February 19, 2024

Speaking of Life 3013 | Rainbow’s Promise

Do you recall the first time you saw the colorful rainbow?  The flash of color across the sky is a promise of hope.

February 18, 2024

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Text: Lamentations 3:19-23
Pastor Lee Berger
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness" is a wonderful song and a biblical statement of great hope and encouragement. Did you know this scripture comes from the book of Lamentations, maybe the saddest book in the Bible? Let's look at the background of this amazing verse, and what it means to you and me.
February 12, 2024

Transfiguration

Transfiguration Sunday concludes the Season of Epiphany, revealing the radiant character of God in Christ’s love and compassion. God is inviting us to a continuous journey where the transformative power of Christ’s presence awaits.

February 11, 2024

Keys to the Transfiguration

Text: Luke 9:28-36
Pastor Gary Schwitz
During Black History Month, we hear a good summary of the history and purpose of this annual reminder. Also, it is Transfiguration Sunday, so we consider the vision with Moses, Elijah and Jesus. What is the point of this vision, and its final command to "Listen to Him"?
February 4, 2024

Who Are You?

Text: John 8:23-25
Pastor Lee Berger
In John 8 the Jewish religious leaders asked Jesus: "Who are you?" Of course, He had been openly teaching, healing, walking on water and more, but the leaders didn't get it--or they chose to reject Him. Maybe the most important question a person (believer or pre-believer) can ask is: "Who are you, Jesus?" What is your answer to that question?
January 29, 2024

Speaking of Life 3010 | Felt Not Seen

Have you ever stared at nature and become overwhelmed by the beauty of the moment? Not only are God’s works beautiful and majestic, but they also reflect his goodness and his love for each of us.

January 28, 2024

Parable of the Old Wineskins

Text: Luke 5:36-39
Pastor Gary Schwitz
What does Jesus mean when He speaks the parable about new wine in old wineskins and new patches on old garments? Let's listen to an explanation of those symbols, and hear how this message applies to us.
January 22, 2024

Speaking of Life 3009 | Jonah—Prophet or Cautionary Tale

If you’ve ever thought you’ve developed a better path forward than the one God has revealed, remember Jonah’s cautionary tale. He was so confident in how God “should” be acting, he nearly missed what God was doing – spoiler God’s agenda is always love. Let’s not miss out on joining him in sharing that love with the whole world.

January 21, 2024

Jehovah Jireh

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Pastor Lee Berger
God told Abraham (and many other saints in the Bible) that He would be their "God who provides"---their Jehovah Jireh. As we look at photos from the December Crossing Borders Mexico mission trip, we are reminded of God's provision.
January 15, 2024

Speaking Of Life 3008 | Lukewarm Coffee

Receiving the perfect gift, having someone offer the exact help we need, the space to vent without judgment. If you have ever experienced any of the events described, you have a glimpse into a powerful feeling of being known. The Psalms reveal that our Creator knows us better than we know ourselves. And through Jesus, God gives us himself to be known. There’s no greater gift than knowing and being known by God.

January 14, 2024

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders

Text: Matthew 7:24-27
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Continuing a series from Jesus' parables. we consider the biblical allegory of the wise and foolish home builders. The wise built their lives on the foundations of Jesus, but the foolish choose other foundations---which prove ultimately disappointing and disastrous. Choose Jesus!
January 8, 2024

Epiphany

As we look at the bright star of Epiphany, it reminds us of the wise men’s journey. They followed the celestial light to worship the Light of the World. The story in Matthew 2 encourages us to offer our worship and devotion to the boundless love revealed in the humble manger of Bethlehem.

January 7, 2024

Epiphany of Inclusion

Text: Lk 4:23-30
Pastor Lee Berger
Today is Epiphany Sunday, remembering events in Jesus' life where there was a disclosure or manifestation of large proportions--an "aha moment.' When Jesus spoke in His hometown synagogue (church) and revealed God's heart, the reaction turned from praise to murderous anger. Why? What was so shocking?
January 1, 2024

Speaking of Life 3005 | The Twist Ending

Do we recognize Jesus as the twist ending in the story of our lives? He completes not only your story, and mine, but the grand narrative of all of humanity. Jesus picks up our broken pieces and puts them all together and makes us whole again!

December 31, 2023

A Lamp On a Stand

Text: Luke 4:21-22
Pastor Gary Schwitz
We continue our Advent preparation and remember the meaning of the birth of Jesus in "Revelation and Peace." Jesus' birth was unique in all history, a true revelation of God's direct intervention with His creation. And true peace flowed from it for every person who believes.
December 26, 2023

Christmas

The weary world rejoices, as we celebrate that for unto us a child is born, our light and King, Jesus.

December 25, 2023

Advent - Love

Advent – Love In this sacred season of Advent, as we gather in hushed reverence, we are reminded that love is at the heart of it all. Psalm 89:1-4 calls us to sing of the steadfast love of the Lord forever, to declare God’s faithfulness t...
December 24, 2023

Revelation and Peace

Text: Luke 2:10-14
Pastor Lee Berger
We continue our Advent preparation and remember the meaning of the birth of Jesus in "Revelation and Peace." Jesus' birth was unique in all history, a true revelation of God's direct intervention with His creation. And true peace flowed from it for every person who believes.
December 18, 2023

Advent - Joy

With the arrival of Advent, we are awakened to the realization that JOY, like the first light of day, emanates from the promise of Christ with us, infusing our hearts with radiant hope.

December 17, 2023

Proclamation and Joy

Text: Is 9:6-7
Pastor Lee Berger
For the3rd Sunday of Advent (His Coming), the sermon "Proclamation and Joy" highlights the biblical proclamations of Jesus' birth and ministry, and the joy that results from the Plan of God being fulfilled fully in Jesus.
December 11, 2023

Advent - Peace

During Advent, we are gently reminded that PEACE is not discovered within the turmoil of our existence, but in the serene moments when we welcome God’s tender guiding light.

December 10, 2023

Preparation of Peace

Text: Isaiah 40:3-5
Pastor Gary Schwitz
On the second Sunday of Advent ("the coming"), Pastor Gary speaks about the "Preparation of Peace." The whole world wants peace (with some factions having very warped and hurtful ideas of how to bring it about), but true peace comes only from God, with Jesus being the heavenly emissary of the Kingdom of Peace.
December 4, 2023

Advent - Hope

Amidst uncertainty and darkness, the Advent season beckons us to prepare our hearts for Christ’s arrival and ignite a beacon of HOPE that can overpower even the deepest shadows.

December 3, 2023

Expectation of Hope

Text: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Pastor Lee Berger
On the First Sunday of Advent, we look at the full history of the Bible story as all things point to the first coming (the "advent") of Jesus, and then fill us with added Expectation and Hope of Jesus' second coming also.
November 26, 2023

Speaking of Life 5053│The Why of Praise

Again and again, God reveals to us how much he cares about us. Jesus’ sacrifice and devotion to the marginalized people, should inspire us to give praise and make a joyful noise. When we praise and give thanks, we celebrate God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.

November 26, 2023

Christ the King

Text: John 18:33-38a
Pastor Gary Schwitz
The sermon, "Christ the King," highlights the final Sunday of the liturgical (worship) calendar. After His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension, Jesus has established His Kingdom, which is not yet in its final fulfillment. But He promised and we wait in faith and hope for the promise to take place.