Inside Out


Let’s admit, right upfront, that we are emotional creatures. Take a quick look at John Chapter 11, and you’ll see that Jesus expressed a myriad of emotions in a very short period of time. When Jesus’s friend Lazarus died, we see Jesus expressing both anger and sadness. But with the next breath, he is giving praise to God. Emotions are real. They are part of how God created us to experience not only the world but the very presence of God. 

In 2015, Disney’s Pixar Studios came out with another hit film, Inside Out. The movie enters the mind of eleven-year-old Riley, and personifies five dominant emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. These five characters in Riley’s head, led by Joy, run a control panel that guides her through life, forming memories, the strongest of which form islands of personality that define Riley (silliness, hockey, friendship, and family). More than simply being entertaining, the movie helps us all see more clearly how our emotions come together to provide direction and meaning. 

As we turn the corner into a new year, still burdened by a global pandemic, with mental health under greater and greater strain, we will spend five weeks hearing from Scripture how to be good stewards of our spiritual, emotional, and mental health.

Pastor Mike Brown
Inside Out

The Other Side of Sadness

John 11:28-35

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep.

Pastor Mike Brown
February 07, 2021
Pastor Mike Brown
Inside Out

Dealing with Disgust

Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.” And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.

Pastor Mike Brown
January 31, 2021
Pastor Mike Brown
Inside Out

Finding Your Joy

Luke 15:1-7

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Pastor Mike Brown
January 24, 2021
Pastor Mike Brown
Inside Out

The Dance of Anger

Matthew 21:12-17

Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”

The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angry and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’?”

He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

Pastor Mike Brown
January 17, 2021
Pastor Mike Brown
Inside Out

The Gift and Graft of Fear

Luke 1:26-30

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Pastor Mike Brown
January 10, 2021
Pastor Mike Brown
Inside Out
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