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The Brink Of Eternity
Third Sunday of Advent

from the book
Humming Till The Music Returns
Second Lesson Sermons For Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

Wayne Brouwer

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24


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Creating a sermon is a funny thing. Early on in my studies I get an idea, and that idea usually translates into a rough outline and a working title. But later, as I wrestle with the text, and as it wrestles with me, sometimes we move together in directions I never would have expected.

That happened again this past week. I started with the idea of "Caught Up Short." That theme seemed to fit, both for this third week in Advent and for the words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5. So often we meander along through life, not paying much attention to things around us, just going our own way and doing our own thing, and then something suddenly happens that catches us up short. Something stops us in our tracks.

It can be a good thing: a friend we haven't seen for years stops by; a letter arrives in the mail with news of a distant relative; there's a check ...

This Third Sunday of Advent sermon, The Brink Of Eternity, is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 and relates to Third Sunday of Advent of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Humming Till The Music Returns . 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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