Sermons on Faith

The Pause in Heaven

In the final message in the Pause series, Pastor Gary Webber explores the meaning of the 30 minutes of silence John witnessed in Revelation and how that short pause reminds us that God is patiently waiting for us. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,  and crying out with a loud…

Building An Enduring Church

The strength of our faith is not determined by how we respond to the victories and successes in life.  Faith can only be made stronger through trials and hardships.  To have an enduring, resilient faith means having a faith that is tested.  What is true for individuals is also true for any church.  An enduring church is a church that has been tested.  Join us for a message exploring how God is using COVID-19 to stretch and strengthen the faith…

Letting Go

Letting go is hard. When Mary first realized that Jesus was alive, she wanted to grab hold of Him and never let Him go. Jesus, however, told Mary that she couldn’t hold on. She had to let go. Jesus wasn’t going to stay, and things could never go back to the way they were before. We often try to cling to the past when God is inviting us into His presence. A presence that will lead us to a future…

The Day Religion Died

In this, the final installment of Losing My Religion, we also consider how religion led to Jesus’ crucifixion and how His death on the cross marks the day religion died. Pastor Gary will discuss the surprising similarities between religion and secular humanism and how both fall short of their promises to bring us peace. “The most striking, resented, and dangerous of Jesus’ activities was his opposition to religion as that was understood in his time. This is what led to…

Unlimited

When we think about boundaries it is easy to think only about those boundaries God has set for us, but it is also important to consider how God Himself has chosen to work and relate to us within certain boundaries. Why would an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God restrict Himself to the boundaries of time, space, temptation, and suffering? Join us for the conclusion of the Boundaries series to learn the answer and to discover the secret to living the unlimited…

The Prison of Pain

There has never been a society more averse to suffering than ours. We have perfected the art of reducing, eliminating, medicating – and if all else fails – hiding pain and suffering. But pain and suffering are an inescapable part of the human condition. The question is, to what end? Do the boundaries created by our frail bodies and the pain and suffering we endure in this life tell us anything about God? Join us for the next installment of…

Sex and Marriage

Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s, it might appear as if our society has become more and more sexually promiscuous. In reality, however, we’ve probably just become more open about the promiscuity that has always existed. The early church faced a culture that had very destructive beliefs and practices related to human sexuality. One of the things that set early Christians apart was their understanding of the beauty and sacredness of human sexuality as designed by God.…

Temptation

You may not consider temptation to be a boundary God uses to direct your path, but throughout history, great people of faith have struggled with all kinds of temptations. Some successfully resisted, and others gave in, but all came to understand that the temptations they faced were boundaries marking out God’s place of protection and provision. Even Jesus faced intense temptation as He began His public ministry. In part six of Boundaries, we will consider the temptations Jesus faced and…

Credit Limits

Money is perhaps the most recognizable of all boundaries. Most of us have been in a situation where we have felt the constraints of not having enough money to do what we wanted or even needed to do. The Bible has a lot to say about money and how we use it – not because God needs our money – but because money and how we think about it is so deeply connected to our spiritual well-being. Join us for…

Making Time with Jesus

Have you ever wished for more time? Maybe it was so you could meet a deadline, or for a vacation to last a little longer. We have all felt like we are running out of time. In fact, the Bible tells us that our days are numbered! Time is an immovable boundary that forces us to make choices with what we will do with the limited time we have. “In the fullness of time,” the Bible says, Jesus entered into…

Fences, Neighbors, and Good Samaritans

The relationships we value create boundaries in our lives. A commitment to our spouse, our responsibilities to our children or parents, and the needs of friends all create certain limitations in our lives. These relational boundaries can be very difficult to identify and are frequently crossed. This creates relational conflict that impacts our lives in significant ways. Join us for part three of boundaries where we will look at four stories from the Bible the illustrate appropriate relational boundaries and…

Laying Down the Law

God’s perfect creation was a wide-open space with only one boundary marker. But because man chose to cross the only line God said not to cross, the human race has been imprisoned by the consequences of sin ever since. What began as one simple law forbidding Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of a particular tree became a law so burdensome that there was no hope of fulfilling it. Join us for part two of Boundaries where we will…