King of Kings Lutheran Church Podcast

King of Kings Lutheran Church Podcast

By King of Kings Lutheran Church
Sermons and other content from Pastor Eric Johnson of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Lake Orion, MI.
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Dig In: Rising From The Ruin
When your life changes and things will never be the same again, how do we rise from ruin of the earthquake?
23:09
June 18, 2019
Dig In: Working In Your Waiting
Some of the most frustrating seasons in life are when we have a clear vision for what our lives should look like...and God does not agree! 
28:49
June 18, 2019
Dig In: Personal Pentecost
There is nothing like the experience of the eruptive presence of God at work in our lives. How can we dig in and excavate what God is saying to us in this seasons?
22:47
June 18, 2019
Discipleship MasterClass: Fruitful Living
Our primary purpose as disciples of Jesus is "fruitful living." But in the midst of conflicting schedules and priorities, how do we create the space to live fruitfully?
42:54
June 18, 2019
Famous Last Words: Wherever You Are, Wherever You Go
Jesus promises we WILL be His witnesses wherever we are and wherever we go.
20:17
June 18, 2019
Discipleship MasterClass: Deeper Relationships
As disciples of Jesus, we are invited to live as Jesus did. Jesus lived life in three dimensions: UP in relationship with God, IN in relationship within the Body of Christ, OUT in relationship to the world. In this session of the Discipleship MasterClass, Pastor Eric talks about how we experience deeper relationships in all three dimensions.
38:44
May 16, 2019
Famous Last Words: Opposing Authorities
It's not that we don't believe in Jesus' version of life. It's that we have bought into a different version. These opposing authorities bind us up and keep us from making disciples, but Jesus have been give ALL authority and invites us to repent and believe in His version of life.
26:28
May 16, 2019
Famous Last Words: A Living Example
When Jesus told Peter to "feed My sheep," Peter knew exactly what Jesus was talking about. Peter had Jesus as a living example. Today, we don't have Jesus in the flesh to guide us, but we do have other living examples of what it means to feed His sheep. Patricia Duke from Love INC of North Oakland County joined us to talk about how Jesus has called her and Love INC to feed His sheep and how it has changed her life and faith as a result.
28:17
May 7, 2019
Discipleship MasterClass: Continuous Breakthrough
Jesus wants to speak to us and disciple us in the everyday experiences of our lives. But how do we hear from him? In the first session of the Discipleship MasterClass, Pastor Eric teaches on how to make sense of the "kairos" moments of our lives.
40:32
May 2, 2019
Famous Last Words: On The Road, In The Story, At The Table, With A Mission
The Good News of Easter is that, where this death, there will eventually be resurrection. That can be a message easier preached than believed. In our doubts, Jesus meets on the road, in the story, at the table, and with a mission.
18:27
April 29, 2019
Easter Sunday: This Changes Everything!
The challenge of Easter is that it presents both a familiar and unbelievable story. But when you give God an inch, God will take your faith the rest of the way and it will change EVERYTHING!
20:27
April 25, 2019
40 Days of Prayer: Where Healing Happens
Healing was central to Jesus' ministry, but somewhere along the way, the Church has lost belief in the centrality of healing in its ministry. So where does healing happen?
12:55
April 25, 2019
Palm Sunday: Kingdoms Colliding
The reign of Jesus and the kingdom of striving collide at the cross. The promise of Easter is that you can't stop Jesus, you can only hope to contain him.
18:37
April 19, 2019
40 Days of Prayer: The Hammer or the Nail
In our prayer life, we have a choice. Our prayer can shape our lives, like a hammer, or be shaped by what life throws at us, like a nail. Which will you choose?
24:06
March 31, 2019
40 Days of Prayer: Praying Outside Your Comfort Zone
We all have a comfort zone, but when it comes to prayer, Jesus calls us out out of that comfort zone to engage with him more deeply.
25:10
March 27, 2019
40 Days of Prayer: Who Do You Think You Are Praying To?
What we believe about God changes everything, including how we pray. When we trust that God will gives us wisdom, peace, and power, prayer becomes not just something we should do, but something we get to do.
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March 19, 2019
40 Days of Prayer: A Beginners Guide to Prayer
We are wired to pray, but sometimes we don't know how or have misconceptions about what prayer actually is. We can trust that, that when we approach God will simplicity and sincerity, God hears our prayers and responds.
25:38
March 13, 2019
Ash Wednesday: Working the Steps
On Ash Wednesday, we remember that "we are dust and to dust we shall return." We remember our humanity and our brokenness as well as remembering that we are marked with the cross of Christ. 12 Step programs are so effective at engaging our humanity and brokenness in a way that leads to hope. In fact, there is value for all Christians to "work the steps."
21:40
March 8, 2019
The Mountaintop and the Mess
Too often, we gravitate to either the mountaintop experiences of following Jesus or the messy experiences of following Jesus. The reality is that we need both if we are to truly become Christ's disciples.
26:26
March 8, 2019
The Empowered Life: An Obedience Produced
Too often in the Christian life, we think obedience is about sin management and behavior modification. True obedience is following Jesus wherever He goes, even into the places of brokenness and hurting. When our lives become centered on Jesus' mission and not our own, Jesus produces in us the right way to obey.
22:06
February 20, 2019
The Empowered Life: A Power Invested
We all know the joy of being chosen and the sting of being rejected.  While the world bases these decisions on performance, Jesus chooses us to invest His power into...and He NEVER gives up on His investment.
27:13
February 12, 2019
The Empowered Life: The Authority of God's Promise
As disciples of Jesus, we are called into broken situations even when we don't think we can do anything about that. The authority we carry as disciples of Jesus is not found first in the manifestation of God's power, but in message of God's promise.
27:34
February 12, 2019
Epiphany: Follow The Signs
I hear the question often, “What is God’s will for my life?” Sometimes it feels difficult to know what God’s will is for us, but God’s Will isn’t hard to find. We just need to follow the signs.
21:52
January 29, 2019
Christmas Presence: The Gift of Jesus
The story of Christ's birth is familiar, but if we aren't careful, we can miss the unexpected. Jesus doesn't show up when and where we expect Him. He shows up when and where we need Him.
15:42
December 31, 2018
Christmas Presence: The Gift of Joy
We want to believe we are strong, that we have it together, that we can figure it out. However, it is not until we realize just how dependent we are on God and how desperate we are for God to act that we are open to the joy of the Lord. That joy comes when Jesus defines our direction as part of God's plan to save the world from itself.
22:37
December 31, 2018
Christmas Presence: The Gift of Power
No one likes a hypocrite, but when we take an honest look in the mirror, a hypocrite is what we see. In baptism, however, we receive the gift of God's power to not only confront us but change us. 
24:10
December 31, 2018
Christmas Presence: The Gift of Challenge
Challenge does not seem like a gift, but the path to change is paved with challenge. We are promised that Jesus meets us on that path, leads us, and brings others along side to travel that road together.
20:37
December 9, 2018
Christmas Presence: The Gift of Hope
When our lives are characterized by comfort, safety, and security. We really don’t need hope – because things are fine. But there will eventually come a point when life strips that away. The Good News for us is that hope is one of the gifts of God’s Christmas Presence.
20:06
December 9, 2018
Money Talks: The Safest Risk You Can Take
In the eyes of the world, following Jesus seems risky, especially His call to radical generosity. But our fear reveals our lack of understanding of just who Jesus is. If you really knew, you would realize that betting on Jesus is the safest risk you can take.
26:06
November 13, 2018
Money Talks: Your Money or Your Life
We often live as though our money is our life. Money drive many of the decisions we make. But if our life revolves around the pursuit, accumulation, maintenance, and reliance on wealth, that is a road to holy discontentment because there will never be enough. In God's version of the Good Life, it really is your money or your life.
23:22
November 5, 2018
How God Works: Anointed For Activity
So often, our activity for the sake of others is based on our preferred availability: what we are willing to do with our time, energy, and finances. But, in God's version of the Good Life, our activity is not based on our availability but on our anointing. That is actually Good News.
22:18
October 31, 2018
How God Works: Feeling All The Feels
There is a strong gravitational pull away from feeling the negative emotions of that come from pain and trauma. But until we work through these, they will play out in potentially destructive ways. The Good News for us is that Jesus sets us free to "feel all the feels."
22:49
October 31, 2018
How God Works: Faith Of A Favorite
Everyone loves an underdog story. But true underdogs know something the rest of us don't. They have a faith, and that faith truly makes them a favorite.
22:43
October 31, 2018
How God Works: Beneath The Surface
It is easier for us to judge people or situations by what we see on the surface. But God doesn't judge the way humans do. God looks at the heart of the matter and sees what is really going on beneath the surface. Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
20:42
October 2, 2018
How God Works: Not Taking Sides. Taking Over.
On this episode, we continue our series called "How God Works." We all want to believe God is on our side, but Jesus didn't come to take sides. He came to take over. Scripture passage: 1 Samuel 8:4-20.
23:46
September 28, 2018
How God Works: Can You Hear Me Now?
On this episode, we begin a new sermon series called "How God Works." While God does sometimes work in mysterious ways, Scripture also reveal ways we can know God works. One of those ways is that God calls us. Scripture passage: 1 Samuel 8:3-10.
26:40
September 27, 2018
Launch Sunday
On today's episode, Pastor Eric shares the various discipleship and community opportunities at King of Kings for the 2018-2019 program year!
25:23
September 12, 2018
Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
It is one of the most challenging questions of the Christian faith. Check out this episode for Pastor Eric's sermon on Psalm 73:1-5, 13-20 as he tackles this question and looks for where God is at in the midst of trauma and tragedy.
18:02
September 5, 2018
What To Do When You Are In Over Your Head - Episode 32
No one likes to feel inadequate, but the sooner we admit we are in over our heads, the sooner we realize that Jesus as been there with us all along.
22:33
August 28, 2018
Put On Your "Jesus Suit" - Episode 31
Jesus is the process of transforming us into the people He has created us to be. He "clothes" us in His love, mercy and grace. If you are searching for God's version of the Good Life, put on your Jesus suit.
21:56
August 15, 2018
The Power of Discovering Your Spiritual Personality Style - Episode 30
God has wired you a specific way as a gift you and the world. This gift is meant to bring God glory and to do you and the world some good. When you discover this gift, your spiritual personality style, it sets you free to live as you were intended in God's version of the Good Life. Eric and Vito talk about spiritual personality styles and how to discover them.
34:29
August 9, 2018
You Are Gifted And You Are Needed - Episode 29
Each of us has a gift. Each of us is needed. We have an amazing life in which we can participate in what Jesus wants to do: bring healing in a divided and anxious world. Check out Eric's latest message at King of Kings!
23:36
August 7, 2018
How To Thrive In The Workplace - Episode 28
Work consumes a good portion of our lives, so in order to live a thriving life in a striving world, we must discover how to thrive in the workplace. On this super practical episode, Eric and Vito discuss what thriving in the workplace looks like, the barriers, and how we can make the shift from striving to thriving at work.
37:55
August 2, 2018
Becoming Spiritually Strong - Episode 27
On today's episode, Eric shares a talk on becoming spiritually strong. Too often, we think strength comes from in, but true strength is a gift from God from the outside in that allows us to live by faith from the inside out.
20:58
August 2, 2018
Finding Community In A Disconnected World - Episode 26
Social media gives us the illusion that we are connected, but, in a life of thriving, we need true relationships. On this episode, Eric and Vito discuss the value and the difficulty of finding true friends and share some practical encouragement to help you thrive in finding community!
31:18
July 28, 2018
Where The World Builds Walls, Jesus Builds A Family - Episode 25
On today's episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from this last Sunday at King of Kings. In a divided world, there is a tendency for us to want to build walls between ourselves and those we don't like, don't agree with, and don't want to deal with. But where we build walls, Jesus builds a family.
25:06
July 25, 2018
How To Thrive When You Don't Feel Accepted - Episode 24
On today's episode of ThriveCast, Eric and Vito discuss what it is like to not feel accepted by others and how to thrive in the midst of rejection.
28:31
July 19, 2018
You Are Enough Because You've Been Chosen - Episode 23
On today's episode, Eric shares his message from this last Sunday at King of Kings about how, in a life of thriving, we grow to understand that we have been chosen by God, in spite of our anxiety, doubt, failures, and self-centeredness. We aren’t chosen because we are enough, we are enough because we’ve been chosen.
21:03
July 18, 2018
A Bible Crash Course - Episode 22
On this episode, Eric and Vito discuss why people struggle with the Bible, what the Bible really is, and how to engage with it in ways that will help you strive.
32:31
July 13, 2018
Why Jesus Is The Best Meal You'll Ever Have - Episode 21
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares about how necessary it is for a life of thriving to consume Jesus. Not literally, of course, but figuratively. We consume His values and His is priorities. This allows us to move beyond a hyper focus on being good and following rules and instead receiving and passing on the grace, love and compassion of Jesus.
21:37
July 5, 2018
Doubt: How to Deal With Yours And Others - Episode 20
On this episode, Eric and Vito discuss the role of doubt in a life of faith and the ways we can deal with doubt in our own life and the doubt we see in others.
28:01
June 28, 2018
Dealing With Doubt Like Jesus - Episode 19
On today’s episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday, June 17at King of Kings. In this message, he talks about the role doubt in the life faith and how Jesus dealt with it in those he encountered. If doubt is something you struggle with in your faith journey, you will find this episode tremendously helpful.
19:36
June 27, 2018
5 Keys to Thriving In A Politicized Age - BONUS EPISODE!
On this special BONUS episode of ThriveCast, Eric and Vito talk about our current political climate and the keys to communicating with others on divisive issues without losing your mind.
36:42
June 21, 2018
Breaking the Cycle of Striving - Episode 18
In this episode, Eric and Vito discuss practically how we break free from the need to strive, find margin, and rediscover life as it was intended. So much truth and help packed into this episode!
32:08
June 14, 2018
What Jesus Actually Gives - Episode 17
On today’s episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday at King of Kings. There is confusion in the system between what we need and what we think we need. We want Jesus to give us what we crave, but Jesus gives only what will truly satisfy. Take a listen.
19:39
June 12, 2018
What Does A Life Of Thriving Look Like? - Episode 16
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric and Vito talk about how a life of thriving begins when we take the blessings we receive and use them to bless others.
28:12
June 7, 2018
Blessed to be a Blessing - Episode 15
On today's episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday where he talks about how Jesus performs more than just miracles for us. These blessings are intended to be shared with others because we have been blessed to be a blessing.
19:23
June 5, 2018
The Mindset You Need To Shift From Striving To Thriving - Episode 14
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric and Vito dive into the mindset needed to shift your life from striving to thriving. They discuss how most Christians are wrong about what it means to be "born again" and that a better understanding of what Jesus meant is the key to charting your course from striving to thriving.
34:37
May 31, 2018
The End In Mind - Episode 13
On today’s episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday called The End In Mind. Too often, we view ourselves right here in this moment as a finished product. We see our shortcomings and feel like we should be doing better that we are. But Jesus has a different view of that. When He talks about us being born again, He doesn't mean instant transformation. He means something very different.
24:00
May 29, 2018
How Do You Hear The Voice Of God? - Episode 12
On this episode, Eric is joined by new cohost, Vito Curcuru. The guys talk about what it means to hear from God and how you and I can learn to listen to God's leading in the everyday of life.
29:01
May 24, 2018
More Than A Feeling - Episode 11
God does not leave you alone but gives you the Holy Spirit to better understand your life. It is more than a gut feeling - it is the very power of God working in and through you.
21:57
May 22, 2018
The Promise of Perspective - Episode 10
On today’s episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday called The Promise of Perspective. We will take a deep dive into the distinction between the urgent and the important and how in God’s version of the Good Life, we are set free from the tyranny of the urgent to purse the important relationships, tasks, and goals God has called us to.
17:28
May 15, 2018
Eye On The Prize - Episode 9
We are called to love others, even those that are hard for us to love. It can feel like a struggle we won’t ever win, but what if the prize we receive for engaging that struggle is far greater than just loving that person?
18:25
May 8, 2018
Love Is The Leverage - Episode 8
Love is a word that is thrown around so much that it is hard to know it means. Jesus leverages a very specific kind of love on us and sends us into the world to leverage that kind of love as well. But what is that love? Take a listen.
20:36
May 1, 2018
Grace in the Gap - Episode 7
On today's episode of ThriveCast, Eric talks about the gap between what we think we are supposed to do and what we actually do. In Jesus, we don't find guilt in that gap, we find grace.
20:29
April 24, 2018
The Process of Your Calling - Episode 6
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric details his near 20-year journey from discovering his calling to actually living it. There is a process, and it can seem long and winding, but when it leads you into what you were meant to do, it will all be worth it.
23:41
April 19, 2018
Your Face First - Episode 5
On today's episode of ThriveCast, Eric shares his message from Sunday for King of Kings, in which he talks about the need for us to know who we are. The hope we have in understanding our identity in Christ is like oxygen for our lungs when our burdens make it hard for us to breath.
20:36
April 16, 2018
Wake Up!: Why Self-Awareness Is Critical - Episode 4
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric talks about the importance of self-awareness as it relates to what we pursue and how this self-awareness can prevent us from becoming stuck in a lifestyle of striving.
08:47
April 12, 2018
It's OK Not To Be OK - Episode 3
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric talks about how we strive to pretend like everything is fine, but deep down, we know something within us isn’t quite right. The Good News is that we don’t need to hide from God or one another. In the light of Jesus’s grace and mercy, it’s ok not to be ok.
19:14
April 10, 2018
Thrive Not Strive Defined - Episode 2
On this episode of ThriveCast, Eric brings clarity on what it means to thrive...and what it means to strive.
10:25
April 5, 2018
Easter Matters! You've Been Freed For Good! - Episode 1
In this first episode of ThriveCast, Eric talks about why Easter matters in God's version of the Good Life!
22:09
April 3, 2018
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