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Aug 20, 2017
“Look to the Left and to the Right” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 34:11-22
Series: Pentecost
The church stops being the church when it stops serving others; when instead sharing God's life giving blessings, it hoards it. The bottom line from this passage in Ezekiel is if we are not using the blessings God gives us for the betterment of others, than we simply are not being the church. Our faith and salvation is not for a church service on Sunday mornings, our salvation is for others, that they might come to know Christ as well. Our blessings are not to make our lives easier, but to help lift the burden of those who struggle day in and day out. This is being the church, when we decide to look to the left and to the right, to see the needs of others, and not just down at the blessing we have.
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  • Aug 20, 2017“Look to the Left and to the Right” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 34:11-22
    Aug 20, 2017
    “Look to the Left and to the Right” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 34:11-22
    Series: Pentecost
    The church stops being the church when it stops serving others; when instead sharing God's life giving blessings, it hoards it. The bottom line from this passage in Ezekiel is if we are not using the blessings God gives us for the betterment of others, than we simply are not being the church. Our faith and salvation is not for a church service on Sunday mornings, our salvation is for others, that they might come to know Christ as well. Our blessings are not to make our lives easier, but to help lift the burden of those who struggle day in and day out. This is being the church, when we decide to look to the left and to the right, to see the needs of others, and not just down at the blessing we have.
  • Aug 13, 2017“Walk on Water” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 14:22-33
    Aug 13, 2017
    “Walk on Water” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 14:22-33
    Series: Pentecost
    How much faith must Peter have had to climb out of the boat to meet Jesus on the water? How little faith did he have to allow the storm to instill doubt and fear? Regardless of Peter's amount of faith, Jesus was there. He came down off the mountain where he was praying and resting to be with His disciples in the middle of a storm on the lake. It doesn't matter how much faith Peter had, Jesus showed up and he responded. How will you respond when Jesus shows up in your storm?
  • Jul 30, 2017“The Journey” – Rev. Allan Brooks
    Jul 30, 2017
    “The Journey” – Rev. Allan Brooks
    Series: Pentecost
    It is difficult to try and explain the Kingdom of God to people, isn't it? Jesus wasn't even able to directly describe the Kingdom of God to people, instead He would say things like: "The Kingdom of God is like..." When we read how Jesus describes the Kingdom and what He compares it to, we must be careful not to focus on the specific items in the description. For the Kingdom of God is not found in the items, rather it is found in the interaction and experience, and is about what happens when you find it. To know the Kingdom of God is to be on the journey of faith.
     
    -Matthew 13:44-48
  • Jul 23, 2017“The Shepherd and the Prince”
    Jul 23, 2017
    “The Shepherd and the Prince”
    Series: Pentecost
    Two men with completely opposite lives become best friends; David, the shepherd boy anointed to one day become king of Israel, and Jonathan, a respected warier and Prince of Israel. It was David's victory against Goliath that brought these two together, and nothing could destroy their friendship. Their loyalty to one another extended beyond death and begins to foreshadow the love Jesus has for us.
     
    - 1 Samuel 18:1-4
  • Jul 16, 2017“The Way of the World”
    Jul 16, 2017
    “The Way of the World”
    Series: Pentecost
    Anytime Jesus sent His disciples out to do the work of the Kingdom, He never pulled any punches. In these verses, Jesus lays it all out for His disciples, explaining what to expect when they encounter the world in His name. Then He goes on to explain in a parable that good and evil exist side by side in this world, that it is not for us divide and deal with the problems, but for God to take care of in the end. In both of these sets of scripture, Jesus simply tells us to do one thing: to be His disciples and live for the Kingdom...God's got the rest.
     
    Matthew 10:40-42; 13:24-30
  • Jul 9, 2017“A Change of Heart”
    Jul 9, 2017
    “A Change of Heart”
    Series: Pentecost
    Everyone knows who the good Samaritan is. In Jesus' day, the Samaritans were hated by the Jewish people, and in this parable, it is the hated outsider that shows the most compassion. Jesus is responding to the question of how to receive eternal life and who, if we are to love our neighbor as our self, then is our neighbor. Jesus puts the compassion of this Samaritan against the religion of a priest and a Levite, two teachers of the Law. May our compassion go beyond religion and prejudice, that our hearts be changed to reflect the love of God.
     
    Luke 10:25-37
  • Jul 2, 2017“I Love the Church”
    Jul 2, 2017
    “I Love the Church”
    Series: Pentecost
    As we journey through faith, it is good to share some of our experiences within the church. Here we hear some of Pastor Allan's experiences and why he loves the church. Why do you love the church?
     
    2 Corinthians 11:16-23
  • Jun 25, 2017“Thank You Crazy Guy”
    Jun 25, 2017
    “Thank You Crazy Guy”
    Series: Pentecost
    You know that crazy guy...the one with the "John 3:16" sign at football games...for some people that is the only introduction to the Gospel that they get. This conversation that Jesus had with Nicodemus recorded in John's Gospel is typically the set of verses that begin to change people's lives, it certainly changed Nicodemus'. So yeah, thank you crazy guy!
     
    John 3:14-21
  • Jun 18, 2017“Our Hands”
    Jun 18, 2017
    “Our Hands”
    Series: Pentecost
    What can our hands do? We can create, fix , break and destroy things with them. We can offer people comfort or use them to put people down. But if we learn what Peter knew, through the power of the Holy Spirit, our hands can heal. Our hands cannot just offer people comfort, they can help people up, show them that they are not alone; send a text of encouragement, or even be the instruments of a gracious act. God wants to use your hands for work in the Kingdom...will you let him?
     
    Acts 3:1-8
  • Jun 11, 2017“Something to Stand On”
    Jun 11, 2017
    “Something to Stand On”
    Series: Pentecost
    God never promises that life will be easier if we trust in what He says, but He does promise that He will never leave us. We celebrate these promises in the good times, and lean on them in the bad. This trust is a part of what it means to live in God's Kingdom here on earth.
     
    Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52