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Sermon for Easter 4
The Victory Of Faith: New Testament Sermons For Lent And Easter What's For Breakfast?
Sermon by Mark J. Molldrem based on 1 John 3:16-24 excerpted from The Victory Of Faith: New Testament Sermons For Lent And Easter (SermonStudio)
One of the enduring images of both the Old Testament and New Testament scriptures is that of the good shepherd. The Psalmist, the prophet Ezekiel, and Jesus himself used this human picture to convey a divine reality. The picture is that of the shepherd who cares well for his sheep, even to the point of laying down his life for the sheep; the divine reality is that the Son of God cares for us so much that he was willing to lay down his life for us....click here for the full sermon
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Children's Sermon for Easter 4

The Giant Book Of Children's Sermons: Matthew To RevelationGive Your Life To The Lord
Children's sermon by Wesley T. Runk based on John 10:11-18 from The Giant Book Of Children's Sermons: Matthew To Revelation (SermonStudio).
Object: a doll or teddy bear
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you have a very special doll or stuffed animal that belongs to you? (let them answer) Almost all of you. What do you call your friend? (let them answer) A lot of people have a friend that looks like this. (hold up your teddy bear, hopefully one that is well worn) I call him Teddy. Do any of you call your bear "Teddy"?...
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Leah Lonsbury

Seeing (Each Other) Is Believing

The doors are locked, and fear rules the day. 

These words describe the scene in the beginning of our passage from John’s gospel this week, but they also describe relations between the U.S. and Iran over the last 36 years.
     And then somebody shows up, and keeps showing up. The words that are exchanged might not change that much, but presence is a powerful thing. Sometimes the only antidote for the fear and anxiety that swirl around us is the presence of the One intent on peace. 
     Nineteen months of intense negotiations on a nuclear agreement began to draw to a close last week in Switzerland with a flurry of late and overnight sessions between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. The two diplomats remained at the table -- even when many of their international partners abandoned their efforts and left the conversation. 
     Jesus shows up, and through his presence breathes peace on the disciples who are paralyzed with fear. He knows the power of face-to-face negotiations. Jesus offers doubting Thomas the only evidence he needs -- touch -- direct contact that provides assurance that Thomas has not been abandoned and there is a way to move forward. That way is together.
     If seeing (each other) really is believing, how can we follow that way? How do we and can we show up for each other? How can these face-to-face “negotiations” unlock our doors and bring peace?...
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Easter Power

Storms that knock out electrical systems make us mindful of how dependent we are upon power. High winds deprive us of power. When we do not lose power in devastating storms we are most grateful, realizing how dependent we have become on the utility companies. However, it is significant that the primary definitions of power do not relate to the matter of energy or force. The first definitions of power have to do with the possession of control, authority, or influence over others. There is a whole battery of synonyms for power that describe power as the ability to direct or restrain others. We, of course, confront that kind of power daily in our vocations in working with others, in our homes, regulating the lives of our family, in all organization of life all the way to the ruling of nations.
     We also know how some people have the natural gifts for applying power. Some are born to power. Others seek power. Some abuse power. The whole matter of authority, jurisdiction, control, command, or dominion is an extremely intriguing one. Often we are locked in international and national debates as to how we should or should not use power. The Holy Gospel appointed for today announces how our Lord Jesus Christ conferred enormous powers upon his followers when he appeared to them as the Risen Christ. That story places at your disposal the same kind of Easter power....
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David Coffin

So that you may come to believe

The challenge for those who preach from the lectionary every year is that we have the “Doubting Thomas” lesson as a constant in the liturgical universe. What more can one say about “Doubting Thomas”? If one has not preached on this great saint recently, he is also a patron saint of India. Legend says that he was skinned alive during his execution. Yes, he might have had questions when he did not see the first post-resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 20:25), but once he became a believer he was quite zealous for the risen Lord. How one develops zeal for any cause, especially when it is deemed “spirit-related,” is one pathway to pursue....
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John Fitzgerald

Believing without Seeing

John 20:19-31

Spring is the season which we witness God’s glorious creation unfold. With the first rays of nourishing sunlight planet earth bursts forth into a glorious array of green and growing things. The warmth and rain of April lifts each heart and encourages every spirit.
     The Native Americans took on a right attitude toward divine handiwork. Perhaps it is because American Indians lived closer to the earth than we do they had such a reverence for Creator and Creation. Here these words as written by Chief Seattle in 1854 which describe the holiness present in every living species....
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Janice Scott

The eye-witnesses

Parents are generally very protective of their children, and this has to be a good thing. But just occasionally, parents fail to strike quite the right balance and some become over-protective whilst others become under-protective. This slight imbalance can cause problems when the children are young, especially when they're just starting out in school and are beginning to show a little independence of their own....
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Cynthia Cowen

The Living Jesus Quiets Our Doubts

Object: Object: The game Hide and Seek

The Point: Our doubts may cause us to hide, but the living Jesus seeks us out and quiets our doubts.

The Lesson: Good morning, girls and boys. Thank you for coming forward to share this moment with me. It was Sunday night and the close followers of Jesus were hiding behind locked doors. This reminded me of a game I used to play as a child....
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