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?



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.


When one season ends and a new one begins, we all wonder what comes next. That question can be exciting and stressful. So, how do you best navigate life’s biggest transitions?


Part 1-Now and Then

Life is full of change. Transitions can be both exciting and stressful. That’s because we can’t see into the future. We can’t tell what comes next. But what if there was a way to prepare for the next season? What if you could do something now to influence where you end up then?


Part 2-Motion Sickness

We’re all headed somewhere. Arriving at our new destinations requires change. For most of us, change creates stress. Just like when we travel on a boat, plane, or in a car, traveling through life can give us motion sickness. We’re knocked off balance. The ground beneath our feet doesn’t feel solid. So how do you prepare for what’s next when the anxiety of transition has you fighting motion sickness?


Part 3-Know What You Don't Know

We’re all headed somewhere. We’re all moving toward a new season. And none of us has been where we’re going. Yet it’s up to us to figure out what we need to pack in our bags so that we’re prepared for that coming season. But how can you know what you’ll need when the coming season is a mystery? How can you know what you don’t know?


Part 4-Praying Ahead

Sometimes you know what’s coming next—graduation, wedding, new baby, new job, retirement. But there’s no correlation between knowing what’s next and being prepared for what’s next. So, how do you prepare for the next season when you can't see what’s coming?


Part 5-Yesterday's Investments

Live from Lead Pastor John Hastings

We’re all headed somewhere. We’re all moving toward a new season. And none of us has been where we’re going. Yet it’s up to us to figure out what we need to pack in our bags so that we’re prepared for that coming season. But we don’t have to accept the status quo. So, how can yesterday’s investments continue to pay off tomorrow?


Do you sometimes wonder how anyone in the modern scientific world could still believe that Christ died for our sins, was buried, rose from the dead, and was seen? Do you wonder if anyone still believes in the seemingly outdated teachings of Jesus and views them as the best way to live today? What people saw 2000 years ago was enough for them to believe. Is it still enough today?


Part 1-Belive Again

Live from Lead Pastor John Hastings


Part 2-Belive Again

Live from Lead Pastor John Hastings


Part 3-Easter Message

Do you sometimes wonder how anyone could believe Christ died for our sins, was buried, rose from the dead, and was seen? It was enough then. Maybe it’s still enough today. 


Humble shepherd. Giant-slayer. Gifted poet. Mighty warrior. Flawed man. Legendary leader. David is one of history's most famous kings. But more important, he was a man after God's own heart.


Part 1-The Reluctant Hero

David went from humble shepherd to national hero to great king. But he wasn't great because of his reputation or military prowess. He was great because of where he'd learned to place his hope.


Part 2-Killer Giants

The way of God is most unappealing when we are angry, isolated, or afraid. That’s when we consider things we would never otherwise consider. It's when we feel compelled to do something . . . anything. But maybe there's a better way.


Part 3-The Abigail Way

The way of God isn't appealing when we have been wronged by someone else. Our natural urge is to try to get even. We want to wrong the people who wrong us as a way of getting payback. That seems just. It seems fair. But does it solve anything? Maybe there’s a better way.


Part 4-The Great King

Few things are as repulsive as a leader, parent, boss, or politician who leverages influence for his or her benefit to the neglect of those he or she is responsible for. Few things are as inspiring as a leader who says no to himself or herself in order to say yes to those for whom he or she is responsible. So how can we lead well when authority is placed in our hands?


Part 5-When Dreams Can't Come True

Plans are great. Reality is greater. Reality wins. Things don’t always go as planned. Some dreams don’t come true. So what do you do when you discover your dream can’t come true?


What do you want in 2018? Is it a what? Is it a who? Maybe it's a state of mind. Are you sure it's what you really want? Let's figure it out together.


Part 1-Careful What You Want For

We all have wants. But actually getting what we want can be tricky . . . and even dangerous. It usually leaves us wanting more. If what we want leads to a cycle of wanting more and more, maybe we want the wrong things. So, what do you want?


Part 2-Don't Be Deceived

We’ll never get what we really want until we discover what is most value. But choosing what’s valuable isn’t natural. We’ve all had the experience of getting what we naturally want, only to discover it's not what is most valuable—it’s not what we ultimately want. But how do we avoid being deceived by our short-term desires?


Part 3-Last Things First

What do you want? What do you really want? We’ll never get what we really want until we discover what is most value. And what we naturally want is often in conflict with what we ultimately value. So, in order to figure out what you really want, you have to figure out what you value.


Part 4-Thinkin' It Through

What you naturally want is often in conflict with what you ultimately value. But your heavenly Father knows what you need. He wants for you what you really want. So, how do you put aside those natural wants and pursue what you ultimately value?