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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 |
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"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


Tight Fisted ... from CSS Plus | Children's sermons | Matthew 5:38-48 | Mary Kay Eichelman |
Who thinks they can open up my tight fist? Anyone want to try? (Allow them to give a try) God also wants to open up our tight fist. Many times we hold on very tightly to all of the "things" we own. God wants us to be available to give things up and to be willing to share all he >> 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 |
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"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


Surprising Kindness ... from CSS Plus | Children's sermons | Matthew 5:38-48 | Anna Shirey |

First Thoughts: Once again we are faced with Jesus' radical teaching of compassion and hospitality, teachings specifically extended to those people who wish us harm. This teaching is challenging for a couple of reasons. First, it just >> 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 1848 the papacy... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Matthew 5:38-48 | Ron Love |
In 1848 the papacy was nearly overthrown, and in 1860 it lost most of its domains with the unification of Italy. Pope Pius IX, concerned about the liberal movement in Italy that was causing social change, issued the edict Syllabus of Errors, which listed the faults of progress. To further protect the power of the papacy and to control both >> More


Americans have... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Matthew 5:38-48 | Mark Ellingsen |
Americans have over-inflated images about themselves. Psychologists have discerned a cognitive bias termed illusory superiority that most of us share, a tendency to overestimate our qualities and abilities. As a result we are rather judgmental of the morality of others (though not our own). A 2010 Gallup poll found 76% of Americans thought the state of morality in American was >> More


My coworker's fiance's... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Matthew 5:38-48 | Derl G. Keefer |
My coworker's fiancée's birthplace outlawed Christianity. As a young man he became a convert to Christianity. He and several friends met secretly for Bible study on different days at different sites so they would not be detected. One night as fifteen met sharing God's word, the door opened and several men with weapons entered the room and began to shoot >> 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 |
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"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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No Strings Attached ... from The Village Shepherd | Sermons | Matthew 5:38-48 | Janice B. Scott |
I remember, as a child, the loathsome task of writing thank you letters after every birthday and Christmas. I was let off on Christmas day and on my birthday, but in both cases on the very next day I had to sit at a table and stay there until all the thank you letters were duly written. It seemed to >> More

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