Past Sunday Messages
1 Corinthians

8/27/23 – Pastor Russ preaches on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, to commemorate the service of our youth group during their recent missions trip to New Castle, PA. Pastor Russ explains that the various lists describing spiritual gifts in Scripture are not meant to be taken as an exhaustive compilation, but as a few examples of the […]

Substitutions: Passover – Exodus 12
March 14, 2021

  Exodus 12:1-17 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each […]

Defining Our Holy God – Exodus 3 & 19
February 7, 2021

  Exodus 3:1-14 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses […]

1 Corinthians
Tenth Commandment: Our Gifts from God
March 15, 2020

(For the context of future listeners, this sermon was delivered shortly after the government’s warnings and mass shutdowns during the COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic.) Our final message in our series during the Ten Commandments comes amid a state-wide crisis.  And, I received quite a number of inquiries about why would church is remaining open on […]

Ninth Commandment: A True Testimony
March 10, 2020

Lying is one of the oldest tools in our belt to try and manipulate our own happiness.  C.S. Lewis called it “the only defensive weapon of the child.”  But, it is a weapon that we carry with us through our entire lives, even if we don’t use it all the time. Acts 5:1-11 Now a […]

Eighth Commandment: Do Not Steal
March 1, 2020

You do not have to steal to be happy, and when we steal, we are saying that sin is necessary for our happiness and success in life. Pastor Russ takes us through the famous story of the Prodigal Son, showing us what happens when short-term happiness is our goal rather than an eternal one with […]

2 Samuel
Seventh Commandment: A Broken Covenant
February 23, 2020

The commandment against adultery is more than just a commandment against cheating. This is a commandment that carries the weight of maintaining a covenant promise. It is a strong betrayal that only God can find a way to redeem. 2 Samuel 12:1-13 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, […]

Sixth Commandment: A Life Taken
February 16, 2020

The sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not murder,” is one that our society pretty reasonably understands.  Murder is not something that has in general never been smiled upon by societies.  So why did God put this here, if it seems so common?  And how does this basic tenet of decency relate to the Ten Commandments as […]

Fifth Commandment: Duty and Honor
February 9, 2020

The fifth commandment, “Honor thy father and thy mother” as the well-known rendition of the King James Version says, carries with it some extra expectations that were specific to the Israelites that were wandering in the desert.  It also begs a question: what does honor look like?  And, does the definition of who your “father […]

Fourth Commandment: The Holy Sabbath
February 2, 2020

God commanded the Israelites to keep the Sabbath Holy because on the seventh day of creation God rests. But, why does God rest? And what implications does that have for our lives? Mark 2:23-3:6 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of […]