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“Among You” — Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 2/9/2020
Matthew 5:13-16 13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting...
The Peace of Christ
Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 1/19/2020 Ephesians 2: 14, 19, 21-22 For Christ is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints...
God Come Down
Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 12/22/2019 Escapism includes distraction by otherworldly means. A break from the banality of domestic life; a reprieve from the unpleasant realities of the daily scrum; a time out from the persistent feelings that overwhelm. If I could just be relieved of the routine, get out of here for a while,...
Amos 7: 7-17  “I Am Setting A Plumb Line”
Amos 7: 7-17  “I Am Setting A Plumb Line” Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 7/17/19 Roughly 750 years before Jesus comes on to the scene, an unknown and simple herdsman and harvester of sycamore figs from the South hears God telling him to go tell the northern king, Jeroboam II, that he is betraying God....
Holy Disrupter
Holy Disrupter Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 6/9/19 The Christmas season is impossible to miss.  The deep discounts start one second after Thanksgiving.  The holiday music plays on every other speaker. The parade of floats meanders through downtown with Santa Claus bringing up the rear.  The plastic nativity scenes adorn front lawns.  And on December...
Felling Our Fears
Felling Our Fears Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/19/19 Both armies were in a stalemate, hunkered down in the trenches of inaction for weeks.  The Philistines were in the low lands, the Israelites were in the high country, and neither side was willing to escalate the conflict in the open plains in between.  Until the...
Belonging First
Belonging First, John 10: 22-30 Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler 5/12/19 I think Jesus’ teaching today is another one of those moments that needs to be understood as a part of a bigger story.  In chapter 9 of John, Jesus meets a beggar who has been blind since birth.  Reflecting the accepted belief of the...
What a Waste
What a Waste Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 4/7/19   Utilitarianism is the 19th-century doctrine that what’s moral is always what’s most useful. The more benefit something can be to the most significant number of people, the more it should be pursued.  Every decision is based on the greatest good.  As culture and congregation have...
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