June 7, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3029 | The Cutting Takes Root

Gardening takes a lot of time, dedication, and patience. Like the care that it takes for a gardener to replant and grow a mighty cedar tree, Ezekiel reminds us that God himself nurtures us and prunes us for our own good. He walks with us through our journey in life and includes us to participate in the advancement of his kingdom.
May 31, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3028 | Deep Weeping

Emotions can be overwhelming, stirring within us, causing us to feel heavy, overwhelmed, and isolate. In Psalms, we are reminded that God continues to work us in the waiting. Through our pain, he will reveal himself to us and restore us in his perfect time.
May 30, 2021

The Vocabulary of Redemption

Text: John 14:1-6
Pastor Gary Schwitz
In "The Vocabulary of Redemption," Pastor Gary brings out nuances of meaning of three key words that Jesus used to describe Himself and His mission of redemption for all mankind. Are you ready to learn three Greek words?
May 24, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3027 | Freed from Shame

Have you been ashamed before that you did not want to share your gifts with the world? Have you ever felt that you are just not good enough?  You are not alone. Even the prophet Isaiah had to struggle with shame and self-uncertainty when God was calling him. Michelle reminds us that sharing God’s love with others does not require us to be perfect. Loving others is simply the result of God’s love overflowing through us.
May 17, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3026 | The Groans of Our Heart

We sometimes find ourselves out of words when we are overwhelmed with emotions. This is similar with our relationship with God. We often find it difficult to talk to him or even fail to express the entirety of our emotions. God tells us in Romans 8 that he knows our deepest thoughts and even our worst heartaches. Let us be assured that when we feel like all is lost, God is always there to listen to us and ready to embrace us with arms wide open.
May 16, 2021

Showers of Blessings

Text: Psalm 111:1-9
Pastor Gary Schwitz
It's always a good time to focus on the blessings we receive from God--even when they don't all seem to be blessings. What are some of the foundational blessings God provides every day? Psalm 111
May 10, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3025 | Eyewitness Testimony

Like the stories of Jesus in the Bible, the courtroom drama that we see on TV is based on eyewitness testimony. Our human biases can cause us to misremember or unconsciously give false testimony. The Bible may have been written by man but every word is inspired by God himself. John reminds us that God never lies and his testimony is that he gave us a new life through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life!
May 9, 2021

The Great Amen of the Great I-Am

Text: Exodus 3:7-15
Pastor Lee Berger
"The Great Amen of the Great I-Am" tells us that our God is more than a composite of attributes; He is truly the Self-Existent, Eternal God beyond all time and place--and we see this God most clearly in the revelation of the Person of Jesus.
May 3, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3024 | The Divine Irony

Instead of grasping for power, Jesus conquered the world through love. He came and flipped the world upside down to usher in his kingdom.
May 2, 2021

A Man In Whom Is No Guile

Text: John 1:45-47
Pastor Gary Schwitz
We don't know a lot about the apostle Nathaniel, but this sermon fills out some of the attributes of a man, indeed, in whom is no guile.
April 26, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3023 | Plugged In

We rely on our devices for most daily activities, even our relationships. A trip of a circuit can leave us disconnected and isolated. Electricity can fail us. The internet can fail us. Our gadgets can fail us. But one thing is for sure. Our relationship with God will always be there even if everything else fails.
April 25, 2021

By His Wounds

Text: 1 Peter 2:21-25
Pastor Lee Berger
In this sermon titled: "By His Wounds," Pastor Lee attempts to tie together the universal need for salvation, God's wrath (not the view we often see in Christian circles), and the necessity of the blood of Jesus.
April 19, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3022 | The Green in Rugged Pastures

In Psalm 23, we hear the promise that God gives us rest in green pastures. The “green pastures” the Psalmist referred to are nothing like the bountiful tall green grass landscape that others might think of. In reality, the landscape where the Psalmist lived is actually a desert. Just as the Psalmist could see God’s provision beyond his desert circumstances, we too can rest in the truth that God will lead and care for us, even in the desert.
April 18, 2021

After the Resurrection

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Two weeks after Easter, Pastor Gary's sermon title is "After the Resurrection"--to outline 4 important aspects of the Christian faith that took root and grew in the days, weeks and centuries after Jesus walked out of the grave.
April 12, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3021 | Jesus Goes Viral

Have you ever seen a video go viral? The video spreads rapidly through online sharing and is watched by thousands or even millions of people around the globe! Like watching that interesting video clip, knowing Jesus makes us want to share with others about who he is. The more we come to know him, the more compelled we are to share his love with the people around us.
April 11, 2021

Does Your Heart Burn?

Text: Luke 24:13-32
Pastor Lee Berger
On resurrection day in the afternoon, Jesus has an incognito discussion with two of his despondent disciples who "had hoped that Jesus was the one who was going to redeem Israel." What key aspect did these disciples miss in their downcast viewpoint?
April 5, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3020 | Life in a Handful of Dust

Throughout the Bible, God uses dust to reveal how he can transform something lifeless into something wonderful. Even now, God continues to breathe life into us and he can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing.
April 4, 2021

The Atonement

Text: Hebrews 10:1-7
Pastors Gary Schwitz and Lee Berger
After Jesus' death and burial, we celebrate His resurrection to bring eternal life to all who believe in His completed work, known as the atonement. If you wish to participate in the Lord's Supper, have some bread and juice or wine ready.
March 28, 2021

Dead . . . and Buried

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-3
Pastor Lee Berger
The apostle Paul points out three aspects of God's salvation plan that are of "first importance." The death and resurrection of Jesus are two of the parts. What about the third aspect? What is its purpose?
March 21, 2021

Is Truth Subjective?

Text: John 19:33-38a
Pastor Gary Schwitz
As we move through the weeks and days preceding the resurrection of Jesus, our sermons touch on important points along the way. This week's sermon asks, "Is Truth Subjective?" Pontius Pilate asked, "What Is Truth," which is a common question today.
March 14, 2021

Dead Man Walking

Text: John 12:23-28
Pastor Lee Berger
As we move through the weeks leading up the the commemoration of Jesus' resurrection (celebrated by many on Easter Sunday), Pastor Lee expands upon Jesus' death and how important His death is to God's salvation Plan.