Posts with the tag “pastor-michael-hammond”

Daily Devotional
October 18th, 2021
Before we moved to Fresno, we lived in house that had a lot of interesting quirks. There was a closet that was converted to a bathroom, a bathroom that was converted to a laundry room, and a laundry s...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
October 4th, 2021
I once heard a comedian tell a story about an interaction he had with his friend that went something like this:Comedian: Do you want to get a donut?Friend: No, I’m not hungry.Comedian: What does that ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
September 20th, 2021
80% of drivers say they are above average drivers. Stop for a minute and think about that. It’s statistically impossible for 80% of people to be above average at something. Even though 94% of people s...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
September 6th, 2021
We can look at a verse like this and think it’s too harsh. ONE failing makes you guilty of breaking the whole law? How is that fair?! At first read, it may seem unfair, but I think if we shift our per...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
August 23rd, 2021
Have you ever wondered about how you’re doing at something? I know I have. How am I doing as a husband? How am I doing as a father? How am I doing as a friend, brother, pastor, neighbor? How am I doin...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
August 9th, 2021
When I was 20 years old a friend and I decided to go backpacking through Europe. We had grown up together and often figured things out on a moment’s notice with little or no planning. We thought that ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
July 26th, 2021
A verse like this is one of the reasons I really like James; he gives it to us straight. James doesn’t sugarcoat it; he flat out says that if your faith doesn’t work then it’s worthless. We can do “re...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
July 12th, 2021
In 1314, a huge threat to the national security of England was discovered. This threat was leading the nation’s youth down a bad path and was causing adults to completely shirk their responsibilities....  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
June 22nd, 2021
I’m naturally more of a listener than a talker. That always catches people by surprise because a big part of what I do is talk. I love teaching and teaching equals talking but when it comes to hanging...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
May 31st, 2021
Everything good comes from God. That’s a pretty amazing thought. That means that there is nothing that is not truly good that is not also from God. ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
May 17th, 2021
Every one of us faces temptation and trials. While trials may come from God, temptation never does. God may send us trials to test us, but He will never send us temptation. When we are tested by God t...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
May 3rd, 2021
These verses contain some of the upside-down logic of the Kingdom of Jesus. What does someone who is “lowly” have to boast about? Why would someone who seems to have it all boast about being humiliate...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
April 19th, 2021
The book of James is my favorite book of the Bible (if we’re allowed to pick favorites). It is full of such practical and applicable wisdom and I gain something new every time I read it. James of cour...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
April 5th, 2021
How would you like to be defined by one moment? You live an entire life full of moments both good and bad, but you’re forever immortalized by ONE moment…one moment of doubt. That’s the story for Thoma...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
DAY 3: Pontius Pilate
March 30th, 2021
Each day this week we are releasing a video devotional from one of our pastors related to the Passion Experience - an online, interactive experience designed to help you meditate on the events of Jesu...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
February 15th, 2021
Yesterday in his sermon Pastor Jim reminded us of the need we all have for intimate relationships. He reminded us that many things can fill our time but no matter how busy we are, we need to make time...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
February 2nd, 2021
We as humans don’t really like change. When everything is going great, we wonder why we would ever want to risk changing. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” is often the mantra. Even if things are bad,...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
January 22nd, 2021
I’m currently teaching through the book of Philippians with the students at the Maple campus. This book is full of great content and what makes that content even more powerful is the context under whi...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
In Hindsight - Vol. 9
January 21st, 2021
Everyone has their "thing." It's that thing that they're really into that is a little more unique or perhaps not popular with everyone. I have a friend who is totally into socks. Every time I see him ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
January 5th, 2021
It was in sixth grade when I first remember someone asking me, “Do you think Jesus is coming back soon?” This is undoubtedly one of the questions I’ve been asked the most over the years and my answer ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
January 1st, 2021
Ecclesiastes 3 begins by stating that there is a time for everything. When we look at the list that follows, we’d probably only want half the things that it says there is a time for. I know I’d much r...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
December 31st, 2020
Studies show that between 50-60% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. 25% of those who make resolutions drop them before even making it a week. Another 11% drop off before making it a month. Afte...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
November 23rd, 2020
On this very day 78 years ago, a British ship named the SS Benlomond sunk in the South Atlantic. At 2:10pm the Benlomond was spotted by the German submarine U-172. The U-boat fired two torpedoes at th...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
November 6th, 2020
When I think of this verse, I think of chocolate covered pretzels. Trust me, it makes sense…I love chocolate covered pretzels. I don’t really know why (other than the fact that they are simply amazing...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
October 26th, 2020
I’ve never been in a fight. I’ve “fought” with others, but never a real, true come-to-blows fight. I have been punched in the face, but the punch was delivered by my best friend. It wasn’t supposed to...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
October 14th, 2020
Though this verse is talking about finances, I think there is a greater inheritance that God’s people can leave behind than just a financial one. We can leave behind an inheritance of a life lived in ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
October 7th, 2020
Today my son Micaiah turns 3 years old. He is our youngest child; we also have a daughter named Mikayla who is 5 and a daughter named Melina who is 7. My children all continue to grow (despite my clea...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
September 29th, 2020
I’ve always loved history. Growing up I genuinely thought becoming a knight someday was a viable possibility. If I’m honest, there’s still a little part of me that wonders if there’s any way to make t...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
September 22nd, 2020
Throughout high school and college, I took several communications, speech, and writing classes. I figured they were things I already enjoyed doing, so taking a class on them would not only meet a requ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
September 10th, 2020
My wife and I love to read. The natural consequence of this is that we have a lot of books. Having a lot of books means that we need a lot of shelf space to display them all and this is why our books ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
August 24th, 2020
In February of 2015 a single question took the internet by storm…“Is the dress blue and black and or white and gold?” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a picture… If you’re like me, you...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
August 17th, 2020
Growing up I attended Hume Lake summer camp every year. There were lots of things I looked forward to when summer camp approached. I got to hang out with my friends for a week, play awesome recreation...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional
August 13th, 2020
We serve a great God. He is great in might, in power, in love, in wisdom; in every way we can imagine. Not only is God great, but His greatness is unsearchable. Unsearchable literally means “not capab...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional: Impact
August 6th, 2020
We truly don’t know the long-term impact of the things that happen today. Every choice we make, every interaction we have, every conversation that takes place can have ripple effects that we couldn’t ...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional: Impact
August 5th, 2020
My spiritual life is impacted in many ways. I’m impacted by time in the Bible, by time in prayer, by time talking with other brothers and sisters in Christ, and also by time spent in worship. I was re...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional: Impact
August 4th, 2020
Right now, Pastor Wil and I are co-teaching the students a series about the questions and doubts that we all have at one time or another. In our most recent video, we talked about the fact that God do...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional: Impact
August 3rd, 2020
Right now, I’m reading through the four Gospels in a way that is called a “Harmony” of the Gospels. The idea is to take the four Gospel accounts and divide them up so that they are all compiled togeth...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional: Security
July 31st, 2020
Change is something that is completely normal. Every 12 month period that we call a year has some amount of change in it. We’re only 7 months into 2020 and we’ve seen tremendous change on a daily, som...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional: Security
July 30th, 2020
English is the only language I can speak. I’ve taken classes in Spanish and Greek, but I didn’t leave those classes fluent (or even conversational). Since I’ve always been surrounded by others who als...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond
Daily Devotional: Security
July 28th, 2020
On November 20, 1980, a drill rig was doing some exploratory drilling in a 10-foot deep lake in Louisiana. A few moments later the very large (and expensive) drill rig mysteriously disappeared complet...  Read More
by Pastor Michael Hammond