Weekly Encouragement

Every week, a member of our pastoral staff takes a minute to give the core message from the past Sunday's sermon. These videos come out every Tuesday and are a great way to dip your toes into some theological questions.

Do you feel like a loser?

By Vicar Phil Valdez | June 11, 2024

Psalm 130: 3+4 “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,    Lord, who could stand?But with you there is forgiveness,    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.” If you’ve ever felt like a loser, you’re not alone. Many people feel a sense of worthlessness and disappointment with themselves for a variety of reasons. On some level, we…

Do I really need to go to church?

By Pastor Tom Kock | June 4, 2024

Deuteronomy 5:12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you.” Out of all of God’s 10 commandments, this one receives more commentary and explanation than any of the others. God really wants us to pay attention to it and understand it well. To observe the Sabbath and keep it…

What do we need to know about God?

By Assistant Pastor Damion Glisper | May 28, 2024

 The concept of the Trinity is something that we will never fully understand as human beings. The truth is, we don’t have to be able to understand the complexity of the trinity because our holy and triune God has given us everything we need to know about him in word.    In His word, he has…

How can we know for sure?

By Pastor Tom Kock | May 21, 2024

Acts 2:23+24a “[Jesus] was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead,…” How can we know that Jesus really rose? One proof is the way the disciples acted after…

Do you feel blessed right now?

By Vicar Phil Valdez | May 14, 2024

Acts 1:9 “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” Do you ever feel like you’re alone? That no one is on your side? Regardless of how we feel, Jesus is with us and blessing us. Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus promised…

Do you feel worthless?

By Pastor Tom Kock | May 7, 2024

1 John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” “What’s it worth?” Something’s value is always determined by what someone is willing to pay for it, right? If you’re doing a yard sale, and you put a price tag…

Who cares about a seed?

By Pastor Tom Kock | April 30, 2024

Mark 4:26+27 “He also said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.’” When a farmer plants a seed, it eventually grows and transforms into something much greater than…

Would you call this beautiful?

By Vicar Phil Valdez | April 23, 2024

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  What would you consider “beautiful?” Maybe a painting, your family, or nature? But what about a shepherd? Do you think shepherds are beautiful? I think most people would say, “No.”  And do you know what else isn’t beautiful?…

Are you sick of the darkness?

By Pastor Tom Kock | April 16, 2024

1 John 2:1 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” I’ve never really needed a lawyer to plead my case. I can imagine that if I were in some sort of difficulty,…