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  • CSSPlus

    John Jamison
    Object: A hard-boiled egg, a teaspoon, and a bowl. REMEMBER TO USE A HARD-BOILED EGG! If necessary, use a plastic egg. Put the bowl at the spot you want the child to carry the egg to.

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    Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready for our story today? Outstanding! Let's hear our story!

    Jesus had been going around talking to...
  • The Immediate Word

    Thomas Willadsen
    Christopher Keating
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Mary Austin
    Katy Stenta
    George Reed
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  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Frank Ramirez
    Mark Ellingsen
    Bonnie Bates
    Bill Thomas
    2 Samuel 7:1-14a
    Shana Schutte writes on the topic “When God Doesn’t Give You a Mate” for Focus on the Family’s webpage, January 1, 2010. In that post, she explains her desire and prayer for a husband. She continually prayed to get married, but God’s answer was, “No.” She describes her tears and anguish, but concludes with a powerful lesson learned. “God gently pointed to...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Frank Ramirez
    In each of these scriptures it is up to recognize who is the star of the show. We might be surprised. David thinks he is honoring God by building a temple, but isn’t he really honoring himself as the typical conqueror who builds temples to the gods as a testimony to his accomplishments as a ruler? Paul, addressing the class-conscious Roman society of the Ephesian church, asks, “Is the star of the...
  • StoryShare

    John E. Sumwalt
    Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord... So I will attend to you for your evil doings... Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands... I will raise up shepherds over them... and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord. (vv. 1-5)

    I’m praying for the healing of...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Janice B. Scott
    Call to Worship:

    Let us join together to use this time for rest and relaxation within the preence of our Lord.


    Invitation to Confession:

    Jesus, sometimes we are lazy and don't do what you want us to do.
    Lord, have mercy.

    Jesus, sometimes we are too busy and wilfully refuse to take time...

  • SermonStudio

    Julia E. Bland
    It is through Jesus, the Good Shepherd, that we become part of his flock.

    Scripture: John 10:9

    Background Devotions: Psalm 23

    Visual Aids: Medicine, a large cup, perhaps a cane. If a cane is used, you will need to explain that the staff was shaped something like a cane but it was much longer and the rounded part was bigger....
  • SermonStudio

    John E. Sumwalt
    Patricia M. Thaker
    In February of 2000, my grandfather, Lloyd Dings, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away just twelve days later. My grandparents were married 56 years. The legacy he leaves behind is a wonderful wife and a beautiful family

    On the afternoon he died, I sat by Grandfather's side and had a brief conversation with him. We held hands and I cried as we spoke. I told him that I...
  • SermonStudio

    Kristin Borsgard Wee
    Four years ago this week, I was walking through an African village in Namibia with my friend, Solveig Kjeseth. We stopped to look at a strange tower formed out of earth. It was about five feet high, crooked in shape, wide at the bottom and coming to a point at the top. I thought it looked like the top of a giant, rumpled witch's hat, only it was gray instead of black. Solveig informed me, much to...
  • SermonStudio

    William J. Carl, III
    Have you ever noticed how some families move a lot? Some are corporate moves, some are military, and some are United Methodist pastors. Whatever the case, every time they move they have to find new lodging. In the military, quarters are often provided. The same may be true for clergy if churches own a manse or a parsonage. But, sometimes you have to look for a new home, which means spending some...
  • SermonStudio

    Mark Ellingson
    On this last Sunday of the Church Year (we call it Christ the King Sunday) our attention is directed to the reign of Christ -- to his glorious reign which has already begun with the resurrection on Easter. It is a Sunday to think about salvation, because where Christ reigns salvation is effected. These themes are especially evident in our First Lesson.

    Jeremiah conducted his ministry...
  • SermonStudio

    Mark Ellingson
    On this last Sunday of the Church Year (we call it Christ the King Sunday) our attention is directed to the reign of Christ -- to his glorious reign which has already begun with the resurrection on Easter. It is a Sunday to think about salvation, because where Christ reigns salvation is effected. These themes are especially evident in our First Lesson.

    Jeremiah conducted his ministry...
  • SermonStudio

    Through Christ, God has solved the problem of conflict between races.

    The description of God's saving work that we find in the Bible is much broader and more comprehensive than the description we find in today's popular piety. Yes, it does have to do with God saving us from guilt and death so that we can live with God eternally after we die. But it also has to do with God saving us...

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