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Dec 30, 2018
“Whatever Happened to Joseph?” – Rev. Mike Stallings
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  • Dec 30, 2018“Whatever Happened to Joseph?” – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Dec 30, 2018
    “Whatever Happened to Joseph?” – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Series: (All)
  • Jun 24, 2018Ultimate Obedience – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Jun 24, 2018
    Ultimate Obedience – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Deuteronomy 6:1-12
  • Sep 24, 2017Thank God Life’s Not Fair – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Sep 24, 2017
    Thank God Life’s Not Fair – Rev. Mike Stallings
     
  • Sep 24, 2017Thank God Life’s Not Fair – Rev. Glenna Manning
    Sep 24, 2017
    Thank God Life’s Not Fair – Rev. Glenna Manning
     
  • Sep 10, 2017Beyond Belief: Beyond Control – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Sep 10, 2017
    Beyond Belief: Beyond Control – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Text: Matthew 14:22-33
    Main Idea: We don’t learn to trust God and then surrender control of our lives. We learn to trust God by surrendering control of our lives to God and finding God to be faithful.
    Topic: Many of us who believe in God have never trusted God enough to surrender control of our lives to God. Step 3 of the 12 steps states “We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over the care of God as we understood Him.” When Peter stepped out the boat to walk on the water he was trusting Christ enough to turn his life over to him. The rest of the disciples stood and watched. And when the waves got big enough even Peter doubted. If we are going to allow God to answer our prayers for healing we will need to surrender control of our lives to God and allow God to heal in God’s way by God’s means in God’s time.
  • Jul 23, 2017Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Jul 23, 2017
    Lessons By The Lake: No Out Of Bounds In God’s Kingdom – Rev. Mike Stallings
    The issue of Jesus’ authority expands geographically and theologically as he takes his disciples into challenging territory. Some historians suggest that there was a Roman presence known as the Tenth Legion in the region of the Decapolis, their destination. Pheme Perkins writes in the New Interpreters Bible that there was a boar on their official flag. The 2,000 pigs that became the final destination for a legion of demons indicates raising pigs must have been a significant part of the local economy. These details confirm that Jesus’ authority stretched far beyond that of an itinerant rabbi seeking Jewish disciples. Moreover, Jesus clearly had no concern for how his actions would be interpreted by others. He risked becoming ceremonially unclean to travel right into the belly of the Gentile beast to help a man who had been shunned because of his behavior due to an impure or defiling spirit. Jesus engaged the man, healed that which had caused his rejection from the community, then reconnected him with his estranged community. Gentile culture, pigs, tombs, nor impure spirits could create a boundary Jesus couldn’t or wouldn’t cross. Disciples must learn to see past boundaries for the ministry opportunities that lie beyond.
  • Jun 25, 2017Holiness and Life in the Spirit – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Jun 25, 2017
    Holiness and Life in the Spirit – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Series: Third Person
    1 Corinthians 12:4-12
    There is a direct correlation between the holiness of the Holy Spirit and the holiness that characterizes those who make up the church. Paul assumed that through baptism a new people had been called into existence to be for the world what Jesus was and continues to be---the manifestation of the reality of God’s love. Peter does the work of faith before the Spirit, He prayed (discipline), he deliberated (was puzzled), and he discerned the direction from the Spirit (he went). Prayer is the crucial practice through which we are drawn into the life of the Trinity. Since we don’t know how to pray, the Spirit “intercedes with sighs to deep for words” (Romans 8:26). To be made holy is not to be morally better than anyone we know; to be holy is to be made part of a community in which our lives depend on those we know and who know us. To be made holy is to be held accountable and to hold others accountable, to be loved and to love as we have been loved by Christ, the one who would have us love one another even if such loves invites the hatred of the world. However to do so, we MUST be dependent upon the Holy Spirit! We are given gifts so that we might pour out the fruits of the Spirit upon all others. The body of Jesus is the dwelling place of God; Jesus is the new temple. But as Jesus and the Father come to dwell in us, WE become the temple of God, the place where God lives. We as church—that is the assembly of believers—but also we as individuals become a habitation for the Spirit.
  • Jan 1, 2017Living Into Covenant – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Jan 1, 2017
    Living Into Covenant – Rev. Mike Stallings
    Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23