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Faith Development


Plans For Your Welfare -- Jeremiah 29:11 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
The Sacrament And The Prodigal -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
Grace -- Ephesians 2:4-10 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
Hope -- Jeremiah 29:11 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
Your Word Is A Lamp To My Feet -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
Saved By The Word -- Romans 10:8b-17 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
Not Ashamed Of The Gospel -- Romans 1:16-17 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
New Testament Baptism -- Matthew 28:18-20 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
Do You Need To Be Baptized -- John 3:5 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
The Darkness And The Light -- Matthew 4:17, Isaiah 9:2, 1 Corinthians 1:18 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
Baptized Into His Death -- Romans 6:3-4 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004
Old Testament Passover And New Testament Sacrament -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Ron Lavin -- 2004



Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Another Door -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Be Bold In The Spirit -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Pentecost And Baptism -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Living Water -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
"Who Stands With This Child?" -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Advent And Baptism -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Easter And Baptism -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Communion: The Sacrament Of Word And Table -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Dancing The Sacraments -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
The Blessed Sacrament -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Remember -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Healing And Forgiveness -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Sharing The Bread -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Take The Bread -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Enough For All -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
World Communion Sunday -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Advent And Communion -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Easter And Communion -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Pentecost And Communion -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Thanksgiving And Communion -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Children And The Sacraments -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Sacrament Poems -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2004
Marked At The Table -- John 13:1-16 -- George M. Bass -- 1991
Marked At The Cross -- Luke 23:33-46 -- George M. Bass -- 1991

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Peter’s Painful Memories
by David O. Bales
Mark 8:31-38


Arley K. Fadness
“For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake and for the sake of the gospel will save it.” (v. 35)

Good morning boys and girls,

How many smiling faces do I see this morning? If you held a mirror up to your face what would you see? A frumpy frown, a peculiar pout, a sassy sneer, or a Sunny Smile? Let's make today a Sunny Smiling Sunday. You're on camera. Everybody smile. Click.

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Ron Love
George Reed
For February 25, 2018:
  • Much more than a promise by Chris Keating -- God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah is a promise received and a promise believed. It’s much more than a typical and easily broken promise. Like the voices of some of the young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, they choose to believe now is the time to move forward in faith.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Derl G. Keefer

Genesis 17:1-7 15-16
I heard this joke and thought it was funny and perhaps had a point.

 "Where are you going mom?" asked the youngest of five children.

"I'm going to a surprise party, my dear," answered the mother.

"Are we all going, too?"

"No, dear. You weren't invited."

After a few moments' of deep thought, the child spoke again.

"Hey mom, then don't you think they'd be lots more surprised if you did take us all?"

Mark Ellingsen
The Second Sunday in Lent was typically devoted to the theme of “remembering” [Remiscere]. The texts for this Sunday would have us remember the spiritual roots of our faith – especially the grace of God and its nurturing, surprising character.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
There was an interesting drama series on television recently about a family who had given up conventional suburban life to run a market garden in the country.

As well as the parents, there was a grown-up son and his fiancee, a daughter home from university, and a younger daughter aged about twelve. The son married his fiancee and they set off on their honeymoon, but on the way home from the wedding, the father had a road accident and was killed.


Richard A. Jensen
We will treat these texts as one. In examining them we have entered what many commentators believe is the central section of Mark's story: 8:22„10:52. The immediate context for this central section of material is the climax of the section that precedes it: Mark 6:35„8:21. We need to say a few words about 8:1-21, as it is omitted from the lectionary. Mark 8:1-9 is the story of the Gentile feeding of the multitude with bread which we have discussed in an earlier chapter. The response to Jesus' feeding of this second multitude is ironic and filled with comedy.

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