Jun 2, 2019
God of the Cicadas – Rev. Allan Brooks – Exodus 10:12-15 – Leviticus 11:20-23 – Mark 1:4-6
Series: Easter
Sometimes I think we forget this simple fact, but God is not just our God, He is God of the cicadas as well. Now that these cicadas have returned, it is a good time to be reminded of this truth. From all of the grand mysteries of the universe that boggle our minds, to all of those insects that simply annoy us, God is God of everything in-between.
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  • Jun 2, 2019God of the Cicadas – Rev. Allan Brooks – Exodus 10:12-15 – Leviticus 11:20-23 – Mark 1:4-6
    Jun 2, 2019
    God of the Cicadas – Rev. Allan Brooks – Exodus 10:12-15 – Leviticus 11:20-23 – Mark 1:4-6
    Series: Easter
    Sometimes I think we forget this simple fact, but God is not just our God, He is God of the cicadas as well. Now that these cicadas have returned, it is a good time to be reminded of this truth. From all of the grand mysteries of the universe that boggle our minds, to all of those insects that simply annoy us, God is God of everything in-between.
  • May 26, 2019Its Going to be a Party – Rev. Gary Hilton – Revelation 7:9-17
    May 26, 2019
    Its Going to be a Party – Rev. Gary Hilton – Revelation 7:9-17
    Series: Easter
    The book of Revelation is not an easy read. The symbolism alone is enough to confuse most people and scholars even sit in different camps in interpreting the content of this book. And yet, there are simple truths that shine through, one of which Pastor Gary leads us through this week. In this particular passage, we find a scene in heaven where a great multitude are before God's throne, robed in white and holding palm branches, "cry out in a loud voice," worshiping God. John is asked in this vision if he knows who these people are, which he does not, and is explained that these are those "who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." These are people from every nation, who have gone through great suffering, who find their life in Christ, and now we see them in this scene of celebration and worship in God's presence. The essential truth from this passage; God's promise extends far beyond the troubles and suffering we see everyday. We are presented a glimpse of that promise through this Revelation given to John and through that glimpse a renewed strength to work to see God's kingdom realized amongst us, today.
  • May 19, 2019In Whatever Form it Comes – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 7_1-10
    May 19, 2019
    In Whatever Form it Comes – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 7_1-10
    Series: Easter
    Sometimes we see people express faith in God who we don't expect, or in ways we could never anticipate. Sometimes, it is those who are completely different from us, or whom we might consider an enemy, that demonstrate the boldest faith. This was the case some Jewish elders and a centurion in this week's passage from Luke. In order to save a valued servant, a centurion - a soldier in the Roman occupation army in Israel - requests help from Jesus. The elders go and petition Jesus on this centurion's behalf and Jesus agrees. On their way back, the centurion does something odd, the most bizarre demonstration of faith in the Gospels. The centurion sends a servant to tell Jesus not to bother coming to his house, but requests that Jesus simply say the word, for this centurion understands authority and recognizes the authority Jesus possesses. For this act, Jesus commends the centurion's faith as the greatest he has seen in all of Israel. An unlikely display of faith from an unlikely person...and this week's essential truth - to have our eyes and hearts open to God's love and work in the faith of people who we do not expect to see it from.
  • 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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  • May 5, 2019Blinded by the Light – Rev. Gary Hilton – Acts 9:1-20
    May 5, 2019
    Blinded by the Light – Rev. Gary Hilton – Acts 9:1-20
    Series: Easter
    As Pastor Gary begins his series of final four sermons with us at Chippewa UMC, we look at Paul's experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Halted in his path to arrest followers with a new heretical Jewish sect called The Way, Paul is blinded by God's light and given a new revelation into who God is. Once one who persecuted Christ and His followers, now one of the great defenders of the faith. Pastor Gary's plea, never convince yourself that you know all there is to know about God and remain open to a new revelation into who God is.
  • 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!
  • May 13, 2018“Just the Facts – Pt. I” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 6:25-34
    May 13, 2018
    “Just the Facts – Pt. I” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 6:25-34
    Series: Easter
    We often attribute a great amount of mysticism when we think about Jesus and the events depicted in the Bible and recorded in history. And these places with legendary sounding names hold great spiritual importance, places like Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem. But these places still saw conflict, social tensions and international disputes; do these issues sound familiar? This led the Jewish people we read about in scripture to live and act a certain way, and primes the scene that Jesus enters into. As we get ready to celebrate Pentecost this year, we reflect on the powerfully radical message that Jesus brought to His people. This week, we look just at the facts, at the social climate that Jesus steps into so that we may have some context for the message He brings and the reaction it receives.
  • May 6, 2018“Life & Belief” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:30-31
    May 6, 2018
    “Life & Belief” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:30-31
    Series: Easter
    Does what you believe help shape your life? Does what you believe give you life or steal it? As the Apostle John concludes his gospel account of Jesus' life and ministry, he leaves this special note: "Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (John 20:30-31) This is the assurance John gives us at the end of his account, that these words we are reading are not some historical record we should memorize, rather they are here to point us to the truth that Jesus is the Messiah, that we may believe and have life in His name. Embrace the life that is offered by Jesus, and let your belief in Him radiate through your life everyday."May 6, 2018 Sermon Audio" by Chad Lewis. Released: 2018.
  • Apr 29, 2018“If This Alone be Done” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Mark 10:35-45
    Apr 29, 2018
    “If This Alone be Done” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Mark 10:35-45
    Series: Easter
    Jesus gives us a perfect example of what it takes to follow Him; service. Jesus lived in service to others and continuously told His disciples that if they truly wanted to become great, they must become servants. Even on the night Jesus was betrayed, he took on the posture of a servant toward His disciples to make this point clear. And yet, it wasn't until Jesus was gone that they understood what He taught them. Many times they would take pride in what they had given up to follow Him, and even sought positions of honor and power in Jesus' Kingdom, only to be rebuked and told that if they must become a slave if they truly seek greatness. It wasn't until Jesus was gone that they realized that His kingdom embodied humility and service. To show love to others. That was the Apostle John's teaching before his passing. To love one another. Tradition records John saying; "Little children, love one another. It is the Lord's command. If this alone be done, it is enough." So let us stop searching for our own greatness within the church, let us forget the things that we think we are owed. Our greatness and our purpose is in our service to others. It might not be glamorous, but it is exactly what the world needs. So let us love one another, and if this alone be done, it truly is enough.
  • Apr 22, 2018“Everyday Easter II” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:17-18
    Apr 22, 2018
    “Everyday Easter II” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:17-18
    Series: Easter
    “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17) The first instruction that Jesus gives after His resurrection; to go. Mary is so excited once she realizes that the man in front of her is Jesus, but she is told that she can't hold on to him there. In many ways, Mary is like us; when we find Jesus just want to stay with Him right where we find Him. Jesus tells us just as He told Mary, "Go, tell people about me." We want to stay, to know that we are near the One our hearts have been longing for, but we are sent back into the world to tell others of who we have found. But we can be assured that we are not alone, for Christ goes with us. He too is out in the world, fulfilling the work of redemption, and tells us we must go and join him.