Grace Siloam Sermon Podcast
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February 4, 2018
...God desires not only to make each of us whole, but that God desires to use those places of brokenness in our own lives as avenues of God’s grace for others.
January 28, 2018
The authority of love will always triumph over the coerciveness of power. And that is what we see at the end of Mark’s Gospel – the power of love that overcomes the cross.
January 21, 2018
When we find moments, when we make moments, to bring the past with its regrets AND the future with its worries, and lay it all before God-with-us and say, I cannot do this myself, then we can begin to unclog our spiritual arteries, let our heart beat once more with life and vitality. When we make time to breathe out the stuff that takes life and breathe in the spirit that gives life, then we will begin to know the abundant life.
January 14, 2018
Come and see. These are the words we're invited to say to others who are seeking something more from life. Who are hungry to have a place where they can be accepted for who they are, to become part of a family who will love them no matter what, to find a God who is the definition of love.
January 7, 2018
Jesus’s belovedness and pleasingness to God was a fact, which was never at stake in anything that Jesus did or didn’t do from that moment on. It wasn’t at stake in the ways that his own earthly limitations let others down, and it wasn’t at stake in the ways that his closest disciples let him down.
December 31, 2017
Incarnation involves entering into a different reality that you might never have experienced before and realizing that as foreign as it may be to you, it is very real to those around you.
December 24, 2017 PM (Christmas Eve Service)
Christmas is the proclamation that God spoke an eternal “yes” to us by slipping through the back door of history as a helpless baby, to grow up and live with us and for us, to prove once and for all that our fragility, faults and failings are not the last word. God is still renewing, redeeming and giving life to us – all of us, no exceptions. And that word that is communicated most clearly on the celebration of Jesus’ birth is “love.”
December 24, 2017 AM
Over the centuries Mary has been praised as a great exemplar of faith. She is the one who received Jesus as a gift from God even before he was born. But Mary’s story doesn’t begin in certainty. It begins in perplexity. It doesn’t begin with affirmations of faith. It begins with unanswered questions.
December 17, 2017
Whatever happens to us while we are waiting, however dark it gets before it gets light, this is what we believe: He has come. He is with us now. And He will come again!
December 10, 2017
Advent reminds us that we, too, are exiles. The exiles in Babylon looked back to the days when they lived peacefully in their own lands and looked forward to their return. Like the exiles in Babylon, we live between the times, looking back to God’s coming among us in the babe of Bethlehem and to his coming again “in power and great glory”.
December 4, 2017
Today’s gospel is focused on when it is that the Son of Man will show up. Or if the Old Testament background for the use of the phrase “Son of man” is any guide, the focus is on when it is that God’s messenger is going to show up.