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Making Love Visible
Fourth Sunday of Easter

from the book
Ashes To Ascension
Second Lesson Sermons For Lent/Easter

John A. Stroman

1 John 3:16-24


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How do you like being addressed as "little children"? Many times the way a speaker addresses his audience is a clue of what is coming. "Ladies and gentlemen" gives one the feeling that a formal speech is coming. "Friends" is a signal of a different kind of speech, maybe a bit more folksy and intimate. "Brethren" is a sign, especially when women are present, that we are about to hear some sort of sermon that may be out of touch with reality. The apostle addresses us as "little children" and then he appeals to our mature judgment. These words express a certain tenderness and affection, as a father would have for his children. He is reminding us of Jesus' words when he said that it is as little children that we enter the kingdom of God. He is going to talk about the greatest theme in the world -- the God who is and the kind of people we are ...

This Fourth Sunday of Easter sermon, Making Love Visible, is based on 1 John 3:16-24 and relates to Fourth Sunday of Easter of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Ashes To Ascension . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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