In his back-to-basics sermon for the first Sunday after Christmas, Pr.
Breidenbach reminds us that even the most attentive and faith-filled Christian
still needs the constant fellowship of worship and dwelling on God?s Word to
be reminded of what a life lived in Christ is supposed to look like. Enjoy the
simplicity and encouragement in pursuing the virtues of Christian living.
In his Christmas message, Senior Pastor Bruce Wilder reminds us of the wood that was used for our Lord’s first crib…and the wood that would be used for his cross when He died for the sins of all people. Our Lord began his earthly ministry “against the grain” as He was placed in the manger by Mary. He completed His earthly ministry when He was nailed “against the grain” on the cross.
In this sermon, Pr. Breidenbach explores the unwavering faith of Mary and
Joseph despite extremely challenging circumstances and helps us to find our
own confidence in these troubling times through the wisdom found in the Law of
the Tithe, according to Deuteronomy 12 and 14. A truly different take on a
Christmas Eve sermon that will inspire and encourage you to celebrate your
abundance in Christ.
Dr. Wilder concludes his Advent sermons on the true identity of Jesus with this third message. In Luke’s Gospel, we learn that the suffering experienced by Jesus on the cross did not happen by accident. This was God’s plan of salvation for us all along. As the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus wants to know what we believe about him on a personal basis. He asked this of the disciples and the same is true for each of us!
Dr. Wilder preaches on the third chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus is baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist. We learn more about the identity of Jesus through this baptism and what God has to say about his beloved Son in whom he is well pleased. By learning more about Jesus, we learn more about ourselves as the ones for whom he willingly suffered and died!
With this message Dr. Wilder concludes his three part series on God and money. Jesus speaks to us in these verses about the reality of death, the existence of both heaven and hell, and the freedom God gives us to love Him or reject Him. The rich man was sent to Hades because he would not listen to God through the witness of Moses and the prophets. Are you listening to God? Do you love Him above all other things?
Dr. Wilder continues his series of messages on God, money and Christian stewardship. In this text, a rich man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus has a specific answer for him because He saw into the man’s heart. What does Jesus see when he looks into your heart? Who…or what…do you love most of all?
Millions of Christians have been taught and are teaching about a theory called the Rapture and hold
to a theology that embraces the Left Behind series of an end times apocalypse.
Pr. Breidenbach asserts this is not what the Scriptures hold for us and that it does not teach
the joy and freedom in Christ that God intends for every one of his children on earth to have today.
Dr. Bruce Wilder preaches on this Gospel reading in which Jesus teaches us that no one can serve two masters. Everyone serves someone or something. Unless you serve the living Lord, then you are not yet living or walking in the light. When you do serve the Lord first and foremost, then all the others duties and responsibilities that are part of life on this earth fall into their proper place.
In these three wonderful lessons we are given a vision of God's eternity, planned for and promised to his people. All of the lessons have been a comfort through the centuries, especially for those who grieve. And so they have frequently been used at Christian funerals. But these lessons, with the vision they offer, also grow hope in the human heart. Pastor Easton, in this sermon, explores the Christian virtue of hope and it power to transform.
Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44