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Varying new life experiences ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Acts 2:14a; 22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 20:19-31 | David Coffin |
As a pastor and a Christian, I have always found the challenge of “Easter” to be not allowing it to be reduced to one climactic Sunday after the 40 days of Lent. That is, how can one celebrate and experience the new life of this season in a way that it is a meaningful part of the spiritual journey, when >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Easter 2 (2017) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 20:19-31 | Ron Love | Mark Ellingsen |
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Prove it! Those words have been used on school playgrounds since practically the beginning of time. A kid will make a fantastic claim, and his dubious friends will snap back: “Oh yeah, prove it!” You’ve seen it before, maybe even experienced it.

* A fifth-grader, seeking to impress his classmates, brags: “My dad knows Tom Brady!” He is likely >> More


Whom Can You Trust? ... from The Immediate Word | John 20:19-31 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | Beth Herrinton-Hodge | Mary Austin |
The gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Easter brings us the story of “Doubting Thomas” -- but in this installment of The Immediate Word, team member Beth Herrinton-Hodge suggests that characterization is a bit unfair. Beth notes that Thomas is merely looking for the same sort of tangible evidence that the rest of the disciples had already received by >> More


Spiritually Speaking ... from StoryShare | Stories | John 20:19-31 | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Keith Wagner |
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"Spiritually Speaking" by Keith Wagner
"Living With More Power" by Keith Wagner


Spiritually Speaking
by Keith Wagner
Psalm 16

Leaving home was never a problem for me. As a child and youth I was encouraged to spend weeks away in the summer with my grandparents or at church camp. When it came time to go to college, I couldn’t wait to move. Homesickness >> More


Pound of flesh demanded ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Acts 2:14a; 22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 20:19-31 | David Coffin |
It is the time of year for the last push of demands before the summer season beckons upon the horizon. The children's school system is squeezing in as many meetings as possible for parents. Teachers are trying to push assignment and test dates before the even warmer days arrive in May and June. Many church organizations have their denominational gathering >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Easter 2 (2014) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 20:19-31 | Ron Love | Mark Ellingsen |
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
As all the other Anglicans in church knelt at their pews, during prayer George Washington would stand tall at his. An explanation was never offered for this action. It was wondered if Washington was imitating the early Christians who stood during prayer as a part of their Jewish heritage, or if he stood for that is how he >> More


Our first assignment... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Bob Ove |
Our first assignment is to give praise to God the Father of Jesus. Even when troubles come and you have problems, we should first praise the Father. Why? Because he has given us a new birth, a living hope, through Jesus' resurrection. As some would say, "We are born again." We should look ahead to our inheritance, which can never >> More


Guilt ... from StoryShare | Stories | John 20:19-31 | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Keith Hewitt |
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"Guilt" by Keith Hewitt


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Guilt
by Keith Hewitt
John 20:19-31

The light would have been poor for a room half the size. It was crowded and the atmosphere was heavy with the smell of too many bodies, too little ventilation, and the scent of silent human misery.

It was perfect.

The man at Table 3 was not a regular, but >> More


Show Me the Marks ... from The Immediate Word | John 20:19-31 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | Mary Austin | Leah Lonsbury |

This week’s lectionary gospel text features “doubting Thomas,” whose skepticism marks him as something of an archetypal 21st-century Christian. He clearly doesn’t want to be taken in by some sort of hoax or wishful thinking on the part of his colleagues, and so Thomas maintains that he won’t believe his fellow disciples’ account about Jesus unless he can experience it >> More



Sight unseen ... from CSS Plus | Second reading | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Leah Thompson |
Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy. (v. 8)

Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning? (allow answers) How many of you have a baby brother or sister at home? (allow answers) Do you remember >> More


Loving, sight unseen ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 20:19-31 | Schuyler Rhodes |
Recently a friend told me the story of his move to our community. It was a job transfer, and he was needed in the new location much sooner than he or his family had expected. Previous excursions to the area with his wife to look for a new home had proven unsuccessful. The home they were leaving had been sold, >> More


... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Acts 2:14-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 20:19-31 |
Acts 2:14-32
A very long and controversial hearing was held in the Senate before Clarence Thomas was approved as a justice for the United States Supreme Court. Clarence found the process to be disgraceful and insulting. Yet, he persisted because he believed in his own innocence. Bolstered by the Holy Spirit, Clarence remained in the hearings until his Senate confirmation. Each >> More


... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Craig Kelly |
I hated art class as a kid. I was one of those book-smart kids who would rather have done math problems than draw pictures or play games in the gym. But one thing in art class that I thought was pretty cool was painting ceramic figurines. We would use paints and glazes that would react to the extreme heat of >> More


The Reluctant Witness ... from The Immediate Word | John 20:19-31 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | Dean Feldmeyer | Mary Austin |
The common thread that runs through the lectionary readings for the Second Sunday of Easter is the theme of witnessing. In the Acts passage, Peter delivers a stirring sermon in which he attests to his firsthand experience of Jesus' many powerful deeds -- the most important being the resurrection, which Peter notes that "all of us are witnesses" to. He >> More


An Imperishable Inheritance ... from StoryShare | John 20:19-31 | Acts 2:14a, 22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Frank Ramirez |
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"An Imperishable Inheritance" by Frank Ramirez
"Harry's Legacy" by Timothy J. Smith


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An Imperishable Inheritance
by Frank Ramirez
1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into >> More

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