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)
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  • 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)
  • Apr 7, 2019Living Bread of Communion – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:51-58
    Apr 7, 2019
    Living Bread of Communion – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:51-58
    Series: Lent
    In this week's scripture, we hear Jesus begin to explain the importance of events to come. He begins telling people that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood, otherwise they have not part in him. As Jesus begins pointing to what we know as communion, when he breaks the bread and passes the cup during the last supper, his explanation is short and direct. Jesus tells us this is something we have to do, and that should be good enough for us. Why? Because Jesus said so...
  • 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 24, 2019Let’s Give it Another Chance – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 13:1-9
    Mar 24, 2019
    Let’s Give it Another Chance – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 13:1-9
    Series: Lent
    This week, Pastor Gary leads us through Jesus' response to a couple tragedies that the people were facing that concludes with a parable about a fig tree. Jesus message, repent, turn back to God, or perish. Harsh words we are not used hearing from Jesus. To explain the reality surrounding this conversation with community around Him, Jesus tells this parable about a fruitless fig tree in a vineyard who's owner was done letting it use up good soil and was ready to chop it down, and the gardener ready to give the tree a second chance.
  • 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 25, 2018“Release the Prisoners” – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 12:12-16 & Luke 23:13-25
    Mar 25, 2018
    “Release the Prisoners” – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 12:12-16 & Luke 23:13-25
    Series: Lent
    They called him savior and messiah, shouted hosanna and hailed him as a conquering king. They were right to do so, but were blind to what he would a conquer and save them from. A hundred years earlier, Israel was liberated from Greek oppression by an old priest and his family who lead a resistance campaign to reclaim the Temple and restore independence to Israel as recorded in the Old Testament Apocrypha of the Maccabees. With this revolt fresh in the minds of the Israelites, and a history of Judges who would liberate Israel from foreign oppressors before Israel's established kings, it is no wonder that the people expected Jesus to lead them in removing the Romans from their land. No one understood what kind of savior Jesus was until He had resurrected. Today we shout "Hosanna," not for what we think Jesus is going to do, but for what He has already done! He has released the prisoners, not from physical oppression, but from the bondage of our sin. Rejoice! Shout Hosanna! Jesus has set us free!
  • Mar 18, 2018“The Way of the Cross” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Mark 8:31-35
    Mar 18, 2018
    “The Way of the Cross” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Mark 8:31-35
    Series: Lent
    "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Not the typical invitation to follow Jesus we are used to, but this is what Jesus declares to the crowd and His disciples. Jesus had just been teaching that the son of man must endure many things, be rejected by the religious authority and be killed and raised again after three days when Peter decided to pull Jesus aside and rebuke this teaching. Its hard to blame Peter for his response, after all, the last thing you expect to hear form the Rabi you were following for 3 years is that he was about to be killed, and was willing let it happen. Jesus tells Peter that he only has in mind human concerns, not the concerns of God. When you look at the reactions of people following Jesus and the religious leaders, the messiah that they were looking for was along the lines of the judges of the Old Testament, someone to save them from the oppressive foreign ruler and restore Israel to its former glory and right standing with God. This is the difference Jesus means with human verses God's concerns. Peter and everyone else wanted to be saved from Rome, but God desired they be saved from them selves."For whoever wants to save their life will lose it," Jesus continues "but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it." Jesus teaching is always accompanied by action, explaining the heart of God and the way of His Kingdom while serving others and providing healing for their sins. To deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow him is to live lives of service to others, doing the work of the kingdom here on earth. This is the life Jesus taught us to lead, the life God made us to live; this is the way of the cross.
  • Mar 11, 2018Silence Please – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ps. 42:1-3, 9-10 & 1 Kings 19:11-13
    Mar 11, 2018
    Silence Please – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ps. 42:1-3, 9-10 & 1 Kings 19:11-13
    Series: Lent
    Life gets busy... and noisy, sometimes to the point that we loose God's voice in the chaos. This was the case with Elijah, the last of God's prophets from 1 Kings. Elijah had people after his life and was so consumed with fear that he stopped listening for God. Instructed to go to the Horeb, the mount of God, God presented himself to Elijah in the most unprecedented of ways. Elijah was met with an earth shattering wind, an earthquake and a roaring fire, but God was not in any of these things, rather the "shear silence" that followed. When Elijah heard it, he knew he was in the presence of God. Have you escaped the noise lately and met God in the silence? If not, this is the perfect season to do so. Take some time and go some where you know that is quiet and away from the noise, find a sanctuary, a spot in the woods. Get away for a moment and meet God in the silence. Easter is the season for renewal and redemption, so go before your God and prepare your hearts for the grace we remember and celebrate this season. Look to the world and simply ask, silence please.
  • Mar 4, 2018“Which Son Am I?” – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 2:13-16
    Mar 4, 2018
    “Which Son Am I?” – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 2:13-16
    Series: Lent
    This passage from John takes us through the account of Jesus clearing the temple in Jerusalem of the money changers and merchants selling sacrificial animals. One of the only times we see Jesus infuriated throughout the gospel accounts, we see Jesus flipping tables, spilling coins and drives the animals out with a whip. This is not just a case of business taking place in the temple, but upon arriving to the temple for Passover Jesus is witness to transactions that take advantage of those who came to worship. Inflated exchange rates and prices for Temple approved sacrificial animals worked to "enslave" the devout worshiper to what had become a corrupt system during a festival that celebrated when God freed them from slavery. Jesus sees the hypocrisy of the temple leaders and the thievery of the vendors and cleans house. In Matthew's Gospel, this account concludes with a parable about two sons; one who refuses to work for their father, but ends up working and the other who agrees to help work but never does. Jesus compares the temple to the second son, and so calls us to reflect upon this account. Individually, do we see religion as a means for personal gain or do we seek to serve others. As a church, are we so consumed with doing "church things" that we end up hurting or neglecting those we have been called to serve. Which son are we?
  • Feb 25, 2018“The Way of Light” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 5:13-16
    Feb 25, 2018
    “The Way of Light” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 5:13-16
    Series: Lent
    Salt and light, not the typical way we are used to being described, but a description that gives us direction for how we should interact with the world. So what exactly are we supposed to do to be salt and light? Well, you have heard he phrase "actions speak louder than words," and so our actions should flavor the world with God's truth and grace and provide a light that points people to God's love in the midst of their greatest darkness. We are ambassadors of hope, and the simplest actions can provide hope to people, the simplest actions can provide the biggest changes, and even the smallest light shines brightest in the darkness; for that is the way of light.