Michael's church

Christian Hills Church
, Illinois
708 349-0777

About Michael
  • Education: Afl-CIO Carpenter Apprenticeship - Graduated 1983. Pastoral Diploma from North Central Bible College - minor in Bible - Graduated 1988. B.S. Social Work from Bemidji State University - minors in Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Sociology - 1994. Masters of Biblical Studies in Pastoral Ministry - Master’s Divinity School- 2008
  • Experience: 11/’08 - present - Senior Pastor of Christian Hills ’97 - 11/’08 - Senior pastor New Life Community Church ’97 - ’07 - Special ed. teacher, and substitute teacher ’94 - ’97 - Associate Pastor Christian Hills Church ’95 - ’97 - Teacher Christian Life College - part time ’90 - ’94 - Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp -- Manager/Minister ’88 - ’90 - Pastor Liberty Chapel ’84 - ’88 - Self employed M&M Construction ’79 - ’84 - Afl-CIO Union Local 7 -- Carpenter
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: It’s by the grace of God that I can even do this!
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Leadership Pain, Life of Joseph series, 3 motto’s of a Servant Leader, Servanthood series, 7 Keys to revival, Legacy of the pew - Series
  • One of my favorite illustrations: The truth of the matter is man has been making mistakes since creation. Here are just some of the great mistakes of the past: 1). The ancient Babylonians believed that the earth was flat in 8th Century B.C.. The sad fact is there are still people today who believe that the earth is flat. Their claims are based on their literal interpretation of the Bible, which, for example refers to "the four, corners of the Earth." They call themselves the "Flat Earth Society." There base is in Utah.
  • Family: Wife - Kathy married for 36 years - she is a teacher at our Christian School. 3 DAUGHTERS: Tiffany - (Josh) and two twin grand sons, Ayden and Keagan twins, and granddaughter Evie - Ashley - (Vernon) Emerson, Harlowe, Deklin - Christa _ Isa
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My mom say’s "I am dynamic." My dad has only heard me preach once at a Father’s Day Banquet and he said, "You did well, but your socks did not match your suit."
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She says, "They are awesome! They are life inspiring! They are motivational! They are enlightening! They are heart changing! and He’s cute too!"
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be Yourself. Pray for the Lord to use the sermon he laid on your heart. Use illustrations. Be creative "It’s a sin to bore people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ" (Swindoll). Preach in modern day Parables. Repeat you main point 7 times. Do your homework!
  • Books that have had an impact: "Leadership Pain" Samuel Chand "Radical" by David Platt "Experiencing God" by Blackaby, "David" by Charles Swindoll, "Laugh Again" by Charles Swindoll, "Developing the Leader Within" by John Maxwell, "Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make" By Hans Finzel, "Turning Vision Into Action" by George Barna, "Descending Into Greatness" by Bill Hybels, "The Life You Always Wanted" by John Ortberg, "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" by Jim Cymbala, "Fresh Faith" by Jim Cymbala, "Fresh Power" by Jim Cymbala
  • Hobbies: Reading, Computer Strategy Games, Walking, Boating
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Commit 100% to Jesus and then lead people from here to eternity.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: When I was doing my internship in a church I once noted to the congregation that I had recently received a news letter from Hell. I mean’t to say I had received a News Letter which had an article about Hell and it came out wrong. Everyone laughed and teased me that they did not know that I had a hotline to Hell.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He was a man after God’s own heart!
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  • Jesus "i Am" The Good Shepherd!

    Contributed on Jul 25, 2021

    : Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he laid down his life to save the sheep. He lead’s the sheep to safety, security, pasture and the good life but not to slaughter or harm. Jesus guards, encourages, supports and protects His sheep because He loves them.

    I am playing these videos to get your mindset focused on Shepherding – agriculture lifestyles – a common sight in the time and teaching of Jesus – not so much today – as a matter of fact you would be hard pressed to find many sheep farms in this area of Illinois! Opening Video Transition (2 more

  • Jesus "i Am" The Door

    Contributed on Jul 11, 2021

    Jesus is the door or the gate to heaven. It is only through Him that we are able to find eternal life and a relationship with Abba Father. There is no other gateway into eternity than this doorway.

    Video transition: “The Work” from Skit Guys! “I am the Door/Gate!” Thesis: Jesus is the door or the gate to heaven. It is only through Him that we are able to find eternal life and a relationship with Abba Father. There is no other gateway into eternity than this doorway. Introduction: The more

  • Jesus Is The Light Of The World

    Contributed on Jul 3, 2021

    Jesus will at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles when the lights are blown out make this statement. This celebration of God’s deliverance and a call to repentance for the Jewish nation will set the stage for Jesus 2nd “I Am” statement – Jesus states, “I am the Light of the world!”

    Video Transition: This Place Series: Jesus the “I Am” of Renewal Thesis for Series: John uses Jesus' "I Am" proclamations to prove that Jesus was the Messiah – God in the flesh - and these proclamations are pivotal for the Jews and Christians to understand. Summary of Sermon 1: more

  • Jesus "i Am" The Bread Of Life

    Contributed on Jun 27, 2021

    Whenever Jesus said “I Am’ it became a moment between God and man and for those who believed a renewal moment. The name “I Am” refers to God as the God of the past, the present and the future! Jesus uses this name and verifies it again in the book of Revelation!

    Transition Video: “I Am” – Statement’s introduction Series: Jesus the I Am of renewal! Sermon 1: I Am the Bread of Life! Scripture Texts: John 6:35: 35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John more

  • A Father's Heart

    Contributed on Jun 18, 2021

    A Father’s heart has the power to bring renewal to those who need to be refreshed from the trials of life and pressures of life. A Father’s heart can also bring trauma, pain and loss to people.

    A Father’s Heart Opening Illustration: Skit Guys – Things Dad’s Don’t say! 2 parts Happy Father’s Day! Introduction: Today is Father’s Day – a day to recognize and honor our Father’s – this means our spiritual fathers, adopted fathers, step fathers, father figures and of course our more

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  • Stoyan's Father By Nik Ripken

    Contributed on Apr 14, 2019

    When Stoyan was twelve, they imprisoned his protestant pastor father. His father remained in custody for ten years. “At first,” he said, “they held him in a secret police place in our city.” “Every morning one of the guards would take some of his own human waste and spread it on the piece of toast more

  • Tavian's Story From Insanity Of God

    Contributed on Mar 22, 2019
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    Story from Insanity of God Tavian, pages 183-185: Up four flights of creaking stairs, in a tiny apartment, we met a white-haired, stooped-over, shell of a man. It was clear that, earlier in his life, he had cast a longer shadow. He invited us into his apartment. The aged furnishings made the room more

  • Community

    Contributed on Oct 2, 2015

    Dr. B. adds, “Christ desired that his church would be the earthly community of oneness modeled after the eternal community of oneness. Jesus went on to declare that he had provided his followers with everything they needed to bring about this oneness. He prayed, “I have given them the glory that more

  • God's Will

    Contributed on Oct 12, 2014

    Charles Swindoll from his book The Mystery of Gods Will (pgs 44-51) gives us the following insight in how we can know: 1. God leads us through His written Word. 2. God leads us through the inner prompting of the HS. 3. God leads us through the counsel of wise, qualified more

  • Your Legacy

    Contributed on Oct 2, 2014
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    What is the soil of your heart like? Is it growing and producing fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven – are you using your life for eternity? 1. Quote: “I will not waste my life! I will finish my course and finish it well. I will display the Gospel of the grace of God in all I do. I will run my race to more