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  • The Immediate Word

    Dean Feldmeyer
    Thomas Willadsen
    Katy Stenta
    Mary Austin
    Christopher Keating
    George Reed
    Quantisha Mason-Doll
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    John Jamison
    Object: A printed copy of the job description that is included with this week’s message. (Download here.)

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    Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have another story for you today. Are you ready? (Let them respond.) Great!

  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    David Coffin
    All of today’s texts address times along the faith journey where a mature faith is helpful. Modern examples include a church which has just completed a major building project. The ribbon cutting celebration is in the past. It is time to make payments to the creditors. Also, there are maintenance and upkeep costs along with knowing the state will be making inspection visits to assure building...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Mark Ellingsen
    Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26
    John Calvin well describes the distress and doubt which this lesson depicts:

    ...for there is nothing more difficult for men than to preserve their minds in a state of peace and tranquility, undisturbed by any disquieting fears, whilst they are in this world, which is subject to many changes. (Calvin’s Commentaries,...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Janice B. Scott
    Alice loved ballet. She'd been given a ballet video for her birthday, and she spent hours watching it. When she'd been attending ballet classes for three weeks, she announced to the assembled family that she was going to be a ballet dancer when she grew up.

    Alice's mother and father exchanged meaningful glances. "Ballet means a lot of hard work," warned her father....
  • StoryShare

    John S. Smylie
    David O. Bales
    What's Up This Week
    "Where Have All the Churches Gone?" by John Smylie
    "Caught Not Taught" by John Smylie
    "Oh, Mulberries!" by David Bales

    Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

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    Where Have All the Churches Gone?
    By John Smylie
    Lamentations 1:1-6...
  • SermonStudio

    David E. Leininger
    A couple of years ago, a fascinating book by Mitch Albom hit the bestseller lists, Tuesdays with Morrie. The author had learned that his old teacher was slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, and after an absence of many years, the two reconnected and began to get together every Tuesday. The book shares some of the great lessons that emerged from those weekly conversations. For example:...
  • SermonStudio

    Carlos Wilton
    The little-known book of Lamentations was likely composed in the ashes of Jerusalem, following the Babylonian invasion which carried the leaders of the Jewish community off into exile. It speaks to the concerns of the Jerusalem community for their long-term survival under occupation by a foreign power. While the book's title sounds grim, and its setting is dark, the book is fundamentally life-...
  • SermonStudio

    Dallas A. Brauninger
    1. Text

    The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" [6] The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

    [7] "Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place at...
  • SermonStudio

    John W. Clarke
    In most congregational settings, the name Habakkuk does not bring people to their feet. He is not considered famous biblically speaking, like the more recognized names of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others. In point of fact, most people do not know who Habakkuk is or what he did.

    Habakkuk was a prophet who undertook to sustain the faith of the nation through one of the most hopeless periods...
  • SermonStudio

    Robert R. Kopp
    The Dead Poets Society is one of my favorite movies.

    It's about an English teacher named John Keating who returns to his stodgy old alma mater named Welton Academy -- the students call it "Hellton" -- and challenges students to live extraordinary lives.

    Mr. Keating tells a few students about a secret organization called The Dead Poets Society.

    "The Dead Poets...

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