Dec 9, 2018
Joseph’s Angel – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
Series: Advent
After Joseph discovered Mary was pregnant and had decided to divorce her quietly so as to not disgrace her publicly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him with a message. He said to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, for what she says is true. He tells Joseph that the baby will be named Jesus and that He will save His people from their sins. This is exactly what angels do, they bring messages of peace and hope, and instructions from God. Joseph was visited by an angel a few more times as Jesus was growing up. Angel visitations are not just a part of stories from the Bible, people continue to experience God's heavenly servants each day. Thanks be to God for His angels, who come on His behalf to bring peace and hope, instruction and healing. Amen
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  • Dec 9, 2018Joseph’s Angel – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Dec 9, 2018
    Joseph’s Angel – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Series: Advent
    After Joseph discovered Mary was pregnant and had decided to divorce her quietly so as to not disgrace her publicly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him with a message. He said to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, for what she says is true. He tells Joseph that the baby will be named Jesus and that He will save His people from their sins. This is exactly what angels do, they bring messages of peace and hope, and instructions from God. Joseph was visited by an angel a few more times as Jesus was growing up. Angel visitations are not just a part of stories from the Bible, people continue to experience God's heavenly servants each day. Thanks be to God for His angels, who come on His behalf to bring peace and hope, instruction and healing. Amen
  • Nov 25, 2018Merciful Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-19
    Nov 25, 2018
    Merciful Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-19
    Series: Pentecost
    Continuing in Pastor Gary's Advent series focusing on Joseph, we are given another trait that we regularly see in Jesus; mercy. Upon finding out that Mary was pregnant, Joseph's initial reaction was that she had betrayed him. Not yet knowing that this pregnancy was from God, Joseph had to decide how he would deal with this situation. As we see in scripture, he decides to divorce her quietly so she is not disgraced. But this means so much more for Joseph. This act of mercy means he has certain obligations he must meet, as well as a change in his public image. The gospels credit Joseph as righteous for this decision, a decision of a man that knows how to show mercy.
  • Nov 18, 2018Mentor Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 13:54-56
    Nov 18, 2018
    Mentor Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 13:54-56
    Series: Pentecost
    Joseph of Nazareth, the carpenter, the man chosen to be Jesus earthly father is only mentioned in the birth narrative in the gospels. We only hear of him during advent and at that all we know is his profession and that he was faithful to God's instruction to support Mary and to raise Jesus. Joseph seems to be the forgotten man in scripture and yet may be one of the most influential people present in the birth narrative of Jesus. This is the man that would raise Jesus as his son and teach him his trade, and it seems reasonable that some of Jesus character, like His patience, would be seen in Joseph. Pastor Gary is beginning a series of sermons for Advent that correspond with his upcoming bible study, viewing the birth narrative through the eyes of Joseph. This week, Joseph as mentor.
  • Oct 21, 2018On the Cliff – Rev. Gary Hilton – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:13
    Oct 21, 2018
    On the Cliff – Rev. Gary Hilton – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:13
    Series: Pentecost
    We are ambassadors for God, His representatives in this world. No matter our lot in life, this is our responsibility, our purpose; to reveal Christ in everything that we do, no matter the circumstance. Hear the words from the Apostle Paul this week. Know God, don't squander His blessings and His grace, instead, share the grace you have received freely and be free to join God in His outpouring of blessings to others. Brothers and sisters, do not be content with the grace that you have found in Christ, but be only content in service to God's Kingdom in revealing this great grace to others.
  • Oct 7, 2018What do You See? – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:35, 41-51
    Oct 7, 2018
    What do You See? – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:35, 41-51
    Series: Pentecost
    What do you see when you see or think of Jesus? Do you see someone you need, or is He someone you could rather live without? Jesus calls himself the bread of life, and the people he was speaking to understood exactly what he meant, and Jesus was exactly that. He is the sustainer of all life. He is the sustainer of our souls. The question is, are you actively seeking out Jesus and the life that He gives, or do you see Him as just another product that you consume and feel that you can live without Him?
  • Sep 23, 2018“A Baby Cries Out” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 5:8
    Sep 23, 2018
    “A Baby Cries Out” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 5:8
    Series: Pentecost
    With parenthood comes sacrifices, becoming less so that our kids can become more, so that they can achieve their dreams. Whether it is providing help at the drop of a hat or comfort in the midst of distress, these sacrifices are made out of love. Romans 5:8, which essentially is the totality of the gospel summarized in one verse, is the sacrifice God made because of His love for His children. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." Like a baby crying out, let us reach out and take hold of our God who gave up everything to redeem us to himself.
  • Sep 16, 2018Little Girl with Glasses – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 18-1-8
    Sep 16, 2018
    Little Girl with Glasses – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 18-1-8
    Series: Pentecost
    We are bombarded with news of death, destruction, violence and tragedy of all kinds every day, and it is easy to become blinded by all of this darkness. It is easy to think that evil is winning. What we rarely get to see, however, is the love that people show for each other every day. We get small glimpses of it on the news when someone or a group of people decide it is necessary to show love towards others. While we don't always get to see these good deeds, we know they happen, and when we are informed of people doing good we get to see glimpses of God's Kingdom breaking into our reality. Our faith and hope is renewed when we see the love of God in action. It is in the midst of the darkness that seems to consume this world that our love for one another, the love that God instilled in us, shines brightest. This is when our faith and hope have the potential to be strongest, and where we get to be the light shining on a hill for the world to see. Is evil winning? Never. But we must face it if we are to be the people God calls us to be.
  • Aug 19, 2018How Much is Enough – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 12:1-8
    Aug 19, 2018
    How Much is Enough – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 12:1-8
    Series: Pentecost
    A simple question: how much is enough? How much gratitude, thanks, adoration is enough? What level of extravagance is too much to honor our God. Look at the price that Jesus paid to restore our relationship with God, the price that was paid for our salvation, for us to receive the fullness of life that God gives us. This week we look at how Mary, the sister of Lazarus, responds to everything Jesus has done in her life. The question is asked again; how much is enough? Let our praise and adoration for God fill the heavens and may our lives be an anthem to Gods grace. Amen
  • Aug 5, 2018Desire to Live – Rev. Gary Hilton – Gen. 2 & 3, John 1 & 6, Isaiah 55
    Aug 5, 2018
    Desire to Live – Rev. Gary Hilton – Gen. 2 & 3, John 1 & 6, Isaiah 55
    Series: Pentecost
    We are all motivated by our desires in life. While these desires and the methods we use to obtain them are different for everyone, there is one that is common among all of us: that is a desire to live. Where we see security in life, relief from immediate danger or life that goes beyond our physical existence, maintaining our lives is a great motivator. God desires us to have life as well. In the beginning he placed a tree of life in the garden for Adam and Eve. When humanity fell to sin and was cut off from the tree of life, Jesus came as the new source of life for all of us, not exclusive for one group of people but all the world. As we pursue our desire to live, let us turn to Jesus who is the true source of life and help guide others to the life we have found in Him.
  • Jul 15, 2018This is Holy Ground – Rev. Gary Hilton – Genesis 49:29-33
    Jul 15, 2018
    This is Holy Ground – Rev. Gary Hilton – Genesis 49:29-33
    Series: Pentecost
    The Old Testament, as it follows Israel's lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, recounts an inheritance as an important function of society. One of the most important things you can inherit is land; the land of your father, the land of your ancestors. God's inheritance for His people was the promised land, a place they can call home and be an example to the world. Yet, as the people fell to their own immoralities, God removed from them their inheritance and gave it to others for a time. We too have an inheritance from God. Blessed with the Gospel and adopted into the household of God, we inherit a place with Him, in His family. We are given the church, the commission to live, serve and love as Jesus did. We are blessed to be a part of God's life giving work throughout the world. And yet, unfaithfulness breeds a loss of that inheritance, for if we neglect the charge God gives us and are unfaithful to Him, He will choose another. Let us focus in on God's will, that our inheritance not be wasted and live in Christ's example.