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The First Marriage -- Genesis 2:18-24 -- James Mckarns, Anthology -- 1994
In the midst of a strange and beautiful world, the first man stood in awe, looking about at the new
To The Father's House -- 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10, John 14:1-6 -- James Mckarns, Anthology -- 1994
The first scripture reading we heard today was written by Paul and sent, in the form of a letter, to



Stone Drunk And Naked -- Genesis 9 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The gallon wine jug was lying uncorked, on its side, drained dry by the bleary-eyed sailor stretched
Good-bye, Hagar -- Genesis 16-21 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
"Send that Egyptian woman and her boy from my sight," Sarah demanded of her husband, Abraham.
The Saga Of Sodom -- Genesis 19 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
Abraham's favorite nephew was Lot, the son of his brother, Haran, who had died at an early age, leav
Right Bed, Wrong Woman -- Genesis 29 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The first glimmer of the softly breaking dawn peeked through the partially opened cottage window and
The Low Blow -- Genesis 34 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
"Get your filthy hands off me, you ugly creep!" She kicked frantically and flailed her delicate arms
The Smart Ass -- Numbers 22 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
Nestled in the foothills of the Abarim Mountains, on the eastern side of the Dead Sea, there lived a
Caught With His Pants Down -- 1 Samuel 24 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The day King Saul granted young David permission to battle Goliath, David's popularity skyrocketed,
The Witch's Seance -- 1 Samuel 28 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
King Saul and three of his most trusted army officers finally reached the little mountain village of
Oh, Susanna! -- Daniel 13 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The Babylonians stormed the ancient city of Jerusalem in the year 587 BC and destroyed it.
Watch Out For The Birds -- Tobit 1-12 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
He sat on a wobbly stool outside his small frame house, staring absentmindedly at the dusty road.
Dressed To Kill -- Judith 12-13 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The small community of Bethulia had forgotten how truly beautiful Judith was.
The "Big E" Does It All -- 1 Maccabees 6 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
Eleazar, totally caught up in the unrelenting fury and maddening violence, was fighting with reckles
No Dogs Allowed -- Matthew 15 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
One day, Jesus and the faithful twelve decided they needed a few days of rest and a change of scener
Sleeping Through The Sermon -- Acts 20 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
"Eutychus, you get in the house this very moment!" his spirited mother impatiently shouted to the el
A Change Of Venue -- Acts 23 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The apostle Paul traveled thousands of miles on land and sea, preaching the message of Jesus, establ
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While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”


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When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. (v. 4)

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Acts 3:12-19
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Note: This installment was originally published for April 22, 2012.

During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.


John A. Stroman
The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
Robert A. Noblett
Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
James R. Wilson
First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!


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