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Mission Grove Church Podcast
Mission Grove Church
Mission Grove is a nondenominational Christian church located in Phoenix, Arizona. We exist to help every man, woman, and child experience Jesus.
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Run, Christian, Run
How do we keep running when times are tough? How do we keep our courage when circumstances are challenging? How do we keep our faith when our future seems foggy? In week seven our series, Whisper, pastor Jon Kragel shares how God can speak to us through people, promptings, and pain.
Nov 15, 2020
God's love is so profound that it requires God's power for us to grasp it. In our series, Whisper, we've been learning how to hear the voice of God. Today, pastor Jon Kragel shares what is it exactly that God is saying to us. Then, recording artist, Isaac Pittman, shares his story and music about the power of God's love in our lives. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
Nov 8, 2020
Helping Your Desires Take Flight
How do you know if you have a good idea or a God idea? In week five of our series, Whisper, pastor Jon Kragel shares that God not only is speaking to you, but also speaking through you. God has given you a message and a means through which to say it. When weighed against wise counsel and the Word of God, we can see how God speaks to us through our desires. (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 37:4; Proverbs 16:1-3, 9)
Nov 1, 2020
Don't Get Lost, Learn to Read a Map
When trying to read the map of life, it's important to start with the key. Understanding the map key helps you make sense of the map. In the same way, the Bible serves as a key to understanding this life. In week four of our series, Whisper, pastor Jon Kragel shares how God is still speaking to us today. (Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:10-17)
Oct 25, 2020
Do you hear the voice of God? If not, maybe it's because you're using the wrong relational frequency. In today's message, guest speaker, Pastor Ta'hon King, shares how you can tune in to hear the voice of God (Luke 5:1-11).
Oct 18, 2020
Are You Available?
How can you hear from God? It starts with making yourself available. When you make yourself available, God makes Himself accessible. In week two of our series, Whisper, pastor Jon Kragel leads a practical and personal discussion on the value of prayer in our lives. Additional verses Luke 5:15-16; 1 Samuel 3:9-11
Oct 11, 2020
The Power of a Whisper
How do you hear the voice of God? In week one of a brand new series, pastor Jon Kragel shares how if you can't hear God's voice, you can't sing God's song, and your life will be off key. Watch the message to learn three encouraging truths about hearing the voice of God and the power of God's whisper in your life.
Oct 4, 2020
When Plans Change
When plans change, cling to your purpose. In the week before our grand opening at CB Live, pastor Jon Kragel shares how we can respond to situations changing in our lives.
Sep 27, 2020
You Were Made for this Moment
You were made for this moment. God has uniquely prepared us and positioned us to reach this community with the Gospel. Pastor Jon Kragel asks the same question Mordecai asked Esther 2500 years ago, "What if you were made for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14). Will you join us on mission to be FOR the community? If you are interested, please take your next step and fill out the form below or visit our website.
Sep 20, 2020
What does Jesus say about politics? Part 2
Jesus didn't come to take sides. He came to take over. In part two of what does Jesus say about politics, pastor Jon Kragel shares an example of how Jesus handled a political question (Mark 12:13-17). Christians, as you head into this election season, remember that elections are temporary, but eternity is forever. Choose to keep your witness with those who disagree with you and show love and honor in a community filled with division. We are called to live kingdom down, and not culture up.
Sep 13, 2020
What does Jesus say about politics?
Your candidate will win or lose on the first Tuesday of November, but the church will win or lose based on how we treat one another between now and then. When you disagree politically, choose to love unconditionally and pray for unity. Jesus prayed for unity and He paid for unity by dying on the cross. Therefore, we should make unity our priority during this election season (lessons from John 17 and Ephesians 4). Find practical ways to serve in your community, but remember that your ultimate allegiance belongs to God.
Sep 6, 2020
What does Jesus say about Racial Justice?
Racial Justice is a Gospel issue. Listen as pastor Jon Kragel shares commentary on this sensitive subject through the lens of Jesus. What does Jesus have to say? What did He do? How can we learn from His example? This message is meant to simply start a healthy conversation with our church family so we can love people the way Jesus loved us. In the message, Jon addresses the polarizing positions within our nation right now and he then shares four practical and personal steps we can take towards unity within the church: 1. Repent of self-righteousness. 2. Acknowledge the hurt and experiences of others. 3. Commit to a posture of compassion, honor, and service. 4. Elevate others whenever possible.
Aug 30, 2020
Who's Your One?
Share what you love with whom you love. The best thing you can do in this moment is to share the Gospel with those around. Movements start in moments with people. Be the one to bring someone to Jesus. Who's your one? Learn how to share your faith in this message with pastor Jon Kragel. Be like the friends who brought their friend to Jesus (Luke 5:27-26). They had faith. They had love. They had courage. And we believe with faith, love, and courage, you can bring people to Jesus, too.
Aug 23, 2020
Everyone Has a Story
Start telling better stories. Everyone has a story to tell, so what story are you telling? In week four of our series, Everyone Together, pastor Jon Kragel shares how you can start telling better stories as we learn from an unlikely hero (John 4:27-42). No matter your circumstances or your past, God can use your story to make an impact for eternity. In this message you'll also learn about the art of reframing, the power of pre-framing, and how to set up Gospel appointments.
Aug 16, 2020
Who needs Jesus?
Is it possible for someone to be earthly rich, but eternally bankrupt? Learn from a story about an unlikely man who came to faith in Jesus. In week three of our series, Everyone Together, pastor Jon Kragel shares how everyone needs The One (Luke 19:1-10).
Aug 9, 2020
You Can Make a Difference
In week two of our series, Everyone Together, pastor Jon Kragel shares how everyone needs someone to believe in them. If you want to make a difference, like Barnabas did for Saul (Acts 9:26-28), you need to do the following: Four Steps to Making a Difference 1) Take the plunge (take a risk) 2) Make it personal 3) See the potential 4) Build the platform Challenge: Start today making a difference today by recognizing who's made a difference in your life. Take time this week to say thank you to people who have impacted you.
Aug 2, 2020
The Anxiety of Anxiety
Are you under a lot of stress? When facing the struggles and pressures of this year, how can we respond? In week one of our series, Everyone Together, pastor Jon Kragel shares where chronic anxiety comes from, what the Bible says about it, and what we can do about it. Calming the anxiety within you will help you care for the people around you.
Jul 26, 2020
Follow the Shepherd (Psalm 23:6)
Do you want to make a difference in this life? Do you want to have a full life? In week six of our series, Psalm 23, pastor Jon Kragel shares how the key to having abundant life is following the Good Shepherd. When you follow Jesus, goodness and mercy follow you.
Jul 19, 2020
Don't Give Satan a Seat (Psalm 23:5)
During troubling times, what voices are you listening to? What kinds of "food" are you feeding your mind? Do you struggle with negative self talk? Maybe you have allowed an unwanted guest at your table. In week five of our series, Psalm 23, pastor Jon Kragel shares how Jesus has prepared a feast in the middle of our fight (Psalm 23:5). And when you are having supper with the Good Shepherd, don't give Satan a seat.
Jul 12, 2020
Turn to the Shepherd (Psalm 23:4)
In week four of our series, Psalm 23, pastor Jon Kragel shares how Jesus dealt with the substance of death so that all that remains is its shadow. The key to comfort in troubling times is to the turn to the Shepherd.
Jul 5, 2020
Listen to the Shepherd (Psalm 23:3)
In week three of our series, Psalm 23, pastor Jon Kragel shares the importance of listening to the Good Shepherd. You don't need the map if you stay close to the guide (Psalm 23:3).
Jun 28, 2020
Trust the Shepherd (Psalm 23:2)
In week two of series, Psalm 23, past Jon Kragel shares that rest is about proximity, not productivity. The key to finding rest is trusting in the Good Shepherd.
Jun 21, 2020
Know the Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
In week one of our new series, Psalm 23: Peace in the Valley, pastor Jon Kragel shares from verse one the value of knowing God as your shepherd. Unless you can say, "God is my Shepherd," you will never be able to say, "I shall not want." The key to contentment is knowing God as your Shepherd.
Jun 14, 2020
Quarreling in Quarantine
Do you find it easier to fight with loved ones during quarantine? In week two of our series, Friends of Mission Grove, pastor Bill Bush teaches more about relationships.
Jun 7, 2020
Dealing with Relationship Vampires
How do you handle the difficult relationships in your life? When is the time to set up boundaries, and when should we lean in and help? In week one of our new series, Friends of Mission Grove, we are honored to have pastor Linn Winters teach us about relationships.
May 31, 2020
3 Comebacks to Crisis
As we finish our series, Stay Positive, pastor Jon Kragel shares how your setback could really be your setup. Using the story of Joseph in Genesis 50, pastor Jon shares 3 comebacks to crisis. #StayPositive
May 24, 2020
Woe to Go
In week two of our series, Stay Positive, pastor Jon shares how to go from woe to go.
May 17, 2020
What Do You See?
Is it me, or does the world seem to be filled with a lot of negativity right now? While it can be easy to be cynical during times of crisis, we want to help you stay positive. In week one of our series, Stay Positive, pastor Jon Kragel shares how what you see and what you say directly impacts what you see. (Colossians 3:1-2)
May 10, 2020
FOR the Community
On this Mother's Day, we're talking about what it means to be FOR other people. For far too long the church has been known by what it is against. We want to be known by what we are FOR. If God is FOR us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). God is FOR you, and we are FOR you. #FORthecommunity
May 3, 2020
In week three of our series, Breakout, pastor Jon Kragel shares this truth: if our God is unstoppable, then our faith is unshakeable.
Apr 26, 2020
Feeding your soul
In week two of our series, Breakout, pastor Jon Kragel shares how the best way to fight your stress is to feed your soul. (message from 2 Peter 1:3-8).
Apr 19, 2020
Finding your Spiritual Pathway
In week one of our new series, Breakout, pastor Jon Kragel shares how you can find your spiritual pathway to God. In lessons learned from Gary Thomas' book, Sacred Pathways, Jon shares that everyone has a unique way to connect with God. What's your preferred pathway?
Mar 29, 2020
When Anxiety Attacks
In a message for our time, pastor Jon Kragel shares how to respond when anxiety attacks. This message is the last in our series entitled, "Living Hope." (1 Peter 5:5-11)
Mar 22, 2020
As our world continues to battle the pandemic known as the coronavirus, pastor Jon Kragel shares a message addressing the tension that we're all feeling. What now? What's next? How can we move forward? Listen to hear a story about an unlikely character who finds himself in an unlikely situation. Simply put, God can use what we didn't choose. (Acts 28:1-10)
Mar 15, 2020
Preparing for Battle
As pastor Jon Kragel continues our series, Living Hope, he shares encouragement from 1 Peter 4. We can't always choose our battles, but we can choose how we fight them. Watch and learn how you can prepare for your spiritual battle.
Mar 8, 2020
"In week five of our series, Living Hope, pastor Jon Kragel shares how Christ in your heart put hope on display (1 Peter 3:14-15). We can show hope in a hopeless world through the following actions: 1) Be brave (Romans 15:13) 2) Be blessed (Colossians 1:27) 3) Be bold (2 Corinthians 3:12) Wherever you find yourself on your spiritual journey, we want to help you take your next step of faith. Visit www.missiongrovechurch.com for connection and resources, or join us on a Sunday morning."
Mar 1, 2020
What Happy Couples Know
In week four of our series, Living Hope, pastor Jon Kragel shares how relationships are a race to the back of the line. He then goes on to share four components of a healthy relationship: 1. Submission is mutual (Ephesians 5:21) 2. Honor is love in action (1 Peter 3:7) 3. Respect wins relationships (1 Peter 3:1-2) 4. Value comes from God (1 Peter 3:3-6)
Feb 23, 2020
An Unlikely Calling
In week three of our series, Living Hope, pastor Jon Kragel shares how security in Christ helps us submit and suffer well. We can submit and suffer well because this life is reality, this life is temporary, and this life is an opportunity. Following Jesus' example, we persevere through trials with living hope (1 Peter 2:13-25).
Feb 16, 2020
Who Moved the Salt?
In week two of our series, Living Hope, pastor Jon Kragel challenges the church to place Christ at the center of their table. We can do so through four thing: 1. Set aside the things that break relationship. 2. Adore Jesus whole-heartedly. 3. Look for ways to proclaim Jesus' goodness. 4. Treat others with honor
Feb 9, 2020
Time to Move
In week one of our series, Living Hope, pastor Jon Kragel shares how hope inspires action. Hope is the confident expectation that God will do what He has promised. (1 Peter 1:1-12)
Jan 26, 2020
Focus and Freedom
In the final week of our series, Starting Line, pastor Jon Kragel shares how focus can free to live by design.
Jan 19, 2020
Don't Bury the Lead
In week three of our series, Starting Line, pastor Jon Kragel shares how the right decision can change your direction. Is Jesus the lead in your life? Then you should consider taking your next step of faith which is baptism.
Jan 12, 2020
In week two of our series, Starting Line, pastor Jon Kragel shares how habits are consistent behaviors that meet specific needs. In order to reap Spiritual fruit, we have to plant Spirit-filled seeds in our lives. (Ephesians 5:15-16; Galatians 6:8-10)
Jan 5, 2020
Foundation for 2020
In week one of our series, Starting Line, pastor Jon Kragel shares how a healthy foundation to a new year rests on a person, not a set of principles. That person is Jesus Christ. Simply put, PERSON + PURPOSE + POWER = Passion. Knowing the person of Jesus, His purpose for your life, and living by the power of the Holy Spirit will give you the foundation you need to launch into the new year. (John 20:19-23)
Nov 24, 2019
Winning at Life (Part 2)
In the final week of our series, Prove It, pastor Jon Kragel shares how through the chaos and clutter this holiday season, we must cling to Jesus (1 John 5:11-21).
Nov 17, 2019
Winning at Life (Part 1)
In week six of our series, Prove It, pastor Jon Kragel shares how belief in Jesus removes burdens and multiplies blessings. (from 1 John 5:1-5)
Nov 10, 2019
Who Is Love
In week five of our series, Prove It, pastor Jon Kragel shares how we should regularly ask ourselves what does love require? God is love, which means He defines love, and when we live by His example, as can show people who God truly is.
Nov 3, 2019
Walking in Love
In week four of our series, Prove It, pastor Jon Kragel shares how love is matter of life and death (from 1 John 3:11-24). We can love people when we meet a need and make a difference. He also shares five benefits from loving others the way Jesus loved us.
Oct 27, 2019
Warning of Lies
In week three of our series, Prove It, pastor Jon Kragel shares how the best way to spot a lie is to KNOW the Truth (1 John 2:18 - 3:10).
Oct 20, 2019
Walking in Light
We had the honor and privilege of having Jordan Headley share from 1 John about how we're called to walk in the light. Jordan is a church planter of Hope Valley Church, which is looking to launch in the fall of 2020.
Oct 13, 2019
Word of Life
In the first week of our series, Prove It, pastor Jon Kragel shares how Jesus is the Word of Life and how proclaiming Jesus leads to powerful joy. (1 John 1:1-4)
Sep 29, 2019
Shaped to Serve
In week five of our series, What On Earth Am I Here For?, pastor Jon Kragel shares how we should stop fighting for position and start finding our posture. Jesus held the posture of the servant, and we should love others through serving them as Jesus loved and served us (Mark 10:42-45).
Sep 22, 2019
Motivated to Make a Difference
In week 4 of our series, What On Earth Am I Here For?, pastor Jon Kragel shares how connecting your story with God's story creates a greater story.
Sep 15, 2019
What It Means to Be Family
In week three of our series, What On Earth Am I Here For?, pastor Jon shares that Jesus did not die for others so that you can live for yourself. From Ephesians 4, we learn that the second purpose of our life is fellowship, which means to love people the way Jesus loved us.
Sep 8, 2019
In the second week of our series, What On Earth Am I Here For, pastor Jon Kragel shares how we are not only made to worship, but we are made worshiping. The question is not ARE you worshiping, but WHOM or WHAT you are worshiping. Peace is possible when we choose to worship the Unshakeable God. (Hebrews 12:26-29).
Sep 1, 2019
Meaning of Life
In week one of our series, What On Earth Am I Here For?, pastor Jon shares how discovering your purpose is not about meeting expectations, but about experiencing Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3-14)
Aug 25, 2019
In in the final week of our series, Revival, pastor Jon Kragel shares that the key to a restored perspective is worship (Nehemiah 8-9). He also shares five different ways to worship God.
Aug 18, 2019
In week two of our series, Revival, pastor Jon Kragel shares how to persevere when facing battles of many kinds. When you are under attack, remember that you are built to overcome (Nehemiah 4-6).
Aug 11, 2019
In week one of our series, Revival, pastor Jon Kragel shares how revival starts with a renewed passion for God's people. Studying the book of Nehemiah, he shared three moves Nehemiah made to renew his passion for God's people (Nehemiah 1-3).
Aug 4, 2019
When You Believe in God, but Don't Love the Church
In the final week of our series, Christian Atheist, pastor Jon Kragel shares how the Church is a movement with a message on a mission for God's majesty. Communion with God leads to confidence in life and community with others
Jul 28, 2019
When You Believe in God, but Don't Share Your Faith
As we continue our series, Christian Atheist, pastor Jon Kragel shares how evangelism is sharing what you love with whom you love.
Jul 21, 2019
When You Believe in God, but Don't Think He Is Fair
In week three of series, Christian Atheist, pastor Kevin Deasy shares how to respond when you don't think God is fair. God might not be fair, but it is because God is good. We don't truly deserve His grace, but yet He freely gives to us. Also, God does not let us walk through difficult times alone. Don't lose heart when you walk through difficult circumstances.
Jul 14, 2019
When You Believe in God, but You Pursue Happiness at Any Cost
In week two of our series, Christian Atheist, pastor Jon shares how happiness is a choice, not a chase.
Jul 7, 2019
When you Believe in God, but do not know Him
In week one of series, Christian Atheist, pastor Jon Kragel shares how to know God is NOT to be informed, but to be TRANSFORMED. In this series, we are presenting fresh messages each week, while encouraging people to take a deeper dive into the book with the same title, authored by pastor Craig Groeschel.
Jun 23, 2019
Jonah 4: Mirrors and Windows
In the final week of our series, Runaway, pastor Jon Kragel shares how Jonah is both a mirror and a window. The story of Jonah is a mirror because it reflects the human heart. Jonah also serves as a window because it gives us a view into the heart of God. Ultimately, we will reach our community when we reflect the heart of God.
Jun 16, 2019
Jonah 3: Surprising Grace
In week three of our series, Runaway, pastor Jon Kragel shares who God's grace is bigger than our past, our performance, and our prejudice. God used unlikely prophet (Jonah), with an unlikely sermon, to reach an unlikely receptive audience (Ninevites).
Jun 9, 2019
Jonah 2: Rock Belly Bottom
In week two of our series, Runaway, pastor Jon Kragel shares what Jonah did when he hit rock belly bottom. He shared that prayer is not simply a button to push, but a relationship to pursue. When you're facing a difficult situation, ask for God's help, accept God's discipline, trust in God's promises, and yield to God's will.
Jun 2, 2019
Jonah 1: The Rebellious Prophet
In week one of our series, Runaway, pastor Jon Kragel shares about Jonah, the rebellious prophet. The story of Jonah is about a mixture of right/wrong, good/evil, grace/justice, and so much more. The one constant in the book is the goodness and the compassion of God. In short, God's compassion is connected to His power, and not our permission.
May 26, 2019
The Value of Serving
In the final week of our series, Family Five, pastor Jon shares how healthy families value serving over being served. The question is not ARE you called, but WHERE and HOW. (Mark 10.35-45; Galatians 5.13-15; 1 Peter 4.10)
May 19, 2019
What's the Deal with Discipline
In week four of our series, Family Five, pastor Jon Kragel shares that healthy families value relationship over rules. It's impossible to protect your child from everything. Therefore, try instead to prepare your child for anything. The priority is preparation over protection.
May 12, 2019
Ticket Prices Have Gone Up
In week three of our series, Family Five, pastor Jon Kragel shares how healthy families create a culture of honor (Ephesians 6:1-4). Honor is recognizing the value of someone based on the price already paid. If Christ was willing to die for people, then we should be willing to honor them.
May 5, 2019
On our second week of our series, Family Five, we had the privilege of learning from guest speaker, Dr. Tim Kimmel, on the basic principles found in a Grace-based family.
Apr 28, 2019
In the first week of our new series, Family Five, pastor Jon Kragel shares the first of five principles for building healthy families.Principle #1 - Healthy families put God first. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
Apr 14, 2019
I am the Vine
In John 15, Jesus claims to be "The True Vine." In this message, pastor Jon Kragel shares how we're called to be a branch, not a stick.
Apr 7, 2019
Bread of Life
As we continue our series, I Am, pastor Jon Kragel shares the details, story, and meaning of Jesus' claim to be the "Bread of Life." (John 6) Ultimately, Jesus satisfies the hunger of our souls.
Mar 31, 2019
Way, Truth, & Life
As we continue our series, I Am, pastor Jon Kragel shares how Jesus gives us access to the promises of God (John 14:1-18). Watch as he discusses seven powerful promises of God from this passage and how they apply to our lives.
Mar 24, 2019
The Good Shepherd
Continuing our series, I Am, pastor Jon Kragel shares the power behind Jesus Christ's claim to be "The Good Shepherd." In the message, Jon shares how Jesus is worthy to be followed because of Christ's Authenticity and Authority. His love is unconditional and His power is unbreakable. (John 10:1-18)
Mar 17, 2019
I am the Door
In week two of our series, I Am, pastor Jon Kragel shares the meaning and importance of Jesus' claim to be the Door (from John 10:1-10). In Jesus, we find security and significance. Our security is found not in our situation, but in our Savior. Our significance is found not in our product, but in our process.
Mar 10, 2019
I am the Light of the World
In week one of our series, I Am, pastor Jon Kragel shares the meaning of Jesus' claim to be the light of the world. Darkness leads to guilt and shame. Light leads to grace and salvation. (John 8:1-12)
Mar 3, 2019
Choose Your Weapon
In the final week of our series, Faith Works, pastor Jon Kragel preaches from James 5:13-20, sharing how bold prayer honors God and transforms us.
Feb 24, 2019
What Is Life?
In week seven of our series, Faith Works, pastor Jon Kragel shares how faith is less about getting you into heaven and more about getting heaven into you (from James 4:13-17). Watch as he shares biblical answers to some of life's toughest questions.
Feb 17, 2019
As we continue our series, Faith Works, pastor Jon Kragel preaches from James 4:1-12, sharing that conflict can harden the heart or grow your faith, but ultimately it's our choice. Jon also shares 4 sources of conflict as well as 4 solutions to better our relationships.
Feb 10, 2019
Taming the Tongue
In week five of our series, "Faith Works," pastor Jon Kragel shares truth from James 3:1-12 on the topic of taming our tongue. In short, the tongue is a measure of maturity. Therefore, we should choose how we speak wisely. Watch and look for practical tips to improve how you speak to others.
Jan 27, 2019
What Is True Faith?
In week four of our series, Faith Works, pastor Jon Kragel shares the connection between faith and works (James 2:14-26). Faith is the root. Works are the fruit. Also, Jon shares the difference between a dead faith, deceived faith, and a dynamic faith.
Jan 20, 2019
Time to Clean the Fridge
In week three of our series, Faith Works, pastor Jon Kragel discusses the difficult topic of partiality from James 2:1-13. Faith and favoritism don't mix. In a divisive culture, the church has an opportunity to share the love of Christ with EVERYONE, without showing favoritism. While faith in Christ is exclusive, the person of Jesus was the most inclusive in history. We can learn a lot from Jesus in how he treated everyone with love. Instead of seeking power, we should use our position to serve.
Jan 13, 2019
In week two of our series, Faith Works, pastor Jon Kragel shares how faith works because faith moves. Walking through James 1:19-27, he shares the connection between being, knowing, and doing. Make this year the time where your faith moves.
Jan 6, 2019
Heads Up Seven Up
We started off the new year with a brand new series called, Faith Works. In this series, we're walking through the book James discussing the practicality of our faith. In week one of our series, pastor Jon Kragel shares how your outlook impacts your outcome and how to battle through 3 tests of your faith.