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Jan 14, 2018
“Newbie Person” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:11-17
Series: Epiphany
Noob. noun. Someone who is new. Around this time every year people start making resolutions to better them selves. "New year, new me" they say, and there is nothing wrong with that. But then the resolution is abandoned and the "new me" slips back into old routines. In the midst of this yearly struggle, we are given this simple truth in scripture, that "if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are made new in Christ, no longer bound to the old ways of living and the parts of our lives that we wish to change. Let go of what you wish to change, cling to Christ and allow Him to renew you in the light of His grace!
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  • Jan 14, 2018“Newbie Person” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:11-17
    Jan 14, 2018
    “Newbie Person” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:11-17
    Series: Epiphany
    Noob. noun. Someone who is new. Around this time every year people start making resolutions to better them selves. "New year, new me" they say, and there is nothing wrong with that. But then the resolution is abandoned and the "new me" slips back into old routines. In the midst of this yearly struggle, we are given this simple truth in scripture, that "if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are made new in Christ, no longer bound to the old ways of living and the parts of our lives that we wish to change. Let go of what you wish to change, cling to Christ and allow Him to renew you in the light of His grace!
  • Jan 7, 2018“The Fourth Wise Man” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 2:1-12
    Jan 7, 2018
    “The Fourth Wise Man” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 2:1-12
    Series: Epiphany
    The story of the wise men is an integral part of the Christmas Season, and yet is a part of the story that is so often overlooked. As we read the account, we see that the first people who were given the message of Jesus birth were simple shepherds, tending their flocks when the angels appeared and proclaimed the good news. These shepherds who were considered unclean and were not allowed to worship in the temple, were among the first to behold the Son of God. Then we read about the wise men from the east. These were astrologers and pagans, from a land that throughout Israel's history brought suffering and led them off into exile. These wise men would not have seen a warm welcome. And yet, we see the message of unity and God's grace for all people that Jesus preached at work hear at His birth, calling shepherds; who were outsiders among Israel, and foreigners worshiped other gods, to be the first to come to worship Jesus, the savior to all.
  • Dec 17, 2017“Advent: The Son Coming Through the Clouds” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 13:11-14
    Dec 17, 2017
    “Advent: The Son Coming Through the Clouds” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 13:11-14
    Series: Advent
    Just like the sun breaking through the clouds on a cold, dreary winter day, Christ breaks through the bleakest parts of our lives and radiates the warmth of His love. God broke through the darkness and shone the light of a new day, a day of salvation. Christ, born to us in a manger is our light in the darkest of places and the reason we celebrate this Christmas season. Let us live in the newness of this salvation and walk in the light of a new day.
  • Dec 10, 2017“Advent, Astrophysics and Light in Darkness” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5
    Dec 10, 2017
    “Advent, Astrophysics and Light in Darkness” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5
    Series: Advent
    This Christmas season is one where the impossible defines what is possible, where our infinite God works to do what only God can do. If Advent is the season of preparation for what God is doing, how can we possibly wrap our mind around a God this big? We start by looking to the creation summary in John's Gospel. "In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:1-3. When we look at what we know about the universe, isn't it amazing that galaxies and solar systems look the same as the stuff that makes us up? The intricacies of creation, how perfect everything is set for existence to be our reality. God is in the infinitesimal and the infinite. He is there in the smallest nuances of our lives and overcomes our biggest obstacles. And as John continues, "He is the light of all man kind, and the darkness has not overcome it" (paraphrased John 1:4-5). Praise God for a season to celebrate He who overcomes our biggest problems, shines in our darkest hours, and knows every nuance of our being.
  • Dec 3, 2017“The Perfect Christmas” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Dec 3, 2017
    “The Perfect Christmas” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Series: Advent
    Life vary rarely goes according to plan, and never turns out perfectly. Joseph had to learn this first hand. Setting himself up as a respected carpenter in his community, everything started to fall apart when Mary became pregnant. Joseph had two options; he could either break off his engagement to Mary and leave this unfortunate event behind him, or he could trust God's messenger, take Mary as his wife and raise her child. What God was doing went against all the honorable rules Joseph new in his society. This was far from the perfect plan Joseph had for his life. But this was God's perfect plan, to grace the world and offer all of His people the gift of salvation. This is why we worship this season, to celebrate His grace and rejoice in the imperfections that only God can make perfect.
  • Nov 26, 2017“Construction Zone” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 40:3-5
    Nov 26, 2017
    “Construction Zone” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 40:3-5
    Series: Advent
    This is the season of good news ~ news to bring great joy to all peoples. What is this news? That Jesus, who came to us a child, embraced our existence, to make himself known. That we now may see His light, know the Truth, and have a way through whatever may come in life where no way exists. For as it is spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together." (Isaiah 40:4-5)
  • Nov 19, 2017“Where is the Turkey?” – Rev. Gary Hilton
    Nov 19, 2017
    “Where is the Turkey?” – Rev. Gary Hilton
    Series: Pentecost
    Have you ever piled your thanksgiving plate so high that you can no longer see your turkey? You know it eventually gets lost in all the various flavors of Thanksgiving dinner, but man is it good that way! Do you ever pile on activities and act like everything is perfect in your life to hide who you are and how you feel? While thanksgiving dinner might be good this way, it is hard to live like this. Praise be to a God who sees past all the walls and facades we put up and knows who we truly are. This can be a horrifying thought, knowing that God really knows us, because then we have to face that truth instead of deceiving ourselves with the same image we show others. But this is really our biggest blessing, because God, knowing everything about us, comes to us as we are and "dares us to trust he loves us just as we are..." as stated by the late Brennan Manning. We don't face this truth alone, but with a God who brings healing from our brokenness, dares us to trust and believe in His love, and calls us to show this love to others.
  • Nov 12, 2017“Stones in the Dust” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Nehemiah 2:17-18
    Nov 12, 2017
    “Stones in the Dust” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Nehemiah 2:17-18
    Series: Pentecost
    Sometimes life tears us down, and we feel broken and battered. In those moments, all that is left to do is begin rebuilding. In the passage from Nehemiah, Nehemiah gets permission from the Persian King to go back to Jerusalem and begin rebuilding the city, for the Babylonians sacked the city and took Israel into exile before they were conquered by Persia. For 70 years, Jerusalem lay in ruins, but by God's will Nehemiah took groups of Israelites back to begin rebuilding the city. It is in these times of rebuilding that God works to rebuild us. These are the moments that we can draw closer to God, grow and become stronger people. The rebuilding process can be long and it can be painful, but to grow closer to God through the process is one of the greatest blessings you can have.
  • Nov 5, 2017“No More Tears” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Isaiah 25:1-9
    Nov 5, 2017
    “No More Tears” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Isaiah 25:1-9
    Series: Pentecost
    We all experience sorrow and loss, but God gives us a promise that overcomes it all. As we remember and honor those who have been instrumental to our lives this All Saints Weekend, hear the promise of God through the words of the profit Isaiah.
  • Oct 29, 2017“Heart Giving” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 6:19-21
    Oct 29, 2017
    “Heart Giving” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 6:19-21
    Series: Pentecost
    We all know the phrase "God loves a cheerful giver," but have you ever really though about what that means. In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus begins spelling that out for us when He talks about where we keep our treasures. Our hearts have an emended power to discreetly direct our thoughts and actions to the point where the things that we most care about get the bulk of our attention. Most of us know this, but pay little attention as it is happening. The question is; what are our hearts pointed toward? Are they wrapped up in the material around us, or are our passions and treasures centered in God's Kingdom? So, when we give, are we giving out of obligation or are we investing in the Kingdom, in God's acts of salvation and grace around the world and through His church?