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Saving faith comes through... -- Romans 10:5-15 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2014
Saving faith comes through our invitation for Christ to forgive us of our sins.
Decades ago the... -- John 3:1-17 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Decades ago the story was told of a poor widow who contributed to the Dorpatian Branch of the Russia
The pastor of the church... -- Mark 1:4-11 -- Derl G. Keefer -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 2014
The pastor of the church that I attended as a child told the congregation that he would be holding a
Paul writes to the Thessalonians... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2014
Paul writes to the Thessalonians that he has been a messenger of encouragement to them and, in essen
Soren Kierkegaard said... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Soren Kierkegaard said that mercy has converted more people than zeal, or eloquence, or learning or
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 (2014) -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Derl G. Keefer, Scott A. Bryte, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
Genesis 45:1-15
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 3 (2014) -- Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love, Scott A. Bryte, Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Exodus 17:1-7
Our sexuality is God-given... -- 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2014
Our sexuality is God-given.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 (2014) -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
Joshua 24:1-3a
Sermon Illustrations for Easter 7 (2014) -- Acts 1:6-14, 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11, John 17:1-11 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Acts 1:6-14
Sir Winston Churchill... -- 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Sir Winston Churchill, the great British politician, is one of the most quoted men in history.
Before Joseph was second... -- Genesis 45:1-15 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
Before Joseph was second in command under Pharaoh, he was a prisoner in a dark, dirty
This scripture deals... -- Romans 5:1-11 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
This scripture deals with expectations of faith, praise, sacrifice, and hope.
Sermon Illustrations for Christmas 1 -- Isaiah 61:10--62:3, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 2014
Isaiah 61:10--62:3
Over the years many people... -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
Over the years many people impacted my life for the good.
Sermon Illustrations for Trinity Sunday (2014) -- Acts 2:1-21, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13, John 20:19-23 -- Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2014
Acts 2:1-21
William Barclay commented... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
William Barclay commented that the significance of this passage is that it "foreshadows
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2014) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
1 Samuel 16:1-13
The Menno-Hof Amish/Mennonite Museum... -- Isaiah 61:10--62:3 -- Derl G. Keefer -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 2014
The Menno-Hof Amish/Mennonite Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana, relates the life of Menno Simmons, a F
Missionary Jerry Porter wrote... -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
Missionary Jerry Porter wrote in a sermon titled "From Generation to Generation" that Dr. L.
There is something... -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2014
There is something within people that automatically draws them to a spectacular event.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 (2014) -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
Exodus 1:8--2:10
Often we are... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Often we are like Samuel, running on fumes of depression and wandering aimlessly not knowing where t
As Mary and Joseph enter... -- Luke 2:22-40 -- Derl G. Keefer -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 2014
As Mary and Joseph enter the temple they encounter two people who have been anticipating the coming
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 (2014) -- Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2014
Judges 4:1-7

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Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Before the church can be sent into the world, it must be sent by the Spirit.
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Lust

Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Age

Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
A little girl was shown pictures of her mommy and daddy on their wedding day.
Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
"The Comforter has come! The Comforter has come!
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Grace

Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Sympathy

"Sympathy is your pain in my heart." (Anonymous child)

Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Everything else may pass away, but not a mother's love.
Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Holiness behavior conforms to the character of Christ.
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Forgiveness

Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Revival

Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Death

Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
"Of all the men I have known, I cannot recall one whose mother did her level best for him when he wa
Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
"Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly lov
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Marriage

Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Assurance

Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
"An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy." (Spanish proverb)
Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Holiness is wholeness -- the wholeness of Christ in the whole of life for the whole of eternity.
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Gratitude

Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Teamwork

Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
There is no heartbeat like the heartbeat of a mother.
Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Our assurance, comfort, hope, and joy is in the complete holiness of the Father.
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Friends

Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Revival

Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Death

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Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

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"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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