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.
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  • 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 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.