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Insignificant Ministries
“Insignificant Ministries” Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, July 2020 The mania over measurable outcomes, apparently, was present back when Matthew and Luke were penning their Gospels.  Unable to restrain their revisionist pens, they both succumbed to the seduction of success, the allure of bigness.  In Mark’s account, Jesus says the kingdom of God is like...
Jesus’ Broken Commandment
Jesus’ Broken Commandment Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, July 2020 Jesus Christ is not his first and last name.  Instead, affirming him as both Son of God and Son of Man simultaneously, he is a comingling of divinity and humanity.  But when it comes to Christology, or the study of Christ, the Church’s scholarship has...
The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan Sermon by Rev. Combs / June, 2020 The namesake of the most famous story in scripture is everywhere. The Good Samaritan Agency for single moms in Bangor, Maine. The Good Samaritan homeless shelter in Bay City, Michigan.  The Good Samaritan poverty provider in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  The Good Samaritan nursing home in Antioch,...
I Can’t Breathe
I Can’t Breathe Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs / June, 2020 Another murder by affixation, this time over a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. Soon after, shards of storefront windows littering the sidewalk; ingulphed patrol cars consumed by provoked flames; a nine-year-old boy screaming, “Stop killing us!” Then the noxious burn of tear gas....
The Lord Is My Shepard
Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 5/6/2020 The crown fit the first time he put it on.  Even though David grew up a pauper in the wastelands of Palestine, once he was anointed and ascended to the throne of Israel, he didn’t take long to robe himself in the abuse of power, to confuse his role...
“For They Were Afraid” — Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 4/15/20
“…for they were afraid.” What? Wasn’t there enough room on the corner of papyrus to at least finish the verse? Did the reed run out of ink? Did Mark’s writing desk collapse underneath him? You can’t end the most authentic of all the Easter stories- source material for Matthew, Luke, and John- with shielded bodies,...
“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...
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