Sermon Podcasts

  • Worry and Idolatry (Matthew 6:25-34)

    Are you a worrier?  Most of us know the Bible says not to worry, but many of us do it anyway, at least occasionally.  Pastor Jim takes us on an in-depth explanation of worry, examining how it is offensive to God because it is a form of serving two masters, and discussing some strategies for combating worry in your life.       You can listen to the message by using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the ...

  • The Lord's Prayer

    Who taught you how to pray?  As we continue our teaching through the Sermon on the Mount, we come to the passage known as the Lord's Prayer, where for the first time in the Bible, God instructs his people on how to pray.  Every word in this prayer is packed with meaning, and Pastor Jim helps us to get the most out of it.       You can listen to the message by using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the...

  • The Beatitudes, Part 2

    In the second message from the Beatitudes, Pastor Jim explains the middle three: blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, blessed are the merciful, and blessed are the pure in heart.  We see again how Jesus' wisdom is often at odds with earthly wisdom as we examine what it means the blessed life, the happy life, according to God's definition of those terms.       You can listen to the message by using the player below, or you can download the message by clic...

  • The Beatitudes, Part 1

    One interesting thing about Jesus is that he frequently answered questions with questions, rather than simply coming out and telling people what to do or think.  In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), though, Jesus speaks clearly and directly about some of the topics that mattered most to him.  The first section of the Sermon on the Mount, called the Beatitudes, talks about what it means for Christians to live the happy life, the blessed life, according to God's definition of "happy...

  • Silence

    How much time do you spend being deliberately silent before God so he can speak to you?  In this message, Pastor Jim talks about the spiritual discipline of silence, and how it can be good for your soul and for your relationship with God.  You will never see silence the same way again!  (Please note that the first minute or so of this recording is silence - this is part of the message, not an error in the recording or in the player.)       You can listen to the mess...

  • Acts 27 and 28

      In the penultimate message on the book of Acts, Pastor Jim talks about Paul's experience being shipwrecked on Malta and his ultimate arrival in Rome.  God often uses catastrophe, including a shipwreck, to bring about his purposes, and Paul's arrival on Malta leads to the natives being brought to saving faith in Jesus.  God can even use the shipwrecks in your life for your good and for his glory.     You can listen to the message using the player below, or you can downl...

  • Acts 25 and 26 - Paul's Defense Before Felix

    What would you say if you were called into court and accused of being a Christian?  In Acts 25-26, we see Paul making his defense before the Roman governor Felix.  Pastor Jim shows us how we can be encouraged by his boldness, and challenges us to live our own lives so on-fire for Jesus that the evidence is undeniable.       You can listen to the message using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the playe...

  • How God Speaks to People

      Pastor Jim delivers an unconventional message, talking about the different ways God speaks to people (audibly, through dreams, through visions, and so on) and asking people in the congregation to share their stories.  Feel free to share your own stories of how God spoke to you by emailing and  God is still speaking today - are you listening?     You can listen to the message using the player below, or download the mes...

  • Acts 20 - Mission Minded

    With everything that goes on in our lives, it's easy to forget that we were put here by God to accomplish a mission.  Pastor Jim teaches through Acts 20, and talks about how to stay focused on your personal mission, as well as the mission that God has given to The Church of Life.     You can listen to the message using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the player.

  • Acts 16 - Where To Go When God Says No

    At the beginning of Acts 16, we see something unexpected: Paul wants to take the gospel to a certain group of people, but God says no.  Has God ever said no to your dreams or plans?  Pastor Jim walks us through how it feels and how to respond when God says no.   You can play the message using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner.

  • Acts 13: A Life of Worship

    Do you want to hear from God more often?  Acts 13 tells us that God spoke to the church in Antioch while they were worshiping him, so if you want to hear from God, the key is to worship more often - in fact, to worship every moment of the day.  But how?

  • Acts 11: Learn the Word

    When Gentiles began to convert to Christianity, many "Judaizers" (also called the "circumcision party") thought that meant the Gentiles had to become observant Jews, get circumcised, and follow the Law.  These assumptions - that only the Jews were going to be God's people forever, and that God's favor could only be gained by following the Law - were clearly rejected in the Old Testament, but the Judaizers missed what Scripture clearly said.  Pastor Jim walks us through how to be mindfu...

  • Parables of Matthew 13

    Parables are stories which seem to be about common life experiences, but which actually reveal a deeper, spiritual reality.  Because the meaning lies somewhere under the surface, and because many of the parables deal with things that we simply don't experience much as 21st-century Christians (mustard plants? oil in our lamps?), we don't always grasp the fullness of what Jesus was teaching.

  • Acts 8: Modern-Day Samaritans

    In ancient Israel, the Samaritans were half-Jew, half-Gentile - half God's people, but half of the world.  Pastor Robert Gordon thoughtfully examines the idea of modern-day Samaritans in the church: people who have all the appearances of Christianity but lack a heart in full submission to God.  Are you a modern-day Samaritan?

  • Acts 7: Amazing Boldness

    As it becomes less and less popular to be a Christian in the United States, the church has more and more of a need for the boldness that characterized the first-century church even in spite of fierce persecution.  Pastor Robert Gordon teaches through Acts 7, looking at the example of the first martyr Stephen and what his courageous witness means for us today.  If you ever feel like you need more boldness for Christ, you will come away encouraged!

  • Acts 6: Your Kingdom Purpose

    Does God have a unique calling or purpose on your life, and how can you find out what it is?  Pastor Jim walks us through Acts 6, showing that the apostles understood their kingdom purpose and giving us some clues for how we can find our own purpose.  Did you know that doing a good thing can be the wrong thing for you if it keeps you from your purpose?

  • Acts 4: Boldness

    Do you ever find it difficult or uncomfortable to stand up for your faith when it's unpopular?  We have it pretty easy here in the United States, when a bit of mocking is generally the worst we have to encounter, so we can learn many lessons from the early church, which often faced persecution and death for their faith in Jesus.  Pastor Jim walks us through Acts 4, teaching how the early church was unafraid to stand for Jesus and showing us how we can have the same courage.

  • Acts 2: The Birth of the Church

    What was so attractive about the early church that thousands of people joined it in a single day?  Pastor Jim continues our series through the book of Acts by talking about the day of Pentecost, Peter's sermon to the crowd, and the way the early church operated.  If you want to know more about why the New Testament church did the things it did, this is the place to go!

  • What Is the Kingdom of God?

    Did you know that Jesus used the word "Kingdom" more than eighty times in the gospels to describe his mission on earth?  What exactly is the Kingdom, and what does it mean for your life and for the way we all do church together?  This message is taught in tag-team, with several different members of The Church of Life each teaching for several minutes on one particular aspect of the Kingdom; you're bound to come away enlightened!

  • New Testament Church, Part 2: What the Church Was

    When we go to church, we're participating in a tradition that began nearly 2,000 years ago in the Middle East.  What did the early church look like; what did they do in their church services, and what did they do outside of church?  Pastor Jim explains the history of the church with an eye toward contemporary application.

  • New Testament Church, Part 1: What the Church Is Not

    As we transition from a "traditional" church to a house church, we're doing a three-week series on what the New Testament church looks like in 21st century America.  Pastor Robert Gordon begins the series by addressing "What the Church Is Not."  Here we are looking at misconceptions about the church that have crept in over the years, and seek to remove the blinders as we refocus on what the church was originally meant to be. You can listen to the message using the player below, or you ...

  • Hebrews 12: Abba Father Loves You

    Our earthly parents disciplined us as best they could, but nobody is perfect.  God's correction, though, is faultless: it's always exactly what we need and exactly the right time.  Pastor Robert teaches through Hebrews 12 and explains how anyone who trusts God can trust his perfect discipline as well, because God's discipline is rooted in his pure and unstoppable love for us.

  • The Art of Suffering

    Suffering is a part of life, yet it is a clue that there is more than just this life.  We're scared of suffering and try to avoid it, yet it brings us closer to God and reminds us of what is truly important.  Pastor Jim walks through these and other paradoxes as he talks about what suffering is, why God sometimes permits and sometimes assigns it, and how to react while we're suffering.

  • Hebrews 11: Amazing Faith

    "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."  Don't you wish you could have great faith like the Bible heroes of old?  Join Pastor Robert as he reminds us that "great faith" doesn't mean being perfect; it just means following God right where you are. You can listen to the message using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the player.

  • Hebrews 10: The Gift of Faith

    What is the antidote to that sin you just can't stop doing?  How is Jesus' high priesthood similar to and different from the Old Testament priesthood?  Join Pastor Jim in a free-flowing walk through Hebrews 10.

  • Hebrews 9: The Heavenly Holy Place

    If God didn't intend for the Old Testament system of priesthood and sacrifices to last forever, why did he bother with it at all?  Like many things in the Bible, its true significance wouldn't be evident until after the arrival of Jesus.  Pastor Jim teaches on this idea of "divine foreshadowing," and encourages us to follow God wherever he leads rather than settling down for what is comfortable and familiar.

  • Hebrews 8: The New Covenant

    One of the ongoing themes of Hebrews is, "What now?"  The Jews of the first century were struggling to understand how Jesus could be the continuation of the Old Testament prophecies, but yet eliminate the law and the system of priests and sacrifices that went along with it.  Pastor Robert takes us through Hebrews 8 in order to compare and contrast the Old Covenant and the New. You can listen to the message using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arr...

  • Hebrews 7: Jesus and Melchizidek

    The mysterious figure of Melchizidek is mentioned once in Genesis and once in Psalms.  Why does the writer of Hebrews consider him to be a forerunner of Jesus?  Join Pastor Robert as he dissects this perplexing passage.

  • Hebrews 6: Eternal Security and Falling Away

    Hebrews 6 refers to Jesus as the "sure and steadfast anchor for our soul," yet the same chapter contains warnings about falling away.  What do we do with this seeming paradox?  Pastor Robert delivers a thoughtful analysis of the controversy surrounding the idea of eternal security.

  • Hebrews 5: Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King

    In the Old Testament, God related to his people through three kinds of intermediaries: the prophets, who received revelation directly from him; the priests, who reached out to God on behalf of the people; and the kings, who ruled over God's people.  Pastor Jim teaches from Hebrews 5 and explains how Jesus was the fulfillment and the culmination of each of those offices.  What does it mean for Jesus to be your prophet, your priest, and your king?

  • Hebrews 4: The Sabbath Rest

    Why don't we celebrate the Sabbath day anymore, the way the Jews used to?  Pastor Jim teaches from Hebrews 4, which says that the Sabbath day of rest was a foreshadowing of the peace and rest that we live in every day as children of God. You can stream the message using the player below, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • Hebrews 3: The Place of Rest

    In one of the most impactful sermons to hit The Church of Life, Pastor Jim talks about finding rest in God.  Jesus called for all who were weary and heavy-laden to come to him so he could give them rest, but many times, we spend our whole Christian life striving and trying to earn God's approval, and our faith ends up being a source of stress rather than a source of peace.  Hebrews 3 talks about how to get back to that place of rest.

  • Hebrews 2: Jesus the High Priest

    Have you ever thought about how it would feel to be a Jewish Christian in the first century?  You grew up under a system of sacrifices, temple worship, eating kosher, obeying the law...and suddenly all that changed.  What do you do now?

  • Hebrews 1: Jesus Above All Else

    "Long ago, many times and in many ways, God spoke to us through the prophets; but now in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son."  So begins the book of Hebrews, one of the most enlightening and most confusing books in the entire Bible.  Pastor Robert leads us through the first chapter of Hebrews, which has the dual task of showing that Jesus is the Old Testament's promised Messiah while also contrasting the old covenant of the law with the new covenant of grace. You can listen...

  • Introduction to Hebrews

    Imagine how it would feel to be an observant Jew of Jesus' day.  All of a sudden the Messiah comes and there is no more animal sacrifice, no more priesthood, no more temple worship, no more eating kosher, no more mandatory circumcision.  Pastor Jim introduces the book of Hebrews and examines the major themes of the book, including that question of "What on earth do we do now?" You can listen to the message using the player below, or download the message by clicking the down-arrow in th...

  • Who Will Stand in the Gap?

    What does it mean to stand in the gap for others?  How can you be a force for good, and for God, every day?  Pastor Richie shows us from Scripture that we are commanded to stand in the gap through prayer and through decisive action for the kingdom.

  • Know Thy Enemy

    Jesus said that anyone who was living for him would have a giant bull's-eye on their forehead, spiritually speaking.  Satan often targets Christians, either through outright attack or simply through discouragement and complacency, to keep us from making a difference for God.  Pastor Robert teaches us about how Satan works, how to identify a spiritual attack, and how to achieve victory through Jesus.

  • Jonah and Jesus

    What do you know about Jonah except for the whole "three days in the belly of the whale" bit?  Pastor Jim takes a look at the book of Jonah, and especially at similarities and differences between the ministry of Jonah and the ministry of Jesus.  One key idea: "God is a God of second chances...sometimes." You can stream the message using the player below, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • Busting Prayer Myths

    Pastor Jim busts a wide variety of common myths about prayer.  Myth #1: There is a certain way you have to pray if you want God to answer you.  Myth #2: A single speck of doubt will block God from answering your prayers.

  • Romans 12

    What is God's will for your life?  How do you find it?  Pastor Jim answers these questions and more in a free-flowing discussion of Romans 12.

  • Let's Talk Worship Music

    When was the last time you heard a message about worship music?  Isn't it strange that we worship with music nearly every time we get together, but we never stop to talk about why we do it, what it means, or what makes a good worship song?  Pastor Jim shares Biblical insights about the distinction between psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and why some songs are appropriate for congregational worship but others are not.

  • Finding and Pursuing Your Calling

    All of us want to change the world for God, but how do we find out what he wants us to do?  Pastor Richie brings a teaching on how to find and pursue your God-given calling. You can stream the message from the player below, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • 2 and 3 John: Living the Truth

    Is it still important to hold on to truth in this day and age where so many people don't even believe that truth exists?  Why can't we all just believe what we want and leave others alone?  Pastor Jim shows that these questions were addressed thousands of years ago in the letters of 2 and 3 John, and gives some practical advice for today.

  • 1 John 5: What You Believe Matters

    How important is it to have good theology and right beliefs about God?  Since Jesus taught that thoughts become words and actions, what goes on in your head is extremely important.  Pastor Jim teaches us from 1 John 5, showing that what we believe matters.

  • 1 John 4:1-7: Does Your Love Stink?

    Does your love stink?  Pastor Richie brings a thought-provoking teaching from 1 John 2, examining the ingredients for true love. You can stream the message from this player, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • 1 John 2: To Love As Christ Loved You

    What does it mean to love one another as Jesus has loved you?  Pastor Jim unpacks this teaching from 1 John chapter 2. You can stream the message by left-clicking on the attachment below, or download it by right-clicking and choosing "Save link as."  

  • 1 John 1: Children of the Light

    What does it truly mean for us to be children of the light?  Pastor Gordon brings a teaching from 1 John about our identity in God. You can stream the message from this player, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • Lead Where You Are

    Are you a leader?  Do you think of yourself as a leader?  It doesn't matter whether you are in a position of leadership.

  • Jehovah Jireh - God Will Provide

    Is God your provider?  Pastor Richie brings a powerful teaching about this particular name of God and what it implies for our everyday lives. You can stream the message using this player, or click on the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • Hard Faith Questions, Part 2

    Pastor Jim takes on some more hard questions about the Bible.  Should it bother us that we can't prove God's existence?  Why are there so many different versions of the Bible?

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