A preacher, teacher, minister, and author, John Michalak has spent over 20 years encouraging others in the areas of biblical education, evangelism, discipleship, and equipping for ministry. With a speaking style described as both practical and engaging, John has inspired Christians and non-Christians alike from the church pulpit to the classroom, inside prisons, and at conferences and retreats.
John’s inspirational new book, 365 Devotions To Embrace What Matters Most is now available from Zondervan publishing.
Below are video and audio samples of sermons, Bible studies, and speeches. Feel free to listen online or download them to your computer or mobile device. After listening, please leave a comment and share them with others.
Sermon: Stop in the Name of Love!
We so often look for God’s will on where we should go with our lives. But what about the times we need to stop? This sermon examines Acts 16:6-12 when God told Paul to stop. It reflects on how this account might apply to our own approach to missions and to our lives in general.
Volunteer Recruitment Speech
A volunteer-recruitment speech given at the annual fundraiser for Men Of Valor, a Nashville-based prison ministry.
As we celebrate the 4th of July in America, it is right that we elevate ideals like our national independence, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. But, these are civil liberties, and can never truly liberate us from deeper bondage–depression, prejudice, compulsive behavior, hopelessness. That kind of freedom can only be found when we come face to face with grace. True freedom isn’t just about being liberated from what binds us, but to be liberated for relationship with God and for our neighbor in need.
The last few decades have shown a surge in spiritual hunger perhaps unknown since the time of Plato and Aristotle. So many people are chasing after so many ideas that for the sake of civility, sincerity itself has become the chief virtue of the spiritual seeker. But, does sincerity prove that all religions are the same? This teaching invites an honest look at this question, and invites an honest comparison of the world’s religions. While God loves that we’re sincerely hungry for spiritual things, he does want our search to eventually lead somewhere. And despite protests to the contrary, that destination isn’t just about the absolute truth of the Bible. Ultimately, it’s about a personal relationship with the one who is absolutely true.
Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Jesus said that in knowing the truth, we would be set free. This sermon makes the assertion that the truth we’re supposed to unveil isn’t just the truth about God, but also the truth about ourselves.
With as much honesty as we can muster, we must ask ourselves:
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- What do I want?
- Is there a difference between what I say I want and how I’m living my life?
- What does God want?
- If I want what God wants, what am I willing to do to get it?
- Who am I becoming?
- Who am I with?
Without such self-examination, we can never really transform into Christ’s image and find the freedom that his true disciples enjoy.
A detailed examination of God’s “rules” for communicating with him through prayer. Most of us focus just on ourselves and our needs in prayer. But, the Lord’s Prayer is truly about God, and it is only by focusing on God’s greatness, his closeness, his kingdom, his will, his power to provide, to forgive, and to save, that we can truly find all our prayer’s answered.
Are you at war with God? At war with yourself? How about with others? Sometimes we need to acknowledge the wars we wage before God can transform our adversity into a true and lasting peace.
Note: War & Peace was recorded again later due to live audio difficulties.
Audio Bible Studies
I co-taught this study at Calvary Chapel – Waynesville NC. Much of what I share is gleaned from Phillip Keller’s book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (scroll down for the audio available under October 25th, 2017) .
I co-taught the second half of this study at Calvary Chapel – Waynesville NC (scroll down for the audio available under October 4th, 2017) .
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