The Gospel According to Johnny Cash: Hurt
It's a fact—you can't go through life without experiencing hurt. Sometimes there will be a lot of it. So how does God use our hurts to transform our lives for the better? That's the question that Pastor Jim teaches on using Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt."
May 22, 2022
The Gospel According to Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues
Got regrets? Sure, we all do. Sometimes we mess up so big that we pay a very public penalty. Most times, we're able to keep our sins hidden from the world. Johnny Cash had a lot of sympathy for those whose sins were exposed and scrutinized. He knew those outlaws and outcasts are just like us—sinners who need Jesus. The Gospel According to Johnny Cash continues with a teaching on "Folsom Prison Blues."
May 15, 2022
The Gospel According To Johnny Cash: Give My Love to Rose
Even when we mess up, we are individuals God loves and made in His image. In His kindness, He offers us grace and forgiveness—and asks us to offer the same to others. It's kindness to others that demonstrates the love that Jesus has for the world. Johnny Cash's song "Give My Love to Rose" wasn't a big hit for him, but its grittiness reveals the Gospel as a message that is meant for everyone.
May 08, 2022
The Gospel According to Johnny Cash | I Walk the Line
Johnny Cash sang "I walk the line" as a promise to his wife that he would be faithful to her when he was on the road. It was a promise he would have a hard time keeping. We, too, have a hard time keeping our promises — whether to each other or to God. We sin repeatedly in big and small ways. When we mess up, is it possible to out-sin God's grace? What does God think of us when we break our promises? These questions are considered in the second installment of The Gospel According to Johnny Cash.
May 01, 2022
The Gospel According to Johnny Cash: The Man in Black
Johnny Cash never shied away from sharing his faults or his faith. Because of his raw honesty, we have a figure we can look up to when we feel far from God's grace. Be assured that you are never too far gone! Pastor Jim teaches from the song "Man in Black."
April 24, 2022
Exodus: The Tabernacle
Our journey through Exodus ends at the Tabernacle. God has given His people very specific instructions on how they are to construct this tent, where they are to place certain items, and even what clothes the priests are to wear in it! So, what does this blueprint have to do with us? More importantly, where is Jesus in this "tent of meeting"? Pastor Chuck Schlie wraps it all up.
April 11, 2022
Exodus | Sinai
On Mount Sinai, the former captives in Egypt experience true freedom when God gives them a list of ten rules. That probably sounds backward to us. True freedom is being unyoked from rules, right? Not in God's Kingdom! We may not want to admit it, but we need perimeters. The Ten Commandments given to Moses are the keys to a good life.
April 04, 2022
Exodus: Crossing The Red Sea
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? That’s a question that people of faith have wrestled with for thousands of years. Pastor Jim explores this timeless topic in the context of the Exodus account of Moses leading God’s people across the Red Sea. Experience the freedom from past hurts that God wants for you!
March 28, 2022
Exodus | The Ten Plagues
Who’s the boss of you? Most of us like to think we’re in charge of ourselves, but that’s just not the reality for those who follow Jesus. We have a boss, and we have rules to follow and forgiveness to seek when we break those rules. God’s the boss of us — and that’s a good thing!
March 21, 2022
Exodus | The Burning Bush
Chances are, God hasn’t appeared to you in a burning bush with instructions on freeing His people from captivity. If God came to you so dramatically with instructions so explicit, you’d surely take note and do as He commands, right? As it turns out, God does come to you and He has given you instructions. You have a calling, but barriers are keeping you from action. Hear from Pastor Chuck how you can free yourself to answer God’s calling on your life!
March 14, 2022
Exodus: Moses and the Basket
When Pharaoh's daughter drew Moses from the Nile River, she provided hope in a hopeless situation. God can work the good in everything, even if we think we know best. He draws us towards Him to work with Him and follow Him from captivity to sin to find freedom in Jesus.
March 06, 2022
Exodus: Hebrew Midwives
Exodus: Ash Wednesday 2022
March 02, 2022
God has been so good to us! On Jubilee Sunday, we have an opportunity to come together as a church family to thank Him.
February 27, 2022
Walk The Talk: Live Up
Faith and generosity go hand-in-hand. Jesus said that you can't serve two masters, but often money plays that role in our lives. On Sunday, learn how you can give as God wants you to give. It's a tough exercise in faith, but the rewards are greater than you can imagine!
February 20, 2022
Walk the Talk: Give Up
No, Messiah's not telling you to throw in the towel or resign yourself to failure. Hardly! Giving up for Jesus involves surrendering your life to His will ... and your earthly blessings to Him in thanksgiving. Yep, it's a money talk.
February 14, 2022
Walk The Talk: Raise Up
What's the faith of the next generation worth? If you've been around Messiah for awhile, you know the answer is "everything." Let's RAISE UP! our young Jesus-followers.
February 07, 2022
Walk The Talk: Serve Up
You don't need to serve others to get to heaven. Salvation is assured through faith in Jesus. But are you truly walking the talk if you don't use your gifts to serve God's church and other people? Pastor Chuck teaches on why service matters in God's Kingdom and how YOU can make a difference right here in your community.
January 30, 2022
Walk The Talk: Grow Up
Knowledge and religiosity are not the same as spiritual growth. You can acquire a lot of head knowledge, but it may not always help you “walk the talk.” In this message, Pastor Chuck Schlie gets into what it looks like to not just have faith in Jesus, but to have the faith of Jesus.
January 23, 2022
Walk The Talk: Circle Up
After the past two years of upheaval and loss, connection and community is more important than ever. We're learning how to effectively "walk the talk" in worship, and one way to do that is to find a group where you can connect relationally and grow spiritually. Find out more at MessiahStCharles.org/Groups
January 17, 2022
Walk The Talk: Show Up
Do you worship regularly? As in, every Sunday of the month, all 12 months of the year? If your answer is "no," you're not alone. Is that good for our faith walk? If we only worship 1-2 Sundays a month, are we truly putting our faith into action? In this first message of our new series, Pastor Jim will get into why it's so important to "Show Up" on Sundays regularly.
January 09, 2022
Christmas Traditions: Elf On The Shelf
A recent tradition has made its way into our holiday season – Elf on the Shelf. As Santa's spy, the elf is there to report on bad behavior. He sees what you're up to and judges you for it. Many people see God as similarly inclined to watch us and keep a list of our good and bad deeds. But is that really what God is all about?
December 26, 2021
Christmas Traditions: Christmas At Church
It's Christmas FOR St. Charles
December 24, 2021
Christmas Traditions: Christmas Gift Exchange
God gave us the best gift ever in Jesus, but do we truly appreciate His gift and understand the difference it makes for us and our world? In this message, Pastor Chuck Schlie teaches on the kind of gift-giver that God is and challenges us to be grateful receivers of His grace.
December 20, 2021
Christmas Traditions: Christmas At The Mall
Can Jesus be found in all the busyness of the season? Since coming into our chaos is His mode of redemption, the answer is "YES!" You can find Jesus at a place as unlikely as a mall, and Pastor Chuck explains how in this message.
December 16, 2021
Christmas Traditions: Neighborhood Christmas Lights
What does it mean to be a light to the nations? In this message, Pastor Jim will help you see your faith as a light of hope for your neighbor in the second week of Messiah's Christmas Traditions series.
December 06, 2021
Christmas Traditions: Christmas at Grandma's
Matthew's Gospel account of Jesus's life and mission begins with a genealogy list of the generations that preceded the Messiah. Pastor Jim teaches on how this list of names sheds light on God's relationship with His creation — and what it means that sinners like us are so well represented in Jesus's family lineage.
November 28, 2021
Reformed: We Are Givers, Not Takers
Our series wraps up with a teaching from Pastor Jim on what it means to be a Jesus follower and not a rule follower, and why we must be givers and not takers. Imagine the impact we'd have if we truly lived FOR our community!
November 21, 2021
reFORmed: Going There
In the Great Commission, Jesus tells His disciples to "...go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:16a). Pastor Chuck Schlie will examine this one particular word ("go!") that Jesus uses when He calls us to action. Get challenged, inspired, and fired up as we continue learning how to become the church that God is calling us to be in our community.
November 15, 2021
reFORmed: We Are A Movement, Not An Institution
What do you picture when you think of "church"? Is it a dynamic group of people who are living and loving as Jesus did — through service to others and radical self-sacrifice? Or do you see a building full of nice people content to worship God on Sunday mornings and end the weekly commitment to Jesus there? Both versions are accurate, but only one is truly biblical. Messiah is being called to become a movement, not an institution. In this message, Chuck Schlie examines the difference between the two and teaches on why the church God is calling us to be is one that loves, learns, and lives for Jesus in a way that truly connects people to their Savior.
November 08, 2021
reFORmed - The Church God is Calling Us to Be
For too long, the church has been known for what it's against. We want to be known for what we are for. On this Vision Sunday, Pastor Jim answers an important question: What kind of church is God calling Messiah to become?
November 01, 2021
Burned Out - Do C.A.L.M.
When anxious thoughts enter our minds, it's hard to quiet them. Hard, but not impossible. Pastor Chuck Schlie wraps up our Burned Out series with a message on how to C.A.L.M. yourself with the help of scripture. Come learn the words behind the acronym on Sunday and leave armed with a new tool in the fight against anxiety.
October 24, 2021
Burned Out - Circle Up
Messiah's Community Groups provide a place where we can know and be known by others. In addressing burnout and the anxiety that accompanies it oftentimes, it's important for Christians not to isolate. God made us for community!
October 17, 2021
Burned Out: Work From Rest
Pastor Chuck reveals in his message that weekly worship is his number one burnout buster. Hear why soul rest is so important to beating burnout. Learn from an unhurried Jesus why "work from rest" beats "rest from work" as the better strategy to experience the deep serenity your soul craves.
October 10, 2021
Burned Out: Think Priority, Not Priorities
Does this sound familiar — you're exhausted from the busyness that is your life, but you can't quite figure out what you accomplished today? There's just so much going on. You're on the verge of burnout (or you're already there...) Something has to change, but what? In week two of this series, learn how to resist the busy label and create the kind of balance in life that God wants for you.
October 03, 2021
Burned Out - Introduction
Studies show that symptoms of burnout are at alarmingly high levels for both adults and children. This crisis is taking a toll on the emotional, physical, and spiritual health of individuals, couples, and families. God created us to flourish in this life! If we don't develop intentional habits to combat burnout, we continue to drift further into its pit.
September 26, 2021
The Book of Love: A Study of 1 John - Chapter 5
Over and over, John addresses us as "children." In his message, Pastor Jim will help you further understand how you and everyone you encounter are loved children of God. This has implications for how you experience your faith. This final study session explores issues of victory in Christ as we learn once more from the apostle who was an eyewitness to the ministry of our one true source of hope—Jesus!
September 19, 2021
The Book of Love: A Study of 1 John - Chapter 4
Love God and love others. It's a simple formula, right? This shouldn't be hard, but life is messy. Something as basic as love can get complicated when our busy lives collide with God's commands. In this message, Pastor Chuck Schlie will get into chapter 4 of 1 John and break down what scripture says about giving and receiving love.
September 12, 2021
The Book of Love: A Study of 1 John - Chapter 3
Have you given much thought to where your confidence and joy come from? If you're like a lot of people, it likely comes from your accomplishments. The goals you've met and the money you make matter to the world. But what if there's a better way to measure your self-worth? On Sunday, Pastor Chuck will use the third chapter of 1 John to help you see yourself as God sees you. Find out His view of you and how it can affect your view of yourself this Sunday.
September 05, 2021
The Book of Love: A Study of 1 John - Chapter 2
As an eyewitness of Jesus's ministry, John has a message for believers. He wrote instructions down in a letter to the church—the Bible book of 1 John. What he had to say to us is as significant now as it was 2000 years ago. Pastor Jim goes into the second chapter of John's letter to us "dear children." Confronting sin, darkness, and antichrists, John shows us how we ought to respond.
August 29, 2021
The Book of Love: A Study of 1 John - Chapter 1
As the last of the disciples, John wrote 1 John to remind Christians how to live, how to love, and how to be the Body of Christ in the world. His letter is a chance for us to learn from the last eyewitness of the teachings, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus. Pastor Chuck Schlie introduces us to this series and this letter to the Church in this first message.
August 22, 2021
Summer Games: There's No I In Team
We all have a tendency to ask ourselves the question, Am I enough? We wonder if our accomplishments, gifts, and work mean anything. It's an unfortunate fact that we measure our worth according to the world's measuring stick and not God's. In this message, guest pastor Maxx Fisher asks us to consider our unique talents and abilities in light of the role God wants us to play in advancing the gospel. The truth is, we do have purpose—we just need to view it from the perspective of God's Kingdom, not our own.
August 09, 2021
Summer Games: Train to Win
Like an athlete, Christians too need training. Living out your faith is not a spectator sport! It requires focus, discipline, and—sometimes—endurance. If you want to grow your relationship with Jesus and win others to the faith, Pastor Jim will give you some great advice from an unlikely source—Chris Pratt's speech from the MTV Generation Awards.
August 08, 2021
Summer Games: A Winning Attitude
Let's be honest—we all like to win. Sometimes the urge is so strong that we end up doing things we shouldn't to secure a victory. When it comes to spreading the gospel and winning souls for Jesus, how far is too far? Pastor Chuck addresses this question tomorrow in worship.
July 25, 2021
Summer Games: Follow The Rules
Pastor Jim is diving (you're liking all these sports analogies, right?) into the Ten Commandments. Too often they get misinterpreted as a list of rules to win God's favor, but that's not their purpose at all! God wants you to flourish in the life He has given you, and these Commandments help you do just that!
July 18, 2021
Summer Games: Press On
If you've ever wondered when you will reach "peak" faith in Jesus, the answer is—never! The faith journey of a Jesus-follower is one of consistent, focused efforts. An athlete doesn't win the gold medal without training, and you can't effectively grow your relationship with God if you're sitting on the sidelines. Get in the game!
July 11, 2021
Biography: George Washington
How can we honor the history of our nation without overlooking the faults of its ancestors? For all its greatness, America certainly has had its share of problematic policies and leaders. Sin affects everyone, even our heroes. Romans 3:23 notes, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." But that doesn't mean we are beyond redemption! In a provocative and timely message for the July 4th holiday, Pastor Jim addresses a very modern topic through the story of a greatly admired, though all too human, historic figure — George Washington.
July 04, 2021
Biography: Mother Theresa
Mother Teresa is world-renowned for her charity work. Her intense dedication to the poor and marginalized was a result of her deep faith. From her example, we can find ways that faith and real life intersect for the benefit of others. Come and learn from this inspiring woman how you too can greatly impact the world with simple acts of love.
June 27, 2021
Biography: Jackie Robinson
What does love require of me when I face injustice in the world? How did Jesus defeat evil? Through the example of Jackie Robinson, Pastor Jim will teach on how a Jesus follower will want to respond to issues of racial divides and inequity in our society.
June 20, 2021
Biography: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Perhaps one of the most moving stories we'll look at in the Biography series is that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a real-life superhero who tried to take down Hitler and lost his life as a result. But there is inspiration to be found in his story, and Pastor Chuck will explain why Bonhoeffer is to be celebrated for his faith — not pitied for his death.
June 13, 2021
Biography: Susanna Wesley
Meet Susanna Wesley, the would-be "19 Kids and Counting" star of the early 18th century (if reality t.v. was a thing back then). This mom had (you guessed it) 19 kids. As was the case back then, many of them died in infancy. Her life was not an easy one, but her faith was constant and her influence on the faith of her children was particularly profound and still reverberates today.
June 06, 2021
Biography: Eric Liddell
Have you ever stood for something you believed in and suffered ridicule as a result? Eric Liddell did. He was favored to win a gold medal in the Olympics, but his conviction not to compete on a Sunday left his country stunned and angry. He gave up earthly glory to obey God. Join us in worship to hear this compelling story of courage and confidence in the face of intense opposition.
May 30, 2021
Biography: Joan of Arc
You've likely heard of Joan of Arc, but do you know her story? It's one of faith, determination, and unwavering trust and devotion to God. The courage with which Joan acts when she receives messages from God through visions and voices has implications for our faith today. We know God's will for our lives, but do we always live up to it? How can following Joan's example better prepare us for a life more fully devoted to our Savior?
May 26, 2021
Biography: Pope John Paul II
Do you ever give much thought to how God sees you? In His eyes, you're a person to be loved — it's our intrinsic value as beings made in God's image. Pastor Chuck Schlie begins our new worship series Biography with a look at the historical figure Pope John Paul II and the mark he left on our world. There was something in JPII that drew others to him—and to Jesus—that Pastor Chuck explores in this message.
May 17, 2021
Check Your Connection: What Did Jesus Pray For?
In this final message from our series on prayer, we're getting more personal with Jesus and answering the question, What did Jesus Pray For? Our Savior had very specific plans for His mission, His friends, and His disciples (and that included us). On Sunday, learn what and who Jesus prayed for when He was in conversation with His Father before His crucifixion.
May 09, 2021
What Should I Pray?
Every week in worship we recite the Lord's Prayer. When Jesus's disciples asked Him how they should pray, this is the prayer He gave them. It's a great model for your prayer life. Pastor Chuck Schlie shows you how to incorporate its verses into your personal prayers and better understand why Jesus taught His followers to pray in this way.
May 02, 2021
Check Your Connection: Why Do I Pray?
God knows what we need before we do. So why do we need to pray? How can it make any difference? If you've ever had those questions, you're not alone. Prayer all comes down to connection. It's not about appeasing God so He'll give you what you want. It's so much more! It's about establishing a relationship with our Creator. Learn more about making your relationship with God real and personal in this message from Pastor Chuck Schlie.
April 25, 2021
Check Your Connection: How Do I Pray?
Prayer – are you doing it right? Maybe it sounds odd that something as personal as prayer can be done incorrectly, but the Bible does give us some "do's and dont's" when it comes to our prayer life. Pastor Jim will get into them tomorrow in the first message of our new series, Check Your Connection. This series will help you learn to pray and challenge your current prayer practices. In this first message, our pastor answers the most Google'd spiritual question: How do I pray?
April 18, 2021
Mixtape: The Who
In the days after Jesus's crucifixion, the disappointment and confusion among His followers were palpable. The One who was to save them has died. He is not "who" they thought Him to be. And they wonder why they put their faith in Him. Can you relate? The problems in our lives so often have us wondering why we choose to trust and believe in God. On Sunday, Pastor Chuck relates the events after the resurrection to how and why our faith should always be in Jesus — even when He doesn't always reveal His plans and purposes to us in the way we think He should.
April 11, 2021
Mixtape: The Rolling Stones (Easter 2021)
The resurrection of Jesus changes EVERYTHING. When the stones rolled away to reveal the empty tomb, our lives changed forever. We have life in His name!
April 04, 2021
What does a punk band from the '90s have to do with Easter? Pastor Chuck Schlie will relate the two this Sunday in the second week of Mixtape: The Soundtrack of Your Life. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day of Jesus's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. From there, Jesus's last week of His earthly ministry is filled with anguish, betrayal, accusation, and ultimately, crucifixion. On Sunday, we set the scene for the events that end with Jesus hanging from a cross. But what seems so final is just the beginning of the greatest comeback in history.
March 28, 2021
Jesus spoke these words to His followers during His ministry on earth: I am the Way, the Truth, and The Life (John 14:6). Though they were directed at just a few people, they are meant for everyone to hear and believe. Through His death on the cross, Jesus offers salvation to you too! In this message from Mixtape, find out how Jesus's resurrection of Lazarus foreshadows His own battle with death and gives life to U2.
March 21, 2021
Defying Gravity: The Great Adventure
Defying Gravity: The Great Adventure (Week 3) It’s one of the most celebratory times of the year here at Messiah—Jubilee Sunday. It’s a day set aside to rejoice in all that God has done for us and offer our thanks through gifts above and beyond our tithes and offerings. Pastor Chuck hits on some highlights of this most unusual year and encourages you in your faith walk as you become a more committed follower of Jesus. It’s through the free gift of God’s grace that we are able to live as redeemed sinners. Jesus bore the punishment for our sins, and for His sacrifice, we give thanks in worship.
March 14, 2021
Defying Gravity: The Blessing
Giving feels good. A church of generous givers is a church that can fulfill the Great Commission to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). What an incredible legacy that is! Pastor Jim teaches on how generosity blesses our community and our families. There's so much promise in store for us when we give God's way!
March 07, 2021
Defying Gravity: The Barrier
Giving generously doesn't necessarily come easily to us. There's fear that weighs us down. Logic that us tells our checking account balance doesn't leave room for generosity. And a vast world of material goods competing for our attention (and dollars). Giving can often be an afterthought or something we will consider in the future when our financial circumstances change for the better. But what if that's the wrong approach? What if you decided not to wait around for a future that might not ever come and instead decide to be generous right now? The Bible has a lot to say about generosity, and (spoiler alert) it's all about giving in the present tense. Pastor Chuck begins this new series with a message all about embracing the joy that comes from living a life of generosity.
February 28, 2021
Marriage Matters: Friends Till The End
Marriage Matters wraps up with a message all about maintaining friendship in your marriage. If you're single, Pastor Chuck has a lot of advice for you on what to look for in a potential spouse – and it's not what you might think! Watch and learn why the most important day of your marriage is your last day together, and how you can make it count right now.
February 22, 2021
Marriage Matters: Love Language
How does a "submission competition" lead to a happy marriage? What language do you use to say "I love you" — without words? Why is Pastor Chuck assigning us homework? And what are all those secrets to a great marriage he promised to reveal??? Find out in this special Valentine's Day message.
February 14, 2021
Marriage Matters: The Power of Promise
What happens when your marriage gets weighed down by the demands of life — when the honeymoon is well and truly over, reality sets in, and you wonder if you will ever get back "that loving feeling"? It's a problem most couples will encounter, and how you handle it will determine if your marriage can thrive or merely survive. Pastor Chuck Schlie reminds us about the "Power of Promise" and encourages a recommitment to the pledge you made on your wedding day.
February 07, 2021
Marriage Matters: First Thing's First
Marriage Matters begins with a message on putting "First Things First." Pastor Chuck Schlie shows us how God's Word is a great guidebook for marriage — starting with what to look for in a spouse if you're unmarried, and how to prioritize relationships in your life if you are.
January 31, 2021
I'm Broken / I'm Ok (Week 4)
Messiah wraps up I'm Broken/I'm OK with a message on how to "Surrender Stronger." Our video testimony this week is from a couple who learned to seek God's will for their lives and their relationship. This Sunday, learn more about the kintsugi bowl that Pastor Jim has been using as a visual metaphor for this series. It's an amazing story of God's grace and our resilience when it comes to healing the brokenness in our lives.
January 24, 2021
I'm Broken / I'm Ok (Week 3)
From its beginning, Christianity has been all about community. The early followers of Jesus traveled together, dined together, and worshiped together. We were called to be in community with one another. In worship on Sunday, Pastor Jim will explain why God designed us for community and how togetherness can help heal our brokenness. We'll also learn how Community Groups at Messiah will connect you relationally so you can grow spiritually.
January 17, 2021
I'm Broken / I'm Ok (Week 2)
In the first week of our new series, Pastor Jim addressed the truth that in this life we will have troubles, but there are ways we can deal with them that are healthy and God-pleasing. In this message, Pastor Jim expands on the themes of struggle and invites us to consider the question, How do we fight when life is hard? One way is to confront our problems and wrestle with them now, not later.
January 10, 2021
I'm Broken / I'm Ok (Week 1)
Let's face it — we all have problems. Some are big. Some are small. But everyone has them and everyone needs to know how to deal with them, Christ-followers included. The Bible actually has quite a lot to say about humanity's brokenness. It was the reason Jesus came to live among us! But that doesn't stop us from asking some big questions: WHY is life so full of struggles, and HOW am I supposed to react to them? What would my life be like if I didn't let my struggles stop me? Pastor Jim Mueller addresses these questions and gives you some practical advice on how to approach your problems. There is a way to "struggle well" and you'll learn more about how to do so.
January 03, 2021
Christmas at the Movies - A Charlie Brown Christmas
This past year was certainly one in which fear made its way into our lives again and again. As we look forward to the hope and promises of a new year, we should also place our trust in the timeless message of the Gospel. Throughout history — and in spite of wars, pandemics, and natural disasters — God's presence is always within reach. Tomorrow in worship, Pastor Chuck Schlie teaches us how to put the angels' words to the shepherds ("Fear not") into practice in our own lives using the Christmas classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
December 27, 2020
Christmas at the Movies - Home Alone
As the classic Christmas song exclaims, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Christmas really is a fun and festive escape from the everyday. For kids especially, it's a time of magic and anticipation. For parents and grandparents, it's a chance to recreate special memories and start new family traditions. For Christ-followers, it's also a chance to reflect on the miracle of His birth and earthly mission. Unfortunately, it's that last part that tends to get side-lined at this time of year. In this message, Pastor Jim uses the movie Home Alone to remind us to put some focus on making sure our Christmas has spiritual depth in the midst of all the joyous celebrating.
December 23, 2020
Christmas at the Movies - Die Hard
Life can be very messy. We all struggle with sin and are held captive to its harmful effects. Fear, loneliness, and hopelessness can create a hole from which we can't emerge on our own. Like any hostage, we need a rescuer! Jesus came to earth to set us free, and doing so required a mission more dangerous and heroic than His followers could ever imagine. In this message, learn what enables you to live free in Christ in the context of the Christmas (or not?) movie Die Hard.
December 13, 2020
Christmas at the Movies - Elf
Christmas seems to have two versions — the sacred and the secular. We anticipate the coming of our Savior while also enjoying the seasonal festivities that have little to do with our Lord's birth. There's nothing wrong with embracing all the traditions of this time of year. It does, however, bring up a question: Is Christmas too steeped in lore and myth to really be taken seriously? Has it become secularized beyond recognition? Pastor Jim tackles these issues in our Christmas at the Movies series using the family holiday classic Elf.
December 06, 2020
Christmas at the Movies - Christmas Vacation
The season of Advent is the time in the church year when our thoughts turn to Christ's coming — both on Christmas Day and His return on Judgment Day. In his message, Pastor Chuck Schlie looks at a character in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation who is similar to a biblical character who is preparing the way for Christ.
November 29, 2020
This Is Us: The Next Generation Matters Now
Messiah is committed to the idea that the Faith of the Next Generation Matters NOW. Pastor Jim explains why it's one of Messiah's core values, and what we are doing to ensure our faith gets passed down to the generations that come after us.
November 23, 2020
This Is Us: Life is Better Connected
Despite social media networks that keep us more connected than ever before, loneliness is endemic in our society today. The importance of being in community with others was a focus of the early church and one that Messiah wants to help you with today. Our Community Group ministry is here to connect you with others to strengthen your faith and offer support. Our new groups launch in January. In this message, Pastor Chuck Schlie offers you reasons to join a group. To learn more, visit messiahstcharles.org/join-a-community-group/
November 15, 2020
This Is Us: Where Faith & Real Life Intersect
The Bible is full of stories of Jesus ministering to the practical needs of the people He encountered during His time on earth. Though our eternal salvation is His ultimate aim, He clearly demonstrates that God cares about what goes on in our day-to-day lives. In this message Pastor Jim explores what it looks like where Faith & Real Life Intersect.
November 08, 2020
This Is Us: Saved People Serve People
When Jesus walked the earth, He had a mission that His followers didn't always understand. His ministry was marked by service and (ultimately) sacrifice. He sought out opportunities to help those who needed Him and asked His disciples to do the same. As His followers today, we are also urged to do as He did. We are to Love Him through service to others. It's the Jesus Way. If you've been feeling that pull to service, we're making it easy to get involved. On Sunday our message topic is Saved People Serve People. We'll give you reasons why service helps build your faith and show you how easy it is to volunteer at Messiah and be a part of our mission. Because service is what we do. This is Us.
November 02, 2020
This is Us: Found People Find People
As the Church, we have an important job to do, and the stakes are high. So many of our neighbors aren't connected to Jesus. The reasons are many, and it's up to US to find them and meet them where they're at. Pastor Jim begins our new worship series "This is Us" with the topic 'Found People Find People.'
October 25, 2020
Start Here: Why the Church?
The church is full of sinners—in its worshipers and its leaders. All of us fall short of God's standards on a regular basis. We sin, we seek forgiveness (or we don't, and thereby commit more sin!), and we begin the cycle all over again. Why, then, did God create such an imperfect institution to deliver His perfect message? That's an excellent question and one we consider as we wrap up "Start Here: Building a Relationship with Jesus." In this message, find out why the church is important—to Jesus and your faith.
October 18, 2020
How Should I Live?
To be sanctified means to be set apart. But not in a way that elevates you above others. Instead, it's a way for Jesus's light and love to shine through you so that others can see Him. Think of this line from a song you've likely heard before: "They'll know we are Christians by our love." If we live like Christ wants us to live, His love radiates and the Gospel spreads. In this message we consider an important question..."How Should I Live?" Pastor Jim will be talking prayer, service, giving, and other acts that sanctify us. Sanctification is putting faith into action—it's a big step in building your relationship with Jesus.
October 11, 2020
Start Here: Why Should I Care?
Start Here: Why Should I Care? It's true—if we don't see something's usefulness, it's easy to feel indifferent toward it. When you think of the Ten Commandments, you might picture old stone tablets with words like "Thou shalt not" written on them and wonder what coveting a donkey has to do with your life today. Pastor Chuck teaches how these commandments from God can bring you into closer relationship with Him and others. With proper use, they are guidelines for a good life.
October 04, 2020
Start Here: How Am I Saved?
What's for dinner? Did I remember to pay the water bill? What time is Aiden's soccer match tomorrow? Where will I spend eternity? Our minds are full of questions as we go about our day-to-day lives. Our eternal salvation probably isn't a huge concern on a typical day. But we do have thoughts that creep into our minds and we wonder if we're on the right track, spiritually speaking. Sometimes it's helpful to just go back to basics. In this message we're looking at confession, forgiveness, and baptism to answer the question "How Am I Saved?" We'll help you put your mind at ease when those questions of eternity do pop up at 3 a.m.
September 27, 2020
Start Here: Who Is God?
God reveals Himself in the Trinity, and the Trinity is explained in the Christian Church's historic creeds. Pastor Chuck Schlie looks at the Apostle's Creed in more depth to better answer a question that is so foundational to our faith—"Who is God?" If you've ever struggled to explain just who God is and why we recite creeds as a congregation, watch the first part of Start Here: Building a Relationship with Jesus.
September 22, 2020
Religion & Politics: Yes, We're Going there!
It's a contentious time in our country. There's an important election coming up, and there are opinions on it everywhere you turn. You may find yourself wondering, how should a follower of Christ respond? This timely and special message from Pastor Jim on "Religion & Politics" will encourage us to stand united in a divisive season—regardless of political party affiliations.
September 13, 2020
Binge Worthy: Sieged!
Your choice for the Action category, Sieged!, tells the story of the Battle of Jericho. In it, we meet a ragtag group of God's people who are reluctant to follow the instructions they've been given to take the town of Jericho from its child-sacrificing, idol-worshiping occupants. The Israelites are scared. They know they don't stand a chance against these fierce, bloodthirsty people. Or do they?
September 06, 2020
Binge Worthy: Unfaithful: A Love Story
Your choice for the Drama category, Unfaithful: A Love Story, is the message topic in the second installment of Binge Worthy. In this story, we meet Hosea and his unfaithful wife Gomer. Despite Gomer's numerous infidelities and betrayals, Hosea doesn't stop loving her and doesn't give up on their relationship. Will his love be enough to save their marriage? What does their story reveal about God's emotions?
August 30, 2020
Binge Worthy: Go and Sin No More
This Sunday we're going deep into scripture to examine why this text of the woman caught in adultery resonates so strongly with us. Sin is front and center in this tale, but Jesus deftly turns the tables on the morality mob in a way they never expected.
August 23, 2020
The Comeback: From Guilt to Grace
We're circling back to the Easter story to look at the disciple Peter. At Jesus's crucifixion, Peter fell far. He promised Jesus he would not leave His side. But when the authorities closed in on Jesus, Peter denied Him three times. Fortunately, we worship a God of love and forgiveness, and Peter's fall from grace was temporary. As we wrap up this series, Peter's story is our story and his Comeback is the ultimate example that with God, It's Never Too Late, and You're Never Too Far.
August 16, 2020
The Comeback: From Lost to Found
You’ve likely heard the Parable of the Prodigal Son before—younger son takes his inheritance and sqaunders it. Nevertheless, his father welcomes him back home and celebrates his return. The older son is bitter and refuses to join the party. Tomorrow, hear Pastor Jim present this story in a way you may not have heard before.
August 09, 2020
The Comeback: From Judgment to Compassion
Our capacity for sin is great, which makes our need for a Savior even greater. Fortunately, we worship a God who wants to show mercy to His creation. You may recall the story of Jonah in the belly of a whale. If you think it's just about a big fish, we invite you to view this message. The story of Jonah is all about going "From Judgment to Compassion," and Pastor Chuck will explain how.
August 02, 2020
The Comeback: From Defeat to Victory
Today we go “From Defeat to Victory” in a story from the Bible that features the Old Testament prophet Deborah.
July 26, 2020
The Comeback: From Captive to Free
In the face of setbacks, how do you keep from giving up? When it feels like nothing is going right, can you possibly look forward to anything? The Bible says, YES! There are so many stories of people facing tremendous challenges. In this message, Pastor Jim is looking at Moses and his efforts to bring his people out of slavery in Egypt and back to their homeland. With God, there's always hope for a comeback!
July 19, 2020
The Comeback: From Hurt to Hope
Our new worship series "The Comeback" begins with a message all about moving on from hurt to hope. We know it's not an easy feat, and we aren't promising you simple answers. But what we can offer is a vision for suffering that connects you to your Savior Jesus. The Bible is full of people in desperate situations. Learn from one of them how God takes you "From Hurt to Hope."
July 12, 2020
Oh, The Places You'll Go - Return To Your City
"Oh, the Places You'll Go!" comes to an end this Sunday with a prophecy from Elisha for a starving city under siege that God will supply them with food. It's a bold promise, and one that an officer of the king openly rejects. But through some leperous outcasts, good news reaches the palace that God has indeed provided for the people in a most miraculous way. On Sunday, learn what this Old Testament miracle has to say to us today about sharing the hope of Jesus with the world.
July 05, 2020
Oh, The Places You'll Go - Down by the River
Leprosy was once a feared disease that had no cure. Naaman, a general in the Syrian army, has leprosy, and he thinks his money and power can save him. But in God's Kingdom, it doesn't work like that. Naaman needs to humble himself and trust in the true God before he can be healed—physically and spiritually.
June 29, 2020
Listen to Pastor Jim's Message About Racial Equality
Our Senior Pastor Jim Mueller addressed racism during a recent worship service. You can view his words to out community on the video below.
June 22, 2020
Oh, The Places You'll Go - Fly in the Sky
In today's message, Pastor Jim shows how the story of Elijah passing the baton on to Elisha relates to our story and the story of the church today. On this Father's Day, we consider the legacy we're leaving the next generation. Pastor Jim has a special message on the Bible's condemnation of racism and announced the resources Messiah has put together on our website to listen to Black voices and further the dialogue around this important topic. Visit Messiah's Racial Unity Resources page.
June 22, 2020
Oh, The Places You'll Go - Stroll Through a Vineyard
Though we don't like to admit it, our material goods can play quite a large role in our lives. As we will see in the story of King Ahab and his neighbor's vineyard, just because we possess a lot does not mean that we don't want to possess more. It's trap we are in, and it does affect our lives negatively. On Sunday, learn how you can fight the urge to acquire more and why it's so necessary to our well-being to look beyond ourselves to fully appreciate God's gift to all of us of His Son.
June 15, 2020
Oh, The Places You'll Go: Exploring a Cave
We go deep into a cave where the prophet Elijah is hiding out from King Ahab. He's all alone and doesn't see an end to the darkness—both literal and metaphorical—that's all around him. Come "Explore a Cave" with Messiah and see how God rescues His prophet (and His people) from the gloom we can sometimes find ourselves in.
June 08, 2020
Oh, The Places You'll Go: Up on a Mountain
The first message of our summer worship series, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" begins with an epic showdown on Mount Carmel. The Prophet Elijah confronts the false prophets of Baal with an awesome demonstration of God's power. Hear how it all goes down and how this tale relates to your own journey in life. Pastor Jim begins our new message series with "Up on a Mountain."
May 31, 2020
Punch Fear in the Face: Running Out
Pastor Jim Mueller closes out our "Punch Fear in the Face" series with a message on the fear of Running Out of your resources. He shows us that faith in Jesus means we never have to fear not having enough.
May 25, 2020
Punch Fear in the Face: Failure
We're not comfortable with failure. We certainly don't want others to know how we fall short. We really only want to disclose our failures in the context of how they led to our successes. In the world's view, your failure is tied up to your self-worth. In God's view, your failures are meaningless. They're an insignificant part of your story. In this message, learn to see yourself as God sees you—a creation made in His own image who will always live under His grace and acceptance.
May 17, 2020
Punch Fear in the Face - Your Kids' Future
Pastor Jim Mueller gives a Mother's Day message that revolves around the accounts of the raising of Jairus's daughter and the woman who bled for 12 years, as told in Mark 5. Through these stories, we learn to trust God with our circumstances and not fret so much over our kids' future.
May 11, 2020
Punch Fear in the Face: Death
Death is a part of life. That doesn't make it any less scary. Hear Pastor Chuck Schlie confront the fear of death and punch it in the face. You may never look at it the same way again.
May 04, 2020
Punch Fear in the Face: The Storms of Life
We’re all navigating some choppy waters these days. Fortunately, we’re not in the boat all alone. In this message we’ll hear the story of Jesus calming the storm, and there’s a lot in there that we can learn about tuning our mind to God’s will for our lives and learning to trust the One who has ultimate control over the “Storms of Life.”
April 26, 2020
Punch Fear in the Face: Being Locked In
Got anxiety? You're not alone, and your reaction to current events is totally normal. We're bored, lonely, stir-crazy, and primed for fear taking over. Our new message series confronts our modern day fears and anxieties and applies some Biblical wisdom on combating them. Our first message in this series deals with the familiar feeling of "Being Locked In."
April 20, 2020
Messiah celebrates our Savior's victory over sin, death, and the devil! Pastor Chuck Schlie leads us through some important details in John's Gospel account of the Resurrection that are hidden in plain sight!
April 14, 2020
Suffering. That word has been redefined in recent weeks. Before the joy of Easter, we must journey through the suffering of Good Friday.
April 11, 2020
Maundy Thursday: Holy Week 2020
It happened. We remember. The great sacrifice begins with Maundy Thursday worship.
April 10, 2020
Stranger Things: Week 4 - Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday, Jesus makes a triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. On this first day of Holy Week, Pastor Jim Mueller considers how Jesus viewed the city, knowing that the cheers would turn to scorn later that week.
April 08, 2020
Stranger Things: Possession
Pastor Jim Mueller continues "Stranger Things" with a message on demon possession. It's a fascinating and scary topic, but our message is rooted in the hope that is found in Jesus.
March 30, 2020
Stranger Things: Affliction
Do current events have you worried? Do you find yourself checking the news more often than you should? if you’re stressed and anxious right now, the devil couldn’t be happier. He revels in misfortune, and we certainly have our share of it on this side of heaven. Our “Stranger Things” message series is looking at the devil and how he works. This message deals with the issues of suffering and affliction as told through the story of Job.
March 23, 2020
Stranger Things: Temptation
The devil knows what he needs to do to separate you from God. You heard the statistic that 35% of Christians don't believe he exists. He is not only real; he is powerful and you're wearing a target. Our “Stranger Things” message series is exposing his tactics and arming you for the fight. Don't be complacent—there is a battle, and you're in it. Series begins with a look at how Satan uses Temptation against God's people. We'll expose his methods and learn from our Savior how to effectively fight them.
March 16, 2020
In God We Trust - God's Blessings
It's a day of celebration! We wrapped up "In God We Trust" with our annual Jubilee Sunday celebration in praise of all of God's blessings. Watch and learn how to build a trusting relationship with God.
March 08, 2020
In God We Trust - Where Your Mouth Is
With all this talk of money, you might be experiencing some anxiety around the topic. Perhaps you're wondering how you can give first fruit gifts and still be financially OK. We get it! This Sunday's message will help alleviate some of your questions and show you that generosity is possible, no matter your circumstances.
March 01, 2020
In God We Trust - Act Your Wage
Though it's easy to look around and think that you aren't any better off—and maybe even worse—than your neighbor, you can't give in to that scarcity mentality. God has blessed us abundantly here in St. Charles, and we want to help you fight the mindset that you need more than what you have.
February 23, 2020
In God We Trust - God's M&Ms
Every dollar in our pocket is printed with a simple slogan—”In God We Trust.” Yet too often our trust is placed in anything but God. We place our faith in money, possessions, health, and security, and fear not having enough of what we need. This mindset begs the question, Is God abundant, or are His resources limited? We consider this question today in worship.
February 16, 2020
(re)Focus Your 2020 Vision - Image of the Church
TODAY’S MESSAGE What’s God’s image of His Church? Does it align with our image of it? If not, what can we do about it? Our current message series concludes today with an examination of what God’s image for His church looks like. Do your intentions line up with God’s?
February 09, 2020
(re)Focus Your 2020 Vision - Image
Who are you? Beyond your name, occupation, and family position, you're someone the Bible calls "fearfully and wonderfully made." So what does that mean? Believe it or not, you're God's image-bearer, and that means a lot. So while you may be a person who sins daily and messes things up on the regular, you're still a valuable part of God's kingdom. You’ll learn from our special guest Carl just who God thinks you are.
February 02, 2020
(re)Focus Your 2020 Vision - Legacy
Have you given much thought to your legacy? Have you assessed your life and thought about the impact that you have had on others? You no doubt hope the impressions you’ve left are positive ones. We all strive to be a blessing to our friends and family in our words and deeds. Though important, that’s just one aspect of our legacy. On the practical side, have you ever considered how your earthly treasures will be distributed when you die? Or what sort of spiritual heritage you will have left your family? These are weighty questions, and we will help you answer them today as we lead you to (re)Focus your legacy for the benefit of others.
January 26, 2020
(re)Focus Your 2020 Vision - Attitudes
You've heard it said that "Attitude is everything." Like all clichés, there's truth to the saying. Through the story of Joseph and his slavery in Egypt, we look at how we can be grateful to God for all that He does for us--even in difficult circumstances.
January 19, 2020
(re)Focus Your 2020 Vision - Relationships
Scripture: Acts 10:9-16 | Matthew 9:9-13. On Sunday our message taught us how to live a more fulfilling life by refocusing your priorities, relationships, attitude, and legacy. We looked at relationships and invite you to join or recommit to a Community Group at messiah in this new year.
January 12, 2020
(re)Focus Your 2020 Vision - Week 1
Today's Scripture: Daniel 12:1-4 | Luke 2:36-40. The new year is made for new beginnings. Messiah is here to help you with your resolutions for personal and spiritual growth in our six week series. "ReFocus: Your 20/20 Vision."
January 05, 2020
Hope For Everyone - Week 6
When life doesn't go our way we often respond with anger, doubt, or disappointment, and the Christmas season can intensify these emotions. But through the story of the first Christmas, we see God bringing hope in difficult circumstances. The love of God and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus bring hope to everyone.
December 29, 2019
Hope for Everyone - Week 5
The Christmas celebration began over 2000 years ago when the Creator of heaven and earth stepped into His creation - as a baby! He did this because He loves you and wants to restore His relationship with you. Truly this is good news of great joy! Our pray is that you will be filled with true HOPE and PEACE today as we are reminded that Christmas changes everything.
December 24, 2019
Hope for Everyone - Week 4
Scripture for today's message: Luke 2:8-15 and Corinthians 1:26-28. The love of God and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus bring hope to everyone. As the angel said to the shepherds when he announced Jesus birth in Luke 2:10: "I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." The Gospel is a message that truly brings HOPE for Everyone!
December 22, 2019
Hope for Everyone - Week 3
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 | Isaiah 7:11-14. The love of God and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus bring hope to everyone. Through Joseph's story in today's message, hear how to face fear in your life and do the right thing.
December 15, 2019
Hope For Everyone - Week 2
In today's message, we hear how to stay hopeful when your circumstances in life are not what you'd thought they'd be, and not at all what you envisioned for yourself. There is HOPE when your plans are disrupted if you trust that God has everything under control.
December 08, 2019
Hope for Everyone - Week 1
Dec. 1, 2019 | "Hope For Everyone" | Luke 1:5-13, 17-20 | Malachi 4:1-2, 5-6 | Rev. Mueller
December 01, 2019
Mr. Roger's Neighborhood - Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
God's goodness is all around our neighborhood, but it's up to us to seek it and find it. When we do, we have a reason to give thanksgiving every day! Proverbs 15:13-17 and Luke 17:11-19.
November 24, 2019
Mr. Roger's Neighborhood - Living Good In Your Hood
"You Are Special Just The Way You Are". Live life well through life applications found in Proverbs and examined through the wisdom found in "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood."
November 17, 2019
Mr. Roger's Neighborhood - Use Kind Words
Living Good In Your Hood series, week 2.
November 10, 2019
Mr. Roger's Neighborhood - Won't You Be My Neighbor
Nov. 3, 2019 | Message | "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" | Proverbs 1:1-7 | Luke 6:27-31| Rev. Mueller
November 03, 2019
The Bible For Grown Ups - What is the Point of the Bible?
Oct. 27, 2019 | "What Is The Point Of The Bible | Romans 3:21-28 | Matthew 13:44-46 | Rev. Schlie
October 27, 2019
The Bible For Grown Ups - Hard, Modern Questions About the Bible
Oct. 20, 2019 | Hard, Modern Questions about the Bible | Pastors Mueller & Schlie
October 20, 2019
The Bible for Grown Ups - What is In the Bible?
Oct. 13, 2019 | "What Is In the Bible?" | Hebrews 1:1-4 | John 20:30-31 | Rev. Don Matzat
October 13, 2019
The Bible For Grown Ups - How Did We Get the Bible
Oct. 6, 2019 | "How Did We Get the Bible?" | 2 Timothy 3:14-17 | Luke 1:1-4 | Rev. Mueller
October 06, 2019
What Happy People Know About Others
Sept. 29, 2019 | "Others" | Romans 12:9-18 | Matthew 22:34-40 | Rev. Schlie
September 29, 2019
What Happy People Know About Marriage
Sept. 22, 2019 | Message | "Marriage" | Ephesians 5:25-31 | Mark 10:6-9 | Rev. Mueller
September 22, 2019
What Happy People Know About Sadness
Sept. 15, 2019 | Message | "Sadness" | Romans 5:1-8 | Matthew 11:27-30 | Rev. Schlie
September 15, 2019
What Happy People Know About Friends
Sept. 8, 2019 | Message | "Friends" | Proverbs 17:17-22 | John 15:13-17 | Rev. Mueller
September 08, 2019
What Happy People Know About Work
September 1, 2019 | Message | "Work" | Ephesians 6:5-9 | Luke 5:4-9 | Rev. Matzat
September 01, 2019
What Happy People Know About Parenting
August 25, 2019 | Message | "Parenting" | Deuteronomy 7:1-9 | Mark 10:13-16 | Rev. Schlie
August 25, 2019
What Happy People Know About Themselves
8-18-19 | "What happy people know" WK 1 | Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, 24-26 | John 15:7-12 | Rev. Mueller
August 18, 2019