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Refocus ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Wayne Brouwer |
The only way to defeat pride is to make it irrelevant. Once, when conductor Arturo Toscanini was preparing an orchestra and chorus for a performance, he was forced to work with a rather temperamental soprano soloist. His every suggestion was turned aside by her haughty opinions. At one point she loudly proclaimed: “I am the star of this performance!”

Toscanini looked >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 (2017) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Bob Ove | Mark Ellingsen |
Isaiah 49:1-7
Teresa of Avila was born to very devout parents. After her mother died, Teresa had no maternal guidance during her teen years. She became close friends with her cousin, who led her into frivolous interests. In despair over how to control Teresa, her father placed her in an Augustinian convent. After three months she became very ill and returned >> More


Show Me Jesus ... from StoryShare | Stories | John 1:29-42 | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Peter Andrew Smith |
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"Show Me Jesus" by Peter Andrew Smith

Show Me Jesus
by Peter Andrew Smith
John 1:29-42

“I want to believe, Pastor,” Jay said. “Can you show me Jesus?”

“Come with me.” Pastor Lyle led Jay through the door to the church hall where people were setting up tables and chairs.

“This is a meal we host for anyone who >> More


Thinking Globally, Acting Locally ... from The Immediate Word | Isaiah 49:1-7 | Psalm 40:1-11 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Christopher Keating | Beth Herrinton-Hodge |
The prophet Isaiah begins this week’s Old Testament lection with a clarion call to the Israelites: “Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away!” The imagery that phrase immediately evokes is of a coastal lighthouse emitting strong beams of light to help sailors avoid disaster on shoals -- a most appropriate symbol for the light that Christ >> More


Called to Serve ... from StoryShare | Stories | John 1:29-42 | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Keith Wagner |
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"Called to Serve" by Keith Wagner
"Using Our Gifts" by Keith Wagner


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Called to Serve
by Keith Wagner
Isaiah 49:1-7

Isaiah, servant of Yahweh, was really feeling his oats. "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing," he said. He had given all his energy to leading the nation of Israel but little had changed. >> More


The Cost of Cold Hearts ... from The Immediate Word | Isaiah 49:1-7 | Psalm 40:1-11 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Leah Lonsbury | Dean Feldmeyer |

The brutally cold temperatures that held much of America in its icy grip last week put a major freeze on the activities of everyday life -- not only were schools shut down, but business and travel were also severely impacted. But while analysts debated just how large a hit the extreme weather delivered to the economy, their round estimates hardly >> More



Called to be faithful witnesses ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Sandra Herrmann |
Isaiah 49:1-7
The Servant's Mission (NRSV)
The Old Testament selection describes what it is to be called to be a prophet. Scholars refer to this author as Second Isaiah, the middle section, which begins with chapter 40. It was written during the exile, for the purpose of holding the Jewish captives in a community of faith, whereas the first part of Isaiah >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 (2014) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Bob Ove | Mark Ellingsen |
Isaiah 49:1-7
Does God go back before we are born to make us his servant? My mother prayed that I would be a pastor and a missionary before I was born! I didn't get the message until I was about thirty! When I was ordained, my mom said to the lady next to her, "This is what I have prayed for >> More


With the dawn... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Ron Love |
With the dawn of the Second Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s public education was made available for all young boys. This may seem like a noble venture, until the motive is revealed. Education was not vested in the learning of math and reading, but its primary focus was on obedience to authority and punctuality. Education was to prepare boys >> More


There is a marked... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Mark Ellingsen |
There is a marked decline in human faithfulness in contemporary America. This is evidenced in the divorce rates in America and Europe (between 40% and 50% of marriages ending in divorce). And federal labor statistics also reveal that the days of forty-year careers at one job are times of the past. Ancient Roman philosopher Cicero nicely explained how we crave >> More


Ever wonder what God... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Derl G. Keefer |
Ever wonder what God looks like? Chuck Swindoll told about a kindergarten teacher who told everyone to draw a picture of what was important to them. Sitting in the back of the class, Johnny began feverishly to draw. He labored long after everyone else was finished. Finally his teacher walked back and knelt beside him and asked what he was >> More


Suffering and Serving, One and All ... from The Immediate Word | John 1:29-42 | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Mary Austin | Ron Love |
We have all been stunned and horrified by the shooting rampage this past weekend in Arizona, which left a congresswoman critically wounded and killed a federal judge. That such an attack happened at a routine constituent event outside a supermarket is particularly troubling, as it strikes a blow at our ability to interact with the government officials who represent us >> More


Enriched ... from CSS Plus | Second reading | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Leah Thompson |
For in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind. (v. 5)


Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning? (allow answers) How many of you have ever helped someone bake? (allow answers) What have you helped bake? (allow answers) When we bake, we use lots of ingredients. One of these >> More


Becoming what we were meant to be ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Wayne Brouwer | Schuyler Rhodes |
Mine is a family of book lovers. Early on, my wife and I encouraged our daughters to read and bought them books we thought they'd enjoy. It was no surprise to us that in their younger years the girls often chose books by the look of their covers. But as they grew to love the quality of the stories they >> More


... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 |
Isaiah 49:1-7
So many of us fail to live up to our potential. We may get by, even contribute to some degree, but we simply do not perform as well as we can or perhaps should. Remember Sam Bowie? He had a decent career in the NBA, but in the draft class of 1984, he was taken ahead of (and perhaps >> More

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