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Do You Have Your Act Together?
Join us this week with Pastor Dave Stevenson as we explore the following big idea: We are to ACT by praising God for He is the great creator and redeemer, infinitely superior to all competing “gods”.
May 18, 2022
Faith for Healing and Hope
What does it look like to approach Jesus for healing? How do we think about seemingly hopeless situations in our lives? Join us this week as we look at Matthew 9:18-26 and explore these questions.
May 12, 2022
When Jesus Doesn't Do What You Want
Sometimes it seems that people are impossible to please. Whether it is fault finding, impossibly high standards, shifting expectations or something entirely different; people can be hard to please. When people weren't happy with Jesus' behavior they called Him "a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners" (Matt 11:19). While you may not struggle with saying those words to Jesus, what if the same heart problem is present? Could it be that you are measuring Jesus against your standards instead of measure yourself against Jesus' standards?
May 03, 2022
A Greater Healing
When a paralytic man is brought to Jesus you may expect Jesus to immediately heal his infirmities. Instead of physically healing the man, Jesus chose to forgive his sins. To the religious leaders this seemed like a sign of blasphemy against God, but Jesus then used this as an opportunity to verify His divinity. 
April 26, 2022
The Fear of the Risen Jesus
The resurrection of Jesus was both glorious, joyous, and fearful for the first witnesses of the event. Join us as we look at the resurrection story from Matthew's gospel.
April 20, 2022
The Great Commission
"Go"... a small yet impactful word that when spoken by someone of authority, carries a lot of weight. Here in our passage today we not only look at the disciple making commission itself, but also recognize that it is spoken by Jesus, who has authority over Heaven and earth. So what does it mean to follow Jesus in His command to go and make disciples? 
April 12, 2022
Above All Powers
Who is Jesus? It is a question the disciples had to face and it is a question we must face as well. Was Jesus a mere man or is He truly the Son of God? In the text today we look at the miracle of Jesus calming the waves and the sea as well as Him commanding demons to go into a herd of pigs. Both are unusual and significant events and lead us again to our question; who is Jesus?
April 12, 2022
Cost of Discipleship
When you purchase something you probably weigh many factors including how much the item will cost. But when it comes to following Jesus have you counted the cost? It's easy to make bold declarations or promises for Jesus without thinking through the ramifications of such a commitment. In this sermon we look at multiple times where Jesus made His followers consider the cost of following Him. 
April 04, 2022
The Message of the Miracles
Jesus performed many miracles during His time on earth, but what was the purpose? Why were these miracles recorded in the Bible for us to know about? In this sermon Pastor Jim Schultz looks at several miracles of Jesus and explains their significance to us today. 
April 01, 2022
Reality Faith
There's no getting around the reality that genuine authentic faith in Jesus leads to real depth of fellowship and community among believers. But oftentimes the church is messy, there is division and strife, and under the surface there is sin. Listen this week as Steve Morgan shares about the necessity of repentance among believers and the importance of the church being a safe place to grow in Christ-likeness together.
March 30, 2022
Anxiety and the Kingdom
"Do not be anxious about your life." sounds like a great ideal but seems difficult to live out. With all of the stresses and worries that life throws our way, how are we to live a life free of anxiety? Thankfully there is hope in the good provision and care of God and we're reminded of those things in this sermon. 
March 08, 2022
Make a Choice
What do you treasure? It's a simple question with profound implications. In Matthew 6:21 Jesus says, "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." In this sermon we explore that question and what it means for our lives.
March 01, 2022
When You Pray
Drawing on the Old Testament story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal as both a good and bad example of prayer, we look at Matthew 6:5-15 where Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray. While the Lord's prayer is very familiar and often recited in churches, it can be easy to overlook the significant lessons Jesus teaches in this passage. 
February 22, 2022
Being Seen as A Hypocrite
God calls people to live out their faith by doing things like giving to the poor and praying and fasting. However, what happens when the very things that are meant to glorify God are used to trumpet our own virtue? In this sermon we look at the susceptibility we have towards hypocritical good works done to receive praise from others. 
February 15, 2022
Following the Ministry of Jesus
What does it mean to follow the ministry of Jesus? Is it something only pastors or missionaries do or is it something for every churchgoer? And if it is for each follower of Christ, how do we live out daily ministry? In this week's sermon, Pastor Jim Schultz challenges each of us to consider how we are to follow Jesus in our daily lives that we often don't think of as ministry.
February 08, 2022
Faithful Through Every Temptation
When you are tempted to sin, do you ever consider the faithfulness of Jesus in those moments? It can be easy to feel alone or isolated when experiencing temptations, but in today's passage we learn that Jesus is sympathetic to our struggle against sin since He also was tempted; yet without sin. Join us as we look at the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness and how that can be an encouragement to us today in our struggle against sin.
February 01, 2022
Obedience to God Rather than to Men
The early church faced growing opposition from the religious leaders of it's day. However, despite the pressures of that time they boldly obeyed God. In this sermon, Pastor Dave Stevenson takes a look at the context of conflicts between early Christians and the religious leaders of that time and how the early believers professed boldly the salvation that is found only in Jesus.
January 25, 2022
Repentance and Righteousness
John the baptist came to prepare the way of the Lord, he called people to repent of their sins and be baptized. It's an uncomfortable topic to be called to repent, but without repentance there can be no righteousness. In this sermon Pastor Jim Schultz challenges us to think about the central role repentance plays in the life of a believer.  
January 19, 2022
The Sovereign Promise Keeper
In the story of Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt with Jesus, we not only recognize a dangerous situation but can see God's sovereignty over it. Although in life we encounter many scenarios that are much larger than us, we can take comfort that God is in control. In both looking at Matthew 2:13-23 and pulling on many passages from the Old Testament, Pastor Jim Schultz gives many examples of God looking after His people and proving Himself a sovereign promise keeper amidst some dark situations.
January 13, 2022
Eager to Worship Vs. Apathy and Hostility
The familiar Christmas story of the Magi seeking him "who has been born king of the Jews?" provides a beautiful picture of worship but also the potential for apathy. While the Magi travelled a great distance to bow down and worship Jesus, King Herod remained comfortable in his palace and absent from showing homage to the promised Savior. It's easy to say we will follow Jesus and worship Him with our lives, but when it comes to the actual pursuit of knowing and worshiping Him, do we resemble more the Magi or Herod? 
January 04, 2022
The Change of the Changeless One
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb 13:8) He is unchanging, yet in coming to earth he took the form of a man. In this unique Advent message, Pastor Dave Stevenson teaches about the "change" of the changeless one. 
December 22, 2021
The Eternal King
"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." (1 Tim 1:17) In this sermon guest speaker Steve Morgan helps us understand who Jesus is and truly how far he came down to be born as a baby in order to later save the world.
December 17, 2021
Better Love
"For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" (Mt 5:46). It is easy to love those who love you in return, but the love Jesus calls us to show is much deeper, difficult, and self-sacrificial. In this sermon we dive into the challenging call that Jesus gave to His followers to not only love those who love us but also to "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Mt 5:44).
December 09, 2021
The Promised Son
A rich but easily overlooked passage in the Christmas season is Matthew 1:1-17 where we read about the genealogy of Jesus. When examined closely this passage of Scripture is not only important but also very practical to our everyday lives. In this sermon we dive into Old and New testament passages that point to the savior of the world, Jesus Christ. 
December 08, 2021
More Than Fair
Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:38-42 challenged his hearers to respond to circumstances in counter-cultural and counter-intuitive ways. He taught His hearers to not just default to what was permissible by law, but rather to seek righteousness in every circumstance. But these teachings were shocking, why would you 'turn the other cheek', 'offer your cloak' or go two miles when you were only required to go one? In this challenging and important message, Pastor Jim Schultz teaches through some often quoted but easily misunderstood verses. 
November 25, 2021
The Church that Jesus Builds
Guest speaker and missionary David Belz shares about the foundation of church growth across the world. As a trainer of pastors David has seen first hand the need for the church to be built on God's word and the person of Jesus. 
November 18, 2021
Honoring Marriage and Speaking the Truth
When a rule that is designed to protect is twisted instead to hurt, someone must speak up. In today's passage Jesus exposes two laws that had been misused to hurt the very people they were meant to protect. It is easy to do and we must be on guard against the same behavior today. Honoring marriage and speaking the truth are just as important today as they were two thousand years ago. What might we learn from Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:31-37?
November 12, 2021
Reformation Sunday 2021
Church history is full of both good examples to follow and bad examples to learn from. On this reformation Sunday, Pastor Jim Schultz looks at the five solas of the reformation and how they are seen in Romans 3:21-26.
November 03, 2021
The Transformation of Peter
How did Peter go from being a Christ denier to a Christ proclaimer? The transformation is miraculous and easy to under appreciate. What might we learn about our own lives through looking at the transformation of Peter?
October 28, 2021
Murder and Adultery in Your Heart
One thing that we can learn from the life of Jesus is that He took sin very seriously. In this particular passage from Matthew 5:21-30 Jesus teaches about the seriousness of Murder and Adultery. But instead of staying on the surface he pursues holiness of heart on these issues and not just action. Learn the seriousness of sin but also the hope in Christ through this sermon today. 
October 23, 2021
Living as a Witness According to the Word of God
What does it look like for Christians to be salt and light in this world? How can we engage in our communities so that people witness the life of Christ in us? These are some of the questions Pastor Jim Schultz addresses in his sermon on Matthew 5:13-20. 
October 12, 2021
Character Matters
It's easy to forget how paradigm shifting Jesus' sermon on the mount is. Over and over again Jesus says, "Blessed are"... and then goes onto make a statement that is very counter-intuitive. In this sermon on Matthew 5:1-12, Pastor Jim Schultz contrasts the teaching of Jesus here with many examples of how we often think. It is both a challenging and refreshing look at this very famous portion of the Bible.
October 10, 2021
Blessing and Grace
Have you ever wondered what it looks like to be blessed? Perhaps you have only considered blessing from God as material increase and missed seeing His blessing in other areas of life. Psalm 41 begins "Blessed is the one...", join us as we learn about what this looks like in the life of a believer.
September 28, 2021
Out of the Slimy Pit
What God has saved us out of; as well as our response to that saving work are both important. In his sermon on Psalm 40, Pastor Jim Schultz walks through David's experience of God's salvation and how that impacted his life.  
September 23, 2021
Brevity of Life
When you're caught in the overwhelming waves of life, when circumstances are out of your control, and when you're experiencing the discipline of the Lord, Psalm 39 brings some needed perspective. Not only do we need to learn how fleeting life is, but in the midst of that truth, we must also remember how faithful God is. May this sermon turn your heart to the Lord as you reflect on the brevity of life.
September 15, 2021
O Lord
What is your response when you experience suffering, especially if you know that you are suffering because of your own sin? In Psalm 38 David cries out "O Lord" many times as he expresses the depth of his pain to God, as he experiences the discipline of the Lord for sin in his own life. While we are prone to run away from discipline for our sin, this Psalm is an excellent example of the importance of crying out to God in our pain, even when it comes as a result of our own sin.
September 01, 2021
Checklist for Wisdom
Psalm 37 is a checklist of sorts for applying wisdom to your life. It contrasts the righteous and the wicked, those who will perish and those who will gain an inheritance from God. But just like a good story, this Psalm has some unexpected turns and applications that are surprising at first glance. At the end of the day though, will you walk in the wisdom that this Psalm teaches?
August 23, 2021
The Sin of Man and the Love of God
In front of the black backdrop of man’s sin, God’s love “extends to the heavens” (Ps 36:5). His righteousness is like the mountains and His judgements are deep like the depths of the ocean. Psalm 36 uses many different images to help us understand just how incredible God’s love is. Yet the depths of His love are not truly understood until we come to understand the sinfulness of our own hearts. It is with this backdrop of our sin that Pastor Jim Schultz preaches through Psalm 36 and explains the beauty and magnificence of God’s love toward His people. 
August 15, 2021
The Lord Is A Warrior
When you are mistreated and falsely accused, how can you respond in such a difficult situation? Psalm 35 is a lament Psalm written by David when he was in such a circumstance. We see a cry for God to act on His behalf and bring justice to an unjust circumstance. In a world full of slander, bickering, and false accusations, we see in this Psalm a picture of how to put our trust in God to defend His people. 
August 09, 2021
In a World of Many Afflictions
The Bible doesn't shy away from the fact that this life is difficult; in fact it says, "many are the afflictions of the righteous" (Psalm 34:19a). But in that difficulty, through those trials and afflictions there is hope. In his sermon on Psalm 34, Pastor Jim Schultz walks through the trials that David was experiencing when he wrote this Psalm and how in the midst of it, he still found hope. In this life we will face many trials; may we walk through them with our hope set on the Lord. 
August 02, 2021
Worship Our Great God
Psalm 33 calls people to shout to the Lord in praise and worship. While pagan gods at the time were very limited in scope and geographical location, this Psalm highlights God's righteousness, faithfulness, justice, and love being without bound or limit. It paints the picture that the earth and the nations are all under God's authority and nothing falls outside of His control. In response to such a magnificent God, people are called to fear and trust in His holy name, resulting in gladness of heart and eternal hope. 
July 28, 2021
The Armor of God
The Bible uses a lot of battle language to describe the Christian life. In Ephesians 6:10-24 we learn about the "Armor of God" and our responsibility to put it on so that we are prepared for the battle at hand. But unlike battles in this world, the Bible describes a battle that is not against "flesh and blood" but against the "spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places". So what is this armor and what is the battle? In this sermon, Pastor Jim Schultz helps us understand these truths and how they relate to our daily lives. 
July 19, 2021
Every Square Inch
In the first nine verses of Ephesians chapter six, Paul covers a surprising amount of ground as he addresses children, parents, slaves, and masters. One could easily conclude after reading these verses that God is interested in "Every Square Inch" of our lives; that there is nothing that falls outside of God's command. In this sermon Pastor Jim Schultz touches on family life and work responsibilities, the commands to children and the commands to parents, and the radical nature of addressing slaves and masters alike. 
July 12, 2021
The Profound Mystery of Marriage
In his sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33 Pastor Jim Schultz expounds on this simple yet profound passage on marriage. Contained in these 12 verses is a high calling for husbands and wives to display the beauty of Christ and the church through their marriage. 
July 05, 2021
Under the Influence of the Spirit
When someone is under the influence of something or someone it changes their behavior. In this sermon on Ephesians 5:15-21, Pastor Jim Schultz teaches about being under the influence of the Holy Spirit and how that is to impact the life of every believer. 
June 28, 2021
Walk Like God
It can be easy to downplay our daily decisions and compare ourselves to people around us, but when Ephesians 5:1 calls us to "be imitators of God", the standard for right living dramatically increases, and the weight of our decisions is felt. In his sermon from Ephesians 5:1-14, Pastor Jim Schultz brings to life how Christians can grow in being "imitators of God". 
June 21, 2021
Old and New
There are many contrasts in Scripture; in Ephesians 4:17-32 we see the contrast of our old self and new self, old clothing and new clothing, old behaviors and new behaviors. At the center of it all is a life transformed by the person and work of Jesus. But it's easy to default back into our old behaviors and ways of thinking without realizing it. Because of that, we often need reminders of what the Christian life is to look like. In this intensely practical sermon, Pastor Jim Schultz contrasts the new life believers have in Christ to the old life apart from Christ and the implications for our day to day behavior. 
June 14, 2021
Gifts for Maturity
Just as a growth chart can give helpful markers into the health of a child, so Paul in Ephesians chapter four gives indicators of what healthy growth in a believer's life should look like. As it would be alarming for a child not to grow into an adult, so we too should be alarmed if we are not growing in maturity as believers in Christ. In this sermon from Ephesians 4:7-16, Pastor Jim Schultz walks through the gifts God has given the church to grow in maturity and be equipped for ministry in this world. 
June 06, 2021
Eager to Maintain Unity
In Ephesians 4, Paul exhorts the church in Ephesus to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called". In a list of virtues he includes an eagerness to "maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." In an age of increasing polarity, how can believers maintain this unity? What is necessary to live this command out in the church? Through this sermon on Ephesians 4:1-6, Pastor Jim Schultz dives into the practical steps believers can take to maintain unity in the body of Christ.
June 01, 2021
Prayers for the Fullness of God
Have you ever wanted to grow in your prayer life? Perhaps you've had the thought that you should pray longer prayers or even more eloquently. While many of us desire to grow in our prayer lives, it's also common that we don't know exactly how to grow. In this sermon from Ephesians 3:14-21, Pastor Jim Schultz teaches about one of Paul's prayers for the believers in Ephesus and how it can expand our categories of what we can be praying for. 
May 23, 2021
The Beautiful Mystery of the Gospel
The church is like a mosaic. Believers across the world and throughout history are the tiny cubes that together make a beautiful picture of the grace of God. As Paul continues to speak about the glorious news that the Gospel is for both Jew and Gentile, he also speaks of his missionary call to the Gentiles. The goodness of the Gospel, the grace of his missionary calling, and how all of this fits in the sovereign plan of God also gives hope to us when we experience hardship and suffer. 
May 17, 2021
Jesus Our Peace
In an age of division and disagreements, how can believers live in unity before God and each other? Ephesians 2 paints a beautiful picture of Jesus breaking down the walls of hostility between the Jews and Gentiles and uniting them by the blood of Christ. Through this sermon you will see how profound and extraordinary unity in Christ is, and why it's only through Jesus that we can be united as one body. 
May 12, 2021
Saved from Death by Grace
To be saved from death by Grace and not works is both an encouraging and humbling thing for a believer in Christ. In his sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10, Pastor Jim Schultz dives into our predicament of being dead in our sin and how God has made us alive in Christ.
May 12, 2021
Prayer for Knowledge
What comes to mind when you think about praying for others? Your first thought was probably not praying that they would grow in knowledge. However, that's one of the things Paul specifically prayed for the believers in Ephesus. In this sermon from Ephesians 1:15-23, Pastor Jim Schultz seeks to expand our understanding of how we can pray for one another to grow in the knowledge of God. 
April 25, 2021
The Spiritual Discipline of Giving
Giving... an often dreaded topic for any pastor to bring up. Giving is clear in Scripture but can very easily be abused if handled incorrectly. In this guest sermon by retired pastor Steve Morgan, we dive into the important topic and spiritual discipline of giving. What does it mean? How has it been miss-handled? And how can we seek to grow in this area?
April 18, 2021
Jesus Called Thomas
Thomas; out of all the disciples could he be the most misunderstood? He is often referred to as "doubting Thomas", but is that how we ought to remember him? What can we learn from Thomas' response to Jesus' resurrection? In this sermon, guest speaker Pastor Highland Goodman tackles these questions and offers some thought provoking insights into the man and disciple known as Thomas.
April 11, 2021
"What If?" Easter 2021
Around the world people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. But what if the resurrection never happened? Would it change anything? On the flip side, if the resurrection did happen, what impact does it have? In this Easter Sunday sermon, Pastor Jim Schultz preaches from 1 Corinthians chapter 15 on the importance of the resurrection and the impact it has on our lives.
April 04, 2021
Every Spiritual Blessing: Inheritance
When God promises an inheritance, what does that mean? Who is it for? How is it obtained? In this sermon on Ephesians 1:11-14, Pastor Jim Schultz explores the amazing realities of the inheritance that is promised in Christ. 
March 28, 2021
Every Spiritual Blessing: Redemption
What does it mean to receive redemption in Christ? The mystery of God's plan for salvation was hidden for ages and generations, but now has been made known. It isn't through being "good enough" that salvation is found, but rather through the riches of God's grace that was demonstrated and fulfilled in Jesus. Explore this amazing and profound passage of Scripture as Pastor Jim Schultz preaches from Ephesians 1:7-10.
March 21, 2021
Every Spiritual Blessing: "Chosen"
In this opening sermon on the book of Ephesians, Pastor Jim Schultz tackles what can sometimes be a divisive topic; the idea of being "chosen" by God. In a thoughtful way he unpacks and seeks to bring clarity to this important but complicated theme. 
March 14, 2021
A Task Unfinished
An ending of a story greatly impacts what you take away from it. As the book of Acts ends in an unexpected way, Pastor Jim Schultz gives some takeaways we can have from this abrupt conclusion to the book. After following one of Paul's missionary journeys for several chapters, why does it abruptly end? What can we learn from this last chapter of Acts and how does it impact our lives today? 
March 07, 2021
Enduring the Storm
How do you respond when you face the 'storms of life'? In this sermon on Acts 27, Pastor Jim Schultz walks through the Apostle Paul's tumultuous seafaring journey that nearly left the entire ship and crew underwater. What did Paul do? What was his response, and how can we learn from his experience? 
February 28, 2021
Right Wrong Decision
In his sermon on Acts 25-26, Pastor Jim Schultz teaches on the Apostle Paul's decision to appeal to Caesar. Although he could have been set free, Paul didn't see his freedom as the top priority. Listen to this story of a man fully trusting God through all the twists and turns of his life. 
February 21, 2021
Expressions of Sovereignty
Pastor Jim Schultz preaches from Acts 23:12-35 on the unexpected events that continued to unfold for the Apostle Paul. Though faced with conspiracies against his life, we see in Paul's story an example of God sovereignly leading and caring for his people.
February 07, 2021
Truth to Power
Pastor Jim Schultz preaches from Acts 23:1-11 on the Apostle Paul's demonstration of boldness and humility as he spoke to the authorities of his day. Message given at Hillside Evangelical Free Church on Whidbey Island. For more information, visit:
January 31, 2021
Defense Testimony
Pastor Jim Schultz preaches from Acts 22:1-30 on the conversion of the Apostle Paul.  given at Hillside Evangelical Free Church on Whidbey Island. For more information, visit:
January 24, 2021
Sanctity of Life Sunday
Pastor Jim Schultz preaches on the sanctity of human life. Message texts; Genesis 1:26-27, 2 Samuel 9:1-13, Luke 1:39-45. Message given at Hillside Evangelical Free Church on Whidbey Island.
January 17, 2021
False Allegations
Pastor Jim Schultz preaches from Acts 21:17-40. Message given at Hillside Evangelical Free Church on Whidbey Island.
January 10, 2021
Following the Will of the Lord
Speaker: Pastor Jim Schultz; Text: Acts 21:1-16
January 07, 2021