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How it's done ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Matthew 5:38-48 | Frank Ramirez |
Our faith is a living faith. We are living temples. This is something visible to the world, whether or not you’re a believer. The way we conduct ourselves, what we do, defines who we are, and also how Christ appears through us to the larger world.

Leviticus 19 is a far more central passage than most congregations and pastors allow. It >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 7 (2017) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Matthew 5:38-48 | Bill Thomas | Ron Love |
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
What does it mean to be holy? There are all kinds of ways that this question could be answered. The word “holy” means “to be set apart” or “dedicated” to God. It seems to me that there are a lot of Christians who wrestle with understanding this term. Certainly “moral purity” is a part of what it means, >> More


Make America Great -- Anew ... from The Immediate Word | Matthew 5:38-48 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | Beth Herrinton-Hodge | Dean Feldmeyer |

In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, Jesus suggests that following traditional precepts like “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” and “love your neighbor and hate your enemy” are no longer sufficient -- instead, he tells his followers that a new paradigm is required where mercy rules instead of vengeance, and where even enemies are >> More


For Love of Neighbor ... from StoryShare | Stories | Matthew 5:38-48 | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Keith Wagner |
Contents
"For Love of Neighbor" by Keith Wagner
"Staying on Course" by Keith Wagner

For Love of Neighbor
by Keith Hewitt
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

In this third book of Moses we have a list of laws that are similar to the Ten Commandments. They are concerned with holiness and behavior. The words “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” are known as the “golden >> More


The Love Ethic ... from StoryShare | Stories | Matthew 5:38-48 | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Keith Wagner | Keith Hewitt |
Contents
"The Love Ethic" by Keith Wagner
"The True Business of the Church" by Keith Wagner
"The Cloak" by Keith Hewitt


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The Love Ethic
by Keith Wagner
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

In this third book of Moses we have a list of laws that are similar to the Ten Commandments. They are concerned with holiness and behavior. Some of them, for example, >> More


Tuning Out Violence by Turning the Other Cheek ... from The Immediate Word | Matthew 5:38-48 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | Chrisopher Keating | Dean Feldmeyer |

This week’s lectionary texts build on last week’s themes, emphasizing again the importance of following God’s precepts in order to achieve a happy and fulfilling life. In the gospel passage Jesus expands on this further as he underlines the countercultural wisdom of God’s laws -- especially where justice is concerned. Rather than the prevailing view that justice is achieved through proportionate >> More



Foundations for mature faith ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Matthew 5:38-48 | David Coffin |
It might happen in any given church or nonprofit organization in the middle of the winter months, or maybe at any other non-holiday time of year. There are people within the group who have great ideas about some wonderful programs to break the malaise or bring new life to the congregation (such as send the pastor out to do visitation >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 7 (2014) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Matthew 5:38-48 | Bob Ove | Ron Love |
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
In Preaching Daily a story is told about a little two-year-old boy named Blaine Morris who obviously has a limited vocabulary. However, when his family passes by their church he knows what it is and begins shouting from his infant car seat: "More God! More God!" That is the essence of holiness and should be the cry of >> More


In Preaching Daily... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | Derl G. Keefer |
In Preaching Daily a story is told about a little two-year-old boy named Blaine Morris who obviously has a limited vocabulary. However, when his family passes by their church he knows what it is and begins shouting from his infant car seat: "More God! More God!" That is the essence of holiness and should be the cry of the Christian >> More


In August 2013... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | Ron Love |
In August 2013, a young Indian photojournalist and her accompanying boyfriend were on assignment in the slums of New Delhi. A group of five young men came up to them around 7 p.m. offering to help them get permission to access the crumbling destitute buildings she was filming. The five men then tied the hands of the boyfriend with a >> More


Poverty plagues... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | Mark Ellingsen |
Poverty plagues America. The U.S. Census Bureau reported at the end of 2012 that 16% of Americans were in poverty. And it is estimated that nearly half the people on the globe are in that condition. The idea that the church should do something about this is a controversial topic, and most Americans (54% as per a 2012 Gallup poll) >> More


What Kind of Fool Are You? ... from StoryShare | Matthew 5:38-48 | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | John E. Sumwalt | Keith Hewitt |
Contents
"What Kind of Fool Are You?" by John Sumwalt
"A Matter of Orders" by Keith Hewitt


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What Kind of Fool Are You?
John Sumwalt
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
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Gleaning Some Wisdom ... from The Immediate Word | Matthew 5:38-48 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | Mary Austin | Roger Lovette |
In this week's gospel passage, Jesus counsels his disciples to avoid retaliation -- telling them to "turn the other cheek" as well as to "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Needless to say, that's a particularly difficult teaching for modern sensibilities, conditioned as we are by the predatory "law of the jungle" that governs many of >> More


Tall order ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Matthew 5:38-48 | David Kalas | Schuyler Rhodes |
Basketball fans who are thirty years old or older will remember watching Michael Jordan at his prime. And, in all likelihood, they will also recall the Gatorade advertising campaign built around him in 1992. The theme of the campaign, and the recurring motif of its catchy theme song, was "Be like Mike." The television commercial featured video of Jordan's fabulous >> More


Sermon illustrations for Epiphany 7 (2011) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 | Matthew 5:38-48 |
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Charlize doesn't get along with her dad. Ever since her parents got a divorce, her dad has done one rude or stupid thing after another, and Charlize has had it. She wants to be done with him completely, just ignore him. It would be so easy to just drop him like a former friend, someone she used to >> More

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