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A blind man who... -- John 9:1-41 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A blind man who was healed faced adversity from the Pharisees, who questioned him multiple times and
In my last pastoral assignment... -- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2014
In my last pastoral assignment I lived in a parsonage, but my congregation gave me the privilege of
I have a friend named... -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
I have a friend named Jim.
An illustration concerning... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
An illustration concerning the Holy Spirit caught my attention as I was reading an old illustration
Ezekiel illustrates spiritual... -- Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2014
Ezekiel illustrates spiritual leaders as shepherds leading sheep.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 -- Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28 -- Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2014
Exodus 3:1-15
Sermon Illustrations for Maundy Thursday (2014) -- Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2014
Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14
Oystein Brinch of Oslo, Norway... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2014
Oystein Brinch of Oslo, Norway, wrote a devotional for the Upper Room on May 18, 2014.
Our Daily Bread carried... -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2014
Our Daily Bread carried an illustration about a dying elderly Christian man.
Sermon Illustrations For Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 (2014) -- Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - A -- 2014
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 5 (2014) -- Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45 -- Scott A. Bryte, Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Ezekiel 37:1-14
"Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones..."
Sermon Illustrations for Thanksgiving Day (2014) -- Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Luke 17:11-19 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2014
Deuteronomy 8:7-18
William Barclay writes that... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2014
William Barclay writes that one of the early interpretations of this section is from the Christian t
Sermons Illustrations for Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 (2014) -- Exodus 17:1-17, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:28-32 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2014
Exodus 17:1-7
Bishop William Quayle... -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2014
Bishop William Quayle (1860-1925) of the Methodist Episcopal church attended a communion service wit
Sermon Illustrations for Christ The King (Proper 29) (2014) -- Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46 -- Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2014
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Sermons Illustrations for Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 -- Exodus 14:19-31, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2014
Exodus 14:19-31
Sermon Illustrations for Good Friday (2014) -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove -- Good Friday - A -- 2014
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
William Law is credited with... -- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2014
William Law is credited with saying that the greatest saint in the world is not the person who prays
Sermons Illustrations for Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 -- Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2014
Exodus 12:1-14
When our children were small... -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2014
When our children were small and a fierce thunderstorm rained down its thunder and lightning, they w
Another senseless killing... -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Good Friday - A -- 2014
Another senseless killing of an innocent person happened at a school in the eastern part of the Unit
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2014) -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Isaiah 64:1-9
Love is an overused word... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2014
Love is an overused word in the English language.
We do not know what drove Peter... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2014
We do not know what drove Peter to question Jesus about the act of forgiveness, but in Matthew 18:21

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

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"A man who is not following after holiness is following after hell." (Dr. P. F. Bresee)
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Attitude

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

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A holy life has a voice.
Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
The noblest mother is the public good.
Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
There is no heartbeat like the heartbeat of a mother.
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Friendship

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

Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
"Mothers ...
Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
God cannot help but act in a consistent manner with His holy character.
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Death

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

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

Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Who fills life afresh by directing both the heart and mind into doing what God loves?
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Beauty

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

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"He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scripture in his hands has all he needs." (Alexande
Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
"Summer camps -- those places where little boys go for mother's vacation." (Jacob Braude)
Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
No language can express a mother's hope.
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Friendship

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

Mom Is More Than A 3-Lettered Word -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Mothers help set the morals that develop character in their children.
Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
Holiness is not like the light bulb -- on again -- off again.
Open Doors: Illustrations, Quotes, And Quips -- Derl G. Keefer -- 2001
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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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