites in the thirty-four chapters of Deuteronomy down to a single word. (Deut. 4:1-41)
Drawing Near to God - Part 1
If you are making an effort to come closer to God, if you are investing your energies into becoming a holier person, you will not have the interest or energy to fight with your brothers or sister in the church.
Drawing Near to God - Part 2
As Christians we have many challenges before us. Prayer and fasting is the best way we can present these before God.
The Apostle Paul's makes the case not only for the inspired source of the Bible but also the importance of learning it as soon as possible in one's life.
In this sermon Mike compares some of the priorities important in his hockey playing days to the ordering of goals in every day christian living.
In this sermon Mike explores the types of feelings experienced when one is in a personal and intimate relationship with God. (Psalms 5:1-12)
Mike reviews the three main reasons why the trend towards gross material in media and society in general will never win out over what is godly.
In this sermon Mike describes the normal pattern of growth necessary for a healthy Christian life.
Really having it all requires certain things that only God can give us. In this lesson we will examine what those things are.
In this sermon, Mike traces out the various stops on the journey of faith that begins in a person's head but must travel to the heart for that believer to become a true disciple of Jesus. (Matthew 28:16-20)
Heart Beat Away
The Hebrew writer gives his readers four habits to cultivate in order to preserve their faith in difficult times.
The secret to correcting bad behavior and becoming better people is to replace the elements of bad behavior with good and positive things in our lives. In this lesson we look at 3 changes that are necessary to become a better person.
In this lesson Mike reviews 5 things that every Christian must do in order to develop this virtue.
In God We Trust
In this sermon, Mike tackles one of the Christian's greatest challenges - how can Christians who live and engage in the human experience avoid becoming worldly? (I Corinthians 5:9-13)
There's a well known book written by J.I. Packard entitled "Knowing God." In this book the writer chronicles his own lifetime journey in knowing more deeply and intimately the God that he worshipped so formally on Sunday mornings. Nowhere is this yearning more evident than in the poignant 139th Psalm of David.
This lesson examines the ways and reasons God limits our opportunities and results in ministry.
The Jewish peoples' wandering in the desert provides very modern lessons as to what God continually requires of His people in every age.
Pride and self-centeredness are the topics of this lesson. How to combat this natural human tendency and cultivate an accurate sense of self are discussed.
Mike explores the advantages and risks faced by those who are naturally drawn to a fast-paced lifestyle that features constant change and challenge.
This sermon looks at some of the things parents must do in order to prepare their children for a life of faith. (I Chronicles 22:5)
Mike outlines several ways that believers can deepen not only their expression of love for God but also their experience of His love as well.
In this lesson, Mike monitors the type of things that go in and out of our mouths and offers some basic rules to avoid mouth-traffic 'accidents.'
How Christians can influence the spiritual tone of their surroundings and their need to do so. (Matthew 5:13)
One of the most climatic moments in the entire Bible is described by Luke in the book of Acts. After an incredible three years of ministry Jesus is executed on a Roman cross and miraculously resurrected.
Among Satan's various strategies to destroy us morally, physically, and spiritually, words and how he uses them are his deadliest weapons.
In this lesson we examine 3 strategies Satan uses to steal your soul. We'll also give you 3 strategies to combat his attach and teach you how to fight back. (Peter 5:8-11)
God tells us that Satan is actively trying to ruin us. In this lesson, Mike reveals the many tactics Satan uses to destroy God's church.
In verse 8 Matthew says that the people, after hearing Jesus forgive the paralytic, and then heal him, praised God for giving authority (to heal and forgive) to men. They heard and saw what Jesus did and glorified God for giving to a man such authority and power. The people in this story gave honor to God but they "didn't get it".
When I review the qualities in men who are fathers the one that I find most appealing and helpful for the well-being of the family is a man's ability and willingness to be a "servant - leader".
Setting Our Spiritual Goals
This lesson looks at the goals that the church, which meets inside the building, should have.
Mike compares the 6 elements found in every sporting event to the challenge of living as a Christian in today's world.
Sometimes in our lives, we face spiritual emergencies and I think we need to learn to prepare for these events as well, because everyone at one time or another will .. face a "spiritual" emergency of some kind.
In this lesson, Mike discusses the ways Christians can maintain their spiritual momentum as they journey onward to their heavenly home. (Hebrews 6:1-12)
This lesson is a devotional meditation on the core spiritual exercise of the Christian faith.
In this sermon, Mike enumerates and explains the benefits that believers receive and experience as 'saved' people. (Romans 5:1-11)
This lesson looks at the dangers of materialism and the need to establish spiritual priorities in order to guard against the influence of the world. (Luke 12:16-21;15:11-24;16:3)
Change is very difficult. Whether it's changing a habit or attitude or job or city - change is always a challenge, and change is even more difficult when it's imposed on us suddenly or without our approval.
The Consequences of Our Choices
What we choose in life often indicates where we are at in our development and what we really want.
The Disciple and Service
In this lesson, we learn the basic requirements for becoming and persevering as disciples of Christ. (Matthew 20:28)
Mike reviews the various ways that God calls each Christian at one time or another in life.
The Good Steward
Mike outlines the rewards obtained by those who exercise the non-miraculous but very dynamic spiritual gift of liberality. (II Corinthians 8-9)
The Matrix Conspiracy
There is new technology, new gadgets, new ideas about how things work. But as far as the human condition is concerned; as far as what mankind's essential responsibility is; as far as what is truth and the reality of life, death and what comes after --- there really is nothing new here on earth --- under the sun.
The New You
In I Cor. 6:9-11 Paul talks about a radical change that is possible and permanent and describes the three steps that lead to this New You".
This sermon examines the ways that Christians can maintain the pilgrim attitude so necessary to successfully navigate this world on the journey to the next.
This sermon examines Jesus' dialogue with the "rich young ruler" in Mark 10:17. The great spiritual challenge of earthly wealth and the rewards of discipleship are reviewed. (Mark 10:17-31)
In this sermon, Mike reviews the criteria listed by John the Apostle in his three epistles concerning the character and actions of a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ.
In chapter 58 of the book of Isaiah, the prophet explains to the Jews what God requires when they fast and what a "true" fast is all about.
This lesson compares the wisdom that has been developed by thinkers and philosophers throughout history with the wisdom revealed by God in the Bible. (James 3:13-18)
This sermon explores the two approaches that have been tried in the effort to improve or save this world.
As the title suggests, this lesson will not only name the excuses but also demonstrate the legitimacy of some and spiritual illness often disguised as simple reasons for non-attendance. (Hebrews 10:25)
There are many ways a person can lose their salvation once they've obtained it. In this lesson we look at the top 10 ways people lose this precious gift from God. (Matthew 16:24-26)
Trust is like a Rope
In the Old Testament the word for trusting faith was a Hebrew word that meant a rope. I'd like to use this imagery to explain something about how trust is built and how trust is destroyed.
My father was not very patient, especially around Christmas time. The tradition in French Canada where I grew up was that the children would go to bed and at the stroke of midnight the parents would wake them up to come and see what Santa had left.
In this lesson, we learn that God wants the very same thing from us today as He required from the Jews who wandered in the desert during the time of Moses.
David calls on everyone to listen to his teaching that it will be beneficial to both rich and poor, that each will have something to learn. Then he goes ahead to list the limits of money. (Psalm 49:1-20)
Tanning oil and a good book are not the only things we have to pack in order to enjoy summer vacations. This lesson explores the spiritual things that also need to be brought along so that our getaway is pleasing to God and not just ourselves.
In this lesson Mike demonstrates the superior way man can devote himself to God through Christ in comparison to the Old Testament's system of sacrifice and giving. (Leviticus 27:1-34)
This lesson reviews the actual reasons why the act of giving provides a greater reward than the act of receiving.
In his letter to the Corinthian church Paul says that love is the greatest of all the virtues. This lesson gives some reasons why this is so.
This lesson focuses on three important reasons why Christians should devote themselves to the spiritual exercise of prayer.