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.
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  • 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.
  • Jan 6, 2019Almost Normal – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 2:16-18
    Jan 6, 2019
    Almost Normal – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 2:16-18
    Series: Epiphany
    With Christmas over, we now begin the task of taking all of our decorations down and returning everything back to normal. Only problem is, now that Jesus has come, we can't go back to normal. Once Jesus entered the world, that was it, there was no going back, for God's power and act of salvation was here to stay. We may pack up our manger scenes, stick baby Jesus back in a box for another year, but we can't pack away God's power and presence, that stays with us each day.
  • Feb 11, 2018“What is Your Name?” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Isaiah 62:1-9
    Feb 11, 2018
    “What is Your Name?” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Isaiah 62:1-9
    Series: Epiphany
    Names mean everything to us. They are more than just how we identify ourselves against the rest of the world, they are personal, relational and intimate. If you have ever given something a name, you know that you end up forming a bond with it and if anything happens to that thing, you feel for it. You see, names are how we connect to and understand our world. Our names, whether given names, nick-names or the things we call ourselves or are called based on our actions, are how we establish who we are in the world. We are intimately connected with these names we are given or give ourselves, but all to easily forget the names God gives us. He calls us His beloved, His children, heirs with Christ, and my favorite for Isaiah; "mine." God claims us, gives us a new name, and by doing, gives us an identity that we can stand firm in. We are God's, let us never forget that. Let us live in the brilliance of the names that God gives us and leave behind the ones that weigh us down.
  • Feb 4, 2018“One in Whom is the Spirit of God” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Genesis 41:38
    Feb 4, 2018
    “One in Whom is the Spirit of God” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Genesis 41:38
    Series: Epiphany
    We go through life trying to be as successful as possible, though the results are rarely what we dream them to be. We usually have a few small victories and face many failures, with which we define our successfulness in life. Ultimately, we find the greatest success when we are so passionately following God in everything we do, that people cease to see our successes or failures and only see the God we pursue. We were created in God's image, to reflect His glory, a glory that overshadows our greatest triumphs and our most devastating failures, because this glory is full of grace and life for the world. Where do we find success? In a life lived for God, following His plans for our lives and keeping Him at the center of everything we do.
  • Jan 28, 2018“Newbie World” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Revelation 21:1-5
    Jan 28, 2018
    “Newbie World” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Revelation 21:1-5
    Series: Epiphany
    One of the most incredible, and often most forgotten, promises given to us through scripture is found in the book of Revelation. The culmination of the apocalyptic literature found in this final book of the Bible resounds with the declaration that God is coming to be with His people, dwelling with us on earth. We are so often caught up with getting to heaven, that we miss the repeating theme of God coming to us. God does not require us to find our way to Him, instead He seeks us out, and His grace and redemption is not just for us but for His entire creation. All that He created will one day be fully renewed and God will be with His people. Until that day, we have a lot of work to do, for as God's people we have a part in the renewal of creation. In Christ, everything is a new creation, let the old things pass away, and embrace the noob.
  • Jan 21, 2018“Newbie Church” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
    Jan 21, 2018
    “Newbie Church” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
    Series: Epiphany
    In Christ we are made new, no longer bound to the old ways of living. Our renewal is God's work of reconciling us to Himself. We are made "newbie people," reconciled to God. Together we are a "newbie church," a congregation being renewed to God's purposes and given a specific job: to participate in reconciling the world back to God. Our world is full of conflict and we have been given the task of extending Gods grace in the midst of it, providing hope and peace in the darkest and most chaotic of places. Little by little we participate revealing God's Kingdom in the midst of our chaos, renewing and reconciling our world back to God.
  • 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.
  • Feb 27, 2017“Freedom With Limits”
    Feb 27, 2017
    “Freedom With Limits”
    Series: Epiphany
    Many of us do not like being told what we cannot do, and so we push the limits of our freedom. While God has gifted us the freedom to choose things for our self, He set forth limits on that freedom so we may experience the fullness of all the God created.
     
    Rev. Gary Hilton - Genesis 3: 8-14; 19-24
  • Feb 19, 2017“Wise Man”
    Feb 19, 2017
    “Wise Man”
    Series: Epiphany
    King Solomon was renown for his wisdom, bestowed upon request from God that he may rule over Israel with justice.
    We would be wise to heed Solomon’s great wisdom.
     
    Psalm 127:1-2