Jan 28, 2018
“Newbie World” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Revelation 21:1-5
Series: Epiphany
One of the most incredible, and often most forgotten, promises given to us through scripture is found in the book of Revelation. The culmination of the apocalyptic literature found in this final book of the Bible resounds with the declaration that God is coming to be with His people, dwelling with us on earth. We are so often caught up with getting to heaven, that we miss the repeating theme of God coming to us. God does not require us to find our way to Him, instead He seeks us out, and His grace and redemption is not just for us but for His entire creation. All that He created will one day be fully renewed and God will be with His people. Until that day, we have a lot of work to do, for as God's people we have a part in the renewal of creation. In Christ, everything is a new creation, let the old things pass away, and embrace the noob.
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  • Jan 28, 2018“Newbie World” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Revelation 21:1-5
    Jan 28, 2018
    “Newbie World” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Revelation 21:1-5
    Series: Epiphany
    One of the most incredible, and often most forgotten, promises given to us through scripture is found in the book of Revelation. The culmination of the apocalyptic literature found in this final book of the Bible resounds with the declaration that God is coming to be with His people, dwelling with us on earth. We are so often caught up with getting to heaven, that we miss the repeating theme of God coming to us. God does not require us to find our way to Him, instead He seeks us out, and His grace and redemption is not just for us but for His entire creation. All that He created will one day be fully renewed and God will be with His people. Until that day, we have a lot of work to do, for as God's people we have a part in the renewal of creation. In Christ, everything is a new creation, let the old things pass away, and embrace the noob.
  • Jan 21, 2018“Newbie Church” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
    Jan 21, 2018
    “Newbie Church” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
    Series: Epiphany
    In Christ we are made new, no longer bound to the old ways of living. Our renewal is God's work of reconciling us to Himself. We are made "newbie people," reconciled to God. Together we are a "newbie church," a congregation being renewed to God's purposes and given a specific job: to participate in reconciling the world back to God. Our world is full of conflict and we have been given the task of extending Gods grace in the midst of it, providing hope and peace in the darkest and most chaotic of places. Little by little we participate revealing God's Kingdom in the midst of our chaos, renewing and reconciling our world back to God.
  • Jan 14, 2018“Newbie Person” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:11-17
    Jan 14, 2018
    “Newbie Person” – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 5:11-17
    Series: Epiphany
    Noob. noun. Someone who is new. Around this time every year people start making resolutions to better them selves. "New year, new me" they say, and there is nothing wrong with that. But then the resolution is abandoned and the "new me" slips back into old routines. In the midst of this yearly struggle, we are given this simple truth in scripture, that "if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are made new in Christ, no longer bound to the old ways of living and the parts of our lives that we wish to change. Let go of what you wish to change, cling to Christ and allow Him to renew you in the light of His grace!
  • Dec 10, 2017“Advent, Astrophysics and Light in Darkness” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5
    Dec 10, 2017
    “Advent, Astrophysics and Light in Darkness” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5
    Series: Advent
    This Christmas season is one where the impossible defines what is possible, where our infinite God works to do what only God can do. If Advent is the season of preparation for what God is doing, how can we possibly wrap our mind around a God this big? We start by looking to the creation summary in John's Gospel. "In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:1-3. When we look at what we know about the universe, isn't it amazing that galaxies and solar systems look the same as the stuff that makes us up? The intricacies of creation, how perfect everything is set for existence to be our reality. God is in the infinitesimal and the infinite. He is there in the smallest nuances of our lives and overcomes our biggest obstacles. And as John continues, "He is the light of all man kind, and the darkness has not overcome it" (paraphrased John 1:4-5). Praise God for a season to celebrate He who overcomes our biggest problems, shines in our darkest hours, and knows every nuance of our being.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.