Loving others can be hard. We all struggle to love different people. So how can we love like Jesus? Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us how and why we are called to love the unlovable because Jesus loved the unlovable in us.
How do we endure trial? How can we call ourselves blessed in the midst of pain? Listen in as Kendra LeeAnne delivers a powerful message from deep personal experience of how God works for our joy and His glory in the midst of pain.
Many of us hear and study God's Word often. But do we live it out? How can we grow in applying and practicing the very truths God calls for in His Word? Listen in to this incredibly practical sermon from Caleb Eissler as he helps us think through what it means to practice pure religion, in other words, how to live out God's Word.
What does wisdom have to do with joy and enduring trials? What if the way to everlasting power and life was actually by giving up your power and life? What if the very wisdom we need is the very wisdom the world rejects? Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us the glory in the wisdom of the cross as we continue on in our series in the book of James.
How can we endure trials? What hope does the Bible give us when we encounter excruciating and unexpected hardship in life? In our first meeting back after the COVID-19 quarantine, Caleb Eissler shows us why and how we can "count it all joy" (James 1:2) no matter what comes because of the hope Jesus gives.
How can we have an unshakable confidence now matter what comes? How is it that we can have indestructible joy? How can we endure hardship through Jesus? Listen in as Caleb Eissler helps us see the glory of all that is bound up in Jesus' famous statement, "I have overcome the world."
What is the thread that ties together some of the most famous stories in the Gospel of John? What is the unexpected path to peace and glory? What quality about Jesus separated him from the other kings in His day and is meant to be a defining factor of the Christian life? The answer to these questions is simple: humility. Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us how humility is the key to living out the Christian life as he walks us through 3 stories of humility from Jesus and his followers in John 12-13.
*Originally preached on Thursday, March 26th, 2020*
What hope can we have during the COVID-19 crisis? How can we keep our gaze fixed on Jesus during this pandemic? What does a 2000 year old story about a shepherd have to do with our current moment? Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us the hope of Christ from John 10-11 for our tumultuous times.
*Originally preached on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
In light of all of the buzz surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we took time to pray to God as a ministry. This is the audio from the pastoral prayer delivered by Caleb Eissler meant to address reality frankly, but with hope. May this prayer offer hope in a time of confusion and chaos.
*This prayer was originally delivered on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
What if there was another angle to one of the most famous and scandalous stories in all of Scripture? What if grace is more amazing that we think? Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us a different perspective of one of the most well-known stories from the Bible, helping us see the wonder of Jesus along the way. Be ready to be amazed by grace!
*Originally preached on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
Do you believe in the Jesus of the Bible or the Jesus of your imagination? What do our reactions to and expectations of Jesus in prayer, taking next steps of faith, worship, the spiritual disciplines, and more tell us about our true view of Jesus? Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us three views of Jesus from individuals in the stories in John 4:46-5:47 and what they can tell us about our view of Jesus.
*Originally preached on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
Where did Jesus come from? Where did we come from? What is our origin story? What does origin have to do do with our sin and worship? Listen in as Caleb Eissler kicks off our Spring semester series in the Gospel of John by helping us see how origin helps inform our worship, hope, and witness.
*Originally preached on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
What is it that can overcome pain, suffering, depression, anxiety, heartbreak, trial, tribulation, rejection, death, and more? The glorious answer from Romans 8 is this: the love of Christ. Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us how through Christ we can be more than conquerors in all things so that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:28 may be the most misunderstood verse in all of Scripture. And when it is misunderstood people get hurt, walk away from their faith, and give up hope. The difference between feeling abandoned by God versus having an unshakable peace and joy when pain and hardships comes comes down to whether or not we actually understand God's Word. Listen in as Caleb Eissler helps us see the glorious truth of Romans 8:28, the greatest verse ever misunderstood.
*Originally preached on Thursday, December 6th, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
We all have deep longings and desires. And we all wrestle with the existence of pain and suffering in the world. Will those longings ever be fulfilled? How do we make sense of the pain in the world? Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us from Romans 8 how the the answers to those questions are the same. If you want hope and a sense of awe at Jesus, you won't want to miss this message!
*Originally preached on Thursday, November 14th at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
Mental Health is a vital topic that is rarely discussed in churches. After walking through a 5 week sermon series on mental health titled "The Struggle is Real," we sat down with several pastors and licensed professional counselors to talk about questions from the series and how to apply the Gospel to our mental health. We discussed issues ranging from self-care, walking alongside those struggling, medicine, suicide, prayer, and more. Listen in as our panelists seek to help us have hope and wisdom in the area of the intersection of mental health and the Gospel!
Robbie Sullivan- Licensed Professional Counselor
Merle Mees- Lead Pastor
Karen Mees- Licensed Professional Counselor
John Newsom- Care Pastor and Army Chaplain
Brad Daniel- Student Pastor
Caleb Eissler- Moderator
*This panel originally took place on Tuesday, October 15th at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
What if the reason we struggle with sharing the Gospel and fighting sin is because we've not fully understood just how great the Gospel really is? Listen in as Caleb Eissler helps us see Paul's wisdom for how to pursue holiness and see the Gospel as more glorious than we could ever imagine. Want to be encouraged in your faith? Tune in and see why "No condemnation" is the greatest declaration ever proclaimed.
*Originally preached on Thursday, November 7th at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
Why is prayer so hard? How can we deepen our prayer lives? How can we experience the love of Jesus more fully? How do we mature as Christians? Listen in as Caleb Eissler answers these questions and lays out a powerful reality for our spiritual journeys: when we know who God is and what He has done for us, it changes the content of our prayers.
*Originally preached on Thursday, October 3rd at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
What does the Bible actually have to say about singleness? In a modern Christian culture that can often imply that you are not whole unless you are married with children, are our churches' assumptions actually biblical? How do you live out your singleness well, whether it's permanent or temporary? How can I faithfully desire marriage while living out my singleness well while I have it? Listen in as Caleb Eissler answers these questions and helps us see the Bible's radical and beautiful vision for singleness.
*Originally preached on Thursday, September 26th, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church*
Trusting God can be hard. It's not easy to trust that God is faithful or that He will provide when life gets hard. How can we bolster our belief that God gives us everything we need? Is our trust in the Lord or are we seeking our satisfaction, contentment, peace, security, and delight in other things? Listen in as Caleb Eissler shows us how a prophet from 3000 years ago gives us astonishing hope to believe God is faithful and will provide for His people.
*Originally preached on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.*
Mental Health is a vital, yet often neglected, element of the Christian life. We face a crisis of mental health issues today, but we often fail to speak about them or address them with clarity. On August 1st, 2019, PV Twenty-Somethings hosted a public panel to bring clarity and truth to the conversation surrounding the intersection of mental health and the Gospel. Panelists include Licensed Professional Counselors Karen Mees and Robie Sullivan, Lead Pastor Merle Mees, Care Pastor and Army Chaplain John Newsom, and Student Pastor Brad Daniel. The panelists addressed a whole host of topics including medication, spiritual warfare, tactics to improve and sustain mental health, how to care for others who encounter mental illness, the hope that the Gospel brings, and so much more!
Have you ever continually cried out to God in prayer only to receive silence in return? In those moments we can't help but ask questions like:
"Why won't God answer my prayers?"
"Does God even hear my prayers?"
"Does God even love me if He doesn't answer my prayers?"
"How can I actually hear God's voice?"
What does it mean when it seems like God isn't answering our prayers? How should we respond? Listen in as Caleb Eissler helps us make sense of our unanswered prayers, shows us how to hear God's voice, and helps us see the wonders that God is working in the midst of the silence.
Originally preached on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
In our tribalized and volatile age, how can Christians intelligently and respectfully engage in politics? Listen in as PV pastors and church members discuss how the Gospel relates to topics such as nationalism, abortion, race, fake news, social media, history, the Republican and Democratic parties, poverty, immigration, social justice, and more.
Panelists: Caleb Eissler (Moderator), Kevin Smith, Brad Daniel, Tim Overby, Jeff Sheets, and Lindy Sheets