January 11, 2021

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 4, 2021

Speaking of Life 3007 | God’s Graffiti

For hundreds of years, humans have used graffiti to tell a story of what is happening around them. Often, common symbols are used to mark a territory belonging to an individual or group. In the gospels, we see the Holy Spirit inspiring the repeating the use of words to create connections between gospel accounts, and mark that “God was here”. Just as God is living and active during Biblical times, he is constantly and faithfully working in the details of our lives. May you see the marking of his fingerprints in your life today!
January 3, 2021

Live Your Dash

Text: Psalm 103:15-16
Pastor Lee Berger
Pastor Lee encourages us to set some goals for 2021--including most importantly some ways in which we will build relationships with other people.
December 28, 2020

Speaking Of Life 3006 | Fitting In and Belonging

Do you feel like you don’t fit in sometimes? Like you don’t belong? Paul reminds us in Ephesians that, through Jesus even the most diverse groups are united. Because of Christ’s love, we don’t have to change to belong. In the kingdom, our differences are celebrated, gathered together in the body of Christ reflect God’s glory.
December 27, 2020

After Christmas--Then What?

Text: Luke 2:33-35
Pastor Lee Berger
When the rush and focus of Christmas passes by, we can get the feeling that "it's all over." Maybe the shopping and cooking is over, but God's Plan continues full-tilt. Let's look at the events that happened in the days immediately AFTER Jesus was born.
December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve: Carols and Scripture

Text: Luke 2
Various
Here is a traditional Christmas Eve service with carols/hymns, prayer, Scripture and readings of the birth of Jesus and the joy it brings to the whole world!
December 21, 2020

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 20, 2020

The Two Kings of the Magi

Text: Matthew 2:1-12
Pastor Lee Berger
Pastor Lee compares and contrasts King Herod and King Jesus, using the visitation of the Magi to both kings.  We pray for King Jesus to come and rule SOON!
December 14, 2020

Speaking of Life 3004 | Favored by God

Mary was a teenager when the angel Gabriel told her that she was going to become pregnant with God’s Son. Like us, Mary needed some reassurance. Even though she wasn’t sure that she was ready, God assured her that he was with her.
December 13, 2020

Three Movements of Joy

Text: John 14:1-6
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Pastor Gary gives us a message about the Joy of Christ's birth and how Jesus brings joy into our lives. today.
December 7, 2020

Speaking of Life 3003 | Mary’s Restoration

This Advent season, let us be reminded that Christ’s coming brings us hope! Only through Jesus can we experience true restoration.
December 6, 2020

Bearers of Surprising News

Text: Luke 2:8-13
Pastor Lee Berger
On the second Sunday of Advent, we focus on the role and the messages of the angels in the biblical birth of Jesus narrative. How many visits of angels were there, beginning with Gabriel speaking with Zechariah? 3? 5? Less, more?
November 30, 2020

Speaking of Life 3002 | Walking on Glass Floors

Like the tourist walking on the glass floor, when we lose faith, let us find comfort in God’s grace. He is there through our ups and downs!
November 29, 2020

A Great Prophet of Hope

Text: Matthew 3
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Who was the greatest prophet? After Jesus, the Bible gives a lot of acclaim to John the Baptist (Baptizer), who announced the arrival of the Messiah, the Christ, the Savior, the King.
November 23, 2020

Speaking Of Life 3001 | To Photograph the Unseeable

Just like taking the picture of the first black hole to ever be photographed, prophecy in its biblical form is similar, a reflection of refraction of reality. In the midst of a blurry and unsure reality, Jesus will be there to meet us at the end.
November 22, 2020

That's My King!

Text: Ps 47:7-8
Pastor Lee Berger
Today, Nov. 22, is "Jesus the King Sunday" on the liturgical calendar. It marks the end of the liturgical year, with the reminder of Jesus as King of all--King of the universe, King of all Creation, King of every person's life--and of His promise to return and set up His actual Kingdom among us on earth.
November 16, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2052 | No Room for Bullies

In a seemingly chaotic world, let us look up to our Sovereign God who judges righteously, leaving no one behind. Everyone is within His careful hands, guiding us as our Good Shepherd and empowering us to be bearers of peace.
November 15, 2020

Solving the Mystery of Volition

Text: Joshua 24:13-15
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Why didn't God make all men and women to be obedient, sinless robots? Pastor Gary "unlocks the mysteries of volition"---talks about the God-given gift of free will and how that relates to our personal choices and the question of evil in our world.
November 9, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2051 | Skin Your Knees

God calls us to engage in life and use the talents he gave us. He wants us to share our blessings and not keep them for ourselves even if it means skinning our knees.
November 8, 2020

The God of Yes and No

Text: Gen 1-3 et al
Pastor Lee Berger
Does God sometimes seem to be a mean God of vengeance and anger (especially in the Old Testament)? What about mercy and grace? One tool that may help us to understand the true heart and plan of God is to ask: "Is God saying Yes in this instance or saying No?"
November 1, 2020

Those Who Fall

Text: Ps 145 esp verses 14-21
Pastor Gary Schwitz
In all human life, people--all of us--at times fall. We fall in sin, in weakness, in grief. Where is God when we fall? Does He "lord it over us" and gloat at our sad state, or does He stoop to pick us up?
October 25, 2020

The Bible and Politics

Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Pastor Lee Berger
National election coming up and there may have never before been such disharmony and distrust in the political realm. What is the relationship between politics and the Bible, and how should a Christian view our system of governance?
October 18, 2020

Encouragement

Text: Philippians 4:1-7
Pastor Gary Schwitz
It seems there is so much in this world that can be discouraging to us: natural disasters, broken families, crime, injustice, poverty, personal failings, etc. But our God is a God of encouragement, and Scripture gives us insight on how to live encouraged in a world of discouragement.