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Family trip ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Genesis 28:10-19a | Romans 8:12-25 | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | David Kalas |
Every parent is familiar with the backseat refrains. “Are we there yet?” “How much farther is it?” “How soon will we be there?” It is standard fare on a family journey to field the continual questions that are born out of both impatience and excitement.

Children are not to be faulted for this, of course, as though it is peculiar to their >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 (2017) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Genesis 28:10-19a | Romans 8:12-25 | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Bonnie Bates | Bob Ove |
Genesis 28:10-19a
When I was a child, we learned the song “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.” I’m not sure we connected it to this biblical story directly, especially because we did not see ourselves as soldiers and the verse mentions Jesus. Lots of old hymns use battle language, as if we are waging war against others who believe differently. Much of >> More


The Pillow ... from StoryShare | Stories | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Genesis 28:10-19a | Romans 8:12-25 | C. David McKirachan | Frank Ramirez |
Contents
"The Pillow" by C. David McKirachan
"Big Brother" by C. David McKirachan
"Waiting Patiently For What We Do Not See" by Frank Ramirez

The Pillow
by C. David McKirachan
Genesis 28:10-19a

The ladder in this story gets a lot of attention. It’s quite a ladder. I don’t know about you but anything over thirty feet gives me the willies, unless it’s construction or  fire >> More


Paved with Good Intentions ... from The Immediate Word | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Romans 8:12-25 | Genesis 28:10-19a | Dean Feldmeyer | Beth Herrinton-Hodge |
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about workers anxious to rid a field of weeds lest they choke off the growth of young wheat plants. But the landowner has what at first seems a curious reaction -- he tells the conscientious field hands not to pull up the weeds, to let the weeds and the wheat >> More


Wheat and Weeds Separated ... from CSS Plus | Children's Sermon | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Arley K. Fadness |
...The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat... (v. 24b)

Good morning girls and boys,

How many of you are in school? (raise hands) (presenter talks informally about their schools, teachers and subjects) Did you know that Jesus >> More


A Stone for a Pillow ... from The Immediate Word | Genesis 28:10-19a | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Romans 8:12-25 | Mary Austin | Dean Feldmeyer |

The Genesis text appointed by the lectionary for Proper 11 describes Jacob’s journey from Beersheba toward Haran -- a trek on which he sleeps with a stone under his head while dreaming of a ladder connecting earth and heaven. Jacob interprets this as a sign that God is with him, and he is inspired to rename the place Bethel. In >> More



Seeing Angels at Work ... from StoryShare | Stories | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Genesis 28:10-19a | Romans 8:12-25 | Peter Andrew Smith | C. David McKirachan |
Contents
"Seeing Angels at Work" by Peter Andrew Smith
"You Don't Get It" by C. David McKirachan


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Seeing Angels at Work
by Peter Andrew Smith
Genesis 28:10-19a

Violet looked at her watch. "She is late."

"His teacher said she would be along shortly," John replied.

Violet tapped her foot. "I suspect she is going to be all defensive about how none of >> More


Love not Judgment ... from CSS Plus | Children's Sermon | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Cynthia E. Cowen |
The Point: Jesus says we cannot tell who is in his family and who is not so treat all with love and not judgment.

The Lesson: Thank you, boys and girls for taking this moment to share with me. This morning I brought two pictures with me. Do you know these children? (let children answer) I don't know them either. I >> More


God at our side ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Genesis 28:10-19a | Romans 8:12-25 | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Sandra Herrmann |
Genesis 28:10-19a
What is the connection between heaven and earth? What makes Jacob think that he is the chosen one through whom the nation of Israel will come into being? Genesis is full of these questions, with story explanations for the reason things are as they are. This story, which we traditionally call "Jacob's Dream," is one of them. (Although >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 (2014) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Genesis 28:10-19a | Romans 8:12-25 | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Scott A. Bryte | Bob Ove |
Genesis 28:10-19a
We climb the corporate ladder. We pull ourselves up and rise to the next level and strive in all things to go higher and higher. We soar to new heights. We rise to the occasion. We work our way up to the top of the world.

But Jacob doesn't climb his own ladder. He doesn't advance a single rung. And >> More


Bearded darnel... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Scott A. Bryte |
Bearded darnel (Lolium temulentum) is a weed that grows everywhere in the world where wheat grows. It so closely resembles wheat, that darnel is sometimes called "false wheat." It is only when the plants are nearly mature, and heads of grain start to develop, that subtle differences begin to appear. Until that time, it is nearly impossible to tell one >> More


Parables are much better... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Bob Ove |
Parables are much better than scholarly dissertations! When I taught in the seminary in Nepal, there was a language and cultural barrier, which made academic instruction difficult, but parables can get across in almost any language. Only a few were difficult like marriage which was handled differently in Nepal, though it was much the same in Old Testament books when >> More


After sharing a parable... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Derl G. Keefer |
After sharing a parable concerning the wheat and the weeds in the fields with a multitude of people, Jesus takes time alone with his intimate disciples to explain it clearly to them. The keys that unlock the meaning to the parable are sevenfold as blueprinted in verses 37-39. 1) The sower is the Son of Man. 2) The field is >> More


Tuning in ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Genesis 28:10-19a | Romans 8:12-25 | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Schuyler Rhodes |
It has gotten very crowded out there in the last century. Oh, to look around you wouldn't see this particular overcrowding problem. That's because it is invisible to our eyes. But if you want to do any number of things that are now commonplace in our twenty-first-century world, then you are going to feel the squeeze.

The "out there" that has >> More


... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Genesis 28:10-19a | Romans 8:12-25 | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 |
Genesis 28:10-19a
You always feel a little embarrassed when you get caught being unobservant. Like when you neglect to notice the diamond on your friend's left ring finger. Or when you don't say anything about your wife's new haircut. Or when you get pulled over for accidentally driving the wrong way on a one-way street. We feel ashamed when we fail >> More

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