While Pastor Doug delivers several sermon series each year, some of his messages are stand-alone as well. You’ll find all of his non-series messages here. You will also find a wide variety of inspirational messages our guest speakers have brought to us. No matter what your interests or current situation, you’re sure to find something here that will speak to your heart.
As a new year gets underway, it is a great time to take on new challenges and overcome issues we have been dealing with in our lives. In our everyday world, people make New Year’s resolutions and promise themselves that they’ll do better than what they’ve done in the past. While there is not really anything wrong with trying to do better, we generally end up falling back into old patterns and might even feel more defeated than before we tried (again) to make change happen. There is a better way than self-reliance; it is to rely on God, instead. It’s not complicated, but it doesn’t seem to come naturally. In this series, we’ll learn how to deliberately and completely depend on God, and look to Him for the breakthroughs we need in every area of life.
Some sins are so big, while others are pretty little, right? On the contrary, the Bible is very clear on the idea that all sin separates us from God, yet God’s grace is sufficient to save us from any/all sin that we might commit. In other words, it is us – not God – who likes to put different sins on a scale, and then tell ourselves that the sin we commit really isn’t that big of a deal, compared to the sin we see others commit. But, no matter how innocent some sins might look to us, any sin in our lives takes us off of the course that God intended for us, distracting us from the plans He has for our lives. While we might tolerate things in our lives like (spiritual) apathy, fear, gluttony, worry, flattery, consumerism, and [the pursuit of] comfort, these “little” sins can lead to “big” problems if left unchecked and unaddressed. In this inspiring series, Pastor Doug challenges us to reflect on all things that would keep us from God’s best for our lives, with practical advice about how to deal with and overcome these pretty, but still deadly, sins.
The verse is a familiar one, often quoted: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (NKJV). The “challenge” comes in living like this is really true. In fact, the entire chapter of Romans 8 provides us with a blueprint for living our lives all out for God, without any doubt or fear, because God promises us that He has our back, that everything we are or will be is in His loving hands. In this 2-part series, Pastor Doug encourages us to embrace the truth of this inspiring chapter.
No matter what we are hoping for in life, all of us eventually face significant disappointment in one area or another – our careers, relationships, health, finances, or families. When we face challenges and setbacks, our tendency is to question where God is in all of it, and perhaps even become angry, discouraged, and bitter. In this series, Pastor Doug encourages us to look at disappointments in life in a completely different way. When our plans go wrong, this is exactly the time where God does what only He can do – turn those broken dreams into the pathway to His higher purpose for our lives.
Throughout the Bible, there are references to the spiritual conflict that began with the rebellion of Lucifer (aka Satan) and one-third of the angels against God, and how that conflict has influenced humankind and our spiritual journey as well. But, far from being an unexpected outcome that God hadn’t adequately planned for, Lucifer’s sin and our desire to do our own thing in rebellion against God were known by God even before He chose to create us. His plan to forgive us and prepare us for an eternal relationship with Him has rightly been called “the greatest story ever told.”
As a spiritual tool and weapon, fasting is often overlooked in our Christian culture today. However, it is a tried and true method for unlocking spiritual power and creating a whole new outlook within ourselves for walking out our Christian faith. While figures from the Bible, such as Daniel and Christ, fasted in their day and for the purposes God had for them, fasting is not a thing of the past – it is also for our present day and for us!