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.
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  • 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 24, 2019A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
    Feb 24, 2019
    A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
    Series: Epiphany
    What is it that you are looking for as you follow Jesus? What are you looking for when you come to church? This is the question that Jesus asked a couple disciples of John the Baptist who decided to follow Jesus as he passed them one day. Their answer: "where are you staying?" As bible commentators explain, it is very possible that because of the disciples' response, they were seeking a place of belonging, a home, and it is very likely that they were not even aware of this desire. They hear John proclaim “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” and innately decide to follow him. Perhaps many of us follow in the same way, not conscious of why we follow, but we know we must because our souls desire a place to remain, to belong, to call home. And so we seek out Jesus, because in His presence is a place to remain.
  • Feb 17, 2019Bunch of Liars and Cheats – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 1:6-2:10
    Feb 17, 2019
    Bunch of Liars and Cheats – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 1:6-2:10
    Series: Epiphany
    This week, Pastor Gary leads us through the story of the birth of Moses and the women who defied a king to do what they knew what right.
  • 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.
  • 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.