Nov 26, 2017
“Construction Zone” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 40:3-5
Series: Advent
This is the season of good news ~ news to bring great joy to all peoples. What is this news? That Jesus, who came to us a child, embraced our existence, to make himself known. That we now may see His light, know the Truth, and have a way through whatever may come in life where no way exists. For as it is spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together." (Isaiah 40:4-5)
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  • Nov 26, 2017“Construction Zone” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 40:3-5
    Nov 26, 2017
    “Construction Zone” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 40:3-5
    Series: Advent
    This is the season of good news ~ news to bring great joy to all peoples. What is this news? That Jesus, who came to us a child, embraced our existence, to make himself known. That we now may see His light, know the Truth, and have a way through whatever may come in life where no way exists. For as it is spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together." (Isaiah 40:4-5)
  • Nov 19, 2017“Where is the Turkey?” – Rev. Gary Hilton
    Nov 19, 2017
    “Where is the Turkey?” – Rev. Gary Hilton
    Series: Pentecost
    Have you ever piled your thanksgiving plate so high that you can no longer see your turkey? You know it eventually gets lost in all the various flavors of Thanksgiving dinner, but man is it good that way! Do you ever pile on activities and act like everything is perfect in your life to hide who you are and how you feel? While thanksgiving dinner might be good this way, it is hard to live like this. Praise be to a God who sees past all the walls and facades we put up and knows who we truly are. This can be a horrifying thought, knowing that God really knows us, because then we have to face that truth instead of deceiving ourselves with the same image we show others. But this is really our biggest blessing, because God, knowing everything about us, comes to us as we are and "dares us to trust he loves us just as we are..." as stated by the late Brennan Manning. We don't face this truth alone, but with a God who brings healing from our brokenness, dares us to trust and believe in His love, and calls us to show this love to others.
  • Nov 12, 2017“Stones in the Dust” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Nehemiah 2:17-18
    Nov 12, 2017
    “Stones in the Dust” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Nehemiah 2:17-18
    Series: Pentecost
    Sometimes life tears us down, and we feel broken and battered. In those moments, all that is left to do is begin rebuilding. In the passage from Nehemiah, Nehemiah gets permission from the Persian King to go back to Jerusalem and begin rebuilding the city, for the Babylonians sacked the city and took Israel into exile before they were conquered by Persia. For 70 years, Jerusalem lay in ruins, but by God's will Nehemiah took groups of Israelites back to begin rebuilding the city. It is in these times of rebuilding that God works to rebuild us. These are the moments that we can draw closer to God, grow and become stronger people. The rebuilding process can be long and it can be painful, but to grow closer to God through the process is one of the greatest blessings you can have.
  • Nov 5, 2017“No More Tears” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Isaiah 25:1-9
    Nov 5, 2017
    “No More Tears” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Isaiah 25:1-9
    Series: Pentecost
    We all experience sorrow and loss, but God gives us a promise that overcomes it all. As we remember and honor those who have been instrumental to our lives this All Saints Weekend, hear the promise of God through the words of the profit Isaiah.
  • Oct 29, 2017“Heart Giving” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 6:19-21
    Oct 29, 2017
    “Heart Giving” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 6:19-21
    Series: Pentecost
    We all know the phrase "God loves a cheerful giver," but have you ever really though about what that means. In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus begins spelling that out for us when He talks about where we keep our treasures. Our hearts have an emended power to discreetly direct our thoughts and actions to the point where the things that we most care about get the bulk of our attention. Most of us know this, but pay little attention as it is happening. The question is; what are our hearts pointed toward? Are they wrapped up in the material around us, or are our passions and treasures centered in God's Kingdom? So, when we give, are we giving out of obligation or are we investing in the Kingdom, in God's acts of salvation and grace around the world and through His church?
  • Oct 22, 2017“Saving and Giving” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
    Oct 22, 2017
    “Saving and Giving” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
    Series: Pentecost
    As we move into our second week discussing stewardship, we reach two of the most important topics on what we should do with our money: saving and giving. Stewardship is the act of managing something, either an event or another's estate, and when applied to finances we are saying that all that we have is from God and it is our job to take care of it. As stewards of these resources, we have these obligations take care of ourselves and others; to save that we may meet our expenses and to give to serve those in need. At its core, this is what being a steward of God's resources is all about.
  • Oct 15, 2017“Working For Money” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Genesis 2:15-18
    Oct 15, 2017
    “Working For Money” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Genesis 2:15-18
    Series: Pentecost
    Have you ever become so caught up in your work that it feels like such a burden that you have forgotten the joy you had when you started the job? We are told everyday to work harder so that we can earn more money, in order to buy more stuff; but after a while we realize that there is no joy in that pursuit. When we look back in Genesis, we see that God made us to do work; Adam and Eve were made stewards of the Garden. We need to transition from working for money, to working for God's glory - doing everything we do as if it were for God. Then, we might find true joy and peace.
  • Oct 8, 2017“Building Fences” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 4:14-21 & Mark 7:1-8; 14-15
    Oct 8, 2017
    “Building Fences” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 4:14-21 & Mark 7:1-8; 14-15
    Series: Pentecost
    It is easy for us to judge others based on our perceptions of how people should live, and if they do not live up to our standards, then we see them as out-casts and people un-worthy to be a part of society. But Jesus never saw people that way. He came to proclaim God's Good News to the out-cast, heal the sick and free the prisoner. What is worse, is that we tend to cast these judgements based on our traditions; traditions that can get in the way of serving God and serving others. These were some of the traditions that Jesus ignored, knowing that sharing a meal with someone deemed a sinner meant a chance for repentance, or that healing the sick or befriending the outcast meant more than remaining traditionally clean. If we call ourselves Christians, than we must follow Christ's example; to go and serve and not cast judgment from our comfortable pew.
  • Oct 1, 2017“Action Words” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 21:28-31
    Oct 1, 2017
    “Action Words” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 21:28-31
    Series: Pentecost
    You have probably heard the often quoted verse: "faith without action is dead" - James 2:20. So is true of our words. Without action to back them up, they are empty statements and promises. If we are to truly live out our faith, then we must back up what we say, and what we say we believe, with what we do. Even when we pray, the words we use are mostly action words, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us be people of action, not just of word. Let us be empowered by the Spirit to live out our faith.
  • Sep 24, 2017“Raptured” – Rev. Gary Hilton – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 & Matthew 24:33-42
    Sep 24, 2017
    “Raptured” – Rev. Gary Hilton – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 & Matthew 24:33-42
    Series: Pentecost
    Is this the end? Are we living in the end times? These question always circulate anytime something devastating happens around the world. From massive hurricanes to wars, we seem to be overly concerned with finding signs of the end. Many of us are failure with the "Left Behind" novels by Tim LaHaye, and because of the tremendous success of these books, this seems to be the most common image and interpretation of the end times. Should we be focused on the end-times, however? Since no one will ever know when The Day of the Lord will come, should we focus on the end, or remain focused on being the church to the world? All the way to the end of Jesus time on earth, he was more focused on those around Him than Himself. Regardless when the end is, we too should be more focused on continuing to serve others, rather than simply waiting for the end to come.