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Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2017) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | Mark Ellingsen | Frank Ramirez |
1 Samuel 16:1-13
I do not eat a lot of watermelon, but I am amazed at how much is on the internet about how to tell if a watermelon is ripe. There are several tips, ranging from noting the white spot at the bottom of the melon to looking at the curling tendril. However, the most reported and accurate tip, according >> More


And there was light ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | David Kalas |
The significance of light and darkness is evident from the very beginning of scripture. Indeed, from the very beginning, period. “Let there be light” is, famously, the first thing we have a record of God saying. It is the essential first act of creation. And as we continue to read, we discover that it is just the first blow in >> More


See the Light, Live the Light, Shine the Light ... from The Immediate Word | John 9:1-41 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | 1 Samuel 16:1-3 | Beth Herrinton-Hodge | Mary Austin |
In a world riven by divisions of many kinds, it seems more imperative than ever for us to find what binds us together rather than focusing on the ways we separate ourselves from one another. As team member Beth Herrinton-Hodge observes in the next installment of The Immediate Word, we base our perception of other people and the world on >> More


Mean Lies ... from CSS Plus | Children's Sermon | John 9:1-41 | Mary Kay Eichelman |
Let's imagine that there is a new student that comes to your school. They don't have any friends so you invite them to play with you at recess.  But when your other friends see you do that they say things like what are on my cards.  Can you read them with me.  (Read off the cards together.)  It could really >> More


The Bravery of Sight ... from CSS Plus | Children's Sermon | John 9:1-41 | Anna Shirey |

First Thoughts: This healing story investigates the difference between physical and spiritual blindness. Although the blind man can't see physically, his spiritual vision is completely clear. When he encounters Jesus not only does he allow Jesus to put the >> More



New light in darkness ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | David Coffin |
A group of younger workers are seated next to one another at a workplace where they have to deal with the public both person-to-person and over the telephone. They are having difficulty dealing with clients and customers who are older than they are in terms of communication skills, etiquette, and basic manners. These workers console one another once the older >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2014) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | Mark Ellingsen | Scott A. Bryte |
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Often we are like Samuel, running on fumes of depression and wandering aimlessly not knowing where to go for help.

I read about an airline pilot who announced over the intercom: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is that we have a tailwind, and we are making excellent time. The bad news is that our >> More


At Old English taverns... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | John 9:1-41 | Ron Love |
At Old English taverns people drank from pint- and quart-sized containers. A barmaid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in pints and who was drinking in quarts, hence the phrase "minding your Ps and Qs." Since then the phrase "minding our Ps and Qs" has come to mean being >> More


On the front... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | John 9:1-41 | Scott A. Bryte |
On the front of the one dollar bill, in the upper right-hand corner, there is a joke. It's been there for decades at least. Hidden among the web-like design that borders the bill there is what appears to be a spider, hiding at the top left-hand corner of the shield shape around the numeral 1. Whether it is truly intended >> More


A blind man who... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | John 9:1-41 | Derl G. Keefer |
A blind man who was healed faced adversity from the Pharisees, who questioned him multiple times and then threw him out into the street. Jesus found him and asked if he believed in the Son of Man. He responded that if Jesus would just point him out, he would believe. Jesus told him that he was looking at him. The >> More


Commenting on this... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | John 9:1-41 | Mark Ellingsen |
Commenting on this story of the blindness of the man Jesus healed Augustine claimed that this blind man represents the human race, that his blindness is the blindness of sin (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 7, p. 245). Fortunately our blindness does not stop God. Martin Luther compared Christ's love for us to the sun, which "will not >> More


Commenting on this story... ... from Emphasis | illustrations | John 9:1-41 | Mark Ellingsen |
Commenting on this story of the blindness of the man Jesus healed, Augustine claimed that this blind man represents the human race, that his blindness is the blindness of sin (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 7, p. 245). Fortunately, our blindness does not stop God. Martin Luther compared Christ's love for us to the sun, which "will not >> More


Miracles of Sight ... from StoryShare | stories | John 9:1-41 | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | Keith Wagner |
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"Miracles of Sight" by Keith Wagner
"Trusting God in the Darkness" by Keith Wagner


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Miracles of Sight
by Keith Wagner
John 9:1-41

Most people see the healing of the blind man as a miracle. Jesus made a mud pack, put it in the blind man's eyes, and then told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Amazingly >> More


How Wide Do We Draw Our Circles? ... from The Immediate Word | John 9:1-41 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | 1 Samuel 16:1-3 | Leah Lonsbury | Dean Feldmeyer |

A great deal of the wrangling in this week’s gospel text is centered on the issue of who is deserving of God’s grace. The Pharisees maintain that the blind man whose sight was restored by Jesus was a sinner, and therefore not worthy of being healed of his affliction. Their first impulse is to discount the veracity of the healing, >> More



Hard work ... from CSS Plus | Gospel reading | John 9:1-41 | Leah Thompson |
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (v. 5)

Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning? (allow answers) How many of you have ever had a job to do? (allow answers) How many of you have had a job that you didn't want to do? (allow answers) We've all had >> More

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