Life's Curriculum

By Chris Fillingham

A sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

God’s grace is sufficient for you because in your weakness his/her power is most expressed…in your weakness his/her power is manifested…in your weakness his/her power is made perfect.  That is one of the great paradoxes in scripture, know that in all your high’s and low’s and everything in between God’s all consuming power is for you, fighting for you, walking with you through every failure and victory in your journey.  Lauren Daigle’s song “You Say” reminds us that not our failures, weaknesses, societies lies or even the lies we tell ourselves have any power over God’s radical grace and power.  You are God’s beloved.
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Soil Check

By Chris Fillingham

A sermon on Matthew 13:1-13

God's love is always generous, knowing no end.  He loves us no matter if we are struggling in the shallow, polluted, fallow ground, the rocky ground or the deep fertile soil.  Your present life circumstances and your previous mistakes, pain and suffering are allowed for one reason.  Not because God is aloof and uncaring but in order to get you to a place where you are ready for a real life changing sacred transformation. 

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A Choice To Be Made

By Chris Fillingham

A sermon on John 5:1-9

“Christians are usually sincere, well intentioned people until you get to any real issues of ego, control, power, and money.  Then they tend to be just like everyone else.  We have often given a bogus version of the gospel, instead we have received a fast food religion without any real transformation of the self, and the result has been a spiritual disaster.”
– Richard Rohr Franciscan Priest and author

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The kingdom of God is like kudzu

By Lyndsay Williams

A sermon on Mark 4:26-34

God's kingdom can surprise us, we can find it in the most unexpected places, in the most unexpected ways, and in the most unexpected people.  God is among each of us at every moment.  To borrow a line from Anne Lamott,  "You can safely assume you've created God's kingdom in your own image when it turns out that God's kingdom speaks, votes, and looks just like you do."

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Enacting Shalom

By Chris Fillingham

4th in the series, Becoming Like Christ

A sermon on Luke 13:10-17; Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Enacting shalom is practicing peace, which sometimes in order to be achieved requires action on our part.   Jesus is our best example of this, when he throughout scripture takes the “bent” things/people in the world such as the disabled, or be it a system of exclusion, an economic system that alienates, or even religious practices that exclude people from God’s table.  More often, confronting the powerful head on whose primary intent is keeping things bent is the only way to bring about shalom - heaven on earth.  In using today’s language, many times enacting shalom can only be achieved by “raising a little hell” on earth.

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At One With God

By Chris Fillingham

3rd in the series, Becoming like Christ

A sermon on John 14:8-11, 17:20-23

"We can’t get out of touch with God, God is the God of all life’s and God is the life of all life’s.  We have been given union with God whether we like it or not."
– George MacLeod Founder of the Iona Community – Church of Scotland

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