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Fourth Sunday of Easter

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  • The Immediate Word

    Elena Delhagen
    Quantisha Mason-Doll
    Mary Austin
    Katy Stenta
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Thomas Willadsen
    Christopher Keating
    George Reed
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  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Mark Ellingsen
    These lessons all testify to Jesus is our all-in-all. The Good Shepherd theme could also be stressed.  

    Acts 4:5-12
    The First Lesson is drawn from the second half of a two-part early history of the church attributed to Paul’s Gentile associate, Luke (Colossians 4:14; 2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 24). The book is particularly concerned to affirm the...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Mark Ellingsen
    Frank Ramirez
    Bonnie Bates
    Bill Thomas
    Acts 4:5-12
    The hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation” was written by Samuel J. Stone around 1866. It was part of a collection of twelve hymns that emphasized a part of the Apostles’ Creed. “The Church’s One Foundation” speaks specifically to article nine of the Apostles’ Creed, and it emphasizes that Jesus is the one upon whom the church is built. According to C. Michael Hawn...
  • StoryShare

    John E. Sumwalt
    Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me. (v. 4)

    Are there angels among us who save people in danger?

    One of the stories I tell in response to this question, was sent to me by Robyn Bradley of Oxford, Wisconsin. She’s a therapist and licensed...
  • CSSPlus

    John Jamison
    Object: A hearing aid.

    * * *

    Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready for our story today? (Let them respond.) Great! Let’s go!

    But before I tell you the story, I have something I want to show you. (Hold up the hearing aid.) Can anyone tell us what this is? (Let them respond.) It’s a hearing aid, isn’...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Janice B. Scott
    There was a farmer living in a remote part of the Norfolk countryside who had been burgled a number of times. On the last occasion he was disturbed in middle of the night, he went downstairs with his gun and when a torch was shone into his face, he pulled the trigger several times.

    He killed one of the two burglars, who turned out to be a sixteen-year-old lad, and after...
  • SermonStudio

    Stan Purdum
    (See Lent 4, Cycle A, and Easter 4, Cycle C, for alternative approaches.)

    If asked how many images of God this most familiar of all psalms includes, most people would probably say one, that of shepherd. (And, while saying it, there's a good chance they'd actually be picturing Jesus with a lamb in his arms, thanks to the famous painting of that scene hanging in Sunday school...
  • SermonStudio

    Richard E. Zajac
    ... the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep...

    Doctor Bernie Siegel claims that coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous.


    I have spent nine years here at the hospital. In the course of those nine years I've witnessed and experienced many strange things. I've watched events occur that made me stop and think and wonder. I've...
  • SermonStudio

    David H. Webb
    It is hard to find a more bold expression of the Easter faith than what we hear from Peter today in our first lesson.

    Peter and John had just healed a lame beggar at the gate of the temple. Without hesitation Peter proclaimed to the astonished crowd that the healing was the work of God who had raised Jesus from the dead. Almost immediately, the Sanhedrin arrests Peter and John and...
  • SermonStudio

    Mark J. Molldrem
    Easter is in springtime for a reason. Springtime is that time of year when new life emerges from the old. Easter is that time of history when New Life emerged from the old.

    You might well imagine the surprise of the first disciples when they discovered the empty tomb, and later when they had a close encounter with the risen Christ. Peter, in a journal-like comment, rehearses the...

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