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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 she is a teacher. 3 DAUGHTERS: Tiffany - 30 (Josh)and two twin grand sons, - Ayden and Keagan twins, and granddaughter Evie Ashley - 27 (Vernon) grandson Emerson and granddaughter Harlowe Christa- 26
  • 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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  • How To Draw Near To God?

    Contributed on Jul 1, 2018
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    We cannot settle for a dry shallow view of Christianity in our life and just know of God we must be willing to go deeper into a relationship with God to actually know God intimately. This is the essence of the type of Christianity Jesus emphasized in His

    Series: You asked for it – How to Draw near to God? One of the questions that surfaced was the following: “Intimacy with God ---- What does it look like? What does it feel like? What does it sound like? How do you stay connected to God?” So, we will be looking at these questions today! Video ...read more

  • Christmas Present

    Contributed on May 24, 2018
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    The Bible reveals: Christmas past – Who Jesus was- all the way back to the Beginning and the first Christmas. It reveals Christmas present - who Jesus is present tense – which is Emmanuel - which means the God who is with us right now and the Bible remind

    Opening Video Illustration: Bluefishtv: “The Greatest Story Ever Told” Thoughts on video – Is this not a miracle – the repeating over and over of the great story of Jesus birth? Think about it! All over this world people in different languages will read the Christmas Story this week – people will ...read more

  • Christmas Past

    Contributed on May 24, 2018
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    The Bible reveals: Christmas past – Who Jesus was (All the way back to the Beginning) – Christmas present (Jesus who is present tense – Emmanuel the God who is with us right now) and the Bible reminds us that Christmas future is coming to this world

    Theme: Christmas Miracles: past-present-future Thesis: The Bible reveals: Christmas past – Who Jesus was (All the way back to the Beginning) – Christmas present (Jesus who is present tense – Emmanuel the God who is with us right now) and the Bible reminds us that Christmas future is coming to ...read more

  • Becoming Spirit Filled And Empowered

    Contributed on May 24, 2018
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    The Holy Spirit takes an active role in the life of the spirit filled believer to help care for their soul. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to empower us- immerse us in His presence so as to enable us to live Christ like and to do the work of the Kingdo

    Opening Video Illustration: Holy Spirit everyday! Sermon Series: Soul Care and the role of the Holy Spirit Thesis: The Holy Spirit takes an active role in the life of the spirit filled believer to help care for their soul. Scripture: John 14:15-18: 15 “If you love me, you will obey what I ...read more

  • I Love Sundays

    Contributed on May 24, 2018
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    Sundays were designed by God for us to meet with Him, to be touched by His presence, to hear His Words of Life and to find rest! It is designed by God to be the best day of our week! It’s a day to honor God for what He has done for you the other 6 days of

    Video: I love Sundays because it makes for better Mondays I Love Sundays, Part 3 Sermon: Because they make better Mondays! Thesis: Sundays were designed by God for us to meet with Him, to be touched by His presence, to hear His Words of Life and to find rest! It is designed by God to be the best ...read more

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  • 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

  • Mammon

    Contributed on Oct 2, 2014
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    The Blessed Life is a book written Robert Morris. He talks about a crucial weed that chokes out the truth of God, the teachings of God, the Word in our life – that weed or thorny vine is called mammon – greed – the love of money which supersedes the love of the Lord Jesus. It’s a real weed and it’s ...read more

  • Women And Proverbs

    Contributed on May 16, 2013
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    WOMEN AND PROVERBS From Chronological Life Application Bible: "Proverbs has a lot to say about women. How fitting that the book ends with a picture of a woman of strong character, great wisdom, many skills, and great compassion. Some people have the mistaken idea that the ideal woman in the ...read more