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Shannon Balram

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Christ Alone - Rev. Shannon Balram (7-14-19)

Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

The book of James looks a bit like the Old Testament book of Proverbs dressed up in New Testament clothes. Its consistent focus on practical action in the life of faith is reminiscent of the Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament, encouraging God's people to act like God's people. The pages of James are filled with direct commands to pursue a life of holiness, and to remain consistent in the face of great trials and tribulations. It is here we resume our study of James, diving deeper this Sunday into James 1:9-11. In three simple verses, the Church is invited to examine the trial of poverty and wealth in the life of a believer. James speaks dignity over those who have little, while simultaneously encouraging humility in those who have much. It is a wonderfully rich text, bringing both conviction and perspective on how faith should inform material wealth. It breaks barriers between poor and rich; uniting believers in Christ and grounding the church in the gift of contentment. It properly situates hope to be found in Christ alone, and not in fleeting material things which have no eternal significance. It is a beautiful reminder and a much-needed exhortation for us as believers to know we have enough because we have Christ. My prayers are with you this week and I hope to see you on Sunday!

27mins

13 Jul 2019

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Ministry through Testimony - Rev. Shannon Balram (5-19-19)

Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

This Sunday, we will take a break from our study of Ruth to share in the power of a testimony. This weekend I will have the honor of being ordained as a reverend for the Free Methodist Church. I am beyond grateful for our church community, and humbled by the call to serve the church as an elder. On Sunday, I will share my testimony in the hopes of offering an encouragement to the church and a reminder of how God's love radiates through people of faith. The church has been my home my entire life, a sanctuary where I grew in my faith and received the call to ministry. The church offered healing, provision of my needs, and hope. I look forward to sharing my story with you this Sunday, and serving our church as an ordained minister. Thank you for your love, prayers, and encouragement. I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday. - Shannon Balram, Associate Pastor

25mins

19 May 2019

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Shake It Off - Shannon Balram (4-15-18)

Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

Mark 6:7-13

30mins

15 Apr 2018

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Radically Loved and Relentlessly Pursued (Shannon Balram)

Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

Genesis 28:10-19

25mins

23 Jul 2017

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10-02-16: Hope Against Hope (Shannon Balram)

Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

Lamentations 1:1-6

15mins

13 Oct 2016

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Shannon Balram Feb 4 2013

Chapel 2012-2013 Video

Shannon Balram worked at Westmont as the Resident Director of Page Hall. She comes from Lee University, where she served as a Upperclassmen Resident Director for four years and earned her M.A. in Theological Studies. While at Lee, Shannon also served as an adjunct professor for New Testament and Old Testament Studies. It was in those introductory courses that Shannon fell in love with first year students, and is what inspired her to continue in Residence Life after Lee University. She has a huge passion for students, and a deep conviction that community living reflects the image of God. That humanity is in need of one another, and in our concrete relationships we can see reflected the Trinitarian life of our dynamic God.

27mins

4 Feb 2013

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Shannon Balram Oct 03 2011

Chapel 2011-2012 video

Shannon Balram is starting her second year at Westmont as the Resident Director of Page Hall. She comes from Lee University, where she served as a Upperclassmen Resident Director for four years and earned her M.A. in Theological Studies. While at Lee, Shannon also served as an adjunct professor for New Testament and Old Testament Studies. It was in those introductory courses that Shannon fell in love with first year students, and is what inspired her to continue in Residence Life after Lee University. She has a huge passion for students, and a deep conviction that community living reflects the image of God. That humanity is in need of one another, and in our concrete relationships we can see reflected the Trinitarian life of our dynamic God.

28mins

5 Oct 2011

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Shannon Balram Oct 3 2011

Chapel 2011-2012 Audio

Shannon Balram is starting her second year at Westmont as the Resident Director of Page Hall. She comes from Lee University, where she served as a Upperclassmen Resident Director for four years and earned her M.A. in Theological Studies. While at Lee, Shannon also served as an adjunct professor for New Testament and Old Testament Studies. It was in those introductory courses that Shannon fell in love with first year students, and is what inspired her to continue in Residence Life after Lee University. She has a huge passion for students, and a deep conviction that community living reflects the image of God. That humanity is in need of one another, and in our concrete relationships we can see reflected the Trinitarian life of our dynamic God.

28mins

3 Oct 2011