September 21, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2044 | Open Hands Close Eyes

Daily life is full of tricks and confusion. You don’t know who to trust or listen to. But what if God told you to “hold out your hands and close your eyes?” Would you trust him? In fact, this is what the Father asked his own Son to do. On the cross, Jesus held out his hands to share his father’s love with the whole world. Jesus knew the Father to be good, trustworthy, and full of grace. Even in stretching his hands out on the cross. Let us open our hands and close our eyes and ask Jesus to show us his Father.
September 14, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2043 | Belly of the Whale

Just like Jonah, have you ever been swallowed up? Alone in the dark, worried, confused, and afraid? Even in our darkest moments, God can reveal himself to us and fulfill the purpose he has for us through his Son.
September 13, 2020

The Big Story -- Old and New

Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Pastor Lee Berger
Today I spoke about one of my favorite topics--an understanding that has come to be a pivotal point in my appreciation of the Plan of God for all mankind. I talk about the One Big Story that is communicated by the books of the Bible--both Old and New Testaments.
September 7, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2042 | Ripples in the World

When you skip a stone across a body of water, the stone sends ripples through the surface of the water. Just like the stone, sometimes our actions can cause ripples in our community. Let us consider the impact of our actions that we may send out positive ripples and reflect the love of Jesus.
September 6, 2020

Essential Elements of the New Covenant

Text: Matthew 5
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Pastor Gary provides some central focus for the terms and workings of the New Covenant. Jesus highlighted the foundation of our beliefs and how we live out those beliefs.
August 31, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2041 | Putting On Christ

How can our friendship and imitation of Jesus change our daily lives? Do our friends and family see Christ through us? It is in the daily walk and relationship with Jesus in which we are formed and changed. Put on his actions. Put on his love. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
August 30, 2020

Compare the Old and New Covenants

Text: various
Pastors Gary Schwitz and Lee Berger
We continue with a short sermon series on the Old and New Covenants. Two pastors highlighted several contrasts between the covenants.
August 24, 2020

Speaking of Life 2040 | Stopping the Spin

Our perception can shape our reality. Because of this, we must fill ourselves with the truth. Cling to this ultimate truth, you are loved and accepted by the Creator of the Universe!
August 23, 2020

Three Commandments of the New Covenant

Text: Matthew 22:37-40' Matthew 7:12' John 13:34-35
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Since all the laws and regulations of the Old Covenant are not binding on Christians today, can believers just "do as they please"? Or does the New Covenant give solid standards of moral guidance---new commandments?
August 17, 2020

Speaking of Life 2039 | Sing the Story Again

From the everyday blessings, we take for granted to awe-inspiring miracles God is invested in every detail of our lives. Let’s sing the story of God’s goodness, again and again, until it becomes the theme and music of our entire lives!
August 16, 2020

My Life As a Pharisee

Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Pastor Lee Berger
Old Covenant and New Covenant. What is valid for a Christian? Pastor Lee shares his 25-year experience combining the two covenants. Does it work? Is it biblical?
August 10, 2020

Speaking of Life 2038 | Double Booked

The Bible is full of promises of God caring for his children. Do you ever wonder if God is capable of fulfilling all of his promises? We only have to look to Jesus to find the answer. Through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise of blessing to all of humanity!
August 9, 2020

Lessons From the Torah

Text: Exodus 20:1-17
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Some Christians believe that the Old Testament of the Bible is outdated and useless. Some Christians consider the Old Testament teachings as fully binding on Jesus-believers today. How do the two testaments relate? [Start of a series]
August 3, 2020

Speaking of Life 2037 | Rembrandt’s Question

In the face of danger, our biological response might be to automatically fight, flee, or freeze. When facing life’s many storms, we also have the option of responding in faith, turning toward Jesus. In him, we know we have a savior who can calm the storms. He is our source of strength in times of trouble.
August 2, 2020

What Is Our Role In the Last Days?

Text: 2 Timothy 3:1-7
Pastor Lee Berger
Some prophecy prognosticators are sure that all the craziness going on today is a sure sign we are living in the "last days."  What/when are the last days?  What should Christians be doing in the last days?
July 27, 2020

Speaking of Life 2036 | Hand’s On Experience

The best way to learn is often hands-on, right? We learn best when we actively participate in the learning process. Jesus knew this about his disciples and invited them to participate in his miracles and ministry. God still works that way with us today. He is inviting you to participate in “hands-on” acts of blessing for others and transforming you too as part of the process.
July 26, 2020

Words Reveal Character

Text: Matthew 12:33-37
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Out of the heart, the mouth speaks. Our words bring either healing or hurt, life or death. Power of the tongue.
July 20, 2020

Speaking of Life 2035 | Slow-Release Truth

Humans are wired for and shaped by stories. Through narratives, we share in other’s experiences helping us envision a future, problem-solving, and develop empathy. Jesus knew the power of stories and wove them into his teaching as parables. However, the greatest love story is his very life, entering our world to rescue and redeem us all. Through Jesus’ heroic sacrifice you are a part of an epic story and essential part of his kingdom!
July 19, 2020

Here's Your Sign

Text: Matthew 16:1-4
Pastor Lee Berger
The Jewish religious leaders asked Jesus (over and over) for a "sign" to prove to them He was the Messiah. Jesus knew their doubting hearts and told them to look ahead for the sign of Jonah. What can we learn today from that sign?
July 12, 2020

Which Is the Proper View of Communion? and Doubt and Confidence

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and
Pastors Lee Berger and Gary Schwitz - split sermons
First sermon: Various churches teach about and take of Communion in a variety of beliefs and styles. Is there one view that is "right" or "proper"? What does Jesus leave with us as the purpose of Communion? 2nd sermon: how does doubt fit into a believer's life?
July 5, 2020

Authentic Christian Life

Text: Galatians 2:11-13
Pastor Lee Berger
A popular buzzword in "contemporary" Christian churches today is "authentic"--to be real, honest, trustworthy. What is authenticity? Is it merely a marketing ploy to attract new members, or is there something deep and solid that all Christians should be living out?