August 15, 2022

Speaking of Life 4039 | Remembering God’s Goodness

We’ve all had the experience of forgetting something important at home. Everything can get chaotic when we’re preoccupied thinking about the pile of tasks and deadlines that we still have and want to do. King David reminds us that if we ever feel buried in problems we have an awesome God who will carry us out of that pit and restore us with his everlasting love and compassion.
August 8, 2022

Speaking of Life Script 4038 | Wrong-Way Drivers

Have you ever experienced where you were the only one headed in the opposite direction where everyone else was going to? Our journey could be like that sometimes when we are confused, lost, or afraid. Because we have Jesus, we don’t have to worry about tomorrow and completely trust him where he leads us next.
August 1, 2022

Speaking of Life 4037 | Invisible Reality

If you’ve never seen a tree, it would be very difficult to comprehend what it is even if it was described to you. Similar to this illustration, Jesus reveals to us who the Father, Son, and Spirit truly is. Even when we cannot fully grasp what is happening in our reality, let us continue to live with faith in Christ and experience his full glory.
July 31, 2022

Praying to Papa

Text: Luke 11:1-13
Lance McKinnon
Many people struggle with some aspects of prayer, not sure if they are "doing it right" to get God's attention and answers. But Jesus removes a lot of the uncertainty when He gives clear instruction and encouragement about prayer.
July 25, 2022

Speaking of Life 4036 | Not So Buried Treasure

What treasures or valuables do you work to keep safe? Jewelry from a grandparent? Your dream car or home? Or the latest smartphone with all the bells and whistles? Whatever it may be, these things can easily become our idols and distract us from what is important. In Colossians, Paul tells us that we never have to fear losing the true treasure—Christ. The treasure of having a relationship with Jesus is beyond any worldly desire.
July 24, 2022

What Is the Mystery of Faith?

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Sometimes we can get distracted by the rabbit trails of "religion" and lose our focus. The Apostle Paul helps us center again in the critical focus of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
July 18, 2022

Speaking Of Life 4035 | Debt Forgiveness in Christ

In one way or another, most of us have experienced financial debt. Whether it be borrowing money to buy groceries or getting a loan for your education, debt can haunt us. But there is another type of debt that cannot be paid off by any currency, goods, or services. Sin. But through Christ, our debts are completely wiped clean. Through him, we are forgiven and restored, free from all bondage!
July 17, 2022

The Greatest Story Ever Told: The Waiting Father

Text: Luke 15:11-32
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Jesus' story of the Prodigal Son never grows old in its recounting. It seems there are always new lessons to be learned and fresh encouragement to be appreciated.
July 11, 2022

Speaking of Life 4034 | Mrs. Fidget

Mrs. Fidget from C.S. Lewis’ book, The Four Loves, demonstrated a warped expression of love leaving her supposed “loved ones” miserable. Her “love” was more about love for herself. Have you experienced this? Like Martha and Mary’s story, we sometimes miss what’s important because we are focused on the wrong thing. May we focus on the correct thing, setting our eyes on the One who gave us life. Let us learn to love others as Christ has loved them.
July 10, 2022

It's Easy to Judge

Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-12
Pastor Lee Berger
Oh, how easy it is to judge other people, to make snap judgments based on a quick glance or a few seconds of observation. Our human tendency is to "judge down" and condemn. But as Christians, we can do better than that. Here are some biblical examples and helpful guidance to look on the more positive side of every situation.
July 4, 2022

Speaking of Life 4033 | Filled

“Is the glass half empty or half full?” In other words, are you pessimistic or optimistic? In the struggles we can face, it’s tempting to see the glass as half empty. Paul reminds us that whenever we feel empty or lost, we have a good Father who completely fills that void with love and understanding.
July 3, 2022

The First Gospel Words of Jesus

Text: Mt 3:15; Mk 1:14-15; Lk 2:49; Jn 1 37-38
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Did you ever wonder what were the very first words of Jesus regarding the Gospel message, as recorded in our Bible? We look in the four Gospel books and consider the importance of these first gospel words of Jesus.
June 27, 2022

Speaking of Life 4032 | True Boasting

Dealing with sickness can become expensive very quickly. Even for the characters in the Old Testament, health care was expensive and unpredictable. Listen to Greg as he shares the story of Naaman, a prideful man who becomes sick. Eventually, he realizes that there is only one true Healer who can fully restore him inside and out.
June 26, 2022

Pedigree vs. Philosophy

Text: John 7:37-42
Pastor Lee Berger
Why do the religionists of Jesus' day (and even today) so often ask the "wrong questions" about Jesus? Maybe it's because we try to make Jesus into our image instead of openly seek and accept the truth of who Jesus really is.
June 20, 2022

Speaking Of Life 4031 │Unseen Footprints

Have you ever been so focused on a problem that you lose sight of everything but your desired solution? Heber reminds us that God’s faithfulness to us in the past can fuel our hope for his goodness to us in the present, even if shows up for us in unexpected ways.
June 19, 2022

Doctor of Philosophy

Text: Matthew 5:1-12
Pastor Gary Schwitz
The Beatitudes are a beautiful and inclusive summary of the "theosophy"--the theological philosophy--of Jesus. Great words, if followed, to improve the life of every human being.
June 13, 2022

Speaking of Life 4030 | The Myth of Isolation

We’ve all experienced moments of loneliness, anxiety, or darkness and doubt, believing we are alone in our journey. The prophet Elijah felt the same way and thought he was the only prophet left. Even when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, God reminds us that he will never leave us.
June 12, 2022

"Pentecost - New and Improved"

Text: Acts 1:1-5; 2:1-4
Pastor Lee Berger
This sermon assures us of God's master plan holding firm from the Old Testament times of the nation of Israel through the coming of Jesus and the Gospel of grace. One God, unchanging.
June 5, 2022

The Rest of God

Text: Matthew 11:28-30
Pastor Gary Schwitz
The mass shooting of schoolchildren in Uvalde TX highlights the lack of rest--of peace (even inner peace)--in our world today. We all need to know, to believe and to rest in the providential peace of God--in our hearts and in our place in this world.
May 29, 2022

The Message Is Clear

Text: Luke 6:27-38
Pastor Jeff Broadnax
"Turning the other cheek" comes from a section of scripture you've likely heard preached in your past.  But Pastor Jeff Broadnax brings a fresh view to the concept--"The Message Is Clear."
May 22, 2022

The Heart of the Father

Text: Luke 15:11-32
Pastor James Newsom
We've all heard sermons about the Prodigal Son--the wayward son who repents. But let's focus on the story from the point of view of the Father and his gracious love and mercy.
May 15, 2022

Resurrection Witness -- The Men

Text: John 20:26-29
Pastor Lee Berger
This sermon takes us through the day of the Resurrection and looks at the mindset and reactions of the male disciples of Jesus. Although not initially very stellar in their actions, the disciples matured spiritually to become strong and faithful representatives to the world for Jesus.