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.
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • 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.
  • Apr 15, 2018Some 23rd Psalm: Goodness & Mercy – Re. Gary Hilton – Gen. 2:9, 16-17; Ps. 22:1-2; Ps. 23
    Apr 15, 2018
    Some 23rd Psalm: Goodness & Mercy – Re. Gary Hilton – Gen. 2:9, 16-17; Ps. 22:1-2; Ps. 23
    Series: Easter
    "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...for thou art with me..." the famous line from Psalm 23, acknowledging fulness and fulfillment in God's presence and provision. But how many times does our faith reflect this feeling...how often do we make our faith contingent on how much we get from God or how much we know about God? Faith is not attained when we understand everything about God, nor is it sustained by what we get God to do for us; faith is strengthened when we are left with no choice but to trust what is revealed to us about God – in good times and in bad. We see this evidence itself through Psalms 22 and 23, as the psalmist, King David, comes to a greater realization of faith while suffering great things. He cries out in desperation, feeling as though God has forsaken him, a feeling that we can all relate to. And as David works through this hardship, he reminds himself of the truths he knows about God: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want..." and then makes the pivotal transition to talking to God and acknowledges how God continues to be with him. Let us take David's cue, remind ourselves that God is always with us, guiding us and protecting us – and in all season of life say; "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...for you are with me."
  • Apr 8, 2018“Everyday Easter” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:11-16
    Apr 8, 2018
    “Everyday Easter” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:11-16
    Series: Easter
    Easter may be celebrated one day each year, but the realities of the resurrection that we celebrate last year round. We are an Easter people, living in Christ's resurrection; which means that Jesus is still alive and at work in the world and in our lives everyday. We know that the tomb was not the end Christ's resurrection work, rather it truly began with His resurrection. And so we live with the joy of Easter and the resurrection power, to join Jesus in His redeeming work throughout the world.
  • Apr 1, 2018“The Good News of Easter” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:1-8
    Apr 1, 2018
    “The Good News of Easter” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:1-8
    Series: Easter
    Hear the Good News of the Resurrection! That Jesus not only died to redeem you from your sins, but that he has risen and overcome the grave. In His resurrection, Christ has conquered death that the price for our sins may be paid once and for all, in order that we may return to a right relationship with God. We are greeted on Easter morning with an opened grace, an empty tomb and an overwhelming number of questions; "how?" But in this baffling mystery, we are invited into the power of Jesus' resurrection, to live lives that declare and express His great love for the world. Hear the Good News of the Resurrection! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Jesus is alive and raises you to new life with Him!
  • 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.