This is the podcast page for Ben Bergren. He is the Lead Pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church of Cupertino, CA. Ben teaches with relevance and passion. Listen in each week as he teaches from the Bible.
We enter into another busy season! Instead of trying to do it all, let us slow down a bit. Maybe instead of buying presents for everyone, we could give a better gift of being fully present in people’s lives this season.
We finish up our sermon series on our core Values at CLC. There are blessings to receive when we are generous. It may sound too good to be true but it is not.
We continue our exploration of our core values at CLC. In this message, I talk about the importance of learning and to understand what underpins our faith and what does not!
We are spending some time looking at our core values at CLC. Today, we explore the importance of worship and why we gather to worship. More than that, we are reminded why we worship because of what Martin Luther discovered and shared with the world.
We conclude the sermon series on the Old Testament prophet Daniel. We begin with what we have learned so far and conclude with Daniel's time in the Lion's Den.
We continue in our journey with the Old Testament prophet Daniel. In chapter 5, we learn a valuable lesson about leaving our past behind and tapping into the power of Christ to change our lives.
We continue on in the Old Testament book of Daniel. Today we discover that Daniel's friends are in trouble because they won't worship a golden statue. The heat is on when they refuse to obey.
We dig into the story of Daniel the Old Testament prophet. Time and time again we discover how to handle crisis and obstacles without drawing a line in the sand every time something doesn't go our way.
We conclude our sermon series on the letter that James the half brother of Jesus wrote to the Christian Church. We review the first four chapters and then we hear about having patience in times of trouble and the importance of prayer.
We continue on in our study of the letter James wrote to the Christian Church. In chapter 4, we see what robs of joy and connection: coveting and jealousy. James also gives us the remedy to this struggle in our lives.
We are exploring the letter the half brother of Jesus wrote to the Church when he was leading it. We move into chapter two where James writes about being consistent in our words and actions.
We begin a sermon series on the book of James. We begin with chapter one where we hear practical advice about how to navigate troubles in our lives and how listening helps us all.
KCLC Radio is still on the air and we go back to 1978 to hear the first breakout hit of this band from the state of Illinois. This song is an invitation to higher living. The lyrics to this song points us to a new way of living.
We hear another song from the radio this week. This time from Motown Records. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On reminds to ask the question to those around us before we get too far down the road.
We continue in our KCLC Radio sermon series. Today the last song ever released by The Beatles. It says a lot about the lives we all lead and the world we live in.
KCLC Radio is on the air! We take a look at popular music from the radio and explore the spiritual messages contained within. This week, the first single ever released by Elton John in the United States.
Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit was given to all believers as promised by Jesus. What is the role of the Spirit in our lives today? Listen in and find out!
How do we make sense of the senseless violence of the past 3 weeks and even the past 20 years of mass violence? God calls to us from the book of Amos and gives us direction.
We continue to look at what makes us tick at CLC. We believe that RADICAL GRACE is for all people! We receive unexpected kindness from Jesus and then give grace to others!
We continue on in our sermon series about our mission statment. We believe God accepts all and does not hold our baggage against us.
We begin a new sermon series revisiting our mission statement. One of the things we strive for at CLC is to be real. We want to be authentic and genuine.
This is Pastor Ben's Easter message. Sometimes we need reminders that we are not alone and that someone is willing to walk with us through the dark times of our lives.
Jesus arrives in Jerusalem and there is a huge celebration praising Jesus for what they think Jesus is about. The crowd is wrong. They seek a political solution for a spiritual problem.
We make our last stop on "The Journey" to Jerusalem. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, we see Jesus' commitment to drawing people close to him and a man's faith who was stronger than all the people following Jesus in that moment.
We continue "The Journey" to Jerusalem. Today Jesus is across the Jordan River talking to a man who want to know how to get to heaven. There is something in this story for us too!
We are looking at lesser known characters surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. In this podcast I talk about the high priest Caiaphas. In two weeks, I will chat about Judas.
We begin a new series on "The Journey" to Jerusalem. Every week until Easter, the gospel of Mark tells us exactly where Jesus is on the journey to the cross. This week we are in Capernaum as Jesus talks about perils of getting into arguments and engaging in conflict.
We conclude our sermon series about mountains with an amazing story about Jesus revealing his identity to three disciples. The miracle of transfiguration has much to teach us about Jesus and life itself.
We continue in our sermon series on how we connect with God. Religious rigidity gets in the way of that connection. So much so we can get into ruts that we can't get out of. Jesus frees us from our personal ruts!
We continue in our sermon series Sneak PeAk. Sometimes we get stuck on the foothills instead climbing up to the mountain to see things more clearly from God’s point of view and experience that “Higher Love.”