May 12, 2019
A Pushy Mother – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 2:1-12
Series: Easter
We all know the moment when our mother asks us to do something in the form of a statement about a situation. She has no need to finish the statement or pose the request, we all know what the request is going to be. We see the same situation unfold with Jesus and Mary in this week's scripture. Mary makes her request because, at this point, she is one of the only people who truly know who Jesus is. Like our mothers, who know our potential and push us to be the best we can be. Where would we be without our pushy mothers who help us be all that we can!
 
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  • May 12, 2019A Pushy Mother – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 2:1-12
    May 12, 2019
    A Pushy Mother – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 2:1-12
    Series: Easter
    We all know the moment when our mother asks us to do something in the form of a statement about a situation. She has no need to finish the statement or pose the request, we all know what the request is going to be. We see the same situation unfold with Jesus and Mary in this week's scripture. Mary makes her request because, at this point, she is one of the only people who truly know who Jesus is. Like our mothers, who know our potential and push us to be the best we can be. Where would we be without our pushy mothers who help us be all that we can!
     
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  • Apr 28, 2019Everyday… I Mean Every Day – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 24_28-35
    Apr 28, 2019
    Everyday… I Mean Every Day – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 24_28-35
    Series: Easter
    The next few weeks leading up to Pentecost Sunday is considered the season of Easter on the church calendar. Why is this bit of info important? Because it shows that we live in Jesus resurrection beyond Easter Sunday. Jesus didn't raise from the dead for us all for one special day, no, he returned for the everyday, for life's routine and tedious tasks. Jesus arose for our best days and our worst days. In His death, He satisfied the penalty for our sin and covered the troubles of this life. In His resurrection, Jesus provides new life and presents a joy and peace that fills our lives. Jesus resurrection is for all of us, for everyday... and when I say everyday, I mean everyday!
  • Apr 14, 2019Shouting Stones – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 19:28-40
    Apr 14, 2019
    Shouting Stones – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 19:28-40
    Series: Lent
    "37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”" (Luke 19:37-40)
  • Mar 31, 2019The Unexpected Sin of Righteousness – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 15:1-7
    Mar 31, 2019
    The Unexpected Sin of Righteousness – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 15:1-7
    Series: Lent
    Righteousness is something that only God can bestow, and yet we often credit ourselves and others as being righteous for various reasons. While we all like to think that we are good people, this sense of "self-righteousness" is insidious as a dangerous sense of pride can develop as we begin to separate ourselves from others and think our "goodness" somehow makes us better. This lenten season, let us become more aware of our sense of righteousness and repent, for no one is above needing God's grace, and only God can credit someone as being truly righteous.
  • Mar 17, 2019To Know & Be Known – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 10-1-15
    Mar 17, 2019
    To Know & Be Known – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 10-1-15
    Series: Lent
    This week, Pastor Allan walks us through a conversation Jesus had with the Pharisees. Relating to the work of shepherds, Jesus relates himself to both the gate that protects the flock at home and the shepherd who knows and cares for the sheep. Jesus says he is the "good shepherd," who lays down his life for his sheep, that He knows his sheep and his sheep know him. How wonderful to know and be known by God.
  • Mar 3, 2019In Tension – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 22:34-40
    Mar 3, 2019
    In Tension – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 22:34-40
    Series: Epiphany
    Tension is usually seen as a bad thing, whether we experience a painful tension in our bodies or an uncomfortable tension in social situations, this is usually something we try to avoid. Try as we might, tension is a natural part of life. Our planet rests in tension as the tectonic plates move against each other. The release of that tension may be violent, but helps create some of the most beautiful places on earth. God calls us to live in tension as well, the sometimes difficult tension of loving Him fully and loving our neighbor as ourself. Neither of these things is easy to do, especially at the same time, but nestled right in the middle of this tension is where we find God. Jesus says that all of the laws and the prophets of old hang on these two important commandments, loving God and loving neighbor. All the laws that God gave us, the words and works given to His prophets hangs on these two commands existing in tension. Can the release of tension be violent and unpleasant, sure, but it usually leads to something beautiful.
  • Feb 10, 2019Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large Pt.3 – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 47:1-12
    Feb 10, 2019
    Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large Pt.3 – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 47:1-12
    Series: Epiphany
    In part 3 of Rev. Brooks' series, we see in Ezekiel's vision the Holy Spirit moving from the temple as water, flowing first as a mere trickle and growing to a mighty river, a river that nourishes everything in its path. We have seen God's power to lift us from our situations and reassemble us over the last couple weeks, and now we see the tremendous, life giving power of the Spirit. Know that this process of restoration is not new to God and is one that is usually repeated many times in a person's life. God is present and ready to raise you from whatever circumstance you find yourself in, eager to put you back together and give you life. Become aware of His presence and live large in the flowing life of the Holy Spirit.
  • Feb 3, 2019Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large Pt.2 – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 37:1-14
    Feb 3, 2019
    Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large Pt.2 – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 37:1-14
    Series: Epiphany
    In part 2 of Rev. Brooks' sermon series, we see God revealing His healing power to Ezekiel, telling Ezekiel to prophesy to a valley of bones that God will reassemble them and make flesh come upon them, that breath will enter them and they will come to life. God then explains that these bones are like His people Israel, and He will restore them just as he did the bones. And how do we see God's power to heal and restore? To completion, one piece at a time.
  • Jan 27, 2019“Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 1:25-2:2
    Jan 27, 2019
    “Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 1:25-2:2
    Series: Epiphany
    Pastor Allan begins a sermon series on the power of the Holy Spirit as found in the accounts of the Prophet Ezekiel. This week, God's power to lift us from whatever our current circumstances may be.
  • Jan 13, 2019Glory to Glory – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
    Jan 13, 2019
    Glory to Glory – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
    Series: Epiphany
    As we actively seek God out, we are transformed in His presence, with "ever increasing glory" into the people He sees us as. We are restored to the image of our maker as this face time with Him takes us from glory to glory.