• Mike Gilbert

    Contributing sermons since Jun 18, 2007
Mike's church

Desert Springs Community Church
Surprise, Arizona 85387
623-214-DSCC (3722)

About Mike
  • Education: Bachelor of Science (Business Management) - Missouri State University Master of Religious Education - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Master of Divinity, equiv. - Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary Ph.D. course work - Trinity Seminary Currently pursuing Doctor of Ministry - Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Experience: Surrendered to ministry in 1971. Has served as Youth Minister, Music/Worship Minister, Minister of Education, College Minister, Bus Minister, Associate Pastor, Pastor, and Church Planter. Senior Pastor since 1991. Adjunct College Professor in Florida and Arizona. Frequent curriculum writer, conference leader, worship leader. Has served in Missouri, Texas, Georgia, Florid, Louisiana, and Arizona. Has served on staff or pastored small, medium, large, and mega churches, as well as two church plants.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I hope these can be helpful to you. I believe the Lord gave them to me to make a difference in people’s lives, and truths apply to more than one location, obviously.
  • Family: Married since January, 1975, to wife, Becky. Two grown children.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They’re the best they’ve ever heard.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Try to trim ’em down a little in time.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Don’t pull punches, answer the question "so what?" before you finish.
  • Books that have had an impact: The Bible. Discover Your Strengths. Half Time.
  • Hobbies: Music, golf, writing, watching sports.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so. But also, Jesus loves me this I know because I’ve talked to Him several times already today.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He is not here, he is risen.
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  • Final Words

    Contributed on Sep 26, 2008
    based on 6 ratings

    Truths gleaned from Jesus’ words to thief on the cross.

    FINAL WORDS INTRO> Something happened a few years ago that had never happened before. For the first time ever, a game show became the #1-rated television show. Regis Philbin served as the original host of “Do You Want To Be A Millionaire?,” where a single contestant sits in chair while more

  • Table-Waiting 101

    Contributed on Jul 21, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    The purpose and role of deacons.

    INTRO>John Seamands tells the story of a German soldier who was wounded and ordered to go to a military hospital for treatment. When he arrived, he saw two doors. One was marked, “For the slightly wounded,” and the other was labeled, “For the seriously wounded.” He entered through the first door more

  • Gone With The Wind

    Contributed on Jul 21, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    How to avoid being tossed around by every wind of false doctrine.

    INTRO>In the frigid waters around Greenland are countless icebergs, some little and some gigantic. If you observe them carefully and over time, you’ll notice that sometimes the small ice floes move in one direction while the huge masses of ice flow in another. The explanation is simple: surface more

  • Back To The Future

    Contributed on Jul 20, 2008
    based on 20 ratings

    Final message at a church...helping people focus on the future.

    INTRO>In 1985, Michael J. Fox, played the part of teenager Marty McFly, and Christopher Lloyd starred as Dr. Emmit Brown, a weird scientist who invented a time machine placed inside a remodeled DeLourian. Produced by Stephen Spielberg, “Back To the Future,” won the oscars for best effects and best more

  • Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

    Contributed on Jul 19, 2008
    based on 23 ratings

    Looking around the table at the Lord’s Supper.

    Intro>In 1967 a groundbreaking movie directed by Stanley Kramer starred Spencer Tracy in his last film ever (he died 17 days after filming it), Katherine Hepburn, who won the best actress Oscar for her performance, and Sidney Poitier. The plot revolves around a wealthy white daughter who has more

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  • Your Wife Needs To Hear Your Heart, She Already ...

    Contributed on Jan 30, 2008

    Your wife needs to hear your heart, she already knows your more

  • Years Ago, When I Was A Youth Minister, We ...

    Contributed on Jan 12, 2008

    Years ago, when I was a youth minister, we offered a free trip to youth camp to any teenager who could decipher the new name of the Youth Newsletter: The W.E.E.L.Y.D.O.T.L.I.S.T. -- We got all kinds of guesses, but out of several hundred teenagers who tried, no one figured it out. Sure enough, on more

  • --Ill>years Ago In A Coca Cola Commercial On ...

    Contributed on Nov 21, 2007

    ----ILL>Years ago in a Coca Cola commercial on t.v., Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Mean Joe Green is shown heading into the players’ tunnel to his dressing room after a hard game. A young fan gets his attention, then gives him a Coke. He takes the Coke and turns away to walk on down the tunnel, more

  • This Week I Saw An Ad In The Arizona Republic ...

    Contributed on Nov 21, 2007

    This week I saw an ad in the Arizona Republic newspaper. It was an ad placed on behalf of someone’s grandmother, which said: “Lost: one pearl ring. Lost near 35th Avenue and Cactus. Setting is chipped from many years’ wear, has one diamond on each side of pearl. Great sentimental value. Large more

  • The Notorious Can Of Spam That Gets Passed Along ...

    Contributed on Nov 21, 2007

    The notorious can of Spam that gets passed along at our annual Christmas White Elephant Gift Exchange Party more than likely won’t be detectable as a can of spam in how it’s wrapped. Otherwise, no one would pick it as the gift they choose to open or barter with. It’s the same with many gifts. more