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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: Beyond Sunday, Life of Joseph series, 3 motto’s of a Servant Leader, Servanthood series, 7 Keys to revival, Legacy of the pew - Series Fly High series from the Book of Acts
  • 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 34 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) grandson Emerson and granddaughter Harlowe - Christa
  • 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: Simplify by Bill Hybels "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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  • Breakthrough In The Mind Pt 2

    Contributed on Jun 12, 2020
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    We are in a war and for the most part that war is within – in our minds – it’s also in our thoughts and what we set our minds on becomes our reality – our minds dictate how we respond to life, situations and people.

    Sermon 2: Breakthrough in the mind! Thesis: We are in a war and for the most part that war is within – in our minds – it’s also in our thoughts and what we set our minds on becomes our reality – our minds dictate how we respond to life, situations and people. We need to have a renewed mind to win ...read more

  • Breakthrough In The Mind

    Contributed on Jun 7, 2020
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    We are in a war and for the most part that war is within – in our minds – it’s also in our thoughts and what we set our minds on becomes our reality – our minds dictate how we respond to life, situations and people.

    Sermon 1: Breakthrough in the mind! Thesis: We are in a war and for the most part that war is within – in our minds – it’s also in our thoughts and what we set our minds on becomes our reality – our minds dictate how we respond to life, situations and people. We need to have a renewed mind to win ...read more

  • Breakthrough With The Presence Of God

    Contributed on May 31, 2020
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    Breakthrough will only come in our lives when we enter into God’s presence – God’s presence should be the goal of every Christian. Fears flee and hope rises up as we are surrounded in His love and power

    Breakthrough with God’s Presence Thesis: Breakthrough will only come in our lives when we enter into God’s presence – God’s presence should be the goal of every Christian – to experience Him everyday and in special moments. When His presence comes into our lives everything else fades away! Fears ...read more

  • Breakthrough To Freedom!

    Contributed on May 24, 2020
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    We cannot allow fear to rob us of our freedom to worship God. Men and women died giving up their safety to give you the freedom you have today in this country.

    Breakthrough to Freedom! Thesis: We cannot allow fear to rob us of our freedom to worship God. We have to choose freedom over fear and safety because our only allegiance is to God and that’s what makes us really free. Men died giving up their safety to give you the freedom you have today in this ...read more

  • Breakthrough From Dragons

    Contributed on May 15, 2020
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    Today even in May of 2020 we need breakthroughs from dragons – yes – the evil ones (especially the Red dragon – Satan referenced in Revelation) – but we also need breakthroughs from the unknown dragons of the future or in the unknown charters of life.

    Breakthrough from Dragons You may be thinking – “That’s a crazy title for a sermon - dragons?” “Really Pastor Mike?” Believe it or not dragons are mention more than 35 times in the Bible especially in the Old King James version of the Bible! Yes dragons! Red dragons and one reference to fire ...read more

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  • Stoyan's Father By Nik Ripken

    Contributed on Apr 14, 2019
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    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 ...read 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 ...read more

  • Community

    Contributed on Oct 2, 2015
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    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 ...read more

  • God's Will

    Contributed on Oct 12, 2014
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    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 ...read 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 ...read more