We all want to be in a great relationship. But great relationships don't automatically happen because we found the right person or because we made a promise. They happen when we strive to become the person we're looking for.


Part 1-The Right Person Myth

In relationships, we often believe if we find the right person it will make everything right. So we ask ourselves, “Is this the right person for me?” Maybe we need to be asking a different question—a question that shifts our focus from seeking the right kind of person to becoming the right kind of person.


Part 2-The Fine Print

If becoming the right kind of person is key to a great relationship, how do you do that? Is there something you can do to prepare? Does it just happen? Sure, we’re supposed to love others, but what does that really mean? Let’s lean in and read the fine print.


Part 3-Grownup Love

From elementary school through high school, many of us had ideas of what the perfect relationship would look like in the future. While those dreams may not represent our current reality, a step in the right direction could be to follow the apostle Paul’s advice—move from our childish ways and start being grownups.


Part 4-Five Rules for Dating

If you don’t want a relationship like the majority of relationships, don’t date like the majority of daters. In this message, Andy Stanley gives five rules for dating.



Most personal problems can't be fixed. We can cope, overcome, or move on, but the past is the past. The good news is you can learn to avoid what can be avoided so there's less to cope with later. You just need The Beginner's Guide to Predicting Your Future.


Part 1-Principle of the Path

We’re all going to end up somewhere in life, but often there’s a disconnect between where we want to end up and the path we choose. So how can we avoid choosing a path that’s guaranteed to get us where we don’t want to be?


Part 2-Your Intention Please

Nobody gets lost on purpose. But we often find ourselves in places we never intended. If there’s a disconnect between what you hope to be true in the future and the direction you’re headed now, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at your path. Our direction, not our intention, will determine our destination.


Part 3-Follow

We all start out life with great intentions. But our intentions aren’t good indicators of our destinations. In fact, our direction trumps our intention every time. That’s why we all need to follow someone we trust. Someone who can make our lives better and make us better at life. So we all have a decision to make. If not Jesus, then who? And if not Christianity, then what?


Part 4-Appealing is Revealing

The best way to predict your future is to pay attention to where you’re headed. But sometimes it’s easy to get distracted by what’s on the path. The appeal of money, acceptance, or security can lower your defenses and lead you away from the path you want to be on. So is there a way back? How do we change course when we realize that we’ve chosen a path that leads us to what’s appealing instead of what’s ultimately satisfying?



Open mouth . . . insert foot. Don’t we all wish we could avoid that scenario? Our words can get us into all kinds of trouble. But maybe we can learn to keep our big mouths in check.


Part 1-Quick to Listen

We all know what it's like to be hurt by someone who just couldn't listen long enough to understand us. Maybe in their attempt to be right, they damaged a relationship that could have been saved with a little patience and curiosity. You've probably been on the other side of that coin too.


Part 2-Untamable

Like a small spark that has the potential to scorch an entire green forest, our tongues are untamable, with the power to control our whole bodies. We have a tool that can be used to build up those around us or tear them down in just a few words. What do we do with that kind of power? We can’t lock it away. But we can, by God’s grace, learn to control it.


Part 3-According to Code

Our big mouths can be destructive, but they also have the power to build others up. What we say can impact the quality, and even the direction, of the lives of the people around us. How can we use this power for good?


Part 4-Right Where you Want ‘Em

What goes around often comes around. The powerless often find themselves in a position of power and the people who hurt us may someday need us. In the moments when we’ve got those people right where we want ‘em, what we say will say as much about us as anything else. If our words are stones, will we choose to throw them, or use them to pave the way forward?


"Mountain Move” is designed to help us through all of the transitions of life. Life is full of "ups and downs”. There is always something to challenge us. What do we need to get through it and stay strong? Jesus knows! All of the great people of God throughout all of the centuries know. All have done these three things: Pray, Trust, Believe! 


Part 1-Pray


Part 2-Trust


Part 3-Believe


Celebration Service



How should the world view the church? Unfortunately, we've created a brand for the church that Jesus never intended. But we have the opportunity to give everyone a Brand: New perspective.


Part 1-Letting Go

Jesus’ arrival signaled an end to one way of relating to God and the beginning of something entirely new. Jesus instructed us to love one another as well as those who won’t love us back. Over time and across cultures, different churches have tried to live that out in different ways. But when you reduce church to its irreducible minimum, it is a group of people doing their best to follow a teacher—Jesus—that we believe was sent from God to clear the way to God.


Part 2

Jesus introduced something brand new to the world. It was not an extension of the old, it was not a modification of something. It was an agreement between God and man that resulted in a brand new community that never existed before. This was to be a community where no-one stands alone, and where WE MAKE A PLACE FOR EVERYONE!  It was a community of love and acceptance, not a community of fearful apprehension and isolation. It was a community where disillusionment, despair, and hopelessness, was overcome by encouragement and optimism. This was brand NEW and desperately needed in that culture. It is still desperately needed today and is the reason MLC exists! Join us on Sunday, as Pastor John brings us part 2 of this series that has been designed to draw us all together around our common purpose as we anticipate the transition ahead.


Part 3-Mountain Move

MLC is going through a transition and we are moving to a different facility. Every move brings both excitement and challenges. We believe the Lord is leading us and has orchestrated this move.


Part 4-Redefining Terms

Don't like the church? Is that your fault or the church's? In this episode of Brand:New, Andy exposes how the church veered off course.



If you think Jesus was a great leader and teacher, but find it hard to believe in his resurrection, you’re in good company. Even his disciples were skeptical. But those same followers were the ones who would later become the spokesmen of a new movement: the church. They would maintain faith in the midst of incredible suffering. Many died still claiming that Jesus was their Savior. What we celebrate at Easter mattered enough to them that they were willing to pay almost any price to get the message out. Why? What was in it for them? Was it just an historical event that was obviously real and dramatic or was it more than that? Was there a personal benefit that brought a completely new view of life and the world? So what do you make of this defining event—the one that became the foundation of their faith . . . and of ours? Why does Easter really matter?



It's the start of a new year. But believe it or not, we'll be celebrating Easter in just 90 days. Between now and then, join us on a journey through the life of Jesus.


Part 1-For the World

Jesus didn't come to extend an old religion. He didn't come to just clarify old truths. He didn't come to just preach sermons and offer wise teachings. From the angel’s announcement to Mary that she would give birth to a son whose "kingdom would never end," it was clear: Jesus would do something new for the world.


Part 2-Upside Down

“Might makes right” is the default setting for the world. Those with wealth and power write the rules, and they usually write them to favor themselves. That was true in Jesus’ time as well. But he came to turn everything upside down.


Part 3-Fish Tricks

When you read the Gospels, two things are abundantly clear. Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus. And being an unbeliever doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus. So, what does that mean for you?


Part 4-New World Order

If you aren’t religious or you gave up religion, you probably had good reason to walk away or stay away. You’re a reasonable person, and there are plenty of good reasons to reject religion. But reconsider Jesus. He wasn’t an extension of the old religion. He came to introduce something brand new.


Part 5-Greater Indeed

Something in us is tempted to believe God loves his Law more than his people. We’re tempted to prioritize rules over people. Maybe you left church because somebody prioritized the Bible over your divorced mother or gay brother. But Jesus came to offer us a life greater than keeping religious rules.


Part 6-Jesus and the Disenfranchised

Jesus asks us to follow him. There’s no argument about that. But, some of the things Jesus did in his life were scandalous, counter cultural and against our normal tendencies. Even his close followers pushed back, the religious leaders even more so. The message Jesus brought was brand new and required a different way of living. Jesus left us in no doubt about what that looked like. He illustrated it perfectly. When Jesus says “Follow me”, we may not like it or find it easy, but it’s the only way the new message from Jesus can be spread. A new approach was required, one that was way more powerful than anything from the past. Join us this Sunday as Pastor John explores an incident in the life of Jesus that clearly illustrates this.


Part 7-Transcendence

We are right in the center of the 90-day journey about the life and message of Jesus, so it is entirely appropriate that Sunday will focus on a foundational declaration about Him. The statement made by a disciple is the basis of the church’s existence and informs our approach to the universal mandate Jesus gave us. Unfortunately, the church misses it frequently and this negatively impacts the progress of our mission. We must not miss it! Please join us this Sunday, as John Hastings describes what Jesus said about who we are and what we should do! 


Part 8-Nic at Night

Jesus claimed to be greater than the temple. He made the temple obsolete. Most of his followers assumed his end game was to declare himself king. The more discerning among them sensed something else was going on. Jesus spoke with authority but refused to take charge. He wielded extraordinary power, but never for himself. What was he up to?


Part 9-Redefining Greatness

We all have a working definition of what it means to be great. It probably includes power, prosperity, or popularity. As we journey through the life of Jesus, we can't help but stop and look at how he redefined greatness. Don't miss this message!


Part 10-The New Covenant

The words unlimited and unconditional make us suspicious. Whether those words describe an insurance policy, cellphone agreement, or meal plan for a college student, we assume unlimited is really limited and unconditional has some conditions. That suspicion extends to our relationship with God. Unconditional love? Unlimited forgiveness? There must be a catch. But what if there isn’t?


Part 11-The One Commandments

Jesus didn’t come to initiate Judaism 2.0. He came came to offer something entirely new to the world: a new covenant that would forever change humankind’s relationship to God. And with that new covenant came a new ethic—one that insisted the greatest choose the back of the line.


Part 12-The Pilate Chronicles

At Passover, Jesus gathered his followers and spelled out a new relational arrangement between God and mankind: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” But Jesus wasn’t celebratory. He seemed troubled. Initiating this new covenant with God would require sacrifice. What came next would confuse his followers and send them scattering.


Life can be complicated. I wish it were simple. Straightforward. Purposeful. But, distractions abound! Opinions, beliefs, messages, tweets, blogs, stories, bills, insurances, schools, paperwork, colleges, programs, illness, meals, sports, mortgages, investments, tax returns, websites and contracts all through the year. So busy, but was anything valuable? In the center of all that, comes a very clear but uncomplicated call from Jesus. A way of life. A simple one that matters!


Part 1-Follow


Part 2-Believe


Part 3-Obey


We all have a framework that helps us make sense out of life. It helps us make decisions that make sense. But we wonder about some things because our frame of reference doesn’t provide all the answers.

What do you wonder?


Part 1-Center of the World

We all have a framework that helps us make sense out of life. It helps us make decisions that make sense. But we wonder about some things because our frame of reference doesn’t provide all the answers.


Part 2-Show and Tell

We wonder because our frame of reference doesn’t provide us with all of the answers. Every version of religion works for children. But then life happens. We experience challenging circumstances that sew doubt in our childhood faith. Tragedy causes us to question if God is good and loving. Sin leads to guilt and shame. We wonder if God can really love us. Is there such a thing as a frame of reference that can accomodate a grown-up faith?


Part 3-Faith

We all wonder. When we fix our eyes somewhere other than on God, wonder leads to wander. If you’ve wandered from the faith or are looking for the door, it’s not because of Jesus. You may think Christianity requires mind-numbing, experience-denying faith, but what if that’s not true?




Voices! In a world of instant communication, our minds are subjected to an overwhelming myriad of VOICES. Freedom of speech is encouraged to the max and most of us exercise it. Is what we say important or is it just harmless commentary? Understanding this will influence the direction and quality of our lives. It could just relieve the stress and anxiety we all feel. Most of us are challenged by this.


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Voices-Live by John Hastings

Listen as Pastor John gives a heartfelt message about why we need to understand the influence our voices have on us and the people we love.




Does it ever seem like every couple around you has it all together, while you can’t even agree on what’s for dinner?


Part 1-Nothing

A great marriage doesn’t happen by accident. It requires care and regular maintenance. But sometimes we don’t want to make the effort. As long as it’s not broken, do we really need to talk about it?


Part 2-It’s Mutual

We all enter into marriage with hopes, dreams, and desires. They create expectations. But when you put those expectations onto your spouse, it turns your marriage into a debt/debtor relationship. Your relationship becomes marked by the belief that your spouse owes you something. So, how do you keep your hopes, dreams, and desires from becoming expectations?


Part 3-Sometimes You Have to Throw Things

As long as you think your spouse owes you, your marriage will be all about keeping score. That destroys intimacy. It destroys love. But what are we supposed to do about our hopes, dreams, and desires?


Part 4-It’s a Choice

Happy couples decide they owe each other everything but are owed nothing in return. But that requires effort. Every married person makes a choice every day. That choice feels more like a reaction, so most people don’t think they have a choice at all. But they do. Happy couples make the happy choice.


Guardrails. They're everywhere, whether we need them to be or not. The thing about guardrails is that we don't need them . . . until we do. And when we need one, it can be the difference between life and death.


Part 1-Direct and Protect

Guardrails are designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off-limit areas. They minimize damage by keeping us in the safety zone. But the highway isn’t the only place we need guardrails.


Part 2-Proximity

Have you ever met someone that later you wish you’d never met? Is there a person you wish your husband, wife, son, or daughter had never met? Sometimes people are our greatest regrets because they influence us to ignore our guardrails and step into the danger zone.


Part 3-Forever Yours

Guardrails keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off limit areas. We need personal guardrails so we don’t stray into areas of life that can harm us or the people we love. If there’s one area in which personal guardrails are most needed but also most resisted, it’s in our relationships.


Part 4-Money Matters

When it comes to our finances, it’s easy to cross the line into the danger zone. That’s why it’s essential to establish guardrails against greed.


Part 5-Resolve

We live with an internal conflict between our values (what we know is right) and our desire for immediate fulfillment. In areas like finances, relationships, and careers, a guardrail can feel like a barrier to something that seems good now. So why bother having guardrails if they just add to the tension? In this message, John presents a story from the life of Daniel and his own life, persuading us to resolve the matter in our hearts and establish guardrails now...once and for all.


We all want to be known for something. But what do you do when you don't measure up . . . even to your own standards? You’ll never become who you want to be until you are willing to face up to who you actually are. And the only way to do that is to stop worrying about being known for something, and allow yourself to be known by a group of someones.


Imaginary You

Andy Stanley and Lead Pastor John Hastings.

The Groups Catalog for Fall 2018 is below. If you were unable to attend this past Sunday, but would like to join one of the listed groups, you can either sign up this coming Sunday or send an email to info@mountainlakeschurch.org.

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Some of us avoid seeking truth for fear of what we may find. The path of discovery may reveal things that will necessitate a complete change in our entire view of life and the world, and that is scary. The truth may make things uncomfortable for us, and could bring relational friction too. Some may choose not to explore the truth concerning Jesus, because of a negative stigma that culture has associated with that knowledge. On the other hand, the discovery of truth could have a profoundly positive impact. For this reason, some seek the truth about Jesus with enthusiasm. Others are skeptical and wonder if we can really know the truth, especially about a man who lived 2000 years ago. 


Part 1-Blogs on Jesus

Live from Lead Pastor John Hastings

PART 2-BLOGS ON JESUS

Live from Lead Pastor John Hastings

Part 3-Blogs on Jesus

Live from Lead Pastor John Hastings


Saving the world like Superman or rescuing the weak like Spider-Man resonates with us. But we don't have superpowers. So, what does it look like to be a true hero?


Part 1-Unlikely People

Faster than an speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! There’s something about hero blockbusters in the summertime. We can’t get enough of them. Saving the world and rescuing the weak resonates with us. But what does it look like to be a hero in real life? Maybe we need a new definition of what it means to be a hero.


Part 2-All Access Pass

A hero saves the day. If you believe Hollywood, a hero saves the planet. That makes heroism seem inaccessible to most of us. But with a single question, Jesus made hero status available to us all. He also took away our excuses for not accessing our heroic potential.


Part 3-Kryptonite

Live from Lead Pastor John Hastings

“Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It’s Superman!” A hero sees what everyone sees, but is not content to do what everyone does. A hero saves the day. Even though that may sound lofty and unattainable, hero status is accessible to all of us. But just like Superman is vulnerable to Kryptonite, there’s a common weakness we must overcome if we’re going to be heroes.


Part 4-Losing is the New Winning

Live from Lead Pastor John Hastings

A hero sees what everyone sees, but is not content to do what everyone does. A hero doesn’t let his or her fear stand in the way of saving the day. One of the things we most admire about heroes is their willingness to sacrifice on behalf of others. But that’s also one of the biggest things that gets in the way of us seizing opportunities to be heroes.


Part 5-Just Be You

A hero sees what everyone sees, but is not content to do what everyone does. Nobody ever feels like a hero. But what separates heroes from the rest of us is choice. Heroes don’t accept the status quo. Heroes take action . . . even when the problem is too big for one person to solve. Heroes leverage what they have and who they are on behalf of other people.