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 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 2, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2050 | Pinky Promise

As a child, have you made a pinky promise? It implies that a promise was never to be broken. The Bible is filled with assurances that sometimes we even doubt if they would ever happen. But God has already fulfilled that promise and that promise is through his son, Jesus.
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 26, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2049 | Religious Sinners

When we look at the life of Jesus, we find him spending time with those who are lost, broken, and hurt while the learned and educated pharisees disheartened him. Let us be open to the healing and transformative power of Jesus, looking past our religious practices and focusing on building our relationships with Jesus.
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 19, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2048 | Ministry With Jesus

We’ve been doing ministry daily that we tend to do it FOR God instead of doing it WITH God. Jesus tells us that ministry should not be a task that disrupts our relationship with the Father but rather another way of participating in that relationship where we come to know the Father’s love for us and the whole world. Let us be reminded to constantly spend time with God as we participate in His ministry.
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.
October 12, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2047 | Whose Likeness

We are created in the image and likeness of our God. May we bear the resemblance of our Creator in our daily encounters, trusting him to mold and transform us through the Holy Spirit. Whose image and likeness do you bear?
October 11, 2020

Jesus Wept

Text: John 11:17-37
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Jesus was Almighty God while at the same time He was totally human. He understands us, He has felt our feelings, He has wept and cried. Great qualifications to be our Savior.
October 5, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2046 | Dissolving Disagreements

Sometimes we easily just get angry. We can’t help but argue with people we disagree with. Paul reminds us of a similar situation that happened with two women in Philippians 4 that had some disagreements but later worked together in sharing the gospel. Let us continue to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us so people can see Christ’s love through us.
October 4, 2020

My Kind of Christian

Text: Philippians 1:15-18
Pastor Lee Berger
Lots of division these days in America, around the world, and even in the Church at large. What divides us and what can hold us together?
September 28, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2045 | The Cornerstone Question

A cornerstone is a foundational piece in building a house. It must be perfect so it can hold the entire structure. Do you have a cornerstone in your life? In our human perspective, some pieces may not seem to fit perfectly but the gospel tells us that it is through Jesus that we will be made whole. Will you look to Jesus as your cornerstone?
September 27, 2020

Unity With Christ In His Love

Text: Ephesians 1:3-8
Garth Daniels
In last week's sermon, we saw the key role of the Holy Spirit in creating unity in the body of Christ. In human nature, what key value must we submit to and practice in order to reflect the unity within the Church?
September 21, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2044 | Open Hands Close Eyes

Daily life is full of tricks and confusion. You don’t know who to trust or listen to. But what if God told you to “hold out your hands and close your eyes?” Would you trust him? In fact, this is what the Father asked his own Son to do. On the cross, Jesus held out his hands to share his father’s love with the whole world. Jesus knew the Father to be good, trustworthy, and full of grace. Even in stretching his hands out on the cross. Let us open our hands and close our eyes and ask Jesus to show us his Father.
September 20, 2020

Spirit of Unity

Text: 1 Corinthians 12
Pastor Gary Schwitz
There seems to be a lot of dis-unity in the Church today, divisions between beliefs, denominations, sects, individuals. Second to the primacy of focus on Jesus, what does the Bible show to be the unifying factor drawing all believers together?
September 13, 2020

The Big Story -- Old and New

Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Pastor Lee Berger
Today I spoke about one of my favorite topics--an understanding that has come to be a pivotal point in my appreciation of the Plan of God for all mankind. I talk about the One Big Story that is communicated by the books of the Bible--both Old and New Testaments.
September 6, 2020

Essential Elements of the New Covenant

Text: Matthew 5
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Pastor Gary provides some central focus for the terms and workings of the New Covenant. Jesus highlighted the foundation of our beliefs and how we live out those beliefs.
August 30, 2020

Compare the Old and New Covenants

Text: various
Pastors Gary Schwitz and Lee Berger
We continue with a short sermon series on the Old and New Covenants. Two pastors highlighted several contrasts between the covenants.
August 23, 2020

Three Commandments of the New Covenant

Text: Matthew 22:37-40' Matthew 7:12' John 13:34-35
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Since all the laws and regulations of the Old Covenant are not binding on Christians today, can believers just "do as they please"? Or does the New Covenant give solid standards of moral guidance---new commandments?
August 16, 2020

My Life As a Pharisee

Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Pastor Lee Berger
Old Covenant and New Covenant. What is valid for a Christian? Pastor Lee shares his 25-year experience combining the two covenants. Does it work? Is it biblical?