Posts Categorized: Sermons

“Our Need to Pray” 7.23.17 – Pastor Kassebaum

“Our Need to Pray” – Matthew 6:5-13 – Pastor Larry Kassebaum

Too important for feelings

Prayer is a habit because it only comes naturally as we practice it.

A disciplined prayer life helps us overcome misconceptions about God left by powerful and abusive people in our lives.

Luke 18:1

Look into the eyes of Jesus

We are easily tempted to look at the hands of Jesus rather than His heart.

Consider this, Jesus would rather love you from afar than manipulate you into a relationship.

Luke 15:20

Practice makes permanent

Daily prayer opens us to God’s guiding and to discovering our inner purpose.

Set aside your best time and go someplace where it is unlikely that you will be interrupted.

Matthew 6:6


Study Questions:

1. When you close your eyes, what face do you often place on God? How does that help/hinder your prayer life?

2. How should the face of Jesus change your prayer life?

3. If we have been created for a relationship with God, why is prayer so difficult at times?

4. How is our prayer blessed by an understanding of God’s respectful love for us?

5. What is your best time of day? How can you offer that to God in prayer?

6. Where are you best able to pray? Can you go there consistently?

7. What do you desire most when you spend time with God in prayer?

“The Truth about Worry” 7.16.17 – Pastor Jim Hale

It’s been awhile since we’ve taken a “Noisy Offering” during worship. But since there are five Sundays in July and we have become aware of a humanitarian crisis affecting the village we sponsor in South Africa we have decided it’s time for us to act. In addition to our regular offering, we will also pass metal containers for people to cleanse their homes of loose change (and any other bigger gifts they would like to share). These donations will help alleviate the suffering that was afflicted on the Western Cape of South Africa after a massive winter storm hit June 6th. Many lost their homes, belongings and food, and some their lives. Please pray about this need and let God’s Holy Spirit guide you, then come prepared that weekend to truly make a “joyful noise.”

Victory’s mission team will be leaving August 3rd to South Africa. Team members typically take over supplies. Currently, they have a huge need for standard size laminating pouches! They are a lot cheaper in the USA. Preschool teachers laminate everything that they use every day so that they don’t have to print hundreds of copies of worksheets and tracing sheets every week. *Please drop off your donations at the front office by July 26th.

We are looking for volunteers to commit to helping for the first semester at Leading Edge Academy on Fridays, 9:30-11:30am beginning August 18th. If you are available, please contact the office at 480-454-4245 or Joelle Yamada right away at


“The Truth About Change” 6.25.17 – Pastor Kassebaum

“The Truth about Change”

John 3:1-8; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Exodus 1:6-14

Where fairy tales fail

Many people have been crippled with disillusionment and disappointment because of their life expectations.

God’s book never gives us the illusion that life gets easy at some point and the challenge to grow comes to an end.

John 16:33b

Take heart

Jesus shows us how to not only how to cope but to be conquerors.

Be alert for God’s voice, accept God’s comfort and ask for God for courage.

John 16:33

All sunshine makes desert

The truth of the matter is that God can use sunshine and shadows to bless us.

For the best results apply God’s word, anticipate God’s help and adhere to God’s plan.

Philippians 1:6


Study Questions:

1. In what ways do you think you might have been influenced by the “happily ever after” myth?

2. What are some of the unexpected changes that you experienced in each of these periods?

3. What were some changes that occurred during these periods that you weren’t prepared for even though you should have seen them coming?

4. What are some of the similarities between early childhood, adolescence, adulthood and senior adulthood?

5. Which of these seasons (above) did you find most challenging? Enjoyable?

6. What are some of the ways Jesus’ life and God’s word can prepare you for both the expected and unexpected changes in life?

7. How have you prepared yourself for the “normal” changes that are likely coming in your life? How might these preparations prepare you for the unexpected things to come?

“The Truth About Pain” 6.18.17 – Pastor Kassebaum

“The Truth about Pain” – John 14:11-20 – Pastor Larry Kassebaum

Pain serves a purpose

God doesn’t want us to ignore pain, He wants us to discover its cause.

The truth is pain is a tool that God uses for good in our lives.

John 13:7

God uses pain to Goad us.

Proverbs 20:30

God uses pain to Guide us.

Hebrews 12:7

God uses pain to Gauge us.

James 1:2-3

God uses pain to Guard us.

Genesis 50:20

God uses pain to Grow us.

Romans 8:28


Study Questions:

1. In what ways has today’s teaching changed your perspective on pain?

2. When in your life have you seen God use pain to goad you?

3. When in your life have you seen God use pain to guide you?

4. When in your life have you seen God use pain to gauge you?

5. When in your life have you seen God use pain to guard you?

6. When in your life have you seen God use pain to grow you?

7. Why is it so important to see pain as a component of God’s bigger purpose for your life and not just as a roadblock to your pleasure?

“The Truth About God” 6.11.17 – Pastor Kassebaum

“The Truth about God” – John 14:15-21

The Myth: God is unreasonable

The Truth: God is a compassionate Father

Romans 8:32

The Myth: God is unreliable

The Truth: God is a consistent Father

Hebrews 13:5

The Myth: God is unconcerned about me

The Truth: God is caring Father

Matthew 7:11

The Myth: God is unpleasable

The Truth: God is a gracious Father

Ephesians 1: 4-5


Study Questions:

1. What are some of the ways in which we are led to believe things about God that are not true?

2. Since the Bible often refers to God as being like a father, what are some of the ways our personal experiences with an earthly father can hinder a “right relationship” with God the father of Jesus Christ?

3. What are some of the ways our creeds help us get a true picture of God’s nature and God’s activity in our lives/the world?

4. What are some of the areas of your life where your behavior has been based on a distorted understanding of God?

5. What are some of the areas of your life where your have been blessed by behavior that was based on a true understanding of God?

6. Why is it helpful to remember that peoples understanding of God is more likely to be distorted than accurate?

7. Who are the people or what were the incidents in your life that were most helpful in exploding your misconceptions about God and pointing you toward the truth?

“The Truth about Truth” 6.4.17 – Pastor Kassebaum

“The Truth about Truth” – Galatians 1:1-9 – Pastor Larry Kassebaum

There is a huge difference

Your beliefs will determine your behavior.

Untrue beliefs are both damaging and dangerous.

1 John 4:1

The truth sets you free

Truth is a road map for negotiating the difficult challenges of life.

Jesus explodes the myths that make us miserable.

Matthew 7:24

Let God

God wants to transform us inwardly by a complete change  of your mind.

Commit yourself to:

Seeking the truth

Living the truth

Believing the truth

2 Timothy 4:3-4


Study Questions:

1. How has your life been impacted by misinformation or false information?

2. What are some of the similarities and differences between people deliberately or unintentionally giving you false information?

3. How might you answer someone who says, “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you are sincere?”

4. Look carefully at the last few words of John 8:44, what sobering message do you hear in those words?

5. Why is there no better source of truth than the Bible? (You might want to read Romans 3:4.)

6. Eighty times in the four Gospels Jesus says, “I tell you the truth.” Twenty times he is recorded saying, “You have heard it said, but I say…” Why is this important?

7. In Matthew 7:24, to what does Jesus compare a life built on truth?