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Henry F. Woodruff

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Why Life Changes When You Know The Truth -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 2000
If you live long enough, you will come to know the truth of it: "What goes around, comes around." Fi
"Lord, I'm Coming Home" -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2000
Like a bridge under which much water has flowed with the passage of time, the words span generations
If You Haven't Faced Today, Tomorrow Won't Matter -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Easter Day - C -- 2000
The French are not speaking to each other, and we should be concerned.
When The Song Can Finally Be Sung -- Revelation 7:9-17 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
Now you can't even trust the police.
Creating Family -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
The issue was one of survival.
If You Hate To Wait, Try This -- Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
I am certain someone dreamed up the idea long before I encountered it in its tubular steel reality,
God's Gift For Impatient People -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
On the rare occasions when they would choose a direct confrontation, rather than their traditional h
Peeking Over The Fence -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Good Friday - C -- 2000
It wasn't quite a race, although there was a noisy, clamoring crowd, a definite course, and an endin
When Seeing Blocks Believing -- Romans 10:8b-13 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
Home builders can reveal the secret to you: what will make the floor plan and design attractive -- a
Hold On! Your Life Is At Stake! -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
The names of the places -- Treblinka, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and all the rest -- remain seared into
Don't Look For Any Benches -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
Let your imagination run with it; it is a riddle: What are the numbers 28, fourteen, and five all ab
Words We Know, But God Doesn't -- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
Native Texans know the place as "the hill country." Not like the high rolling plains of the Edward's
If You're Going To Get There, You've Got To Leave Here -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
Cokie Roberts, Chief Congressional Analyst for ABC News and a national correspondent for National Pu
The Hands That Hold Hope -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2000
"Personal" is the operative word.
The Power That Brings Victory -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2000
There are no exceptions: Every single person in Jonesboro, Arkansas -- and maybe every single person
When The Wailing Ends -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
No cavalry rode to the rescue; this time the savior was technology. Here is how it happened.
The Power That Cannot Fail -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
You know the phrase.
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“You deserve it and more,” Carl said from beside her. “Don’t be humble. You worked hard and should be thanked.”

“Thanked I can handle but all of this?” Jenny nodded toward the lavish reception which followed the surprise presentation. “Like I said in my speech there were many hands and gifts that went to make this outreach effort possible.”


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Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (vv. 1-4)

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Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (vv. 11-12)

I have a few questions for you.

Have any of you ever been sick? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel lucky? (Let them respond.)

Have any of you ever gotten hurt? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel happy? (Let them respond.)


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Inspired by the saints and the love of God.

Collect of the Day
Acknowledging that God has knit His people together in one body, petitions are offered that the faithful might follow the saints in lives of faith and commitment and know the inexpressible joys prepared for those who love Him. Doctrines of Sanctification (construed as a Work of God), Church, and Eschatology are emphasized.

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The Pharisees were real "good news/bad news" guys!

They were the undisputed authorities on the Jewish Scriptures, and the recognized spokespersons for Moses himself. "Do whatever they teach you and follow it," Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples (Matthew 23:3a). We hear so much about Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees, that sometimes we forget Jesus respectfully acknowledged their academic accomplishments and religious leadership.

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Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints

These responses may be used:

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

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