January 30, 2023

Speaking of Life 5011 | Better Well Done…

When spreading the gospel to the Corinthians, Paul focused on sharing his personal testimony and the power of the Holy Spirit, rather than trying to impress others with his words. He encouraged others to trust in Jesus’ actions and words instead of their own.
January 23, 2023

Speaking of Life 5010 | The Who Question

If you read Psalm 15, you could easily say that no one would ever fit any of the descriptions when the psalmist collectively asks the question, who is worthy to be in the presence of God? No one is righteous enough. No one can always be kind and blameless. The only one who would fit the description is Jesus! He has always been in God’s presence as God’s very own Son. Through Christ, we learn to be righteous. Through Christ, we learn to be loving and kind. Through Christ, we can stand in God’s presence by the Spirit and experience the complete grace and glory of God our Father.
January 22, 2023

What Is the Church?

Text: Matthew 16:13-20
Pastor Gary Schwitz
What (or who) is the Church? Where did it come from? What is its purpose today? And what are some of its attributes? Let's talk about it!
January 16, 2023

Speaking Of Life 5009 │ Are You Afraid of the Dark?

As kids or even as adults, some of us might have felt scared of being in the dark. Science tells us that we need the dark for good health because light exposure at night can affect our bodies’ internal sleep rhythms and hormones. Comparably, in our Christian journey, experiencing troubles or trials is natural. Don’t let this discourage you. Christ is here with us. Even though we experience darkness in life, we can always be assured that he will bring us back to the light.
January 15, 2023

A White Stone and a New Name

Text: Revelation 2:17
Pastor Lee Berger
Rev. 2:17 says the individuals who are a part of the victorious Church will one day be give a white stone with a new name on it. In the Bible, what is the importance of names and stones? We look forward to our unique stone and name.
January 9, 2023

Speaking of Life 5008 | More Than I Can Say

We easily give applause when we experience something wonderful in our lives. And sometimes it can leave us speechless when we encounter the same overwhelming feeling when we grow to know God to greater depths.
January 8, 2023

Adelante!

Text: Philippians 3:12-14
Pastor Lee Berger
Sometimes circumstances in life knock us backwards or down, and we wonder what to do. "Adelante" is a Spanish word that means to move ahead, to go forward. When your life trajectory changes, look for the new open door that God is providing for you, and continue to move forward -- Adelante! [This sermon shares photos and stories from a recent mission trip].
January 1, 2023

How to Begin the New Year

Text: Ezekeil 36:25-28
Pastor Gary Schwitz
So we begin a new calendar year, filled with uncertainty and hope. How can we profitably begin a new year? Pastor Gary gives us three points to help us out.
December 19, 2022

Speaking Of Life 5005 │ Best-Laid Plans

We are limited in how far we can plan ahead of time. But God’s plan looks at the bigger picture. Even when we think what we know is best, rest assured, God knows what is best for us and for the greater glory of his kingdom.
December 18, 2022

What About Mary?

Text: Luke 1:25-38
Pastor Lee
In this sermon, we look at scriptures to try to find out, not only the facts about Mary, but what her character was like. Why did God choose her to be the mother of the Savior?
December 12, 2022

Speaking of Life 5004 | The Might and Light of a Saving Love

During the Advent season, we celebrate Jesus’ incarnation. The Divine entering into our neighborhood in human flesh to save us and love us. Our God saves and only he can make us whole.
December 11, 2022

What About the Magi?

Text: Matthew 2:1-12
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Today we hear about the Mystery and the Meaning of the Magi. Who were these mysterious visitors come to worship Jesus the King, and what can we learn from their inclusion in the Incarnation story?
December 5, 2022

Speaking of Life 5003 | Three Responses

When we’re facing a problem, there are different ways how we should respond. When we’re filled with doubt and despair, let us keep our eyes and hearts on the one with whom we can completely put our trust because he is faithful to address what concerns us today.
December 4, 2022

What About the Shepherds?

Text: Luke 2:8-20 and several others scriptures telling us about shepherds
Pastor Lee Berger
It seems our impression is sometimes that the shepherds at Jesus' birth were a bunch of low-caste nomads and misfits. But when we look at the lives of many other shepherds in the Bible, we get a fresh view of why they were the first to hear of Jesus' birth and the first to worship Him.
December 1, 2022

Speaking of Life 5006 | The Least of These

While our hearts ache when we encounter a need that we aren’t able to meet, we trust that Jesus knows and will ultimately meet all of our needs. We get the joy of participating in Jesus’ ministry by faithfully caring for one another as we are able and led.
November 28, 2022

Speaking of Life 5002 | The Full Package of Peace

As we celebrate the Second Week of Advent with a focus on the theme of peace, let us remember that Jesus not only came to humanity with love, truth, and life but he also came to bring everlasting peace. A peace built on righteousness and fairness that only he can give.
November 27, 2022

What About the Angels?

Text: Luke 2:8-20
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Angels played a prominent role at the birth of Jesus. What is an angel, what has been their roles in the Bible, and how did they figure into the Nativity story?
November 20, 2022

Thankful In Trials

Text: James 1:2-4; Romans 8:37-39
Pastor Lee Berger
Pastor Lee reminds us of worldwide persecution of Christians, and how each of us must face our own personal trials in our lives. Take a lesson from the biblical martyr, Stephen.
November 13, 2022

Communion service: I Am the Bread

Text: John 6
Garth Daniels and Pastor Gary Schwitz
This past Sunday, Garth gave a biblical introduction and reminder of the depth of meaning in our taking of Communion. Pastor Gary followed with additional comments and distribution of the elements.
November 6, 2022

Blessed Assurance of Salvation

Text: Ephesians 2:4-10; Acts 2:21, 36-39; Acts 16:29-31; Hebrews 10:19-23
Pastor Lee Berger
Pet peeve of mine: People who accept and follow Jesus as Lord who, when talking about their salvation and future eternal reward, say "I hope I can make it." Is our eternal future in doubt or is it secure/assured?
October 30, 2022

The Cry of Our Heart Is Abba

Text: Galatians 3:26-4:7
Pastor Gary Schwitz
World religions and mythologies give us various portrayals of a father figure. Most of these fathers are misusing those under their authority for selfish ends. But the Bible give us The Parable of the Prodigal Son, which might be better called The Parable of the Waiting Father. God is a good God, inviting all His created children into His family with loving care.