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Where Gratitude Abounds: Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Last Third)Salvation Serving
Sermon by Joseph M. Freeman based on Matthew 25:31-46 excerpted from Where Gratitude Abounds: Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Last Third) (SermonStudio)
When I was in high school, I had a bad case of acne. Many teenagers did then and many still do now. An English teacher, Mrs. Veler, cared enough about this that she volunteered to take me to a dermatologist and to pay for the appointment as well as for the prescription. She was a Christian woman married to the Lutheran Bishop of here for the full sermon

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Learning From the Lizard: Bible Animal Object LessonsSheep
Children's sermon by Samuel J. Hahn based on Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 excerpted from Learning From the Lizard: Bible Animal Object Lessons (SermonStudio).
More than any other animal the word sheep or words that refer to sheep are used over 500 times in the Bible. Sheep are the most important animal in the Bible, and the main measure of prosperity. They were a medium of exchange. One reference (2 Kings 8:4) tells that the King of Moab paid 100,000 lambs and the same number of rams as tribute to the King of Israel.... click here for the rest of the children's sermon

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The Immediate Word
Chris Keating

A Feast Fit for a King?

Matthew 25:31-46; Deuteronomy 8:7-18; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

There will be no want for food, family, or football this Thanksgiving. And don’t forget about those crowded pre-Black Friday shopping excursions. It’s feasting time in America.
     Before too long our Thanksgiving tables will be set and the feast will be served. But Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Freedom from Want” Thanksgiving scene might need a bit of tweaking to bring it up to today’s standards. A modern version of the image created in 1943 for the Saturday Evening Post might include someone tweeting from a smartphone, another watching the NFL on a 50" flat screen, and perhaps a third eyeing a Walmart sales ad. Grandma would be carrying the turkey from a deep fryer, while Grandpa prepares to upload a photo to Facebook.
     On this weekend before Thanksgiving, many congregations will hear the Thanksgiving Day texts, recalling that the “one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6) and that “you shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land” (Deuteronomy 8:10). But it is also the festival of Christ the King, the culmination of the liturgical year -- a day to celebrate Christ’s reign over all creation, nations, and peoples.
     On this day, Christ directs our eyes not just to tables groaning with food, but to the hungry whose stomachs are groaning for food, the thirsty longing for clean water, the strangers yearning to be welcomed, and the naked shivering in the cold. In other words, Christ’s festival must surely include those whose wants are most basic and critical to survival.
     Christ calls us to the table and beckons us to look at each other, and not just at the goodies we’ve accumulated. If this is a feast fit for a king, we might do well to ponder just what sort of kingdom Christ envisions....
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What Can We Believe about the Reign of Christ?

The church calendar says that this is the day on which we celebrate the festival of Christ the King. That makes this a very important day. The idea of the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Christ, is one of the most important biblical and theological explanations of the meaning of the Christian faith. It probably represents the very heart of Jesus' own teachings. Mark tells us that right after Jesus returned from being tempted in the wilderness, "Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe the good news'" (Mark 1:14-15). Later, the writer of the letter to the Ephesians gave a more universalistic interpretation to that concept. He says that "with all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth" (Ephesians 1:8-10). Later, he wrote that God has put his great power to work in Christ "when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but in the age to come....
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David Kalas

His favorite strange and mysterious way

The phrase is not found in scripture, but it has worked its way into common parlance. We witness some unfolding providence of God, and we remark about his "strange and mysterious ways." This week we want to make note of his favorite -- and perhaps his strangest -- way of all.
      The interventions of God that tend to stand out in our minds and memories are the ones that seem, shall we say, unassisted. We think of the plagues on Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, the calming of the storm on Galilee, the raising of Lazarus, and so on. These are clearly miraculous intrusions of God into history and human experience. And while we may be intellectually or stylistically more comfortable with the less spectacular deeds, these are at least the kind of miracles that garner a lot of attention and discussion....
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Sandra Herrmann

A Song of Rejoicing

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Prophecy and prophets are tricky things. You never know what you're going to hear. Is this a mere fortune teller, or a true prophecy from God? Is this prophet in the business for the money and prestige, or is this a prophet who tells the truth about future events?
      Prophets were common in the ancient world. Even women prophets were famous for their work. Deborah was not even the first among the people of Israel (See Exodus 15: 20-21). Nor was she the last (See, as one example, 2 Kings 22:14-20). There were prophets one could hire to declare destruction and damnation on one's enemies, such as Noadiah, a woman who joined in a sound condemnation of Nehemiah's project of rebuilding the temple, in order to demoralize the Jews so they could not re-establish Jerusalem after the exile....
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Janice Scott

When the Oil Runs Dry

When we first discovered that there was oil beneath the North Sea in 1965, it was a cause for great rejoicing in the UK, with a rich prospect of economic growth. The first oil was brought ashore ten years later, although of course, we all knew the oil would run dry one day. By the early 80s we were a net exporter of oil, but by 2001 production had peaked. The North Sea oil fields are now in slow decline, although they are expected to last for perhaps another fifty years....
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Cynthia Cowen

Be Prepared!

The Point: God gives us the time and talents to support his kingdom.

The Lesson: Good morning, girls and boys. Thank you for joining me as we learn what Jesus wants to teach us.
     Do you know that you have been given a wonderful gift? (get responses) It is the gift of time. My watch helps me to know what time it is. How we use our gift of time is important....
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