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When Is Justification -- John 8:31-36 -- George S. Johnson -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 1992
By Faith A Heresy?
What Is Servant Leadership? -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 1992
I have been interviewed by a few call committees during my 31 years of ministry.
Is It Too Late? -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 1992
To get his point across, a pastor once announced to his congregation: "Friends, I have some discoura
What's In The Final Exam? -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- George S. Johnson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 1992
When I was serving as Director of the Hunger Program for the former American Lutheran Church, I prea
What's The Bottom Line? -- Matthew 21:33-43 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 1992
What are your thoughts when you first wake up in the morning? What am I going to wear today?
Have You Accepted -- Matthew 22:1-14 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1992
This morning I want to talk to you about becoming a Christian - the invitation of Jesus to come and
When Will The Pain Go Away? -- Matthew 24:1-14 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1992
A young mother in her 30s with three children came to her pastor to talk about her husband's impendi
IS It Too Late? ... Continued -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 1992
Today we continue the sermon started last week.
How Does One Prepare For The Unknown? -- Matthew 25:1-12 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1992
What is one of the most foolish things you have ever done?
What Does It Mean To Love? -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1992
Do you remember the first time you told a boyfriend or girlfriend those three words, "I love you?" W
When is Patriotism An Idol? -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- George S. Johnson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1992
Almost everyone who has been brought up in the church has heard of the "taxes to Caesar" story.
How Does One Follow Jesus During The Threat Of War? -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- George S. Johnson -- All Saints Day - A -- 1992
It has been difficult for me to decide what sermon I should preach today.
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