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  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Wayne Brouwer
    The Black Angel. That’s what Michael Christopher calls Herman Engel in his play. Herman Engel is a cruel man, an “angel” by name, but darkest black in his Nazi soul. During World War II, he led his army in a horrible massacre of French villages. And after the war, justice catches up with him at the Nuremberg trials. He is sent to jail.

    But not long enough, according to Morrieaux....
  • The Immediate Word

    Katy Stenta
    Mary Austin
    Christopher Keating
    Dean Feldmeyer
    George Reed
    Elena Delhagen
    For June 2, 2024:
  • CSSPlus

    John Jamison
    Object: This message includes a game to play together. Have fun with having the children shout out their answers. It makes the message memorable.

    * * *

    Hello, everyone! Are you ready for our story today? (Let them respond.) Instead of just telling you the story, I thought it would be more fun if we played a game that told the story. Are you ready...
  • StoryShare

    Frank Ramirez
    Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” (v. 4)

    Back in those days dark was dark.

    Really dark.

    In a moonless sky, the stars would shine brighter than most of us have ever seen, all the more awe-inspiring their majesty, paradoxically emphasizing all the more the darkness that reigned.

    Now call to mind in that tent...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Bill Thomas
    Mark Ellingsen
    Frank Ramirez
    1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
    The call to prophecy came directly to Samuel. We all have a calling from God and living out that call is what life is all about. Billy Graham once made that point:

    Our world is obsessed with success. But how does God define success? Success in God’s is faithfulness to his calling.

    John Calvin offers reflections on how...
  • SermonStudio

    Charles Curley
    It was a time of distrust and disillusionment in the land of Israel. People did not trust those who governed them. Those in positions of leadership were thought to be inept or corrupt, and often both. There was a lack of vision about the future of the people. Because those in leadership seemed helpless, hopeless and corrupt, God looked outside the tents of power to find new leadership with vision...
  • SermonStudio

    William G. Carter
    A few years ago, I was asked to serve as the worship leader at a regional church conference for teenagers. The enthusiastic recruiter told me about the wonderful experience I could expect from the gathering. "Every summer," she said, "the conference brings together about a hundred or so young people at a camp that has no swimming pool. We gather during the dog days of August. The conference is so...
  • SermonStudio

    Stephen P. McCutchan
    Deuteronomy 5:12-15
    Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.
    -- Deuteronomy 5:12

    It is interesting to note that the sabbath commandment requires more explanation than any of the other commandments and that it is the only one to receive different explanations in the giving of the commandment in Exodus 20 and here in...
  • SermonStudio

    Schuyler Rhodes
    There's something about someone who knows you really well. It is a state of grace that slices across all other interactions. Sit across the table from a spouse of twenty years, a best friend of half a century, a sister or brother who has grown with you through the victories and the defeats. It's an amazing moment to look into the eyes of such a person and know ... that they know.

    With...
  • SermonStudio

    Michael D. Wuchter
    Out of darkness the light shall shine! God's glory shining in the face of Christ. Yet we who have this spiritual gift are like common clay pots.
    -- 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (paraphrased)

    Here's the scene: Two women are sitting together at a table in an inner-city shelter. One is a street person, quite drunk, in torn layers of tattered clothes, unwashed hair in disarray,...

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