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Sunday, April 21, 2019 - Easter Sunday
The Resurrection is the greatest news ever to be told; but it's news that must be received! Jesus rising from the dead has removed every stone that keeps him in the grave of the old, and enables us to walk with Him in the glory of the new!

Friday, April 19, 2019 - Good Friday
We're told it was dark on Good Friday, the day Jesus displayed the greatest act of surrender the world has ever seen. But Jesus didn't surrender TO the darkness; he surrendered to His Father IN the darkness -- a surrender that still informs how we his people are to live in the world.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - Palm Sunday
"Finished!" What a loaded term! It doesn't just mean I'm done; it means we can now begin. It means nothing stands in the way any more; nothing can hinder any more; everything is now possible! It's no accident that Jesus gave up his Spirit right after he uttered the words; nothing more needed to be done! If love wasn't enough, nothing would be!

Sunday, April 7, 2019
When Jesus cried out, "I thirst!" from the cross, St John tells us that it was because he knew all had been finished and that it was to fulfill scripture. How we hear Jesus' cry reveals whether or not we know what Jesus knew, and -- whether or not our lives will be lived and died as a fulfillment of scripture.

Sunday, March 31, 2019
God will never leave us or forsake us. He didn't abandon Jesus on the cross; and He will not abandon us on ours. When Christ called out: "My God, why have you forsaken me," he wasn't being left alone by his Father, he was entering into all the pain, fear, and confusion we know because of our sin. God isn’t afraid of our sin; we’re afraid of God because of our sin!

Sunday, March 24, 2019
When Jesus looks out from His cross, what does He see..?  He sees what you and I need to see and says,  "Behold your mother!" your sister, your father, your cousin! He reminds us that we are our brother's keeper, called to make peace that overlooks all the dividing lines.

Sunday, March 10, 2019
In the last hours of Jesus' life, the Gospel of John tells us that "Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother" and that Jesus saw her there and spoke to her there. These simple statements reveal a profound truth: You have to be close to Christ, to hear Christ; you have to be near the cross, to hear the cries from the cross. May we be willing to stand like Mary stood.

Sunday, March 3, 2019
When Jesus calls us to take up our cross, to dare to believe in the blessedness of meekness, He doesn't call from a far off perch; He calls as one hanging on a cross next to us! The thief who cried out "Lord, remember me!" didn't have to look far; he needed only to turn his head, to see the one who sanctifies meekness by dying with us, in the midst of incredible ugliness.

Sunday, February 24, 2019
The last words a person speaks before they die give those listening a window into that person's soul: what they were thinking and feeling as the end approached, what they valued, what they feared, what they wanted to be remembered for. The last words of Jesus, recorded in the Gospels, give us a window into our Savior’s soul! They tell us what He was thinking as he hung naked on the cross; they tell us what he longed for us to discover about God and ourselves through his graphic demonstration of unconditional love.

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Loving as God loves isn't something we have to do; it's something we get to do, something we now CAN do because we've been reconciled unto Him in Christ. Because the old is gone and the new has come, we no longer view God or others in the way we used to; we now view everything through the lens of the cross Jesus died on -- and it is marvelous in our eyes!

Sunday, February 10, 2019
We are Christ's Ambassadors! That's not a title; it's an action, something we do and demonstrate as we grow and mature in Christ that the world might be reconciled to Him -- not by us getting in other people's face, but by getting into their shoes!

Sunday, February 3, 2019
We love... because God loves. That is who He is and has always been. Out of God's love, God forgives! This is what He's been doing from the very beginning, is doing now, and will continue to do -- as demonstrated in Jesus, dying for all. He invites us to enter in to who He is and what He's doing, giving us the ministry and message of reconciliation.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
When we who have been redeemed, continue to view the world through the monochrome lens of worldly wisdom and human strength, we fail to see it as it is, and -- we miss out! We miss out on the beauty of how God is redeeming the world to Himself, our wonderful calling to live a new kind of life that’s joyful, bright and inviting, and the glorious fullness of Christ!

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Jesus didn’t die just to take away our sins; He died to bring us to the place our sins were keeping us from! He didn’t die just to pay the back rent and then leave us in the slum housing we were living in, where everything’s broken and nothing works! He died to move us into a new home here on earth! a new reality! Scripture declares that the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. A light has dawned! Are we walking in it?

Sunday, January 13, 2019
"One died for all, therefore all died." It's the insistence of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:14. But what does it mean? -- especially in light of the fact that we as a race were dead in our sins long before God was revealed in Christ. The cross is indeed a call to die, but it is a call to die TO our sins rather than IN our sins, to die to our old ways of thinking and speaking and doing, so that we can embrace God's way of thinking and speaking and doing that is revealed in Jesus!

Sunday, January 6, 2019
None of us knows how to live, until we've been found by God. But God, in Christ, became fully human, to show US how to be fully human! This great lack on our part shows us not only the necessity of His death, but also the beauty and completeness of that death: convincing us that we can move from death unto life!

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Everyone is driven by something, and often by multiple things! Paul's prayer for the Ephesians is that they will be driven -- motivated, led, and guided -- by ONE thing: the Love of Christ, found in the fullness of God who is Christ. To be driven by anything less, is to be driven by something wholly inadequate for our high calling, "that Christ be formed in us." 


Sunday evening, December 23, 2018; Christmas Candlelight Communion Service
"God with us" is God's declaration of "peace on earth, goodwill to men," set out like a table made ready, for all who will accept the invitation to come and feast. The Lord our Shepherd -- is the Lord our Shalom!

Sunday, December 23, 2018; Guest Speaker, Jonathan Lade
Anointing our head with oil and causing our cup to run over, the Lord welcomes us into his family, showing Himself to be, the Lord our Shelter!

Sunday, December 16, 2018
Finding the Savior in the 23rd Psalm:  The Lord is My Center (Video)  (Audio only)
In the very center of the 23rd Psalm, the psalmist David makes a discovery: "You are with me!" Whereas he begins the psalm talking ABOUT his shepherd, he now shifts to talking TO his Shepherd - moving God from the realm of acknowledgement, to the place of experience: "Emmanuel; God with us!" This is the message of Christmas!

Sunday, December 9, 2018
Finding the Savior in the 23rd Psalm:  The Lord is My Sustenance (Video)  (Audio only)
Walking with Jesus is about partaking of Jesus -- about "tasting and seeing that He is good!" David, in the 23rd psalm, speaks to us as one who's done both. He's tasted of the Lord enough to know he wants nothing else; he's seen the Lord's ways enough to know the wonderful gifts they bring. In the 23rd psalm -- the One born in the manger (a feeding trough) brings these gifts to those who will look to Him as their sustenance.

Sunday, December 2, 2018
When the psalmist David says, "The Lord is my shepherd," he's speaking as one who's intimately familiar with God. Not God distant and distracted, but God with us! involved and interested. David challenges us in this season of waiting to slow down by the still waters, savor our Savior in the green pastures, and sit down at His feet that I might discern his right paths.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Shine! What the Lord Wants (Video)  (Audio only)
What God wants is no mystery. The prophet Micah says: "He has shown" us! And the way He has shown us most clearly -- is in Jesus, the Word made flesh, the One who is simply: what God has to say! Through Him, we see clearly that God's desire is that we'd do what is right, do it for the right reasons, and do it only in the strength God provides. We can do no better than this!

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Shine! Welcoming the Day (Video)  (Audio only)
In Jesus, a new day has dawned! How we experience it depends on how we respond to it. We can welcome it and find life and healing; or we can in arrogance, reject it, and see all our wisdom and human striving reduced to ashes.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Shine! Not By Might (Video)  (Audio only)
"By my Spirit" is more than just a tagline; it's how the Kingdom of God comes both in me and in the world I'm a part of. It's when I'm able say and act upon, "He must increase, and I must decrease." It's to lay aside human might and power in every corner of my life.

Sunday, October 28, 2018
Shine! Believing for Something Better (Video)  (Audio only)
The Living God is not the God of what was; He is the God of what is! He calls us not to eat the day old bread of what happened yesterday, but to partake of the daily bread of Him -- present, in our present! He was incarnate in the body of Jesus 2000 years ago, but He is also incarnate in the body of His Church today as "Christ in you, the hope of glory!" When we know these things, we can build and be a house whose present glory is greater than the glory of the former!

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Shine! Staying in the Game   (Video)   (Audio only)
We all grow weary in well-doing, but we dare not allow that to keep us out of the game!  Zephaniah, speaking as a coach of sorts, exhorts us to take to the field, remember the fundamentals, and recognize who it is -- the Lord Himself -- that is involved in our formation!

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Shine! Shining in Hope   (Video)   (Audio only)
Habakkuk knew what it was to have problems. The crops had failed and the barns were empty! But rather than simply recounting his woes he says, "though." "Though" all these thinks have happened, "yet I will rejoice in the Lord!" The prophet's bold statement isn't mere positive confession; it's a confession of being in the Lord! -- of allowing the reality of who God is to dictate how we respond to our circumstances, allowing God to give us our footing so we can climb out of our despair to a higher place!

Sunday, October 7, 2018
We all face monsters and mountains, those obstacles we run in to that seem unstoppable and insurmountable. Our greatest problem, however, is not that we encounter these challenges, it's HOW we encounter them. If we respond in our own strength and wisdom, we will share their fate; if we respond as those being formed in Christ, God will fulfill His word, defeating the monsters and moving the mountains!

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Pastor Greg speaks from Psalm 133 on the beauty and power of unity in the body of Christ

Sunday, September 23, 2018
If God sent you a text message, what would it say?  Perhaps even more important, how would you respond?  God is still speaking today!  He's telling us that we're His and cared for, and that that only life worth living, is one where our DOing for Him flows out of our BEing with Him!  

Sunday, September 9, 2018
How should I respond when my enemy gets what they've got coming to them? It's a question Obadiah answers in his woes against Edom, the enemy of his brother Israel - showing us that faithfulness to God and His Kingdom requires a radically different response.

Sunday, September 2, 2018
Do we love Justice? Too often we do, only when it's for us or against our foes. The prophet Amos though, tells us that if we're to shine like our Father in Heaven, we must be a people who do justice! - a people who seek and find opportunities to do good, love doing good, and then "go around doing good" just as Jesus did!

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Knowing what day it is is important - you might loose your job if you forget! It's even more important with regards to what God is doing today. Because if we don't know what God's up to, how will we ever be able to join Him in it? If we're not aware that this is the day of the Lord, we risk missing God's heart and purpose for us and those we're called to touch with the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven!

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Guest Speaker Jonathan Lade shares why we must not forget what the Lord has done for us!

Sunday, July 22, 2018
We've all done dumb things (and still do!). But that doesn't mean we should continue in our old ways of living. The kindness and love of God have appeared in the person of Jesus! Have we entered into the perfecting work of God in our lives THROUGH Jesus?

Sunday, July 8, 2018
In the Kingdom of God there is no "us" and "them," there's only ALL of us... in need of HIM! When Christ let Himself be killed on the cross, the scriptures declare that the wall of hostility between us and them, and the law sin used to produce death in us, were both destroyed. Because of this, we can no longer shun those God's called us to shine upon!

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Shining for Christ isn't about everybody else; it's about me!  In 2 Thessalonians 3:13, the Apostle Paul writes:  "As for you!"  The prescription for peace rooted in Jesus isn't about controlling others or letting them control me; it's about allowing Christ to dictate my response, letting His peace flow through me.

Sunday, June 24, 2018
We humans love our labels; and while labels may be useful to us, they can also get in the way of what's real and true, of us seeing the image of God in ourselves and others, and being able or willing to respond like Jesus.

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Our old service to God was rooted in fear: Obey or else! Our new service is rooted in faith: Obey because you’ve entered love! Our old service was rooted in what we could do for God; our new service is rooted in what God has done for us! Our old service saw God as a brooding, vengeful storm over the mountaintop; our new service sees God as a Lamb that’s been slain, who took all of our hatred, contempt, and enmity towards Him, His way, and His creation, and absorbed these rather than punishing them!

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Most people would heartily agree that Christians should live as in the daytime. We’ve had enough phonies and hypocrites! To behave as in the daytime however, there’s one huge thing that’s needed! We must realize that it’s daytime!

Sunday, June 3, 2018
The essence of shining for the Lord is doing all to the glory of God. When we do all as a servant and witness as Christ did, good things will happen! Not only will others have their eyes opened to Jesus, Jesus says our eyes will be opened too, making us an even greater light for Him.

Sunday, May 27, 2018
We all worship something; what we worship is manifest by what we produce. If we produce fruit that is selfish, proud, angry, and petty, it's an indication that the thing we're worshipping is as well. Exclusive devotion to Jesus will enable us to discern what is true, and respond to life in a way that is distinctly Christlike.

Sunday, May 13, 2018, Mother's Day
Guest Speaker Stephanie Lade shares on what it means to be part of the body of Christ, and to know that each of us has a part in it.

Sunday May 6, 2018
Stars can be eclipsed by things far less impressive. And once eclipsed, they are ignored. And once ignored, the aren’t appreciated. And once they’re not appreciated, they are forgotten. If we’re to appreciate light and reflect it, we’ve got to look towards the light without all the clutter and distractions.

Sunday, April 29, 2018
You are not where you are by mistake! The same God who placed the stars, placed you in the time, circumstances, and surroundings you find yourself in: He makes our little places lovely places! And even if that place is a result of your wandering away from Him, it can become a good place -- a God place! -- when you realize that God is with you, even there, in your most distant orbit!

Sunday April 22, 2018
People are looking for North Stars! Those who are directly in line with Jesus, who calls Himself: the bright morning Star! They’re looking for people who are who they say they are, who don’t shift and waiver with every wind and wave, who stay their God-ordained course, and shine consistently even when it seems everyone around them is vying for a more favorable place in the sky.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Personal Convictions are important, but they're not more important than people. The Kingdom of God isn't about being knowledgeable; it's about being charitable! If I love my beliefs, views, and opinions more that those I'm called to love, I have a problem. It's not that these things are to be abandoned; it's that they must be submitted to Christ, shared with civility, and lived with Christlikeness.

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Jesus invites us to join Him in doing God's work. To discover the work of God, we need look no further than Jesus! He teaches us how to live, proclaims the availability of the Kingdom, and acts as an agent of healing. And -- he does it all, not begrudgingly or as a chore, but with a deep-seated compassion that sees us where we are: helpless and harassed, like sheep without a shepherd.




Sunday, April 1, 2018, Easter Sunday
The declaration of the angels to women who came seeking Jesus Easter morning, is a declaration to us: He is not here; he has risen; he has told you these things! It's time to enter into the words of the angels, to leave our grave clothes with his in the tomb, and to step out of the graveyard! Have you left the tomb? The proof is a transformed life!

Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday
When Jesus dies on the cross, He bears our sin -- all the shame, guilt, and loneliness of our hostility towards Him. He goes through that darkness to show us a God who meets us in our darkness, and utters our greatest fear to show us we're not abandoned. He reveals the love God has for sinners.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, Palm Sunday
Are we missing what's right in front of us? In the noise and jubilation of Palm Sunday, the crowd saw what they wanted to see. What they might have missed, was Jesus weeping over the city. When His peace is hidden from our eyes, it undoubtedly brings tears to His eyes - even today.



Sunday, March 18, 2018
Only when we see through the eyes of kindness, can we rightly live out a right theology of God -- what we've been taught about God in Christ through the scriptures. Only when we see others through the eyes of kindness, can we see others with God's eyes, and shine on them with the same warmth He does!

Sunday, March 11, 2018
The last best hope of earth isn’t gained in fighting a war or winning a battle; It’s found in laying down our lives in concert with the One who laid down His life for us! That’s because the last best hope of earth is Jesus! It’s not Jesus AND -- It’s just Jesus: Jesus believed in, Jesus believed on, and Jesus believed with -- us joining Him in His work of remaking the world!

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Because He is light, everything God has made - including us! - is an expression of His first recorded words in the Bible: "Let there be light!" We (and all creation!) are made in God's image, to fulfill God's purposes, to enjoy God's blessing and bring God glory.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
The heavens declare the glory of God! So says the Word of God. No wonder the apostle Paul, speaking to God's people in Philippians 2:15, tells us to shine like stars in the sky. As stars are heavenly bodies, made to bring glory to their maker by their heavenly splendor, so we have been raised up with Christ, and seated with Him in the heavenly realms, to do the same! Shine!

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Like common buckets, we were made to be filled! Because of this, we need to make sure we're being filled -- with the right things. We will pour out into others whatever it is that has been poured into us, what our buckets have collected. A full bucket, whether with clean water or dirty, has no room for anything else.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
As a warm fire must be tended or it will go out, God's good gifts require that we do something with them. They also require that we not allow fear to diminish them. God has given us everything needed to shine for Him: the power to bless instead of curse, a love that impacts all we do, and the presence of mind to see Him - even when the sun isn't shining!

Sunday, February 4, 2018
How are we doing with the seemingly small stuff? That's the challenge Paul puts before his apprentice Timothy when he reminds him to "watch his life (behavior) and doctrine (belief) closely" and to "persevere in these things." Doing so, we are promised will bring the fullness of salvation not only to us -- but also to those watching us.

Sunday, January 21, 2018
Bad things happen when we get our eyes off of Jesus! Life doesn't go well; we miss opportunities; we cease to shine! The psalmist David, crying out in Psalm 141:8: "my eyes are fixed on you," calls us back to the Lord, reminding us where our gaze must return and remain.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
We all go through "the fire." The question isn't so much how we got there -- we did! It's what do we do now? Understanding we have One who's gone through the fire Himself, is a great starting point. When we know this, we know He'll walk through the flames with us, and bring about something beautiful in us - for His glory and good purpose.

Sunday, January 7, 2018
The "Centennial Bulb" at Fire station #6 of the Livermore-Pleasanton CA Fire Department has been burning continuously since 1901! God calls all who are in Christ to continue to shine as well! When we do, others want to be around us, we're seen for what we're becoming, and we bring about our Father's good purpose: a people who shine like stars in the sky!

Sunday, December 31, 2017
God in Christ calls His people to a simple, singular calling; that calling, is to Shine! It's to join with all that God has made in reflecting the glory of our Creator. The prophetic word given to Daniel says this is wise and leads many to righteousness - the very thing our lives are to be about.




Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Christmas Eve Night
On Christmas Eve, we often see this night as a time to look back. But we don’t just look back; we also look forward! We don’t merely reminisce; we also reimagine! Zechariah’s song isn’t just for us to appreciate; as we’ve seen, it’s for us to act on, to internalize, and enter into. And -- it’s for us to announce!: to live like the One who’s come to us from heaven, to shine as light, and to walk in peace before God and with others.

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
Up to this point, Zechariah’s song of redemption has largely been a celebration, a chorus of praise for what God has said and done. In this great utterance from his lips however, Zechariah was doing more than just praising God, Zechariah was also prophesying! Declaring the wonderful works of God as arrived and active! What this tells us is that Christmas isn’t just a memorial, it’s also a mandate, a commission to do something, to respond to the fact that the Lord has come!

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - Third Sunday of Advent
Christ came to set us free! Free to serve God without fear, free to be completely His, free to walk in the righteousness He gives through faith to all who believe on Him. Because He took on the form of a servant, He enables us to too!

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Second Sunday of Advent
God always keeps His word! This is the declaration Zechariah makes in his song of redemption in Luke 1. "No word from God will ever fail." The question has never been whether or not this is true; it is. The question -- is do I believe it? And, do I believe it enough to act on it?

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - First Sunday of Advent
The story of Zechariah and his song in Luke chapter one reminds us that we have nothing to say, unless we believe. After being unable to speak for months on end, Zechariah wastes no time in pouring out a song of praise to the Lord once his voice is restored!




Sunday, November 19, 2017
The worst kind of deception is self-deception: not knowing our true condition, or not wanting to know our true condition. Self-deception though, leads to self-destruction. Jesus speaks the truth to us not because He's done with us, but because He loves us, and does not want us to perish. Will we say "Yes" to him and no the the practices We Ought to End?

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Tombstones serve a specific purpose, to let you know what's buried beneath; and what's buried beneath - like it or not - is dead and decaying!  Jesus did come and lay down His life for us just to have us stay in the tomb, memorializing and clinging to the dead end ways He died to save us from!  Jesus rose from the dead that we might rise too, living as open graves before a world under the curse of death.

Sunday, November 5, 2017
We are what our source is.  Because of this, whatever we allow inside of us has a profound effect on what comes out of us.  Jesus wants to bring out the best not the worst, wants us to be caring and considerate, not corrosive.  What well have we tapped into? 

Sunday, October 29, 2017
I can be so good about tending to the small stuff -- that I totally overlook the big things.  Jesus says that if I miss justice, mercy, and faithfulness, I've missed what really matters.  The small stuff is important; but justice, mercy, and faithfulness are more important!

Sunday, October 22, 2017
We don't always see as well as we think we do. It's why Jesus warns us of potential blind spots and calls us to come again unto Him. As we spend time listening at His feet, He will enable us to see what we've been missing, and see beyond what we've been distracted by.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
It’s not just people of old who held tightly to beliefs that may not be true, sometimes -- it’s you and me!  In fact, a key reason Jesus came in the flesh to live among us, was to set the record straight!  Especially about what God is like, how He relates to His creation, and the way He has made for us not only to know Him, but also to be like Him!

Sunday, October 8, 2017
A door has been opened!  This is the message I, as a believer in Jesus, proclaim!  But -- am I walking through that door?  Is my life a road sign...  or a roadblock?  Pastor Dave begins the final series of messages on being Wholly His, challenging us to prayerfully consider these questions related to Faultlessness.



Sunday, September 24, 2017
Rejoicing in suffering isn't easy; it can seem downright impossible and futile!  But the Apostle Paul, enduring his own difficulties, dares those who are in the same boat as him, to find joy in the midst of their storm! - to be formed and found joyful in the realities that it's not forever, that God is blessing others through what they see in you, and that God will be proven true as you trust in Him.  You'll not be lost!

Sunday, September 17, 2017
The message of the world is one of fear:  "Be Afraid!"  But Jesus says quite clearly:  "Be not Afraid!"  In fact, what Jesus is telling us, even commanding, is this, we do not have to go to the place of fear!  Yes, there is much to be concerned about; but we don't have to let our hearts be troubled.

Sunday, September 10, 2017
We all face times we'd rather keep our mouths shut than to speak out.  But Jesus meets us in our fears reminding us He's with us, He'll keep us, and - perhaps most important: others need to hear from us the Good News that He saves, sets free, and sets right!

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Jesus calls us "Little Flock,"  literally:  little, little flock.  And that's a good thing!  Not only is it an intimate term of endearment for his people, it's also descriptive of how we're to live - light and free from all the world's goods that would keep us from the goods of the Kingdom and from sharing our lives with those in need.

Sunday, August 27, 2017
The call to come after Jesus is a mandate to move beyond convenience Christianity to courageous Christ-following. It is nothing less than being remade to think through, do, and respond to everything like our Master does; it's "to put out into the deep and let down our nets for a catch," knowing He's now in the boat with us!

Sunday, August 20, 2017
"Just Believe" sounds simplistic and cliche', and maybe even insensitive!  But the words are at the heart of what it means to fearlessly follow Jesus - and to believe on Him, whether He gives or takes away.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017
We mustn't be afraid to encounter Jesus supernaturally - that is, to encounter Jesus as He is.  For when only when we see Him as He IS, can we become what we were created to be, and respond how we've been redeemed to respond.  

Sunday, August 6, 2017
The savior we seek and the Savior we find are not always the same.  Jesus commands the storm, but Jesus will not be commanded.  Jesus calms the sea, but Jesus won't always keep us from turbulent waters.  Will we take Jesus as He is?  Will we choose the way of blessed obedience?  Unless we do, we may never get out of the boat when he beckens.

Sunday, July 30, 2017
After warning his disciples of all they we're going to face as the proclaimed the Kingdom to have arrived, Jesus says...  "Do not fear!"  Don't fear death; don't fear the grave; don't even fear hell!  Why?  Because the same God who holds these and all creation including the sparrows in His hands, holds us as well!  And Jesus says we are worth more than many sparrows!

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Discouragement is easy; it takes virtually no effort at all!  But when we run into problems, we have a choice.  We can try, or we can trust. All of our trying will lead to discouragement; trusting in Jesus leads to the life we've been created for.  In Him there's no earning, just enjoying!

Sunday, July 16, 2017
When Jesus tells his people not to worry about what to say, He's not just talking about content, He's speaking of character as well.  As with the first martyr Stephen, we will not only be given WHAT to say in the midst of difficult trials, by the infilling of the Spirit of our Father, we'll also say it in a way that makes our face shine like that on an angel!

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Worry is vain for many reasons.  Given its affect on our health and inability to bring about much gain, it's no wonder Jesus asks:  "Why do you worry?"  But there's an even larger issue that comes when we allow ourselves to be consumed with concern; it's that we lose the capacity to be generous with our lives.  We have been redeemed to turn our focus on others; worry keeps the focus on ourselves.

Sunday, July 2, 2017
We've all been "in a pickle!" - that situation that seems hopeless and without any good options.  It's tempting to think there's no way through it.  But whatever our plans are, God always has a better plan!  We don't have to be afraid to obey the voice of God (Just ask the Virgin Mary's husband Joseph!).

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Being afraid of God is normal, but it's not necessary.  God's will in Jesus Christ is that we would run to Him not away from Him.  When we act in fear, life doesn't go as well as it could; when we walk in faith in the goodness of God, our lives are blessed no matter what storms we face!




Sunday, June 11, 2017
One of the great realities of the Spirit-filled life is the fact that we are never, ever alone.  The Bible tells us that the Spirit of God is a deposit that marks us as His, moves God into our lives, and makes our inheritance more real.  By the Holy Spirit, we are never left as orphans!

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - Pentecost Sunday
When the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, comes, those who receive Him are not just given a new language, they're given a new outlook!  They're not just taught how to live, they're transformed to live!  When the Holy Spirit comes, He comes in a dynamic, multi-faceted way!



Sunday, May 28, 2017
The Gospel is not only Good News, it's essential news!  All have sinned; all are without excuse; all need a Savior; all need to be told.  Missionary Gary Ellison challenges the church with this message on the need to take the Gospel to the world.


Sunday, May 21, 2017
The Spirit of God is not an "It;" the Spirit of God is a Person.  He is also a gift God desires to give to everyone who has called on the name of the Lord - not as an add-on, but as an enduement that is available to every believer, in every age, for every challenge one faces in living the life that is life before others.




Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Mother's Day
Special Speaker Stephanie Lade shares, that like a dish that's missing key ingredients, our witness will be lacking without the essential elements Paul describes in the fourth chapter of Colossians.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
When the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:3 tells us "you died," it is not an analogy; it's a reality - because life in Christ, can only be found in our dying with Christ!  Indeed dying, is the only authentic expression of a life that’s been reborn!  If I’m not willing to die for Christ, I’ve not fully comprehended His willing love to die for me.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
A transformed mind is not automatic; it requires us to continue in Christ, just as we received Christ, to not just profess Jesus, but also to practice Jesus - the One in whom all the fullness of God dwells!

Sunday, April 23, 2017 
God is not our enemy! The truth rings out loud and clear in the pages of scripture and the person of Jesus Christ.  In these we see a God who comes looking for us, calling out:  "Where are you?"  In these we see a God who was willing to live with us and die for us - while we were enemies of God.




Sunday, April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday is a day of celebration and joy, but we forget, that for the first followers of Christ, it was a day of confusion and gloom.  That is -- until Jesus showed up, stood in their midst speaking "Peace," and sent them as the Father had sent Him!

Friday, April 14, 2017
On Good Friday, the surprises of Holy Week continue.  Pontius Pilate, the one we'd expect to condemn Jesus, comes to His defense, while those we'd expect to rally around Christ, instead rail against Him.

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Our encounter with Jesus on Palm Sunday surprises us.  With all the praise and jubilation, we'd expected Him to be basking in the limelight.  Instead -- we find Him weeping on a holiday!




Sunday, April 2, 2017
We don’t have to fear showing grace!  We don’t have to fear being Kind!  We don’t have to fear loving sinners!  If anything, we should fear NOT doing these things, NOT being these things! Why?  Because it’s by these things that the world sees we’re real!  And -- it’s against these things that the world has no legitimate complaint!  This is what it means to be free.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
There's one big thing standing in the way of us fully and freely living out the qualities we call the Fruit of the Spirit.  That one big thing...  is ourselves!  But self-control is NOT controlling yourself BY yourself; it's gaining control of self BY the Spirit of God dwelling within you. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017
To live gently is not to be weak, but to be like Jesus.  It's to accept His yoke and take up His burden - to show ourselves to be of His Family, being formed in His likeness, for the sake of His Name.

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Being faithful is a whole lot more that just "sticking it out;"  it's being true to the Original!  It's living lives that are faithful reproductions of the One from heaven, Jesus, who lived among us for a while.  It's also a fruit of the Spirit, meaning God does this work in us by the Spirit of God rather than sheer human will.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
The Fruit of Goodness is not ours; it belongs to God alone.  Outside of Him, none of us has any righteousness!  It all comes from Him, is given by Him, and brings glory to Him.  If we don't know this, our goodness will be something less than the fruit of His Spirit.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
The world often confuses being nice with being kind; but only kindness is a fruit of the Spirit!  One can be nice and still care nothing about the wellbeing of others. But kindness is rooted in a love that's concerned about people, just as our Heavenly Father is concerned about people!  Kindness is active and unconditional!




Sunday, February 19, 2017
Yes all of us face fear; all of us will go through storms and maybe even "shipwrecks."  But with the Apostle Paul we learn, that sometimes you just have to "do it scared!"  Missionary Kelly Delp shares a heartfelt and powerful message about pursuing God's desires even when you're afraid.  




Sunday, February 12, 2017
Often seen as a second tier fruit to the "Big Three" of Love, Joy, and Peace, patience is a quality that is rooted in God, planted in us, and which works in concert with the other fruit of the Spirit to enable us to glorify God and reflect His good patience towards all He has made. May this fruit that was present in Christ be present in us His people as well!

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Thank God for the Peace of Christ!  Thank God He wants to know us and be known of us!  But this wonderful peace is not merely for us to ENJOY; it's also for His Children to EMPLOY!  We are not called just to possess peace; we are called to be propelled by peace - to "let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts" as the scripture admonishes.

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Real, pure, lasting Joy doesn't come when we get what we want; it comes when we recognize what we've already got in Jesus!  It doesn't come when we win; it comes when we lose everything the world holds dear, when we walk in love.  And while it may not always be easy, joy always comes "in the morning," when we behold the Face of Christ!

Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Beautiful List, or the Fruit of the Spirit, begins with love because everything springs from love.  Without love says the Bible, we're just making noise; we are nothing; we gain nothing. Love is the essential characteristic of who God is and why He sent His beloved Son:  all for love!

Sunday, January 15, 2017
People often want to know what will keep them out of heaven.  While this is a valid question, it's not the most important.  The most vital question one can ask is this:  "What will keep heaven out of me?"

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Every life bears fruit!  Some of it good, and some - not so good!  As much as we try, we all still have corners of our lives that resemble the ugly list the apostle Paul shares in Galatians 5.  What can we do?  The only thing that brings kingdom fruitfulness!  Get to know the King better!  Abide in Him! Rest in Him!  Only then will we bear fruit that brings God glory and shows that we're Jesus' disciples.




Christmas Day, 2016

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Covetousness is wanting what someone else has; it's also the sin addressed in the tenth and final commandment found in Exodus 20.  Why does God save this sin for last?  Because it's probably the most prevalent, hardest to self-detect, and easiest to justify!  It's also poison to our souls and counter to the Kingdom of God!  We combat covetousness with nothing less than conscious contentment!

Sunday, November 20, 2016
In light of Jesus, the ninth commandment is as much about not living a lie as it is about not telling one!  Our neighbor stands to either be blessed or cursed by what we say; and God will be either be glorified or blasphemed by what we say.  To tell the truth, we must first be full of Truth!  

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Like it or not, we're all thieves! We take from others in a thousand different ways, and refuse to give to God what is His by right.  God calls us to stop stealing and to start sharing - to stop hoarding and to start giving!  Generosity is a reflection of the One who gives and gives and gives and gives!

Sunday, November 6, 2016
We all have wants and needs; to be human, is to have desires.  The seventh commandment: "You shall not commit adultery," addresses what happens when we attempt to meet those desires in unhealthy, ungodly ways - what Jesus calls "lust."  God is left out; others are lessened, and perhaps worst of all, our lusts can lead to death!  There is a better way!  It's relying on the God of whom scripture testifies: "He satisfies my desires with good things!"

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Honoring mother and father is an important bridge commandment between loving God and loving others, between the first four of the ten commandments and the next five.  It bridges these first because if we don't love God rightly, we'll never be able to love others rightly!  It bridges them next because if we can't honor our parents, it is doubtful we'll be able to truly honor all the others Jesus calls us to honor - namely: Everyone!

Sunday, October 16, 2016
The command to rest was given to us because God knows how we are:  always striving, always working, always trying to make our own way.  But the Sabbath isn't about any of this; the Sabbath is about finding and keeping our rest in God.  And ultimately, Jesus Himself is our Sabbath Rest!  Anything less isn't resting well.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
The Third Commandment is about a whole lot more than just profanity; it's about the people of God bearing God's Name well!   If our lives and lips don't align with Him, ALL of our words are in vain.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
The First Commandment is about worshiping the Right God; the Second, is about worshiping the Right God rightly!  A great temptation is to make God in our image; instead we must allow Him to remake us in His Image!

Sunday, September 18, 2016
The Ten Commandments in Light of Jesus - No Other Gods!
No Recording Available

Sunday, September 11, 2016
The Ten Commandments in Light of Jesus - Seeing the Commandments Clearly
No Recording Available




Sunday, August 28, 2016
The writer of Hebrews wants us to know - really KNOW - something; he wants us to know that what we have come to is unlike anything we could have come to before Jesus gave Himself for us!  Once we know this, it changes the way we approach God and others.  Once we know this...  It changes us!

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Suffering and difficulty are part of following Christ.  In fact, the question isn't whether or not we will go through hardship, it's HOW will we go through hardship!  The writer of Hebrews calls us to respond with Faith, a deep trust in our invisible God over our visible circumstances.  This kind of faith is essential if we are to follow in the footsteps of those who've gone before us; it is also blessed and rewarded!

Sunday, August 7, 2016
Jesus once said: "Few things are needed (Luke 10:41,42)."  And yet, we can sometimes fall into the trap of thinking we don't need even these present in our lives.  The writer of Hebrews, in forceful clarity, calls us back to some basic virtues that stand in stark contrast to what are generation typically values.  With the striking chorus of "let us," we are challenged once again to loyalty, love, lowliness, and a longing for God's Kingdom above everything else - virtues that mark the life of all who would follow our Great High Priest Jesus.

Sunday, July 31, 2016
"We do have such a high priest!" the writer of Hebrews declares; in fact,  in the opening words of chapter eight, he writes that "it's the point of what we've been saying!"  Only when we get a hold of this reality, can we hope to fully live out the life of Christ; only when we get it deep inside of us will we learn that Christ offering Himself, is enough!

Sunday, July 24, 2016
The outcome of having "such a high priest in heaven" is "good things that are already here," good things that are freely given us through the shed blood of our Savior says the writer of Hebrews!    If we have trusted in the blood of Christ to save us, how much more should we trust in His shed blood to sustain us?

Sunday, July 10, 2016
Growing old happens; growing up is a choice!  It means I've left behind childish things to embrace child-like investment in the Kingdom of God.  It means too, that I'm not continually relaying the foundation, but building upon it as one who's left milk for meat.

Sunday, July 3, 2016
In describing Jesus as our Great High Priest, the writer of Hebrews is telling us that we have a Friend in High Places!  More than that, if we are to believe God's Word, we have been seated with Christ in that high place.  Are we taking in the view, allowing it to shape how we live and love, think and act?  We'd better!  Because we have a great high priest! (Please note that the recording of this message begins a few minutes into the sermon.)

Sunday, June 26,2016
The writer of Hebrews says "there remains then a Sabbath Rest for the People of God."  But this rest is not a day; it is a Person!  Moreover, it is a rest that must be entered into daily: entered when we take the time to hear God's Voice and heed what is being said to us.



Sunday, June 19, 2016, Father's Day
In this encore message, we see that one can be no better Father (or brother, sister, or mother!), than one who has adopted the Heart of their Heavenly Father.  Captured in John 3:16, God's Heart is two-fold.  It is to Love and to Give.  We can hardly do better!




Sunday, June 12, 2016
The ultimate indicator of devotion is...  Faithfulness.  It was what marked Jesus' relationship with His Father, what marks His relating to us, and what we must display, if we are to fulfill the heavenly calling the writer of Hebrews speaks of.

Sunday, June 5, 2016
It is profound to think that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers.  Even more profound are the implications of that truth!  It means we have One who not only claims us and relates to us, but also One who welcomes us into the Life that is life, the world to come!

Sunday, May 29, 2016
Jesus is the Father's final Word!  The Law given to Moses was good, but now something better is here.  The way we once approached God was incomplete and lacking, but now, the Way of Jesus is whole and finished, lacking nothing!




Sunday, May 22, 2016
Seven Sins of Jonah: Should I not have Concern?
Perhaps the greatest sin of Jonah, was the fact that he simply didn't care about people outside his own narrow interests - the "other."  Thankfully, our God is not like Jonah!  Thankfully, our God loves all the "others!"
Sermon was not recorded; click here for Sermon Notes

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - Mothers Day
Stephanie Lade brings the message from Jonah on Mothers Day with a simple reminder from a mom who's seen a lot:  Bad things happen when there's "too much me first!"  Please Note: The message begins at around 7:07 in the recording.  

Sunday, April 24, 2016
The message we have received is too important not to share!  And, it's too important not to share ALL of it -- or to not to tell our hearers how to respond to it!  Jonah obeyed God to a point, and God still blessed.  How much more will God bless if we obey Him fully!

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Seven Sins of Jonah: Practicing My Prayers
From inside the belly of the whale, Jonah prays one of the most eloquent prayers in the Old Testament.  He speaks of mercy; he speaks of remembering; he speaks of sacrifice; he speaks of salvation!  But the one thing he doesn't speak -- is a plea of repentance.  Jonah said all the right things, but none of it what translate into redemptive action.  Jonah was not practicing what he so passionately prayed.  Are we?
Sermon was not recorded; click here for Sermon Notes

Sunday, April 10, 2016
The travesty of Jonah's boat ride away from God's command was not just that he was fleeing, it's that the ungodly seemed to be more awake to the situation than he was.  While Jonah slumbered in his self-pity below deck in the midst of a storm, pagan sailors, rightfully fearful, called on their gods and jettisoned their excess baggage!  We can learn much from these ancient mariners!

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Jonah is a complicated figure.  At times he soared; other times he simply soured.  In this, Jonah is like us!  And even though the book that bears his name ends in disappointing fashion, his life provides valuable insight to those who will listen and learn the lessons it provides.  May we be a people who wall WITH God, not away from Him!




Sunday, March 27, 2016 - Easter Sunday
"He is not here; He is risen!"  With those words the angels at Jesus tomb shocked those who came looking for Him.  They expected a body, they received instead -- a blessing!  Often we too expect to find Jesus among the dead, expect to find Him in the dead end ways of man's wisdom, man's strength, man's logic, and man's way.  May we hear with the women who discovered an empty grave:  "He is not here; He is risen!"

Sunday, March 13, 2016
We can easily believe that being in a crowd complimenting Jesus is the same as being a Disciple who's committed to Jesus.  It is not!  This was the error of the crowd who witnessed  first Jesus entrance into Jerusalem and finally his death on a cross.  They were celebrating a King they had not surrendered to. (Please Note: Message begins around the 23:00 mark in the recording)

Sunday, March 6, 2016
Peter had a good talk, but when the pressure was on, he crumbled, consumed by His fear.  Everyone who names the Name of Jesus will face trials, the key however is not distancing ourselves from Jesus, it's drawing as close to Him as we possibly can that we might be set ablaze for Him!

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Witnesses of His Dying: Chains of Guilt
Jesus Saves!  This is the great declaration of the Gospel.  It's also the wonderful revelation Judas Iscariot failed to comprehend, leading to one of the great tragedies of history.  Sadly, Judas could not bring himself to believe in the power of Jesus to forgive.  This tragedy need not be repeated however!  Through Christ, God speaks a word of Mercy to all who will receive it!
Sermon was not recorded; click here for Sermon Notes




Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Lord's Prayer: Three Praises of the Church
The Lord's Prayer ends with a reminder, a reminder that prayer is all about perceiving God's Kingdom, relying on God's Power, and seeking God's Glory.  Absent these, prayer becomes something less, something that fails to fully respond to the God who's called us to be His!
Sermon was not recorded; click here for Sermon Notes

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Why do we pray: "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"?  Because, quite simply, we are not capable of leading ourselves!  The evil that surrounds us, and infects us, is too great for us to overcome ourselves; we need a Shepherd and Deliverer!

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Forgiveness is the heart of the Lord's prayer because forgiveness is the heart of the Gospel!  If I am not walking in the light of forgiveness, I limit God's ability to minister grace to me and through me.  Being unforgiving is not a viable option if I hope to reflect my Father in heaven!

Sunday, January 24, 2016
Our Heavenly Father longs to meet us at the table each day with fresh, hot bread, but praying “give us our daily bread” isn’t about giving God a laundry list of all our needs; it’s about coming to HIM as our ONLY real need - praying that prayer with an understanding that His desire is that we might have communion with Him.

Sunday, January 17, 2016
The First prayer, of the Lord's prayer, is: Thy Kingdom Come!  When I am able to pray those three words, my head, my hope, and my heart are all in!  I'm ready to know, see, and expect "here below, as it is above!"

Sunday, January 3, 2016
The Starting point of the Lord's Prayer, indeed the starting point of ALL prayer, needs to be God!  But not just any god; no, Jesus made it clear that we have a Father in Heaven; a God who is majestic and powerful, yes; but also a God who is approachable and near - as near as the air we breathe! Life transforming Prayer begins with a recognition of these realities.



Sunday, December 27, 2015
In Acts 20:16, Paul decided to sail past Ephesus that he might reach Jerusalem by Pentecost.  On the eve of a New Year, what might God be asking you to leave behind?  Where might God be calling you to go?




Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Song of Simeon reminds us that we can easily overlook all that we've been given unless we're following in the footsteps and example of people who, like Simeon, are living the life, living in expectancy, and living where Jesus is found.  If we'll join in the song, we may very well rediscover the wonder of Jesus this Christmas, and beyond!

Sunday, December 13, 2015
It is a great temptation for us today to join the drumbeat of doom; bad news is everywhere.  But Zechariah's song dares us to see and sing to a different drummer.  Zechariah, if we will allow Him too, speaks a prophetic word to God's people of every age.  That word is:  He has come!  He has redeemed! He has raised up a horn of salvation.  O may we learn the tune, and live lives that sing along!

Sunday,December 6, 2015
Fear is an inevitable state of the human condition; we all fear something.  But the first of the Songs of the Season, the Song of Mary, reminds us that no matter how dark or hopeless our circumstances appear, we can sing over them like Mary did.  Mary shows us how the reality of Christ dwelling within, can cause an active praise to leave our lips and move us beyond our fears.




Sunday, November 22, 2015
If we who claim Christ fail to see the light of the gospel; if the glory of Christ, the image of God doesn’t inform every aspect of our lives, What’s going to be our guiding principle?  What’s going to govern our thinking and behavior, our feelings and responses? Probably our own human wisdom and understanding, what the Bible calls: "a way that seems right to man" and what the world calls conventional wisdom.  We need more; indeed in Christ, we HAVE more!  We can be governed by something greater!

Sunday, November 15, 2015
One of the hardest things to do is learning how to deal with those we disagree with, especially when we discover that we may not always see as clearly as we think we do. Thankfully, the wisdom of Jesus gives us guidelines for before we speak, while we're speaking, and after we've said our piece.

Sunday, November 8, 2015
What identifies me as a child of God is pursuing the same things God is pursuing:  Peace with men, and peace among men.  

Sunday, November 1, 2015
The Gospel dares us to live what we profess.  If I truly believe that it is not by force, nor by power, but by God's Spirit, then that conviction must be lived out before all men - especially my enemies!  I must put away my sword!

Sunday, October 18, 2015
We tend to bring a lot of baggage with us into the temple - that place we call following Jesus.  But the Lord of the House would have us travel light, to lay aside self-interest and aspiration for God's interests and Kingdom aspirations!  It's the only way we can join Him in the great prayer:  "Not my will Father, but Thine!"

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Following Jesus is important, but HOW I follow Jesus is critical!  If I replace the way and wisdom of God with mine own, I forfeit the fruit that comes with His way and wisdom.  And my own view of Jesus may very well become bigger than Jesus Himself.



Sunday, October 4, 2015
Guest Speaker Cory Martin, Chaplain at the Elkhart County Jail, shares about the wonderful ways in which the Gospel is transforming lives among those often considered the least and the last.



Sunday, September 27, 2015
The well known Parable of the Talents becomes so much more when I realize the incredible value of what God has placed in my hands.  His gifts are not pocket change, but a fortune - a fortune that needs little help from me to grow and multiply!

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Like the ten young women in Jesus' famous parable of the ten virgins, all of us are waiting for the arrival of the Bridegroom.  That doesn't mean, however, that we're ready!  None of us can claim to be completely prepared - for in this story, EVERYONE is caught sleeping when He comes!  Some though, the wise, are invited into the party, while others, the foolish are not.  The difference?  The wise brought oil in their jars; the foolish did not!

Sunday, September 13, 2015
The Kingdom of Heaven is open to anyone who will come.  The King issues an invitation to both good and bad alike, those invited, and those who weren't.  He even provides clothes for the party, the Righteousness of Christ!  Those who refuse are without excuse.

Sunday, September 6, 2015
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, as it is often called, is mis-titled; it's not about the workers at all!  It's about the amazing, unfair, unmerited, indiscriminate Grace of God!  Grace that is available, to all who will come!

Sunday, August 30, 2015
The Kingdom of Heaven is founded on forgiveness.  Indeed, as someone has said, if it's not about forgiveness, then it's about nothing at all.  We don't have to wait for God to forgive us, He's already done that - and waits for us to receive it. He waits too, for us to have mercy on others, just as He has mercy on us!

Sunday, Augest 16, 2015
The "net" that is the Gospel, like a physical dragnet, does not discriminate.  It touches and affects greatly everything it captures - and God has a BIG net!  One can fight the net rather than going with its flow; but none of us can out swim God!

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Parables of the Kingdom: Merchants for the Master
The story often referred to as the Pearl of Great Price is not so much a parable of a pearl, as it is of of the Merchant who was searching intently for it - for the Kingdom, Jesus says, "is like a merchant looking for fine pearls."  Who this Merchant is and how He pursues pearls is the heart of the story; it's also the heart of the Kingdom of God!  [There is no recording available of this message; please click here for a transcript]
 
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Acquiring the treasure which is the Kingdom of God, is a package deal!  Jesus says if we would have it, we must buy the field containing it and all that comes with it.  And while the gift is free, the cost of possessing it is steep - everything we have!

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Yeast is an amazing substance!  No wonder Jesus likens it to the Kingdom of God.  Smothered by the dough that surrounds us, we sometimes feel suffocated by our culture.  But the Lord reminds us that it's when were mixed into that very dough, when we loose our identity and take on Christ's, that His Kingdom expands and breathes life into all it comes in contact with.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Parables of the Kingdom: A Single Seed
It is O so easy to underestimate the Kingdom of God, to overlook it, to think it's something it's not.  Jesus challenges us to take another look and see, that it's ALL about the Kingdom!   [There is no recording available of this message; please click here for a transcript]

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Our first reaction to weeds is to pull them!  But what if those weeds had hope for a better future?  What if those weeds turned out to be wheat instead, a plant with great potential and purpose?  In this parable, Jesus reminds us not only to let the weeds be, but also of His great power to save by His amazing, supernatural grace.

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Given all the events that have taken place in our world in recent days, followers of Jesus are tempted to talk and worry about a lot of different things, but we’d better be sure to talk about and focus on this one thing; because it’s the main thing!




Sunday, June 21, 2015, Father's Day
One can be no better Father (or brother, sister, or mother!), than one who has adopted the Heart of their Heavenly Father.  Captured in John 3:16, God's Heart is two-fold.  It is to Love and to Give.  We can hardly do better!




Church 101
Acts 2:41,42 details four qualities of early believers in Jesus that are fundamental to the Christian Faith.  Summed up, they are that we might:
Learn to Love
Learn to Lead
Learn to Laugh, and
Learn to Listen

Sunday, June 14, 2015
They devoted themselves to prayer...

Sunday, June 7, 2015
They devoted themselves to the breaking of bread...

Sunday, May 31, 2015
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching...

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Church 101: Accepting the Invitation
They devoted themselves to fellowship...
(No recording available; click here for Sermon Notes)




Sunday, May 10, 2015, Mother's Day
Special Mother's Day Message by Stephanie Lade.




Sunday, May 3, 2015
We do not just believe in Jesus for everlasting life; we believe that Jesus IS everlasting life!  More than an eternal existence (something every human being faces either with or apart from God), we believe in a fullness and completeness in Christ for all those who have received His free gift of LIFE everlasting!

Sunday, March 22, 2015
The church is not a voting block; we’re not an earthly ideology; we’re not a social demographic; we are the people of God!  Followers of Jesus Christ!  Citizens of a Heavenly Kingdom!  The church may seem small and insignificant, even overlooked; but it has been given tremendous power and authority to affect the culture it finds itself immersed in!

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Believing in the Holy Spirit and Living in the Holy Spirit are not the same things.  This is a critical distinction because what we believe determines how we behave.  If we believe the Holy Spirit is active today, that His gifts are for today, and that are lives are to demonstrate His character, our prayer must be: "Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me!"

Sunday, March 8, 2015
The Blessed Hope mentioned in Scripture is not in an event or date; it's in a Person! The Lord Jesus Himself.  Our calling is to keep our eyes on Jesus until He returns.  This will keep our blessed hope from becoming blessed hype!

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Jesus' suffering not only saves us; it serves us!  It serves us as an example of how to suffer in a way that brings glory to God - turning opposition and difficulty into opportunity and even Joy!

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Jesus' conception by the Holy Spirit to a virgin makes his birth unlike any the world has ever know.  It makes Him altogether like us, and -- at the same time -- nothing like us!  It also qualifies Him to save His beloved creation!

Sunday, January 18, 2015
They say, "Getting older isn't for sissies!"  Neither is believing in Jesus!  Believing in Jesus is in fact, according to John 6:29, "the work of God" - the thing He's looking for, and desires from us above everything else. In short, believing in Jesus is more than what we sometimes suppose.

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Even if we don't believe in God, we all believe in something!  The power of belief is not so much exercising it, as it is putting it in the right place. Because beliefs form us into what we're becoming, we'd better be sure we believe the right things!




Sunday, December 21, 2014
John the Baptist wasn't the most likely of heralds; but he was the mouthpiece God used to announce the Kingdom of God had come.  His simple story reminds us that God can use each of us to be a proclaimer of the Word Made Flesh.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Jesus is so much more than just a figurine in a nativity set; He is the beginning and continuance of all things!  John challenges us to think about Jesus in a bigger, deeper, fuller dimension than we often do - to see Him for who He IS!



Sunday, December 7, 2014
Disciples of Jesus are called to do what Jesus did - in the same way Jesus did it!  God's Word declares that the reason the Son of God came, was to destroy the works of the evil one (1 John 3:8).  As those who name the Name of Jesus, we share His mission of displacing hell!

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Jesus, by His Holy Spirit, gives his disciples authority.  But this authority - relating to the world the way Jesus did - is not to rule the world so much as it is to serve the world, not to lord it over others but to love others!  It is, in short, given that we might be "authorities" on Jesus and His ways!

Sunday, November 16, 2014
The call to preach is the call to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ; it is also a call given to every disciple!  Jesus says:  "You ARE the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden."  Those words are true whether we like them or not; feel them or not; believe them or not.  But if we will stay on the hill; God will shine through us in ways only He could bring about!

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Jesus' says "Go!"  Wrapped up in that little word is a commission to be actively engaged in Kingdom service to our King.  Best of all, we don't have to be limited by our fears or excuses;  Jesus has given us the two things that change everything:  His power, and His presence.  It's time to get going!

Sunday, November 2, 2014
The highest calling of a disciple of Jesus is simply this:  to BE with Him!  For it is in being with Him that we are made like Him - taking on His Mind, His Heart, His Will, and His Presence.  He called those He wanted to Himself...that they might be with Him.




Sunday, October 19, 2014
Pastor Dave's series on the disciplines wraps up with what is perhaps the hardest discipline of them all - the discipline of self-denial.  We wrestle mightily to take up our cross and follow Him - because these things involve dying.  This is why self-defense, is the greatest enemy, of self-denial.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Good Posture is critical for good health; it's also essential for drawing near to God. Are you worshiping God with the same passion and enthusiasm you did at the beginning? Are you actively engaged in disciplines and postures that enhance your sensitivity to Him? Are you still convinced that your redemption is drawing near?  That it’s worth the effort?  These are the things that make for a proper posture before God!

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Being a disciple of Jesus means that I am a learner and that I never stop learning.  This does not happen without intention.  I must decide to be a learner, listen to what's being said to me, apply the truth to myself, and then act on it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Prophecy is heard and seen as many things, but at it's core, it is simply this:  Declaring the wonders of God to the glory of God.  What's more, God's desire is that all His people would be prophets, that all might speak His Heart and Mind, joining Him in His great work of redeeming the world to Himself!

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 14, "I thank God I speak in tongues more than all of you!" - And with good reason!  Speaking in tongues, the initial physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is so much more than an ecstatic, one-time experience, it is the door to greater communion with Christ and hearing and knowing the voice and heart of the Spirit of God.  Are we as enthusiastic about the gift as Paul was?

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Dreaming isn't a waste of time; it's a needed discipline that is blessed by Jesus!  To dream is to have the holy imagination to embrace a reality with God at the center.  It's to believe beyond what you can see and to act on that belief because you're convinced it's real.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sabbath is more than just a day; it is the discipline or resting completely and wholly on God - EVERY day!  And, it is rooted in the finished work of God in Christ, the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
It's true that our daily routines can at times become tedious, mindless, and lifeless.  And yet, God uses the rhythm and repetition of godly habits to form us and shape our souls for His Glory and Purpose.  What's more, Jesus Himself entered into our humanity by way of the same earthly routines God uses to make us more like Him.

Sunday, August 10, 2014
A powerful truth we do well to grasp is this:  We can never truly identify with our fellow man; until we have first identified with the One who became a man just like us!  This, says the Apostle Peter, is the essence of our call, to "follow in Jesus' steps."  It's also the answer to the "why question" behind everything we do.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Psalm 46 declares:  "There is a River!"  It is the reality that there is a flow and current of the Spirit of God that we have the opportunity to enter and enjoy.  But -- we have to perceive it to pursue it!  And so the psalmist says:  "Be still and know that I am God."  There are no shortcuts to hearing the voice of God; His voice is heard by those who will be silent long enough to listen!

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Hiding God's Word in my heart - absorbing it into my spirit - is essential if the affirmations of Psalm 119 are to become actions.  Otherwise, I may be absorbing well enough, just not absorbing the right things!

Sunday, July 13, 2014
"How can a young man keep His way pure?" the psalmist asks.  The answer:  Thinking deeply on God and His Word!  This is the discipline of contemplation, of asking questions and accepting God's answers - of being willing to change our minds!

Sunday, June 29, 2014
"If you want to remember something," the saying goes, "write it down!"  The Bible is indeed the journal entries of great men who wrote down what God was saying and doing in their time.  If we want to know Christ more, why wouldn't we write it down when He speaks to us in our day?

Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Disciplines! -- Those practices that draw us closer to Jesus -- are not laws to be slavishly followed.  They are instead pathways to a greater, deeper relationship with Christ.  In this, the first sermon of the series, Pastor Dave encourages you to begin a journey with us into the practices of a disciple - one who lives with Jesus AT and AS the Center!




June 15, 2014, Father's Day
We all get discouraged; especially the "Fixers" among us!  But God has a word for us - actually three words for us - in a three act play called faith!  From Habakkuk 1:2; 2:2; and 3:2, God reminds us that even when our circumstances don't change, there is still Hope, Hope, because neither does He!




June 8, 2014
The Holy Spirit, as a Deposit from God, ensures that we are never alone.  As a Deposit, He Marks us as His, Moves in to become an ever growing presence, and Makes our inheritance real.  Are we guarding the Gift God has freely given us?

June 1, 2014
The Holy Spirit, promised by Christ, given by the Father, is the Spirit of Truth.  When we know this incredible reality, we need not fear surrendering our hearts, souls, or minds to Him; He will never lead us astray!

May 25, 2014
Jesus called the Holy Spirit whom He promised, the Paraclete.  Wrapped up in that one word is the essence of how the Spirit comes to us.  He comes as Counselor, Comforter, Helper, and Advocate; in short, He comes to us in the way we need Him to come to us!

May 18, 2014
The Essential Holy Spirit 1 - The Spirit as Gift
The Holy Spirit is a gift!  He cannot be bought, bribed, earned, or demanded -- only received!  (There is no recording of this sermon available.  However, to read the transcript, click here)




May 11, 2014, Mother's Day
In Matthew's Gospel, Three Women are given special notice.  What sets them apart is the fact not only that they were there when Jesus gave His life, but also that they had devoted themselves to His needs rather than their own, each living out the wonderful story of grace they had experienced.

April 27, 2014
After Jesus rose from the dead, he spent a great deal of time with His disciples to ready them for what was next.  His focus?  The Kingdom of God!

April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday
Whether the Resurrection of Jesus is real to us or not depends mostly on whether or not we are responding to the evidence.  An encounter with Christ is not a question of experience but what I'm doing with that experience. 




April 13, 2014, Palm Sunday
Amid all the celebration and shouting along the parade route as Jesus entered Jerusalem, an often overlooked detail is the fact that Jesus shed tears as he came into the city.  Jesus still sheds tears -- and for the same reason: when we miss the reality of what He is doing right before our eyes!


March 30, 2014
What we think and How we think are vitally important.  To love the Lord with all one's mind is essentially to think ON Jesus and to think LIKE Jesus! It's hard to imagine a better use of our intellect!

March 23, 2014
My entire existence is a loving expression of worship to God - if I can see it.  As His highest creation, I am fearfully and wonderfully made; I possess the breath of God and will live forever either in His presence or absent it.  The call to love God is the call to love Him with my whole being, and to do all to the glory of God. 

March 16, 2014
Loving God...  with all your heart, is loving God with passion!  It's having the courage to examine yourself and all the things that have become props - and giving them to God.  It's giving up your control and all your human trying so that you can finally say:  "Not my will but thine be done Lord!"


March 9, 2104
Jesus ends his sermon on the mount with a dual command:  "Hear and put into practice these things I have spoken to you."  If we hear without doing, His words profit us (or anyone else) nothing; if we do without hearing, we will miss the spirit of Jesus' words and injure others more than we bless them.  Jesus says be wise; build your house on the rock of Me and My Words.  If we will do this, the house will stand!

March 2, 2014
Jesus warns us to gauge would be prophets by their fruit.  But too often the fruit we examine is the fruit of success and pragmatism (is it working?), rather than the fruit of righteousness.  The context of these verses also makes it clear that we must also examine ourselves, lest we be found to be lacking.  The bottom line:  Fruit that lasts is fruit that looks like Jesus!

February 23, 2014
The most important thing that Jesus says to us about the narrow way - the way of Jesus - is not that it's difficult or desolate; it is!  No, the most important thing is the first thing He says:  Enter!  For until I enter, I have not begun to live as Jesus wants me to!

February 16, 2014
Matthew 7:12, the Golden Rule, is not an island in itself; it is a summation of the teaching of Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount.  It is also active!  Jesus says "Do" unto others rather than simply commanding "do not!"  Our Lord would have us do for others what our Heavenly Father has done for us; this is spirit of Jesus teaching; this is the Golden Rule.

February 9, 2014
The Way of the Kingdom is asking - not demanding, not insisting, not "shoving it down our listener's throat."  But asking!  This is how God works with us; and how He has called us to work with others; this is the way of Love!  It's also how God invites us to approach Him:  not storming the throne; but sitting in His lap, making our requests known.

February 2, 2014
We are so quick to want to help, so quick to have the answer, so quick to prescribe the cure.  And yet too often, in our quickness, we don't take time to listen, or perhaps even to love.  Care must be given in how we share our pearls of wisdom, lest they be seen as a weapon rather than the treasure they may be.

January 26, 2014
Things are not always what they seem and our eyes can easily deceive us.  For this reason, the God who sees everything clearly - indeed the only One who sees everything clearly says:  "Judge Not."  He says this because what we often pass off as judgment, is nothing more than contempt for others.

January 19, 2014
SHIFT: His Eye is On the Sparrow
Worry is not only bad for your health and well-being; Jesus calls it a sin!  Life is too wonderful a gift and our God to kind a Father for us to waste our time with anxiety.  Therefore, Jesus says, do not worry! [The recording of this message failed; please click here for a transcript]

January 12, 2014
To treasure is to be human; we all have treasures! The question Jesus asks is:  What are you treasuring?  This is a key question because what you treasure shapes who you are and how you think.  It also determines whether your's will be a life of purpose or mere survival.

January 5, 2014
Jesus' words regarding fasting in Matthew chapter six run much deeper than the act itself; they cut to the core of how we are to deny ourselves and render service to our King.  Our Lord's key message is found in the admonition to "put oil on your head and wash your face."  The message?  Kingdom service is not a duty to be endured but a joyful journey to be celebrated!




December 29, 2013
Pastor Dave introduces our theme for the upcoming year




December 22, 2013
Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, was a survivor!  An old woman, with no child to call her own, she models for us what it means to remain steadfast even when life isn't everything we had hoped it was going to be.

December 8, 2013
The Three Wise Men get all the billing, but just as important in the Christmas Narrative, are the lives and lessons of the Three Wise Women: Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna.  Beginning with Mary, we see a woman whose greatest strength was not what she had, but what she had let go of - something we do will to follow in, if we want to be completely surrendered to God.




November 24, 2013
The Lord's Prayer is not a formula or step by step guide for prayer.  It is instead, Jesus' description of what fellowship with God looks like -  the essential conditions for communion with God.  While the familiar words can easily become ritual; they can also cause us to ask:  Am I praying well?  Am I praying in a way that aligns me with the Father? Am I praying in a way that places His concerns above my own?  These are questions worth asking!

November 17, 2013
When YOU pray, Jesus says, pray in the right spirit; pray in the right place; pray in the right way.  How we attend to these three things are what make prayer either drudgery or delight.

November 10, 2013
Jesus has some specific words for us regarding how we do our acts of righteousness - how we relate to others, how we relate to God, and how we relate to ourselves.  These words begin, with a word of caution:  Be Careful!

November 3, 2013
Jesus' words are hard to misunderstand:  "Love Your Enemies."  While we struggle with this and can come up with all the reasons why we cannot do it, Jesus gives us some reasons why we can - some reasons to Love!

October 20, 2013
The words we speak matter - and not just the words we speak to God but the words we speak to one another.  God's desire is that we would speak words confirmed by our character, not simply words embellished with strong or sacred sounding language. *No recording available, click title for notes

October 13, 2013
The issue of divorce certainly isn't anything new.  And yet, it remains one of the most difficult and divisive issues human being have to deal with.  In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus brings a liberating clarity however by turning the focus away from the act, and on to the people affected by the act.  In doing this He reminds us:  Yes, God hates divorce...  but there is Hope for those affected by it!

September 22, 2013
If you and I are not very careful, we can begin to feel pretty smug about ourselves.  We can begin to believe that God is fortunate to have such a loyal subject.  And that those without God are so lost and vile that they've ceased to be of value.  That’s because it’s always easier to see the problem as the other guy and not ourselves.  Yet often, the problem is indeed - us! *No recording available, click title for notes

September 29, 2013
We focus much time and attention to what we can easily observe: the unkind act, the snide comment, the unhealthy pursuit – and these things are important; we know and are known by our fruit! But it’s what we cannot see that is often even more important!  As we continue our exploration of the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord wants to remind us again that it’s what’s inside that counts! *No recording available, click title for notes

September 15, 2013
When Jesus comes, He comes to give full meaning to the laws the govern us and the lives that define us.  Any notion that He is merely a continuation of the status quo must be disposed of - for Jesus is about nothing less than transformation!  

September 8, 2013
In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus tells those who are in Christ who they ARE! And who they ARE is Salt; who they are is Light.  If we will BE who God has created and called us to be, without diluting or disguising it, we will alter and transform everything around us!

September 1, 2013
For the Christian, persecution comes with the territory!  Not a persecution we bring our ourselves from being difficult or demanding, but a persecution that comes simply by being different.  How we chose to respond to that persecution is what determines whether it's fruitful or not.  Jesus says if we rejoice - having the greater picture in view - it is blessed!

August 25, 2013
Peacemakers need all the help they can get!  At best they are considered naive and out of touch with the world, at worst: disloyal and cowardly. Yet those who would pursue peace are some of the bravest souls on earth - not to mention blessed by Jesus!  Blessed are those who strive to live at peace with all; they reflect the character and heart of their Father!

August 18, 2013
When we come to the beatitude which speaks of purity of heart, we are immediately confronted with the basic human condition:  we are NOT pure in heart, nor can we ever be by our own devices.  This is intentional, for God wants us to see again that - without Him, we can do nothing!

August 4, 2013
Mercy isn't natural; it's not something any of us is born with.  It can only be obtained from God!  Nor is mercy simply given because we need it. Mercy is given that we might in turn give it to others just as undeserving as we are.  It's why Jesus says: "Blessed are the merciful." - those FULL of mercy!

July 28, 2013
Hunger and thirst are vital for life; hunger and thirst are good!  Hunger and thirst for the right things in the right way is even better.  God blesses holy, channeled desire for Him!  So taste and see that the Lord is good!

July 21, 2013
True happiness isn't found in getting everything we want; it's found in the places humility and meekness take us, places where we're able to identify with the One who came to live before us the life we are meant to live before God and man.  Blessed are the Meek! 

July 14, 2013
Jesus' word of blessing to those who mourn is a word of blessing to those who will dare grieve their sins and the sins of others.  It is the acknowledgement that one never enters into the Joy of the Lord until one has been to the place of lament.  It is an invitation to allow my heart to beat with my God's Heart!

July 7, 2013
In laying out the eight beatitudes or blessings which begin the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with poverty of spirit.  He begins with this because this is where each of us must begin - with a recognition that we come to Christ with nothing to offer, nothing with which to barter.  We are simply undone, unclean, and unworthy.  Only when we know this, are we ready to accept and receive His Kingdom!

June 30, 2013
Jesus' Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5, 6, and 7 is the heart of what Jesus taught and practiced.  It is also the definitive description of what those who follow Him should look like, act like, think about, and care about.



June 23, 2013
The book of Jeremiah does not end with a happy ending; but it does end with a hopeful one - one that reminds us never to say "never" to God!




June 16, 2013, Father's Day
Archippus was a man mentioned by the Apostle Paul in passing - and yet the words Paul spoke, speak to this day:  "See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord."  Every person has been designed with a divine purpose, work God has prepared in advance for them to do. God speaks a word of encouragement through this short admonition:  "Finish the task!"




June 9, 2013
Babylon, those ideas and attitudes that characterize Man's Thinking will not endure.  They will not endure for the simple reason that they are not the Kingdom of God!  The call of God to "flee Babylon" is to resist her charms and renounce her violence, and to clearly see the distinction between the Kingdom of Babel and the Kingdom that is Blessed.

***Please turn your PC volume up; this sermon and the previous one recorded at a lower level.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to correct the issue.***

June 2, 2013
For better or worse, we live in the world - what the Bible often describes as Babylon.  God's Word declares that Babylon will one day fall.  All the ideas, wisdom, and systems of Man will be replaced by the Kingdom of Heaven.  But we don't have to wait for that day.  When we choose to exhibit God's values today, the grip of Babylon begins to be loosened in our lives and in the world.




May 19, 2013, Pentecost Sunday
When the Apostle Paul speaks of being filled with the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18, he is speaking to us about the Fellowship or Communion of the Spirit - a communion that has as its initial evidence speaking in another tongue.  But there is also an enduring evidence of being filled with the spirit, the evidence of transformation - an evidence that affects how we live and relate to others.



May 12, 2013, Mother's Day
We know very little about this lady mentioned in Romans 16:1, 2 - and no where else!  But what we do know is what matters!  Phoebe was a servant and a giver.  Everyone who would aspire to follow Jesus would do well to follow this extraordinarily ordinary woman's example!




May 5, 2013
Every person has cups they have to drink, those difficulties in life that cannot be escaped.  Chief among these is the cup we all deserve for our sin against God and others - a cup God's Word calls death.  However, if we'll receive it, Jesus will drink that cup in our place, enabling us to follow in His footsteps and to drink the cup of His plans and purposes for our lives instead!

April 28, 2013
Pride is perhaps the most pervasive yet least preached against sin we can possess.  That's because pride isn't easy to pinpoint - at least in ourselves!  We can spot it in others, and often say so; but in Jeremiah 49, God spots it in Moab (and by extension, in us), and says so!  Thankfully, that's not the end.  For those who will humble themselves, God promises restoration.

April 21, 2013
We have all become frustrated and angry by enemies, those who seem to have no grace or mercy towards us.  But what happens when an enemy gets what they deserve, when they face punishment or misfortune?  How do we respond?  How should we respond?  Jeremiah teaches an important lesson about loving enemies when they get what they've got coming.

April 14, 2013
Jeremiah 46 has to do with the defeat of the Egyptians at the Battle of Carchemish in 605BC.  But more than that, it has to do with something we have in common with these Egyptians, an incurable disease, the very human impulse to solve our own problems, make our own way, and claw and fight to affect the outcome.  But in the end, the day belongs to the Lord!

April 7, 2013
We are easily enamored with great things and dream of doing big things either for God our ourselves.  But the greatest thing a person can do - is the small thing God has called him to do!  To do that and to do it faithfully; that is greatness!




March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday
The message of Easter is beautiful:  Hope, New Life, Resurrection.  But a beautiful message demands a beautiful messenger!  God pronounces a blessing on those who believe enough to go and tell in a beautiful way.




March 24, 2013, Palm Sunday
As the prophet nears the end of his life, Jeremiah finds himself living among a people who have stopped believing.  True to his calling, he warns them - and us - to stay connected, to stay consecrated, and...  to stay convinced!  If we do not, when the shouting of Palm Sunday is over, and the gloom of Good Friday descends, we won't be ready for Resurrection Day!

March 17, 2013
We often give lip service to the fact that God's ways are not our ways and the truth that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.  But God is looking for more than just our words; He's looking for our obedience - even when it doesn't make sense or align with conventional wisdom.  It may seem risky, but the reality is: there's no safer place on the face of the earth!

March 10, 2013
We can either have the spirit of Ishmael (son of Netheniah), or the Spirit of Christ - a spirit that strives and struggles to get what we want, or a spirit that surrenders and submits that God's desires might be fulfilled.  

March 3, 2013
God can speak to us in an infinite number of ways - including through enemies and critics.  When we close ourselves to this possibility however, we also close ourselves to some specific opportunities and blessing He might be wanting to bring our way...

February 25, 2013
We all face a common destiny.  That destiny is that each of us will one day stand before God to give an account for our lives.  For some it will be a day of grace, for others, a day of horror.  It light of this certain destiny, the Bible asks:  what kind of people ought we to be?

February 17, 2013
Zedekiah and Ebed-Melech were two very different men.  One was a king, the other, his slave.  But more than WHAT they were, WHO they were is what truly separated them.  For one was a man full of fear and cowardize, the other, was one who demonstrated faith and courage [Please Note, the Message begins 17:00 into the recording!].

February 10, 2013
Pastor Dave explores not only the assumptions we make, but alst the assumptions others make of us - and sheds some light on how we can minimize the negative effects of faulty thinking.

February 3, 2013
God has spoken loud and clear through His Word.  A central question, however, is:  How am I responding?  Do I have the courage to consider:
- Am I hearing it?  
- Am I handling it?  
- Am I heeding it?  And, 
- Am I heralding it?  

January 27, 2013
Is there an area of obedience the Lord has been dealing with you about? Then learn a lesson from the Recabites - an odd band of people who had the audacity to obey their Father. [Please note, the quality of this recording is poor; we pray it may still be a blessing in spite of its technical deficiencies.  The Recording begins at around 01:10 on the counter]

January 20, 2013
When we forgive someone a debt owed against us, the Gospel Mandate is that we reside in that forgiveness.  Real forgiveness is not forgetting; it is forgiving in spite of the fact we remember.  It's also forgiving for good - refusing to enslave people again after we have set them free.

January 13, 2013
Jeremiah 33:1 says: "While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him."  What that simple statement tells us is that God meets us where we ARE!  What's more, God is not confined by what confines us, indeed, we are often able to see and hear God more clearly... in our low spots.

January 6, 2013
Jeremiah's life was far from easy; he faced the same questions and perplexities we do - if not more!  So when God asked him to do the improbable, if not illogical, he had the same reservations as we do. Jeremiah, though, made some key decisions that enabled him to obey even when it didn't make sense. That's good news for us when we encounter our own seemingly impossible situations!




December 30, 2012
The City is often seen as a dangerous place - a place to try to escape.  And yet, cities are where people live, people who need the living embodiment of Jesus Christ in their midst.  While many churches have fled the city, our calling is to remain and to seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which the Lord has carried us.



December 23, 2012
The Reasons we have to rejoice in the Christ of Christmas fairly leap off the page as one reads Isaiah 9:6, 7.  We rejoice in His reign - that He is on the throne.  We rejoice in His righteousness - that He does all things well.  And, we rejoice in His resolve - that He loved us so much He was willing to go to the furthest extreme, to have us as His own.



December 16, 2012
If the Christmas narrative tells us anything, it tells us that God always performs His purposes.  More than that, He always does it in the right way, in the right time, and in the right place.  Rest in God today, He always comes through!

December 9, 2012
God takes care of His promises by supplying the needed resources and speaking in a way we can understand - that's His part.  Our part is to join the legacy of Mary and Joseph, the wise men of Christmas, and countless others - to act when He speaks!

December 2, 2012
It may not always seem like it, but God really does know what He is doing!  The Story of a young couple and their simple obedience reminds us that God always prepares for His plans to succeed.




November 18, 2012
The Biggest lie of exile is that "it's all over; there's no way back; you've gone to far."  In the midst of our pain and confusion however, God calls us to look up - to see again the points of reference that can lead us out, and back to Him!

November 4, 2012
Jeremiah 30 hits us hard:  No Healing, No Advocate, No Remedy, No Hope!  It's enough to make you throw up your arms in surrender - And that's the point!  Without God, we are without hope.  It's into this reality that He speaks words of encouragement - words that can enable us to cling tenaciously to Him even when all seems lost.

October 28, 2012
Everyone goes through times of exile - those times where we wander... and wonder.  But exile is not about God destroying us; it's about God rebuilding us, and helping us see again how very much we need Him!  If we will follow the practices laid out for the exiles of Jeremiah's day, we too can thrive - even in exile!




October 14, 2012
Reaching our community is about helping people find their way home - this is the Gospel!  But we will never reach our community with the MESSAGE of Christ until we love our community in the MANNER of Christ!




October 7, 2012
The Decision to follow Christ's designs for your life is important - and so is the destination, that place God is taking you.  But just as important is everything in between, what we're becoming as we bear the yoke we've been given.  Are you sticking with the yoke?

September 30, 2012
Every believer in Jesus is given a yoke - the burden of God's design for his or her life.  We can either fight that current or embrace it, but we cannot ignore it!  The good news is that Jesus says his yoke is easy and His burden is light!  Will we accept the yoke He's asking us to wear?

September 23, 2012
We need to get rid of a lot of things...  But there is one thing we dare not throw away:  Our Christianity! Especially in those moments we're attacked.  If we will our confidence, convictions, composure, and character, God will make us shine brightly in the midst of darkness.




September 16, 2012
What is it that God really wants people to know?  What are the One or two - or three things that God would say to us that we desperately need to hear - that can enable us to discover the life we were meant to live?




September 9, 2012
God is Speaking - Question is:  Are we listening?  We can save ourselves untold grief, if we will take the simple step of taking the time to hear what God is saying to us.




September 2, 2012
Pastor Don Gifford, Indiana Assemblies of God District Superintendent, shares a message on the imperatives of remembering God's Presence, Power, and Purity.  [Please Note, there is silence from 17:00-19:30 on the recording.  Pastor Don's message begins at 19:30]




August 26, 2012
In Jeremiah 24, the prophet has a vision of two baskets of fruit: One good, the other bad.  Both baskets represented God's wayward people; both had ignored God's warnings and violated His commands.  The difference was in their response to God's discipline!  How we respond to God's corrective actions remains the difference for each of us today!




August 19, 2012
Being Connected to Christ is not just about us; it's about us bringing others along to discover Christ themselves.  It's also about us being true to the task of engaging others with the message of new life in Christ.  The good news is that all of us can do this.  It doesn't take special training or giftedness; it takes a willingness to engage strangers to God's Grace!



August 5, 2012
As we look at the world around us we can either be angry and cynical or, with God's help, be hopeful and optimistic.  How we view God and His world will dictate how we respond to those who are still enslaved to the hollowness of sin.

July 29, 2012
It's not enough just to rid our lives of those things that hold us back - pride, prejudice, and presumption.  We must also replace them with something!  That something is The Jesus Way: living up to my claims and living out Christ's claims.

July 15, 2012
We like to clasify our sins from worst to least offensive.  But in doing so, we often fail to see what Jesus called the "weightier matters of the law" - those things that if neglected, can prevent our prayers from being answered the way we hope them to be.  Fortunately, God graciously puts before us a choice.  He leaves it to each of us to decide.

July 8, 2012
Bad days are inevitable, but they don't have to be intolerable!  Jeremiah gives four ways to face them:  Be Honest; Be Assured; Be Glad; and Beware!

July 1, 2012
When a person encounters God through Christ there is always one of two reactions.  That person will either be broken - brought to a place of repentance and renewal, or crushed - shattered under the weight of God's justice.  The good news is that none of us need be devastated; the Bible tells of One who was crushed for our sins, taking our punishment as His own.

June 24, 2012
There is no such thing as private property in the Kingdom of God; we belong to Him.  When we do resist, God responds with a Truth, a Promise, and, if necessary, a Warning that we might turn and reform our ways.




June 17, 2012
In 2 Timothy 2:1-6, the Bible describes the Reliable Man.  This faithful man is a man of integrity, a man of industry, and a man of intent - and is worthy of our respect and emulation not just on Father's Day, but all year long.




June 10, 2012
It's pretty simple, we can either trust God or Trust ourselves; we can enjoy fruitfulness or frustration, endure a life cursed by our humanity or one blessed by God's favor.  The path of blessing is found by those who continually come to the Living Water which is Christ!

June 3, 2012
Sometimes God asks us to do hard things.  When (not if) that happens, there are some basic truths we can remember that will help us obey even when it's difficult.





May 27, 2012
Pentecost Sunday 2012 / The Holy Spirit helps us proclaim; the Holy Spirit helps us pray.  Because of this, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not an option or luxury!  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call. (Acts 2:39).




May 20, 2012
God has been faithful to give us a clear and compelling vision; that doesn't, however, mean it's easy.  Often, we have to wrestle with what God has asked us to do.  Like nearly every great man and woman of the faith, we are made better by the struggle!



May 13, 2012
Giving Honor to others isn't an option, it's a command.  What's more, honor is not reserved just for the few who deserve it.  The Gospels call us to give honor even to the dishonorable and ungracious.  The reason is simple:  In doing so, we honor our Father who is in heaven and make his name great on the earth!




May 6, 2012
Like falling from the monkey bars, sometimes the disappointment of unanswered prayer takes our breath away!  God doesn't always give us what we want, but He always answers in a way that ultimately brings deliverance.  To see that, we must put ourselves in a position to receive.

April 29, 2012
Everyone goes through times of drought; no one is immune. But that certainty is only one of the things we can know for sure in the middle of a desert place. The weeping prophet gives us several others that if understood, can help us get to the other side of the wilderness - and see that God has a purpose even in the barren seasons of life.

April 22, 2012
In Jeremiah 14 God tells Jeremiah to go by a new belt.  In this Old Testament, God reminds us that pride leads to ruin and that the way back is paved with listening, humility, and the true worship of the Lord.

April 15, 2012
We don't have to be defeated by the forces that press in all around us; circumstances need not get the best of us.  In Jeremiah twelve, God gives four restoration promises for those who will receive and walk in them.

April 1, 2012
When Jesus rode slowly into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday it wasn't for show or ceremony; it was to make a declaration: A declaration of what God is like, a declaration of what God was going to accomplish, and a declaration of invitation.

March 25, 2012
We all have adversaries - those people who want to get into our heads. But God gives us a way to deal with these "Headhunters - it's the way of the Lamb!

March 18, 2012
Those who are in Christ are on a Journey; earth is not our home.  As we move through this life we can simply travel, or we can travel well!  To travel well, Jeremiah gives us some Time Tested Travel Tips:  Travel Wisely, Travel On, and Travel Light! Are you making the most of the trip?

March 11, 2012
We have many things we can boast about: how wise, how strong, how rich.  But in the end, all of those things are meaningless; because in the end, the only thing that matters is what we do for God!  It's what Jeremiah was getting at when he said, "let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me."

March 4, 2012
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, didn't get it.  How could people see the coming storm rolling in and do nothing?  Indeed all Jeremiah could do was ask questions.  Those questions, however, are instructive; they tell us today what NOT to do when facing our disaster.

February 26, 2012
It's easy to think of obedience to God only in negative terms: the bad things that will happen if I don't do what God says.  But the Way of Blessing is the positive outcome of hearing and responding to God's Word - the benefits of obedience.

February 19, 2012
We all face crossroads in our lives - those points of decision where a choice must be made. Thankfully, the answer to every decision we are called to make lies before us in the Word of God.  The Bible is an endless reservoir of insight and guidance; but we have to draw from it!

February 12, 2012
We all have "spots" - those areas of our lives that need to be completely surrendered to God.  The first step to tackling those spots is owning them: admitting we've got them and deciding to deal with them.  That happens when we stop pointing the finger of blame at others and start examining ourselves.

February 5, 2012
All around us, people our living in spiritual darkness.  God calls us to care about our neighbors and to have a heart for the hurting - to faithfully share with them the way of rescue Christ made through the cross.

January 29, 2012
God has not moved!  He stands ready to forgive you, love you, and embrace you.  Don't allow clutter, pride, shame, or apathy to keep you away!  Take a step toward God; He will receive You!

January 22, 2012
Recovering Passion for Christ isn't merely about our well-being, it's about our well-doing.  Everything significant we do in Christ's service stems from the state of our first love for Christ.  In short, it is the fruit of our devotion.

January 15, 2012
Pastor Dave begins a new series exploring the timeless lessons of the book of Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet.