The Rescue Church

40 Episodes

By: Pastor Sam Pickard

Audio Messages from The Rescue Church, Pastor Jon Sanders

It Doesn't Have To Be Political

When you hear the words “Conservative” or “Conservation” what do you think of? Do you think of Republican versus Democrat? Do you think of going green, electric cars, global warming or saving the planet? The unfortunate reality is these words can become divisive and often polarizing. Is this God’s desire for his people? Does he want us to be divided and antagonistic towards each other?


Throughout this series titled, “BATTLESHIP: because good relationships are worth fighting for” we have talked about different types of friendships and about our relationship with God. This week we will be looking at Marriage. Not married or looking to get married? That’s ok. There will be something for you as well.

An Amazing Friendship

Not all friendships are created equal. This weekend we are talking about the most important friendship a person can have and how it should change your life.

Who Gets Me?

Many of us lead busy lives. We keep busy work, friends, school, volunteering, family, and so many other things that are fighting for our time. This busyness can put a strain on relationships. After all, there is only so much time. This week we will look at how to build healthy relationships with so many people and things fighting for our time and energy.

Is It Wrong To Judge?

Who are the people you have in your life? Are they the right people? This is a big question requiring some serious discernment. Join us this weekend as we try to figure this out with help from Jesus in Matthew 7.

Opportunities To Grow

Our relationships have a significant impact on our lives. They have been part of shaping us into who we are today and who we will become in the future. If you want to know more about being a person who positively impacts others or about being in relationships that help you become who God intended you to be, join us this weekend.

Friends and Associates

Relationships can be hard. Friendships can be hard and sometimes people get hurt. When we understand we everyone isn’t a true friend and can better recognize healthy relationships, it gets easier. so what does true friendship look like? That is what we are talking about this weekend.

Friday, January 8th

Don't Go Through Life Alone

People are different. Some enjoy being around people. Others enjoy time alone with themselves. So do we really need relationships with other people or is it simply a personal preference? This week we are launching into our series of talks on relationships, healthy relationships. Let’s start by looking at whether we really do need to connect with other people…and why all relationships aren’t created equal.

Not What I Pictured

As we continue to look at the Christmas story from different perspectives, we are going to be looking at it from the Inn Keeper’s point of view. What was he thinking as he sent Jesus’s parents to the Stable to give birth to a son? Do you think he, or anyone else, ever expected their Messiah, would be the child of a carpenter and his fiance?

Joseph: A Person of Character

We hear a lot about Jesus, Mary, Shepherds, and the Wise Men during the Christmas season, but what about Joseph, Jesus’ earthly dad. Can you imagine finding out your fiance is going to have a child and it isn’t yours? How would that make you look in the community? What would people say? Joseph was in a challenging position and there is a lot we can learn from how he responded. We’re going to do that this week.

Marriage: What Is Expected Of Me?

“Marriage Isn’t Always Easy” isn’t a headline that would gather much attention in the media. Any adult, married or unmarried, can see that marriage isn’t easy. Many kids can even see having a healthy marriage is a challenge. If we are going to have any chance at enjoying marriage as it was intended to be, we need help. And what is marriage intended to be? What should be our expectations? Join us this week as we try to answer those questions. 

The Church That Prays Together

When you think about living your life for God, what do you think of? Do you think of people who do something big, something extraordinary? Do you believe you could be a part of changing a community, a town, a state, or even the world? This week we are going to talk about how you can be a part of something that can change your family, your community, and even the world. And you can start now!

I Disagree

The reality is we don’t all see everything the same way. We have different opinions and understandings. Is that ok? If we are all Christians, should we think the same way? And what if we don’t see things the same (politics, face masks, favorite sports teams, best coffee shop, best way to raise children, etc)? How do we work though those disagreements? We’re going to talk about this in the sermon this week.

The Church, Different, But United

Why don’t others see things the same way I do? Am I wrong or are they? And in the church, should we all be on the same page or doesn’t it matter? We’re going to discuss these questions this week using Paul’s words to the church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 12 as a starting point.

One & Only

Life has many challenges and can get overwhelming at times. Jesus knew the challenges of life. He lived them himself and he was able to accomplish his purpose. Like Jesus, you have a purpose. That’s right. You were created on purpose and for a purpose! Because of God, we have the ability to not simply get through life, but to accomplish God’s purpose, his incredible purpose, for us.

Divide and Conquer

Division is extremely powerful. It has the ability to destroy relationships and limit success. It can destroy marriages and nations. This week we are going to look at some of the causes and affects of division in an effort to address it and move forward together, not as clones of each other, but UNITED.

Standing Firm In Times Of Trial

This world is not spinning out of control. nothing is happening that is hidden from the sight and full knowledge of our righteous and holy God. and Jesus Christ is coming back soon!

It's Not About The Money

The Bible is talked about a lot in the Bible. Whether or not it is the most talked about topic or one of the most talked about topics in the Bible is debated, but money and wealth are referenced a lot. This week we’ll see how James addresses wealth and how it reflects on who we are as people.

Only So Much Time

Do you have goals? What do you plan to do with your life? Is there something you are putting off, but hope to one day accomplish? This weekend we are going to talk about what it looks like to get the important things done.

Don't Be So Critical

People can be so judgmental. We criticize each other for whether we use a mask or not, what type of vehicle we drive, what phone we use, how big the mistakes we make are, and so many other things. This week we will see what James has to share about how we criticize each other?

Time To Get Serious

As a general rule, we are a really blessed people with more options than ever before. Netflix alone has 5000 shows to choose from! Sometimes the large number of choices make it difficult to commit or decide. This week we are going to see what James said about making a decision, committing, and going all in on the Gospel.

Do My Prayers Really Matter?

The idea of prayer gets thrown around quite often. When bad things happen we see #PrayFor_________ , but do those prayers matter or is it simply something we say to make us feel better? This week we are looking at whether our prayers truly make any difference at all or is it the same as a person sharing good vibes.

Warning Against Prejudice

The Bible may be old, but it is certainly not irrelevant. The book of James was written around 1,975 years ago, but what we are studying this weekend is applicable for the events of today. Join us Sunday to hear what James had to say about prejudice and love.

The Power Of Words

Over the years much of the change we’ve seen or experienced has been precipitated by people’s words. Things they’ve said or written have brought about great change. The reality is, words have power. And our words will make an impact. The questions is, “will that be a positive or negative impact?” Join us this weekend as we hear what James has to say about the power of words.

How To Measure My Wisdom

True wisdom is not so much measured by how much knowledge a person has, but rather the depth of their character.

Is Believing In God Enough?

Throughout the years there have been a variety of teachings about what people need to say or do to get to heaven. This weekend we are going to look at what James has to say about Faith (Strong belief in God as Lord) and action in an effort to better understand what part our actions play in our relationship with God. 

When The Going Gets Tough

Sometimes life is hard and we wonder if we can really go on. Can we keep putting one foot in front of the other? I’m thankful the Bible isn’t only full of stories about the good times, because sometimes life doesn’t feel all that good and I need encouragement, hope, direction, and survival tips. James addresses the hard times in this week’s message.

Who's This James Guy?

Do you ever wonder if you waited too long? If only you had started doing that important thing earlier, when you were younger. Is it too late? This week we are going to take a look at who James is and see how he had a change of direction and purpose later than some people may think he should have.

I Am God's Friend

What does it look like to be God’s friends? Jesus tells us we are not simply his servants or minions, but we are his friends. This week we are going to talk about what that means for us.

I Am Adopted

Satan is a liar. Sometimes he will give you names that God hasn’t given you. You then start listening and accepting these names, names like failure, loser, worthless. They usually aren’t positive names since what is good comes from God. This week we are going to look at another one of the things God affirms in us as Christians. What does it mean we he tells us we are adopted?

I Am United

As Christians, we are a part of the same family. Like our earthly families, there are a lot of differences, but, in spite of those differences, we are expected to stand united.

I Am Loved

Love is a word that gets thrown around in a variety of different ways. We love a certain food. We love our significant others. We love things like music, reading, camping, fishing, cooking, the Vikings, etc. The word love is used for a lot of situations, so what does it mean when God says he loves us and, specifically, what does that mean for me?

I Am Forgiven

Do you ever feel like you have done something so bad it would be hard or impossible to forgive? Or maybe it’s the opposite and you feel pretty good about life and don’t have anything “bad” you need forgiven for. This week we are going to look at how God views forgiveness and how sees you in light of the forgiveness he offers.

Because Of Jesus

Do you ever wonder why the Bible is broke up into Old Testament and New Testament? Do you understand the role of all those rules in the Old Testament? Do you wonder if they all still apply to you? And if that isn’t what God expects, what does he expect?

Because Of Jesus

Easter is the time when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection after taking on himself the wrongs of all humankind. It is because of what Jesus did, we can be forever changed. It is because of what Jesus did, there is hope in a world of uncertainty. He is risen. He is risen indeed!


Do you ever wish you could do something amazing for God? Maybe something that would impact the world…or at least your entire community? Something that would get you noticed. You’re not alone. What if God is asking you to do something equally challenging, but not as attention grabbing? Would you do it? Join us this week as we see Enoch’s example of doing one not-so-flashy thing well.

Extreme Change

Do you feel average? Maybe worse than that, you feel insignificant.

As we continue our look at Heroes Of The Faith, we are going to be checking out the life of Rahab. We will see how God used someone who many would have said was insignificant to impact all of eternity.

A Faith Beyond One's Life

Ben Franklin once said, “but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

The reality is, one day we will all die, so this week we are looking at how God’s plan for you is much bigger than you and your lifetime.

This week we will be talking about the life of Joseph, who believed God to be a God who keeps his promises.

Sometimes I Don't Understand

Abraham didn't have to understand what God was doing, to follow where he was leading. When God asks Abraham to do the unthinkable, he doesn't question it.

Sarah - Help My Unbelief

Are you dealing with doubt? It's not unusual to doubt. God is not afraid of our doubts. Don’t ignore the doubt but truly seek Him!