April 6, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2020 | Papa and Paco

THIS is the good news of the Easter story. The Father has removed all that keeps us from knowing and enjoying him. Now we can respond to him with our head held high, knowing our identity as sons and daughters is secured in Jesus, our elder brother.
April 5, 2020

The Humility of Godly Fame

Text: John 12:12-19
Pastor Lee Berger
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday, He was greeted with adoring crowds giving Him great praise and lofty titles. How did "humility" fit into this picture? How do you and I deal with humility in our lives?
March 30, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2019 | Put Down Your Sword

By every right, God could have wiped humanity out and started over. We chose sin and polluted his perfect world. But God’s plan was never to take his revenge on us. He took that hurt into himself in Jesus. As John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
March 29, 2020

The Rest of the Story

Text: John 11
Jeff Broadnax
Jesus raised his good friend, Lazarus, from the dead. But there is more going on in this story than we might initially notice. Let's learn "the rest of the story."
March 23, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2018 | That One Wee Drop

“Jesus wept.” This is a tiny verse within the sea of words throughout scripture. But we can spend the rest of our lives fathoming the wealth of love in those tears. We can be assured that our tears are not left unattended.
March 22, 2020

Can You See Them?

Text: John 9 (all)
Tim Sitterley
People around us can sometimes appear invisible to us. How did Jesus see people, and how can we learn to "see" more like He does?
March 16, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2017 | Do You Believe in the Son of Man?

Jesus frequently asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”. This term which seems very human —“Son of Man”—signifies that Jesus is so much more than human. He connects himself with the much larger story of redemption, defeating that first Beast who slithered into the Garden of Eden.
March 15, 2020

The Gospel and Carole King

Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Pastor Lee Berger
Carole King was a pop/folk musical artist of the 60s and 70s. In her song, "Way Over Yonder," she voices a yearning for a "place" of peace, belonging and eternal purpose. All people, Christian or not, have the same "God hole" to fill in their lives, and there is only one thing that will fill that space.
March 9, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2016 | Granny’s Lake

If you have grown weary and thirsty from trying to fill the empty craters in your own life, allow Jesus to give you that same living water that leaves you transformed and satisfied.
March 8, 2020

The Love of God and Man

Text: 1 John 4:19 to 5:4
Pastor Gary Schwitz
All love comes to us from God and through us to others. With His love, we can truly love those around us--even the unlovable. After all, loving God and loving others are the "two Great Commandments."
March 2, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2015 | The Whole World

When reading scripture, it is often helpful to take a step backward and forward—to look at a scripture from a bird’s eye view. Through several inclusive conversations, Jesus demonstrated that he came for the whole world regardless of class, gender or personal history.
March 1, 2020

What Is the Problem with Handwashing?

Text: Matthew 7:1-23
Pastor Lee Berger
The Pharisees jumped on Jesus about His handwashing (or lack thereof). What was their problem, and how did Jesus turn the tables on them?
February 24, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2014 | Value of Connection

Because of the built relationship, we know we can trust our Abba Father to show us where to go. We can know we are loved.
February 17, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2013 | Unified Opposites of Wholeness

We want to do good and love our neighbor, but we often fall short. We aspire to be generous but we know we are often selfish. The good news is that Jesus takes us into himself and unifies these opposites.
February 16, 2020

The Root and the Fruit of Sin

Text: Genesis 3
Pastor Lee Berger
It all started with Adam and Eve. The foundation of sin is not our actions; it is our unbelief and lack of trust in God. Too often we focus on "fixing" the fruit (not very successfully), and we should instead get to the root of the problem.
February 10, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2012 | Refreshing Voices

Rather than being remembered for our presentation or our style, can we instead be remembered for being conduits of Christ’s light and love? For being image-bearers and servants of the magnificent Triune God? Can we be remembered for being refreshing voices?
February 9, 2020

And the Night Is As Bright As Day

Text: Psalms 139:1-12
Pastor Gary Schwitz
The good news is that God is always present with us. For even those who try to retreat from God into the darkness, God sees into the dark as if it were bright daytime. God's love in never-ending.
February 3, 2020

Speaking Of Life 2011 | Not So Random Acts of Kindness

If we challenge ourselves to not-so-random acts of kindness, we are participating in an expression of God’s love. We are being Jesus’ hands and feet in the world. Then we trust God to take our small efforts and bring forth the restoration this world so sorely needs.