Sep 10, 2017
“Loosing” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 16:21-25
Series: Pentecost
What does Jesus mean when He says “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Well, what do we give most of our time to? What are the things that consume our lives? Is it work, school, entertainment, money? The things we chase after to make our lives secure or to give our lives meaning will ultimately consume our lives, and eventually we get so lost within them that we no longer actually live life, we just find ourselves going through the motions. But if we allow the same thing to happen in the pursuit of Jesus, for the purpose of the Kingdom, then we end up finding life. We are engaged in the world, serving the neglected and needy. We find ourselves living in the promise of the Gospel and the light of the Kingdom. We attain the life that Jesus promises, and live in the fulness of life that God has created for us.
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  • Sep 10, 2017“Loosing” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 16:21-25
    Sep 10, 2017
    “Loosing” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 16:21-25
    Series: Pentecost
    What does Jesus mean when He says “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Well, what do we give most of our time to? What are the things that consume our lives? Is it work, school, entertainment, money? The things we chase after to make our lives secure or to give our lives meaning will ultimately consume our lives, and eventually we get so lost within them that we no longer actually live life, we just find ourselves going through the motions. But if we allow the same thing to happen in the pursuit of Jesus, for the purpose of the Kingdom, then we end up finding life. We are engaged in the world, serving the neglected and needy. We find ourselves living in the promise of the Gospel and the light of the Kingdom. We attain the life that Jesus promises, and live in the fulness of life that God has created for us.
  • Sep 3, 2017“The Chicken Runs at Midnight” – Rev. Gary Hilton – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
    Sep 3, 2017
    “The Chicken Runs at Midnight” – Rev. Gary Hilton – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
    Series: Pentecost
    Some things simply cannot be explained. Life takes unpredictable turns and some things happen that just do not make sense. If you have ever tried to explain parts of scripture or God to someone, it can be extremely difficult. That does not mean that God doesn't exist or the scriptures are false, just that God is outside our understanding. It is far easier for us to understand something that we can see and touch; the things that make up our physical, moment to moment experiences make sense. But there is so much of life that transcends the physical; like the love between two people, special connections we make or moments we share with someone. These are far more than memories or feelings, rather moments that shape our lives and define our experiences, and they stay with us forever. The lasting effects of these moments are mere echoes of the way God works in our lives; from His love displayed on the cross to His constant presence in our lives, preparing us for eternity. And so the unseen might not help explain things, but that is what stays with us forever. "For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal." Praise be to God.
     

    - 2 Corinthians 4:18b

     
  • Aug 27, 2017“wHAT wAS tHE pOINT aGAIN?” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 16:1-12
    Aug 27, 2017
    “wHAT wAS tHE pOINT aGAIN?” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 16:1-12
    Series: Pentecost
    Sometimes it is easy to be so focused on something that has changed or a mistake we made, that we miss what is happening around us or a point someone is trying to make. With Jesus, the point is always that He loves us, in our success and most often our failures, it is always about His love. In the distractions of forgetfulness or failure and what is happening in the world around us, may we never miss the point: Jesus love each of us with unrelenting passion, and died on a cross to prove it.
  • Aug 20, 2017“Look to the Left and to the Right” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 34:11-22
    Aug 20, 2017
    “Look to the Left and to the Right” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 34:11-22
    Series: Pentecost
    The church stops being the church when it stops serving others; when instead sharing God's life giving blessings, it hoards it. The bottom line from this passage in Ezekiel is if we are not using the blessings God gives us for the betterment of others, than we simply are not being the church. Our faith and salvation is not for a church service on Sunday mornings, our salvation is for others, that they might come to know Christ as well. Our blessings are not to make our lives easier, but to help lift the burden of those who struggle day in and day out. This is being the church, when we decide to look to the left and to the right, to see the needs of others, and not just down at the blessing we have.
  • Aug 13, 2017“Walk on Water” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 14:22-33
    Aug 13, 2017
    “Walk on Water” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 14:22-33
    Series: Pentecost
    How much faith must Peter have had to climb out of the boat to meet Jesus on the water? How little faith did he have to allow the storm to instill doubt and fear? Regardless of Peter's amount of faith, Jesus was there. He came down off the mountain where he was praying and resting to be with His disciples in the middle of a storm on the lake. It doesn't matter how much faith Peter had, Jesus showed up and he responded. How will you respond when Jesus shows up in your storm?
  • Jul 30, 2017“The Journey” – Rev. Allan Brooks
    Jul 30, 2017
    “The Journey” – Rev. Allan Brooks
    Series: Pentecost
    It is difficult to try and explain the Kingdom of God to people, isn't it? Jesus wasn't even able to directly describe the Kingdom of God to people, instead He would say things like: "The Kingdom of God is like..." When we read how Jesus describes the Kingdom and what He compares it to, we must be careful not to focus on the specific items in the description. For the Kingdom of God is not found in the items, rather it is found in the interaction and experience, and is about what happens when you find it. To know the Kingdom of God is to be on the journey of faith.
     
    -Matthew 13:44-48
  • Jul 16, 2017“The Way of the World”
    Jul 16, 2017
    “The Way of the World”
    Series: Pentecost
    Anytime Jesus sent His disciples out to do the work of the Kingdom, He never pulled any punches. In these verses, Jesus lays it all out for His disciples, explaining what to expect when they encounter the world in His name. Then He goes on to explain in a parable that good and evil exist side by side in this world, that it is not for us divide and deal with the problems, but for God to take care of in the end. In both of these sets of scripture, Jesus simply tells us to do one thing: to be His disciples and live for the Kingdom...God's got the rest.
     
    Matthew 10:40-42; 13:24-30
  • Jul 2, 2017“I Love the Church”
    Jul 2, 2017
    “I Love the Church”
    Series: Pentecost
    As we journey through faith, it is good to share some of our experiences within the church. Here we hear some of Pastor Allan's experiences and why he loves the church. Why do you love the church?
     
    2 Corinthians 11:16-23
  • Jun 18, 2017“Our Hands”
    Jun 18, 2017
    “Our Hands”
    Series: Pentecost
    What can our hands do? We can create, fix , break and destroy things with them. We can offer people comfort or use them to put people down. But if we learn what Peter knew, through the power of the Holy Spirit, our hands can heal. Our hands cannot just offer people comfort, they can help people up, show them that they are not alone; send a text of encouragement, or even be the instruments of a gracious act. God wants to use your hands for work in the Kingdom...will you let him?
     
    Acts 3:1-8
  • Jun 4, 2017“Power and Mystery” – Rev. Allan Brooks
    Jun 4, 2017
    “Power and Mystery” – Rev. Allan Brooks
    Series: Pentecost
    The Holy Spirit is our power source, but so often we are confused by it. We plug in a light, we flip a switch, we turn the key in our car. We may not understand how it all works, but we trust them all. Same with the Holy Spirit, the key, the switch, the power is the TRUST!
     
    Acts 2:1-12