Walking the Talk Series Part 1


 

 

The greatest failure of any local church is the failure to produce mature Christians.

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The Power to Know the Love of Christ


Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21 preached at Hilltop Chapel in What Cheer, Iowa.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Armed and not Dangerous?


Roman Armor

This is the audio from the sermon preached at Hilltop Chapel in What Cheer, Iowa on January 14,2018. Video is available on Facebook on Hilltop Chapel of What Cheer, Iowa.

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Seasons 2017


End of the year 2017

The last day of 2017. My assignment was easy enough, just preach a sermon at church.

I warmed up the car 15 minutes before leaving for church. As we were about to go I saw this flat tire. No problem we just took the wife’s car without much warm up. By the way the high was not expected to get above zero degrees here.

Before arriving at church we were contacted by a few key people that they would not make it because of the weather. Understandable, no problem. At church the sound board is out for repairs still. To top things off we had no internet access. The problem is we already advertised Facebook Live for anyone not able to make it because of the cold. Well between a parishioners cell phone and using another to record just the audio the sermon was recorded electronically.

Admittedly this has been a frustrating day for me. Oh and the BIG IDEA for the sermon was “Embrace or endure the season you are in.” Maybe I should listen to my own preaching…

Rev. Burt Schwab

 

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Giants of Life


There is a parallel between the story of David versus Goliath and giants of life.

This sermon is from 1 Samuel 17 and 2 Samuel 21:15-22. It was preached December 10, 2017 at Hilltop Chapel in What Cheer, Iowa.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Green grass, pretty flowers, and then snow.


Perhaps as we get older we get more sentimental. Lately I’ve been thinking about things that make me happy. More accurately things that are related to fond memories. Most everything that comes to mind also has a not so pleasant connection.

For instance, I like well-manicured yards and tidy flower beds. Before the grass and flowers can grow we must have some rainy days. Because of working outdoors I am not fond of rainy days. Sunny skies are preferable than cloudy days. Both bright sunny days and gloomy rainy ones are needed before we can enjoy beautiful flowers.

It is also not possible to have a well-groomed yard without someone doing the needed work. Mowing, raking, trimming, pulling weeds, are all necessary to have a picture perfect yard. All that work has become almost enjoyable to me in order to have a nice looking lawn.

This time of year I look forward to snow covered yards and beautiful ice covered trees. Oh, and don’t forget ice fishing! Of course, that means gloomy days, snow removal, and freezing temperatures. Fortunately I am blessed with a snow thrower and warm clothes. Sometimes it’s so fun to remove snow that I will clear a few neighbors’ walks and driveways too.

It is not always easy to embrace the seasons as they occur. Maybe I could learn to accept dark days in life because they could be what lead to better things to come.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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The season is upon us!


It’s that time of year again. The Christmas season has officially begun. Oh the joy of crowded stores. Such fun and lasting memories of battling other drivers for a parking spot at the Mall. The stress over finding just the right presents for loved ones adds a certain feeling to the holidays. Most of us, I’m sure, are anxiously awaiting the chance to stand in long checkout lines to be greeted by cranky cashiers and max out credit cards.

Okay, so these aren’t the best parts of the Holiday season. Stress and frustration are often a part of this time of year. All the extra activity can distract us from the reason for the season. But it’s also possible to use all the busyness to build or strengthen bonds. You can shop with a friend and spend some “catching up” time. It can be quite fun to drive around after dark and look at Christmas lights with loved ones.

In our house the day after Thanksgiving marks the time to start decorating for Christmas. This is no small task. It can take weeks to finish decorating the house. It is likely that every horizontal surface and most vertical surfaces will be decorated with festive adornment. The poor dog is afraid to lay down during decoration time for fear of having ornaments attached to her. Of course, we must never forget to wear Christmas socks any chance we can. This is a part of our Holiday tradition that makes some great memories.

The cold weather also brings with it a reason for homemade soup. It is not possible in our home to make a small batch of soup so that means inviting guests for dinner. Soup, warm bread, good friends, conversation. Now there’s a recipe to chase away the winter blues!

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Answering The Call


Answering the Call continuums

Here is a sermon preached at hilltop Chapel in What Cheer Iowa November 19, 2017. I have included the two continuums that were presented during the sermon.

A video is available of this sermon on Facebook. Message me if you would like to view it.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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In response to another tragedy


It is doubtful that the recent tragedy in Texas is a direct attack on the Church. Rather it was an easy target to allow full vent to some unknown rage. We live in a world that for decades has declared “whatever you want is okay.” It is the fault of the Church as much as it is society in general. We have declared with a unified voice that God is not where our trust is. We have put our trust in personal choice, which includes the choice to unlovingly criticize others who do not share our beliefs.

     It is past time to put away our religion and quit acting like we are better than others and show through word and deed that we believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ our redeemer, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in truth. This can start with a genuine smile and kind gesture such as holding a door for someone. It must also include a genuine change in our lives on every day including Sunday.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Pastor Appreciation


Every October Hilltop Chapel celebrates Pastor appreciation month with a special service and fellowship time for our Pastor. I was asked to preach a short sermon for this years event and decided to share the audio with my online audience. Enjoy!

Rev. Burt Schwab

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