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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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  • Christmas Eve Over And Over Again!

    Contributed on Dec 7, 2019
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    Gideon – stuck in time – stuck reliving the same day over and over (Christmas Eve) until he learns the lesson God wants to teach him – which is the true meaning of Christmas and the reason Jesus came to this earth as a baby – It is found in John 3:16!

    Christmas Eve over and over again! Message for CHC School Christmas Program 2019: Summary of play: Gideon – stuck in time – stuck reliving the same day over and over (Christmas Eve) until he learns the lesson God wants to teach him – which is the true meaning of Christmas and the reason Jesus ...read more

  • Through Giving Thanks! Sermon 12

    Contributed on Nov 24, 2019
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    This message explores how God's love is expressed to us in the context of our troubles in the journey of life and how those experiences should birth a heart of thanks and praise.

    Transition: Video Testimonies from SOKM - Giving thanks through testimony for God’s faithfulness! Series: Finding Joy in The Journey Sermon 12: Finding Joy in the journey through Giving Thanks! Thesis: This message explores how God's love is expressed to us in the context of our troubles ...read more

  • Through The Word Pt 3 - Sermon 11

    Contributed on Nov 16, 2019
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    God’s written Word (The Bible) when followed and obeyed gives joy to our hearts and revives our souls from the ravages of sin.

    Introduction Video Illustration: Skit Guys Christian and Un-Christian Series: Find Joy in the Journey Thesis: Joy needs to be experienced in the journey of life! But Joy, like any other attitude, can come and go. It is not guaranteed simply because we are born again believers. We must put ourselves ...read more

  • Through The Word Pt 2

    Contributed on Nov 10, 2019
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    God’s written Word (The Bible) when followed and obeyed gives joy to our hearts and revives our souls from the ravages of sin.

    Introduction Video Illustration: Bible Brainstorm by Skit Guys Series: Find Joy in the Journey Thesis: Joy needs to be experienced in the journey of life! But Joy, like any other attitude, can come and go. It is not guaranteed simply because we are born again believers. We must put ourselves in ...read more

  • Through The Word - Sermon 9

    Contributed on Nov 3, 2019
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    God’s written Word (The Bible) when followed and obeyed gives joy to our hearts and revives our souls from the ravages of sin.

    Introduction Video Illustration: The Skinny on the Bible by the Skit Guys Series: Find Joy in the Journey Thesis: Joy needs to be experienced in the journey of life! But Joy, like any other attitude, can come and go. It is not guaranteed simply because we are born again believers. We must put ...read more

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