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  • The Immediate Word

    Children's sermon, Illustration, Preaching, Sermon, Worship
    Thomas Willadsen
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Mary Austin
    Christopher Keating
    Katy Stenta
    George Reed
    Quantisha Mason-Doll
    For June 20, 2021:
    • Underdog? by Tom Willadsen — It’s a more satisfying story if we don’t consider what David brought to the fight, but the outcome was never really in doubt.
    • A Non-Anxious Presence by Dean Feldmeyer — An anxious world longs for...
  • CSSPlus

    Children's sermon
    John Jamison
    That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Commentary
    Frank Ramirez
    Appearances are deceiving. Goliath looks unconquerable, and the young shepherd boy who says thanks but no thanks to the king’s armor, is pretty confident that five smooth stones will be enough to change the world.

    So it is that the Apostle Paul reminds us we don’t see anyone from a human view anymore. We see them through God’s eyes.

    Of course, maybe we can’t always be...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Illustration
    Mark Ellingsen
    Frank Ramirez
    Bill Thomas
    Bonnie Bates
    1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4, 11, 19-23) 32-49
    We like underdogs, which is why we like the story of David and Goliath. About David’s improbable victory John Wesley wrote:

    Thus does God often do great things for His people by the weak things of the world. (Commentary On the Bible, p.189)   

    The world needs Davids — people who take on the...
  • StoryShare

    Stories
    Peter Andrew Smith
    David O. Bales
    Contents
    “A David and Goliath Story” by Peter Andrew Smith
    “Re-crossing Galilee Lake” by David O. Bales
    “Seminar: Working Together In Him” by David O. Bales

    A David and Goliath Story
    by Peter Andrew Smith
    1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49

    Laura took some vegetables out of the bag to chop. “So, I hear...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Children's Story
    Janice B. Scott
    The first thing Jack saw when he walked into church on the Sunday morning was a bright red octopus. It seemed an odd animal to be in church, but Jack's heart lifted in anticipation, for with an octopus in the offing and a bright red one at that, surely the preacher would have an exciting talk this morning.

    Of course it was only a paper octopus, but nonetheless it...
  • SermonStudio

    Sermon
    Kristin Borsgard Wee
    Just a short time ago, a young homemaker and mother sat in my office telling me how she was feeling about her life. She said she felt she was adrift in a tiny boat in the middle of a great and surging ocean. How she had gotten into that boat and where she was going was a mystery to her. All she could see were the huge waves towering over her frail, little boat, threatening at any moment to swamp...
  • SermonStudio

    Sermon
    Stan Purdum
    The United Methodists came out with their most recent hymnbook in 1989. Three years before that, while the hymnal committee was deciding which hymns from the previous book would be included in the new one and which would be deleted, they concluded that "Onward Christian Soldiers" should be omitted. The committee voted to delete it, feeling that the hymn was overly militaristic and thus was...
  • SermonStudio

    Sermon
    Glenn W. Mcdonald
    In the year 2000 Forbes Magazine featured a special edition on a single topic that it called "the biggest issue of our age -- time." The editors wrote, "We've beaten, or at least stymied, most of humanity's monsters: disease, climate, geography, and memory. But time still defeats us. Lately its victories seem more complete than ever. Those timesaving inventions of the last half-century have...

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