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Before he was the nationally... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | John 20:19-31 | 1 John 1:1--2:2 | Acts 4:32-35 |
Before he was the nationally famous chaplain at Yale University, before he was the minister of the great Riverside Presbyterian Church in New York, before he was a well-known activist in the field of peacemaking, William Sloane Coffin Jr. was searching for faith. He described a crucial transition in his faith-journey this way: "Slowly, I found myself changing from the >> More

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 |
"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

Is It True? ... from CSS Plus | Children's Sermon | John 20:19-31 | Mary Kay Eichelman |
Have you ever looked closely at a dollar bill?  Do you know whose picture is on it?  (Let them respond) It is a very famous person that you all have heard about  -- it is George Washington.  But how many of you have personally met him?  Do we know that he really lived or did people just make the story >> More

Unlocking Easter's Hope ... from The Immediate Word | John 20:19-31 | Revelation 1:4-8 | Acts 5:27-42 | Chrisopher Keating | Dean Feldmeyer |
This week’s lectionary gospel text opens with a stark description of the existential fear that gripped Jesus’ followers, even in the wake of the joyful news of the resurrection: “...the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews.” The panic they felt might seem a familiar emotion to us -- especially after we learned >> More

Transformed lives ... from Emphasis | Charting the course | Acts 5:27-32 | Revelation 1:4-8 | John 20:19-31 | Cathy Venkatesh |
For me, the deepest proof of Jesus’ resurrection comes from the transformed lives of his followers. From denying him, fleeing, and hiding in fear, in the Easter season we get to hear and celebrate accounts of how they boldly went out into the world proclaiming his teachings and serving the world in his Name. While the Bible offers accounts of >> More

Sermon illustrations for Easter 2 (2016) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Acts 5:27-32 | Revelation 1:4-8 | John 20:19-31 | Bonnie Bates | Bill Thomas |
Acts 5:27-32
Have you ever wondered what changed for the apostles? They cowered in the upper room after the crucifixion. They were not sure they understood what the resurrection meant -- even after they had seen Jesus, spoken with him, touched him. Yet here they are, proclaiming that they are called to speak God’s words, to witness to God’s love in >> More

Believing with Your Heart ... from CSS Plus | Gospel reading | John 20:19-31 | Cynthia E. Cowen |
The Point: don’t just know about Jesus, believe in Jesus with your heart

The Lesson: Good morning, boys and girls. Thank you for joining me as we share God’s word.

Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! That is such good news to declare to everyone.

Today, I brought with me a book. (show children) Who knows what this book is? >> More

Ringing Without a Permit ... from StoryShare | Stories | John 20:19-31 | Acts 5:27-32 | Revelation 1:4-8 | John E. Sumwalt |
"Ringing Without a Permit" by John Sumwalt

Ringing Without a Permit
by John Sumwalt
Acts 5:27-32

But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than human authority.’   -- Acts 5:29

The vision came while Rhonda was in the sacristy on a Wednesday evening just before Bell Choir rehearsal. She had come in early as she did every week to >> More

So that you may come to believe ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Acts 4:32-35 | 1 John 1:1--2:2 | John 20:19-31 | David Coffin |
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 >> More

Sermon Illustrations for Second Sunday of Easter (2015) ... from Emphasis | illustrations | Acts 4:32-35 | 1 John 1:1--2:2 | John 20:19-31 | Mark Ellingsen | Bob Ove |

Acts 4:32-35
According to the latest government statistics (for 2013), 14.5% of Americans are in poverty. The behavior of the first Christians reported in this lesson seems to confirm the wisdom of early 20th-century humorist and author Don Marquis. He once observed, “I have often noticed that when chickens quit quarreling over their food they often find that there is enough >> More

The Living Jesus Quiets Our Doubts ... from CSS Plus | Gospel reading | John 20:19-31 | Cynthia E. Cowen |
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 >> More

Believing without Seeing ... from StoryShare | stories | John 20:19-31 | Acts 4:32-35 | 1 John 1:1--2:2 | John Fitzgerald |
"Believing without Seeing" by John Fitzgerald

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Believing without Seeing
by John Fitzgerald
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 >> More

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