October 25, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3049 | The Jesus Subtext

Jesus was surrounded by his adversaries waiting for him to make a mistake when one of the scribes asked him a question to challenge his authority. Jesus’ response of love and invitation, reveals his heart for us
October 24, 2021

The Hound of Heaven

Text: Luke 19:10
Pastor Lee Berger
The sermon uses a great classic poem to highlight the determined, constant, passionate pursuit of God for each of His kids. He does not play "hide and seek;'" He openly seeks after us, and we just need to accept His love and grace.
October 18, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3048 | Refuge in the Storm

Being caught in the middle of a terrible storm is one unimaginable experience that you hope not to endure. The unavoidable devastation can leave you helpless. The Psalmist reminds us that Jesus brings peace to our chaotic storms in life. And even after the storm, he is there to guide us, restore us, and surround us with his love.
October 17, 2021

A New Religion

Text: Romans 1:1-7
Pastor Gary Schwitz
The apostle Paul presented a new religion throughout his ministry life. Similar to other religions of that time, but so very different. [This recording also includes the sacrament of Communion/Lord's Supper. You may want to take bread and wine/juice at your home along with us].
October 11, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3047 | Upside-Down Selfie with Jesus

Selfies have become the new autograph of the 21st century. Nowadays, we try to be shameless when grabbing a quick selfie with anyone we admire or look up to. The time you spend doing a selfie might only take a second with someone but Jesus invites us into experiencing his loving presence beside us for all eternity. He is always there for us with arms wide open.
October 10, 2021

The Source of True Learning

Text: John 7:1-15
Pastor Lee Berger
From an ongoing series: "Ask the Right Question" -- highlighting questions that people asked to/about Jesus. Behind the words that were spoken, what was the deeper meaning of the questions. Today, we consider a question delving into the heart of God.
October 4, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3046 | The Midas Touch

From buying products that we don’t need online to keeping up with the latest in fashion and technology, consumerism has consumed humanity more than ever. The story of King Midas tells us how material things can easily take our eyes away from what is important. God reminds us in Mark why surrendering everything we have can be a blessing and embracing the truth that Jesus is more than sufficient.
September 27, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3045 | A Broken Rib and a Handful of Dirt

The bass provides a reference point for music, setting the mood and tone. The Bass note through the Bible is God’s goodness. In fellowship with our Triune God and one another, we experience the fullness of his goodness.
September 26, 2021

Set Free For Freedom

Text: Galatians 5:1-6
Pastor Lee Berger
"Set Free for Freedom" completes our series about the freedoms given to us in Jesus Christ. We are set free "from" things, for the purpose of being free "to" things: free to obey, to love, to live in the Spirit, and to model the righteousness of God.
September 20, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3044 | How Enemies Become Friends

United in Christ, we all reflect who God is. Whether it is evident to us or not, each of us is a conduit of grace with the ability to share God’s love and kindness with one another.
September 19, 2021

Practicing the Faith of Jesus

Text: James 1
Elder Ted Johnston
Does the writer of the book of James hit us over the head with legalistic rules to obey to become worthy of salvation? Or are we instead encouraged to put into practice the faith that God gives freely to us--resulting in good mindset and actions?
September 13, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3043 | An Unlikely Object Lesson

Jesus wholly welcomes us as we are. He accepts the beautiful, messy, and brutal parts of us. He takes it all, heals us, and makes us holy.
September 12, 2021

Set Free From Death

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:50-55
Pastor Lee Berger
This sermon defines death and speaks about our absolute victory over eternal death, a gift freely given to us by the completed work of Jesus on our behalf.
September 6, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3042 | Who do You Say I Am?

Our perception of who God is shaping the way we see the world and the way we move in it. It is easy to picture God as the self-serving changer of our circumstances, but the reality of who Jesus is, our sacrificial rescuer, transforms not just our environment but the very core of who we are.
September 5, 2021

What Does God Require?

Text: Micah 6:8
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Some have a long list of laws and rules to be obeyed; some don't give much consideration to this question. Although God is a giving God, there are some things He requires in return to His goodness.
August 30, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3041 | Jesus Interrupted

We’ve all experienced interruptions to our best-laid plans. But what if what we perceive as interruptions are really invitations from God to participate in shining his light and sharing his love with our world? Life does not have to go perfectly for Christ’s perfect love to be the main idea of our stories.
August 29, 2021

Living As a Called People

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-2, 9
Garth Daniels
In this sermon, we are reminded of our individual calling by God to be His unique saints, and our hopeful response to that calling.
August 23, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3040 | Greeted With Open Arms

Jesus Christ greets us with arms wide open, calling us his beloved, and offering us his embrace. How often do we have our hands full of all kinds of baggage that we believe we need to hold on to? Answer Jesus’ invitation to draw near to him, surrendering our burdens, and experience his full loving embrace.
August 22, 2021

Set Free From the World

Text: 1 Jn 2:15-17
Pastor Lee Berger
As part 3 of a series, this week's sermon tells us that we are set free from the world. What is "the world" according to the Bible, what do we need to set free from, and how does our freedom come to us?
August 15, 2021

Overwhelmed by Grace

Text: Ephesians 2:1-10
Rick Shallenberger
Pastor Rick Shallenberger speaks of how we are continually "Overwhelmed by Grace" that God freely gives to us.
August 8, 2021

Set Free From the Flesh

Text: Romans 6:1-18
Pastor Lee Berger
Part 2 in our "Set Free" series, this week's sermon is titled "Set Free from our Flesh." It seems our human nature (our "flesh") tends toward sin--which we never totally overcome. So what does God set us free from in regards to sin?
August 1, 2021

Is God In His Heaven?

Text: Psalm 139:1-12
Pastor Gary Schwitz
The Bible says God is in His heaven--but is God contained/confined to heaven? No, God is everywhere, in total freedom to be and to do purely as He sees fit. He is omnipresent.
July 25, 2021

Set Free From the Law

Text: Romans 8:1-4
Lee Berger
The Bible throughout states that the "law" is good, but verses also say that Christians need to be set free from the law. What does this mean? How does this work?
July 18, 2021

Jesus Changes Everything -- and That's Scary

Text: Mark 5 centered on verse 17
Pastor Lee Berger
Everywhere Jesus went, He brought change--sometimes welcomed, sometimes not. And He is still doing the same today--in your life and mine. It can be scary, but it's the best thing that can happen to us
July 11, 2021

When Getting Better Isn't Happening

Text: Luke 22:24-34
Steve Brown
When a person becomes a Christian, they often think that they'll immediately and continually get better and better in all ways. How is that working for you? But God loves us and has a plan even when we don't always get better.