Sermons tagged with ‘Advent’

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Genuine Light

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The light that comes into the world…
the Genuine Light that enlightens everyone
will most certainly make us vulnerable.
But it won’t kill us.
It gives us life.

Braving the Wilderness

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The Christmas spirit is waking people up to the madness of war and acquisition and to the liars who promote it. The Christmas spirit is finding its voice in Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists and the None of the Above as they are willing to take an honest look at where we are and what we value and what we want to leave for our future generations.

Already and Not Yet

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The music of Advent invites us to dance. This dance awakens us. It makes us alert and moves us toward prayer. The music invites to name and give thanks to our experience of what has already happened, that the birth of Jesus symbolizes. The Advent music moves our steps so that we don’t stall from discouragement but move and dream of what is yet to be.

Straight Up Hope

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You have to have guts to hope. You have to be willing to take chances, to define what it is that drives you, to stake a claim, and know that you will get your butt kicked more often than you care to. But knowing that helps you know also, that a butt-kickin’ isn’t the end of you. It’s just a lesson. Sometimes, you can get a butt kickin’ in as well.

Mercy Now

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The path to forgiveness is a hard one. It is not so much about the other, but about the extent that the other still haunts us. When we are finally exhausted from carrying the sins the other has visited upon us, we are then ready to engage in the impossible path of forgiveness that eventually leads to a discovery: we are more alike than different.