June 1, 2020

Speaking of Life 2028 | Making Something Out of Nothing

Out of dust and breath, God formed humans in his own image. When we try to earn our value from being successful, popular, or important, we will lose the incredible significance of what it means to be human. There’s no greater foundation than rooting our identity in the truth that we are beloved, image bearers of the Triune God – who specializes in making something out of nothing.
May 31, 2020

"Ascension Day" and "Pentecost: Babel Undone"

Text: Acts 1:1-11 and Acts 2:1-41 (parts)
Pastor Gary Schwitz and Pastor Lee Berger
Split sermon: First sermons deals with the Ascension of Jesus from Earth to Heaven, and some take-away lessons for our lives. Second sermon shows how Jesus "undid" the division resulting from the Bible story of the Tower of Babel, uniting the whole world in his completed work and message of the Gospel.
May 25, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2027 | And that End is Love

No better place is the phase “better together” embodied than within the church. We are each given gifts, not to use for our own self-promotion. God calls us out of ourselves and into relationship, with himself and one another. He calls us into a deeper and richer life as we work out the Christian life in community.
May 24, 2020

Wait and Receive Power

Text: John 14:15-27
Pastor Lee Berger
In Jesus' final commands to His followers before He ascended to Heaven, He told them to wait to receive power that had been promised by the Father. A few days previously, Jesus had given details about how the power (the Holy Spirit) would work in the New Testament age--our age. What does this mean to you and me?
May 18, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2026 | Any Takers

Sometimes eternal life is talked about like its some kind of eternal heavenly cruise that we take without God. Jesus gives us a better question to ask by telling us plainly what eternal life is. This focuses our questions, not on the what, when, and where of eternal life, but on the who. As we come to know Jesus, we began an eternal journey of knowing the Father whom we will spend eternity with.
May 17, 2020

Three Ingredients of Reconciliation

Text: John 21:1-14
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Before there can be reconciliation, there must be conciliation--a relationship of trust. The apostle Peter broke the relationship bond with Jesus (or so he thought), and Jesus rebuilt the connection. How did He do it?
May 11, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2025 | Where is Your Areopagus?

Speaking the truth in love, is easy to accept in principle but can become difficult in practice. Either passionately arguing our point disregarding the feelings of the other person, or shrinking back to avoid conflict. Paul reveals that it is possible to preach the gospel with clarity and kindness. Trusting the Spirit to continue work.
May 10, 2020

Doubt and Belief

Text: John 20:19-31
Pastor Lee Berger
Is it OK as a Christian to have some doubts and questions about God and what He is doing? What useful value does doubt have in bringing us to belief?
May 4, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2024 | Making Room

Have you ever been told that you need to make room for God in your life? That may sound like a daunting task considering how big God is. But Jesus has another word for you. He wants you to know that his Father makes room for you.
May 3, 2020

Mystery of Hard Hearts

Text: Matthew 28:11-15
Pastor Gary Schwitz
What causes hard hearts, and what is the antidote that brings softening?
April 27, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2023 | The Voice in the Dark

In dark and difficult times we do not need to be paralyzed with fear. In the gospel of John, Jesus promises to be our Shepherd – going before us, mercifully leading and guiding us through any circumstances. Listen for his gentle call and be encouraged by loving guidance.
April 26, 2020

When Jesus Calls Your Name

Text: John 20:1-16
Pastor Lee Berger
God shares His name with us, and He knows the name of each of His created, beloved children. How is life transformed when Jesus calls your name?
April 20, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2022 | Ransomed from Futility

No longer must we suffer from an empty life where we feel cut off from God and from each other. Jesus created the connection which revealed God’s heart for all humanity.
April 19, 2020

God's Kingdom and Forgiveness

Text: Matthew 18:21-22
Pastor Gary Schwitz
What is maybe the core attribute of God's Kingdom? Think about forgiveness: God's forgiveness for us and our forgiveness for others. Are we practicing the kind of forgiveness now in the forerunner of the Kingdom, the type of forgiveness that will carry over into the fullness of the Kingdom?
April 13, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2021 | Patron Saint of Doubters

Have we as Christians made doubt a sin? Jesus seemed to think about it differently. He went out of his way for sinners, disabled, and unseen people, makes a special trip to come close enough to the doubter that Thomas can touch the evidence himself. Like with Thomas, Jesus wants to put our doubts to rest.
April 12, 2020

"Holy Week Events" and "How to Be the Most Miserable"

Text: John 20:1-9 and 1 Corinthians 15 (especially verse 19 in King James version)
Pastor Gary Schwitz and Pastor Lee Berger
After Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the situation worsened during Holy Week to the point of betrayal, torture, death on a cross, and burial. But Easter morning changed everything. Without Easter, the Bible says we "are of all men most miserable." How do we avoid that kind of misery?
April 6, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2020 | Papa and Paco

THIS is the good news of the Easter story. The Father has removed all that keeps us from knowing and enjoying him. Now we can respond to him with our head held high, knowing our identity as sons and daughters is secured in Jesus, our elder brother.
April 5, 2020

The Humility of Godly Fame

Text: John 12:12-19
Pastor Lee Berger
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday, He was greeted with adoring crowds giving Him great praise and lofty titles. How did "humility" fit into this picture? How do you and I deal with humility in our lives?
March 30, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2019 | Put Down Your Sword

By every right, God could have wiped humanity out and started over. We chose sin and polluted his perfect world. But God’s plan was never to take his revenge on us. He took that hurt into himself in Jesus. As John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
March 29, 2020

The Rest of the Story

Text: John 11
Jeff Broadnax
Jesus raised his good friend, Lazarus, from the dead. But there is more going on in this story than we might initially notice. Let's learn "the rest of the story."
March 22, 2020

Can You See Them?

Text: John 9 (all)
Tim Sitterley
People around us can sometimes appear invisible to us. How did Jesus see people, and how can we learn to "see" more like He does?
March 15, 2020

The Gospel and Carole King

Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Pastor Lee Berger
Carole King was a pop/folk musical artist of the 60s and 70s. In her song, "Way Over Yonder," she voices a yearning for a "place" of peace, belonging and eternal purpose. All people, Christian or not, have the same "God hole" to fill in their lives, and there is only one thing that will fill that space.
March 8, 2020

The Love of God and Man

Text: 1 John 4:19 to 5:4
Pastor Gary Schwitz
All love comes to us from God and through us to others. With His love, we can truly love those around us--even the unlovable. After all, loving God and loving others are the "two Great Commandments."
March 1, 2020

What Is the Problem with Handwashing?

Text: Matthew 7:1-23
Pastor Lee Berger
The Pharisees jumped on Jesus about His handwashing (or lack thereof). What was their problem, and how did Jesus turn the tables on them?