September 13, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3043 | An Unlikely Object Lesson

Jesus wholly welcomes us as we are. He accepts the beautiful, messy, and brutal parts of us. He takes it all, heals us, and makes us holy.
September 12, 2021

Set Free From Death

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:50-55
Pastor Lee Berger
This sermon defines death and speaks about our absolute victory over eternal death, a gift freely given to us by the completed work of Jesus on our behalf.
September 6, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3042 | Who do You Say I Am?

Our perception of who God is shaping the way we see the world and the way we move in it. It is easy to picture God as the self-serving changer of our circumstances, but the reality of who Jesus is, our sacrificial rescuer, transforms not just our environment but the very core of who we are.
September 5, 2021

What Does God Require?

Text: Micah 6:8
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Some have a long list of laws and rules to be obeyed; some don't give much consideration to this question. Although God is a giving God, there are some things He requires in return to His goodness.
August 30, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3041 | Jesus Interrupted

We’ve all experienced interruptions to our best-laid plans. But what if what we perceive as interruptions are really invitations from God to participate in shining his light and sharing his love with our world? Life does not have to go perfectly for Christ’s perfect love to be the main idea of our stories.
August 29, 2021

Living As a Called People

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-2, 9
Garth Daniels
In this sermon, we are reminded of our individual calling by God to be His unique saints, and our hopeful response to that calling.
August 23, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3040 | Greeted With Open Arms

Jesus Christ greets us with arms wide open, calling us his beloved, and offering us his embrace. How often do we have our hands full of all kinds of baggage that we believe we need to hold on to? Answer Jesus’ invitation to draw near to him, surrendering our burdens, and experience his full loving embrace.
August 22, 2021

Set Free From the World

Text: 1 Jn 2:15-17
Pastor Lee Berger
As part 3 of a series, this week's sermon tells us that we are set free from the world. What is "the world" according to the Bible, what do we need to set free from, and how does our freedom come to us?
August 16, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3039 | The Songs of Home

Did you have a memorable family trip while you were growing up? If you were to journey those familiar roads, the sights may take you back to a different season of your life and perhaps bring comfort and hope. Church practices of prayers, praise, and communion can be familiar roads for us, pointing our hearts and minds to God’s faithfulness and the hope we have in him.
August 15, 2021

Overwhelmed by Grace

Text: Ephesians 2:1-10
Rick Shallenberger
Pastor Rick Shallenberger speaks of how we are continually "Overwhelmed by Grace" that God freely gives to us.
August 9, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3038 | The Comfort and Connection of Bread

Research shows that breadmaking offers stress relief and a means of self-expression. When the final product is shared with others, it becomes a way to connect with them, even at a distance. This describes Jesus as our bread of life, the one who sustains, comforts, and connects us with God and one another!
August 8, 2021

Set Free From the Flesh

Text: Romans 6:1-18
Pastor Lee Berger
Part 2 in our "Set Free" series, this week's sermon is titled "Set Free from our Flesh." It seems our human nature (our "flesh") tends toward sin--which we never totally overcome. So what does God set us free from in regards to sin?
August 2, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3037 | Under the Broom Tree

Broom trees or similar desert shrubs show up at pivotal moments throughout the Old Testament. They usually provide shade and relief in places known for being barren lands and having unrelenting heat. Have you experienced dessert seasons in your life? Take some time to reflect on the ways God has sustained you during these difficult times. Rest in the provision he is casting over your life.
August 1, 2021

Is God In His Heaven?

Text: Psalm 139:1-12
Pastor Gary Schwitz
The Bible says God is in His heaven--but is God contained/confined to heaven? No, God is everywhere, in total freedom to be and to do purely as He sees fit. He is omnipresent.
July 26, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3036 | Having Only A Natural Relationship With A Supernatural God

Distant judge, vending machine, genie in a bottle – these are a few views that we see played out in our interactions with God, both in the Bible and in everyday our lives. In John 6, we see Jesus’ response when people ask God for too little. In these verses, Jesus highlights God’s generous nature and abundant love for us. We have a God who offers us more than we can ask or imagine.
July 25, 2021

Set Free From the Law

Text: Romans 8:1-4
Lee Berger
The Bible throughout states that the "law" is good, but verses also say that Christians need to be set free from the law. What does this mean? How does this work?
July 19, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3035 | King David’s Foil

The word “foil” or literary foil is usually associated with a character in a story that brings out or challenges the protagonist’s character. This is what happened in 2 Samuel when Uriah continues to challenge David’s character, exposing his weaknesses. In the midst of any challenges, God continues to transform us to be more like Christ for our good and his glory.
July 18, 2021

Jesus Changes Everything -- and That's Scary

Text: Mark 5 centered on verse 17
Pastor Lee Berger
Everywhere Jesus went, He brought change--sometimes welcomed, sometimes not. And He is still doing the same today--in your life and mine. It can be scary, but it's the best thing that can happen to us
July 12, 2021

Speaking Of Life 3034 | Walls of Hostility

Walls can either be a symbol of peace and protection or they can be an image of division. With all the confusion that is happening in our world today, Ephesians 2 shows us that Jesus came to our chaotic world to restore us, even if it means tearing down walls.
July 11, 2021

When Getting Better Isn't Happening

Text: Luke 22:24-34
Steve Brown
When a person becomes a Christian, they often think that they'll immediately and continually get better and better in all ways. How is that working for you? But God loves us and has a plan even when we don't always get better.
July 4, 2021

Talking About Jesus

Rick Shallenberger
There are a lot of priorities in life and lots of things that want to take center stage. But let's talk about the true Center: Jesus.
June 27, 2021

God Don't Make No Junk

Text: Psalm 139:1-6 and 13-17
Pastor Lee Berger
We are all "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139). Every person is hand-crafted by God, loved fully by Him, totally unique and special---no matter how we look or sound. If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
June 20, 2021

A Withdrawal on Paul's Checkbook

Text: Book of Philemon, especially verses 17-19
Pastor Gary Schwitz
Racial issues (many coming from the history of slavery) continue to be a hotspot in America. The apostle Paul addresses the subject of slavery in a letter to Philemon, and we find out how a Christian should view and act regarding slavery (from the foundation of the value in Christ of every human being.
June 13, 2021

Mirrors

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:8-12
Pastor Lee Berger
As Christians, we are "mirrors" in at least three ways. What do you think are the ways? [P.S. The sound in the video drops very low at about 30 minutes in, but the volume picks back up again in about 2 minutes. Sorry about the technical glitch).