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Love and the Universe
July 15, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 4:12; Colossians 1:16
Does God exist? Is God out there? In the Universe? This week Pastor Phil brings us a lesson from the depths of space! We did not make all of this and though scientist may profess their atheism or agnosticism they still must confront our smallness in this universe. What if all that has been created, all that exists, all the vastness, is an expression of love? Please join us in listening to our weekly podcast...
Your Prayers Are Not in Vain
July 08, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Revelation 8: 3-4
Why pray? In our modern lives, it's easy to feel too busy to pray, and sometimes it can feel like we aren't being heard. Does God listen to our prayers? Today, Pastor Phil Schaefer declares "Your Prayers Are Not in Vain." You were created to pray. Jesus wants to know us personally and intimately, and prayer causes us to lean into Him. We can cast all of our cares and even joys before Him. Yet, our prayers, in truth, are a sign that God is holding onto us. That the LORD of all hears us. Prayer comes out of admitting our need for God. It's talking about our needs with Jesus, and He will prove himself faithful. Still not sure about prayer? Watch or listen to Pastor Phil teach on talking to God.  
Your Reaching Out Is Not in Vain
July 01, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Acts 8:3-4
Is reaching out to others worth it? It can be a little embarrassing sometimes, and it can also seem unimportant or insignificant. Pastor Phil Schaefer shares stories of how reaching out to others can change people's lives. When we share point people to Jesus, we bring them before heaven, and when we pray for them, we bring them before God. Though our church isn't more important than other churches, we should want to invite others to our church. We should want people to discover the hope we've found, and we should be excited for them to join a Jesus centered community. We need to continue to invite people, tell them we believe in Jesus, tell them there is more to life than this. If we don't as the Church (as in all of Christianity), who will?
Our Faith is Not in Vain
June 24, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
In today's message from Pastor Phil, he discusses Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. Your faith is in something outside of you. Paul reinforces that through Christs' resurrection our belief is not in vain. Christ has been raised from the dead. An event that occurred outside of our control. It is true whether we believe it or not. It is not our own faith that we trust. It is the faithfulness of the Lord Himself. Christ has defeated death. Death is not the end. Death does not have the last word. Jesus Christ who conquered death has the last word. Jesus died for your sins. Do you know this?
Ruth - The Power of a Righteous Person
June 17, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Ruth 2: 4-5
Today on Fathers' Day, we turn to the story of Ruth; a story that has lots to say about the #MeToo movement. Though this book of the Bible is sometimes referenced on Mother's Day, it has huge meaning for us today on Fathers' Day. As fathers, husbands, sons or even mothers, wives, daughters, anyone and everyone, the #MeToo movement matters. There is a difference between power and strength. People can be strong in character and resolve who are not in positions of power. Likewise, there are those who are powerful who are weak in how they use their power whether influence, money or talents. Watch or listen as Pastor Phil teaches on how the church should relate to strength and power.
What Can Take Away My Sin
June 10, 2018 - Clay Spencer
Luke 12:32
If you have been exposed to the news cycle at all lately you know that the CDC has reported that Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of the states between 1999 and 2016. More than traffic accidents, more than the opioid epidemic. Twice as many self-murders than murders. For these people, their greatest enemy was not someone else, but themselves. In this Sunday's sermon, Pastor Clay shares with us the story of Judas Iscariot. One example of suicide in the gospel. What if Judas had tried to get a glimpse of Him somewhere in there. Just make eye contact with Him. Wouldn’t Jesus have seen the pain in Judas’ face? What could have been communicated in just one look? How different things might have been. But could any of us believe, that if we were Judas, we could be forgiven by Jesus? Listen as Pastor Clay discusses the very important topics of Dispair and Depression and how Jesus is there for us in those dark times.
Job's Suffering, Job's Questions, and Job's God (Part 2)
June 03, 2018 - Donnie Berry
Job 38-42
Have you ever wanted to be God for a day? Even if your answer is, no, many of us must admit that we have imagined how we would run the world if we could. That's where Pastor Donnie starts in the Book of Job this week. After all his suffering, Job has called out God, and he has demanded an answer for all his suffering. He wants to know why it seems that God has forgotten him. Amazingly, God answers, but God's answer is staggering. Instead of answers to Job's questions, God gives Job new questions. Questions that reveal how small Job and the rest of mankind are. Where does that leave us after God's "sarcastic" response? The same place that it left Job; we can trust God. If the LORD can tame the leviathan, call forth lightning, summon waves, raise the foundations of the earth, we can trust that He knows what is best.  Even more, the cross shows that God is good in the middle of our suffering and pain. He has promised us good through his own humiliating death on a cross, and that all will be made right, even the bad and evil things. Watch or listen for more about this God.
Job’s Suffering, Job’s Questions, and Job’s God - Part 1
May 27, 2018 - Donnie Berry
Job 1; Job 2
This week Donnie begins a 2-week mini-series on the book of Job. Job is a story about suffering, about the questions our suffering raises, and about our response to God in the midst of suffering. Suffering is one of the most unavoidable aspects of life. Live long enough, and you will suffer. Your heart will break. In big ways and small ways. And Suffering is one of the most puzzling aspects of life. It raises all kinds of questions for us—questions about ourselves, questions about the world, questions about God and his goodness and his justice. Suffering can be absolutely disorienting. It can leave us shaken to the core. Like it did Job. Instead of explaining our suffering our God shares it.
Pentecost Sunday: The Holy Spirit Is God's Agency Among US
May 20, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Acts 2: 15-18
On Sunday, May 20th, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. Watch or listen as Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches on how the Holy Spirit working within us today. From Acts 2: 15-18, we read the early church's first encounter with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and yet, the modern church often pushes back against being anointed in the Spirit today. The Holy Spirit is God's agent of activity now. The Spirit is the experienced and empowering return of God's own personal presence in us and among us; the Holy Spirit Life is the goal. On top of that, the spirit is what knits us into the church as brothers and sisters. The Spirit brings heaven to earth. These are a lot of heady statements, but they mean something for us. Watch or listen to hear what this looks like in our everyday.
Lydia and the Spread of the Gospel
May 13, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Act 16:6-15
Today we learn about Lydia, a woman who influenced Paul and was the genesis of the church at Philippi. Pastor Phil gives his Mother's Day teaching on the how the Holy Spirit led Paul to a group of women to help spread the Gospel.