July 8, 2018
Guest Speaker: Jessica Thompson | Faith/Works: Heavenly Wisdom | James 3:13-18 | mp3
Jessica is an author of several books and a frequent conference speaker. Her heart is to see women, families, and children freed from the bondage of moralism and to live in the truth that in the gospel there is joyful freedom awaiting them. Jess has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and with her mother, Elyse Fitzpatrick, she co-authored the books Give Them Grace and Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions. She has also written Exploring Grace Together and Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships With the Love of Jesus. Jess believes the truth that salvation is “naked confidence in the mercy of God.” She has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1995. Together they have three teenage children.
June 24, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Faith/Works: Justified by Works | James 2:14-26
June 17, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Faith/Works: Instruments of Justice | James 2:8-13 | mp3
In God’s redemptive plan of salvation, He works through His church to be instruments of justice to bring forth shalom in our cities.
June 10, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Faith/Works: Ethic of Love | James 2:1-10 | mp3
At one point in Mahatma Gandhi’s life, he considered Christianity. He was moved by the message of the Gospel and thought that Christianity seemed to offer a solution to the caste system that plagued India. He visited a church and when he walked into the church building, he was met with hostility and unwelcome. The ushers refused to seat him and told him, “to leave and to go and worship with his own people.” Gandhi left and never went back. In one of Gandhi’s writings he noted, “If Christians have caste differences also, I might as well remain a Hindu.” This attitude of “favoritism” is anti-gospel. In James 2:1-10, James is addressing this issue in the early church, correcting and admonishing them.
May 27, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Faith/Works: Hearing God’s Word | James 1:19-27 | mp3
When God speaks, life happens. The Bible says that God spoke the entire universe into existence. The Bible also says that God’s word is alive and active. It is like a sword that can cut. It cuts deep and penetrates the very hearts of men and women. This is because God’s word is Jesus Christ, the visible expression of the invisible God. We can know and experience the life-giving truth of God’s word because we can know Jesus.
May 20, 2018
Pastor Stephen Hibu | Spiritual Life | Romans 8:1-11 | mp3
“Our spiritual life is about our personal conformity to the person of Jesus, and our practical usefulness to God to accomplish His purpose in the world.” – Stephen Hibu
May 7, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Faith/Works: Trials as Tests | James 1:1-4 | mp3
When I was first exposed to an art piece by the world famous modern artist, Jackson Pollock it looked like a bunch of mess and chaos. I knew nothing about modern abstract art or Jackson Pollock. I later learned that when interpreting modern abstract art, it’s very difficult to initially know what the art piece is saying. It is because it has a sort of hidden meaning and it is nuanced. In fact, I learned that it is impossible to interpret the art unless two things happen. First, you had to get close and stare at the art piece for a very long time. After a while, you will start to see patterns and intentionality in the midst of the chaos. You will start to see the work of the artist. Secondly, you are interpreting it superficially unless you know the story of the artist. You have to know the man or woman behind the art. Jackson was a very troubled and volatile man, and if you get close to his art, you see all of it. You will see the themes, the chaos and you will see all the struggle going on in his head and heart. But, you will also see the longing for release from all of those things. When you look at good art, you are invited into the artist’s soul. James in his opening chapter is making a very peculiar statement, that there’s something that looks very messy and ugly to you at first, but it is of immense value and that is pain and trials. – Martin Cachero
April 29, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Lamenting | Psalm 13:1-6 | mp3
David is in agony and can’t feel the presence of God. He cries out that God has ignored his pain and his sorrow. It is almost a howl, and the fact that it is included in the Bible tells us that God wants to hear our genuine feelings, even if they are angry at him. David never stops praying, however, and that is the key. As long as we howl toward God and remember his salvation by grace (verse 5), we will end at a place of peace. If Christians do that by hearing Jesus praying verses 1– 4 on the cross, losing the Father’s face as he paid for our sins, we will be able to pray verses 5– 6 indeed. – Tim Keller
April 22, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Righteousness | Psalm 1:1-6
April 15, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Worship | Psalm 100
April 1, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Journey to Easter: Resurrection| Matthew 28:1-10 | mp3
If you received a letter in the mail from some legal looking entity, a very official looking legal letter and it said that some distant relative you never heard about had died and left you millions of dollars. The natural reaction is to be very skeptical. Skeptical because there are so many scams today. But! If you are honest with yourself, you would still look into it. Why? It is because the offer is just too much. It is too great to not look into it. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is just like that.
March 25, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Journey to Easter: Palm Sunday| Matthew 21:1-11 | mp3
Repurposing is the process by which an object with one use is transformed into an object with an alternate use. Repurposing starts with the reimagining of an object’s value. An old door becomes a farmhouse dining table. A broken painting ladder is turned into a wall-hanging bookshelf. The concept of repurposing unlocks the untapped potential of discarded objects around the house. Repurposing also unlocks the untapped spiritual potential of one of the most well known stories: It’s the story of Jesus’s “triumphant entry” into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday is about the repurposing of God’s power.
March 18, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Journey to Easter: Beatitudes| Matthew 5:1-12 | mp3
We all desire a blessed life. The Beatitudes describe a profile of those who are in God’s kingdom where everyone in that kingdom is “blessed”. However, the pronouncement of blessings in the beatitudes are nothing like that of which our culture defines as a blessed life. Jesus in his beatitudes inverts everything and turns it upside down.
March 11, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Journey to Easter: Jesus is Baptized| Matthew 3:13-17 | mp3
Matthew’s purpose in his Gospel is to establish Jesus as the awaited Messiah (The Anointed King) and his coming kingdom. Jesus is unlike any king this world has ever seen and his rule and his kingdom is very unexpected. Matthew gives an account of the uniqueness and unlikeliness of Jesus’s reign and kingdom that ultimately leads to his death and resurrection.
March 4, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of God| Ecclesiastes 12:1-9 |
The conclusion in Ecclesiastes that the “Qoheleth” aka King Solomon leads his listeners to over an over again is that all of life apart from God is meaningless. If we want to find a life filled with meaning, it comes from making sense of God. Life will make sense when we make sense of God.
February 25, 2018
Guest: Pastor John Darrow | Worship As Remembrance | Psalm 146 | mp3
This psalm is designed to focus the reader’s attention upon the redemptive character of God and the necessity to trust in him alone.The Psalmist does this by creating a hymn of remembrance. Why do we find “help” and “hope” in Yahweh? Because he is a promise-maker and a covenant-keeper. Righteousness is not merely a spiritual activity, but intertwined with God’s redemptive activity in the lives of his people. Yahweh, as reflected through the cross of Christ, is our King!
February 18, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of Suffering| Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 | mp3
“Christianity does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, but it does provide deep resources for actually facing suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair.” -Tim Keller
February 11, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of Time| Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 | mp3
“Each season has its beauty. And yet each season’s beauty has a bait and switch operation at work within it: it draws us in only to draw us out, to take us elsewhere, to get our hopes up only to set our hopes on something else, something better and something bigger. That something else and bigger and better is heaven. Miss this and you’ll waste your life chasing that which no season can create but only hint at.” – Mark Buchannon
February 4, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of Pleasure| Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 | mp3
“All seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never take the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man.” – Blaise Pascal
January 28, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | Meaningless: Making Sense of Life | Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 | mp3
The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the most difficult books to interpret because of it’s depressing and pessimistic outlook on life, where the “Teacher” concludes, “all of life is meaningless.” The word meaningless appears 38 times in the book and it is the Hebrew word “Hevel” and sometimes translated as “vanity”, “futile” and even “vapor”. The main point of Ecclesiastes is to expose our illusions about ourselves and life, to enable us to receives God’s gifts of joy and simplicity now. It is to entice us to look beyond this world to look for substantial meaning and joy.
January 21, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | #NEW: New Self | Ephesians 4:25-32
January 14, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | #NEW: Cultural Renewal | Isaiah 60:4-11 | mp3
What is culture? The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought. Culture is what we make of the world & how we make sense of the world (Andy Crouch in his great book Culture Making). Culture is meant to reflect God and it brings him glory (Genesis 1:3, Isiah 60, Rev. 21).
January 7, 2018
Pastor Martin Cachero | #NEW: Starting Point | Colossians 1:15-22 | mp3
In the new year, we are naturally thinking about new things in our lives. It’s the season of resolutions. The Gospel message promises us something new. The fresh start and renewal that we desire are available in the Creator of the universe, the one who “started” everything.
December 31, 2017
Guest: Joel Fitzpatrick | Christ Our Wisdom | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 |
December 24, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | Christmas Eve | Mark 10:46-52 |
December 3, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | All In: Generous Mercy | Acts 3:1-14 | mp3
The book of Acts reveal God’s Gospel movement through the early Church. It’s about the Gospel reaching out beyond the walls of Jerusalem and into world in both “word” and “deed” ministry. The proclamation of the Gospel is called word ministry and acts of mercy is an example of deed ministry. Mercy is an important theme throughout Acts. Whenever the Apostles proclaimed the Gospel, they also gave mercy. Mercy is showing compassion to the poor and the marginalized. This shows us that, God’s concern for the world is not just a spiritual one but also a physical and social one. This is because the Gospel is about, God redeeming and restoring all things. Acts 3 is a vivid example of mercy and the proclamation of his Good News!
November 26, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | All In: Generous Justice | Isaiah 58:1-14 | mp3
God calls the prophet Isaiah to speak out against the artificial worship of the Israelites. The people seek God, pray and fast, appearing to be doing all the “right” things but God sees right through their false piety. While the people fulfilled their worship observances, they neglected social concerns. They failed to do justice. Isaiah 58 is significant for us to truly know God’s heart and what true worship looks like. True worship is doing justice because God’s heart is concerning justice. What is revealed by the Prophet Isaiah is God’s desire for people to be freed from oppression, protected when vulnerable, and provided for when in need. As Christians, we have experienced the freedom that God provides by reconciling us to himself through the sacrifice of his Son on the cross, the ultimate picture of justice. This is the spiritual meaning of Isaiah 58. In the gospel, God provided a way for us to be free from the punishment for sin that we deserve and experience God’s mercy in Christ bearing that punishment for us. God’s generous justice for us has incredible implications for us in how we live in our world. We are called to engage this world and actively work towards cultural and social renewal. Our motivation is the Gospel and the hope of the world for justice is Christ in and through the Church.
August 6, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | #BLESSED: Marriage | Ephesians 5:21-33 | mp3
July 23, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | #BLESSED: Life As Saints | Ephesians 5:1-14 | mp3
May 14, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | #BLESSED: Blessed Prayer Pt. 1 | Ephesians 1:15-23 |
April 16, 2017
Pastor Martin Cachero | Easter Sunday: Truth. Purpose. Power. | Luke 24:36-49