November 28, 2022

Speaking of Life 5002 | The Full Package of Peace

As we celebrate the Second Week of Advent with a focus on the theme of peace, let us remember that Jesus not only came to humanity with love, truth, and life but he also came to bring everlasting peace. A peace built on righteousness and fairness that only he can give.
November 21, 2022

Speaking of Life 5001 | Our Coming Hope

Advent is a time to remember the coming of Jesus Christ and anticipate his return. It is a season filled with joy, new beginnings, and forgiveness. We celebrate that we have a savior! Jesus is our one true hope, the light of the world that tramples all darkness.
November 14, 2022

Speaking of Life 4052 | A King Worth Celebrating

As the year ends, let us remember to give praise to the One who conquered death, the One from whom all blessings flow, the name above every other name, Jesus. A King worth celebrating!
November 13, 2022

Communion service: I Am the Bread

Text: John 6
Garth Daniels and Pastor Gary Schwitz
This past Sunday, Garth gave a biblical introduction and reminder of the depth of meaning in our taking of Communion. Pastor Gary followed with additional comments and distribution of the elements.
November 7, 2022

Speaking Of Life 4051 │ Life’s Paradox

Jeff shares a personal family story, that reminds us that in that sorrow and joy are not mutually exclusive. Even on our hardest days, we will experience God’s faithfulness in weaving a story of redemption in our lives.
November 6, 2022

Blessed Assurance of Salvation

Text: Ephesians 2:4-10; Acts 2:21, 36-39; Acts 16:29-31; Hebrews 10:19-23
Pastor Lee Berger
Pet peeve of mine: People who accept and follow Jesus as Lord who, when talking about their salvation and future eternal reward, say "I hope I can make it." Is our eternal future in doubt or is it secure/assured?
October 31, 2022

Speaking of Life 4050 | False Assumptions

False assumptions can lead to awkward moments. When it comes to God, we don’t have to assume his intentions. We can be assured that he is faithful to his word, guiding us in his way, truth, and life.
October 30, 2022

The Cry of Our Heart Is Abba

Text: Galatians 3:26-4:7
Pastor Gary Schwitz
World religions and mythologies give us various portrayals of a father figure. Most of these fathers are misusing those under their authority for selfish ends. But the Bible give us The Parable of the Prodigal Son, which might be better called The Parable of the Waiting Father. God is a good God, inviting all His created children into His family with loving care.
October 24, 2022

Speaking of Life 4049 | Words of Encouragement

A simple sentence can crush someone’s dreams or it can inspire someone to be a better person for a lifetime. Words are powerful. God inspired Paul to write to the struggling early churches to encourage them that they are seen and loved. Has God empowered you recently to encourage someone? May we always carry God’s love in whatever we do so others may know who he is through our actions and our words.
October 23, 2022

The Gentleness of God

Text: Matthew 11:27-30
Pastor Lee Berger
We recently had a sermon talking about the wrath of God, and how it is a function of God's love as He corrects us out of sin. Gentleness is also a prevalent trait of God's love, and it shows God's heart's desire to hold us close and nurture us. How we experience God's love depends a lot on how we trust Him.
October 17, 2022

Speaking of Life 4048 | Know Who You’re Talking With

Greg shares the time he met someone and mistakenly identified him as someone else. It is important to know who you’re talking to. This same lesson can be applied to prayer. How well do we know our loving Father? The Book of Psalms is a beautiful collection of praise and prayers giving a small glimpse of how and who God is. God invites us to know more about him. He knows who we truly are and what is in our hearts. Get to know God today and have a conversation with him.
October 16, 2022

There Are Good Deeds

Text: Philemon 8-20
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Since we receive the free gift of salvation solely by God's grace, how does the practice of "doing good works" enter into our relationship with God and with our fellow man?
October 10, 2022

Speaking Of Life 4047 │ Prayer: It’s Not a Transaction

Have you ever bought something online or from a vending machine, it takes your money, but nothing comes out? It’s frustrating, right? It could feel like that sometimes when we pray. The truth is prayer is a way for us to know God more. Let us learn to seek God daily, to know him more, and hopefully recognize what he wants best for us and His glory.
October 9, 2022

Where Are You?

Text: Genesis 3:8-9
Pastor Gary Schwitz
"Where are you?" God asks from the beautiful Garden of Eden, as He wants to share in close fellowship with His newly-created children: Adam and Eve. The answer they give tells a lot about the troubles to have in our world today.
October 3, 2022

Speaking of Life 4046 | Good Gift

Our loving Father is generous, and the goodness we experience is a gift from his hand. Although it is always a joy to receive material gifts, let us always be reminded that the greatest gift God gives us, through his son Jesus, is himself.
October 2, 2022

To Stone or Not to Stone

Text: Deuteronomy 22:22 and Hebrews 13:4
Pastor Lee Berger
You've likely read (maybe multiple times) the biblical story of the woman caught in adultery. There is always more to be observed and learned -- even from familiar scriptures. See if this sermon brings up some new thoughts and lessons. [Note: There is a glitch in the audio recording. The volume is loud and clear at the beginning and at the end of the video, but it drops down quite a bit in the middle section].
September 26, 2022

Speaking of Life 4045 | Our Inadequacy

We can easily feel down or discouraged when we try our best to plan something and it doesn’t go the way we wanted it to or not a lot of people have shown interest. Timothy had a similar feeling when he thought he was too young to work with the mature elders of the church. Paul encourages Timothy that through the Spirit we are empowered to minister with Christ. God is not looking for perfection but for our participation. In Christ, we already have every good and perfect thing we need.
September 25, 2022

The Devil Made Me Do It

Text: Luke 17:1-2
Pastor Lee Berger
"The Devil Made Me Do It" was a popular comedy response to sin a few decades ago--but there is some truth to that statement. Who does bear the responsibility for sin? Can we push it all off on the devil?
September 18, 2022

The Meaning of the Temple Veil

Text: Luke 23:44-46
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the temple veil---in the Old Testament, at the time of Jesus' death, and what it means to us today? This sermon will help explain this important aspect of God's Plan for all mankind.
September 11, 2022

The Righteous Wrath of God

Text: Romans 5:8-10
Pastor Lee Berger
You can't deny that there is a lot of Scripture that tells about the wrath of God. We know God describes Himself as LOVE, so how does all this wrath fit into the idea of a loving, caring, righteous God?
September 4, 2022

Joy, Light, Sin and Confession

Text: 1 John 1:4-2:2
Pastor Gary Schwitz
There is lots of good, biblical, Jesus-focused teaching in this message. God's promises of grace are amazing, and His love for us never falters.
August 28, 2022

If My People

Text: 2 Chronicles 7:11-14
Pastor Lee Berger
This whole world seems to be caught up in lots of confusing, crazy and harmful beliefs and actions, with millions of lives affected negatively every day. We need a "healing" of our land--our society, our minds. Where does God expect that healing to begin?