Articles from Pastor Mike’s Theological Mailing

Why the Church Gathers

Why does the church gather? What is the purpose of our meeting Sunday? Is it just to get a spiritual shot  in the arm to get me through the week? Is it to have a social outlet that is at least spiritual? Is it to hear a biblical sermon? After all, isn't that what we [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Why the Church Gathers

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

This is a common question that many wrestle with when it comes to their church. It may be a question you have thought of yourself or are even currently contemplating. Should I stay with my current local church or leave and try to find a new body to be a part of? If you are [...]

By | 2016-12-17T19:19:48+00:00 December 17th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Before…After

You see it all the time on social media. Before and after pictures of people who changed their eating habits and committed to a training program. They lose weight. They look and feel healthier. It's almost a brand new person. Well the Bible explains that there are before and after portraits of those whose lives [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Before…After

Christ’s Bodybuilding Program

"I love going to a church that has many programs. Children's programs. Youth programs. Music programs." This is the common statement made by many who are looking for a church. To them it's all about programs. The more, the better. After all, the world offers so many programs, so in order to compete with what [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Christ’s Bodybuilding Program

Church Membership: No More Excuses(Part 2)

To claim to be a Christian, saved by God's grace and by the power of Gospel of Jesus Christ, and not to belong to a local body of believers, is to claim that you are committed to the Head but not to the Body. “I don’t think the New Testament knows anything about a Christian that doesn’t belong [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Church Membership: No More Excuses(Part 2)

Church Membership: No More Excuses(Part 1)

Judgment Free Zone. Ten dollars down. Ten dollars a month. Having been in the health industry for 30 years between being an avid weightlifter, a follower of the Mr. Olympia, a certified personal trainer and a manager at a sport supplement store, I see lines like these fill the ads of many gyms in this [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Church Membership: No More Excuses(Part 1)

The Gospel and Your Children

I will never forget a few years ago when the ladies from our church, who had recently returned from a women's conference, were telling me that my wife was the talk of the conference. That alone surprised me because, though she was part of a panel Q & A discussion at the women's conference, my [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Gospel and Your Children

The Role of Women in the Church

Why pick such a controversial topic to blog about? Oh I didn't realize there was controversy surrounding this issue. To use NoCo language: HENNO. Well, what else do you expect from a ministry whose tag line is always biblical, always controversial, always in that order. The equality of women with men has nothing to do [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Role of Women in the Church

The Nature of True Saving Faith

It was one of the most celebrated times in the Jewish calendar. It was the Passover(See Exodus 12:1-13). Jews would all gather together in Jerusalem to celebrate this feast. Now on one of these occasions Jesus appears on the scene. And what does he do? Miraculous signs. The beloved disciple states very clearly the purpose [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Nature of True Saving Faith

The Sovereignty of God Over the Nations

True or False? God's sovereign rule over nations is dependent upon the leaders of those nations submitting to His authority. If you answered true, then you have a low view of God. The God who commanded the universe into existence(Psalm 33:6-9) and who sustains the universe(Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3) does not depend on the leaders of [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Sovereignty of God Over the Nations