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Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 7:55-60, 1 Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Lesson 1: Acts 7:55--60 (C)
Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 17:22--31 (C, E)
Proper 13 -- Genesis 32:22-31, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 32:22--31 (C)
Seventh Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 1:6-14, 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 2004
Lesson 1: Acts 1:6--14 (C); Acts 1:12--14 (RC); Acts 1:(1--7) 8--14 (E)
Proper 14 -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: 37:1--4, 12--18 (C)
Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 9:1--4 (C); Isaiah 8:23-9:3 (RC)
Proper 15 -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 45:1-15 (C)
Fifth Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12), 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16), Matthew 5:13-20 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 58:1--9a (9b--12) (C); Isaiah 58:7--10 (RC)
Proper 17 -- Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 3:1-15 (C)
Sixth Sunday After The Epiphany -- Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Deuteronomy 30:15--20 (C)
Proper 19 -- Exodus 14:19-31, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 14:19--31 (C)
Seventh Sunday After The Epiphany -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Matthew 5:38-48 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Proper 21 -- Exodus 17:1-7, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 17:1--7 (C)
Eighth Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Proper 22 -- Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 (C)
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 49:1--7 (C, E); Isaiah 49:3, 5--6 (RC)
Proper 24 -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 33:12--23 (C)
The Epiphany Season -- John R. Brokhoff -- 2004
A History Of Epiphany
Proper 25 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Deuteronomy 34:1--12 (C)
The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 60:1--6 (C, RC); Isaiah 60:1--6, 9 (E)
Proper 26 -- Joshua 3:7-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, Matthew 23:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Joshua 3:7--17 (C)
First Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Proper 27 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Joshua 24:1--3a, 14--25 (C)
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Third Sunday In Lent -- Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 17:1--7 (C, E); Exodus 17:3--7 (RC)

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Does Love Make You Sorry? -- Luke 7:36-50 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1984
Are you one of those who thinks that a true Christian is always happy?
Praying With Tears in Your Eyes -- Hebrews 5:7 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1984
When you finish your prayers, are there tears in your eyes?
The Christian's Tears of Failure -- Matthew 26:69-75 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1984
"You win some and you lose some." This popular saying is a way of admitting that life has its failur
How To Bring Tears To Jesus' Eyes -- Luke 19:41-44 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1984
Bill and Judy were traveling across the country with their six children, ages three to thirteen.
I Cried All the Way Home -- John 16:16-24 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1984
"Parting is such sweet sorrow" is a common saying.
No Tears for Me, Please -- Luke 23:27-31 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1984
Expecting us to weep for Jesus, a Lenten hymn asks:
Tears on Easter? -- John 20:11-18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1984
What a way to begin the most important day of history - tears!
A Lenten Catechism -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1976
What is Lent?
How Was Jesus' Death Different? -- John 19:17-18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Good Friday - C -- 1976
Death is a common experience of life. All who lived in the past died.
Fasting: Foolish or Fraitful? -- Matthew 6:16-18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1976
Today, fasting is a lost practice. Since Vatican II, Catholics do not require fasting.
Keep The Devil Out! -- Luke 4:1-13 -- John R. Brokhoff -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 1976
Because of the book and movie, The Exorcist, there is probably more talk about the Devil than ever.
Fixing The Fox! -- Luke 13:31-33 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1976
The Bible says that there is no peace for the wicked.
The Godness Of God -- Exodus 3:1-8b, 10-15 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 1976
Ex-Senator Sam Ervin tells about a man known as the most ignorant man of Burke County, North Carolin
Cross Purposes -- 1 Corinthians 1:18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1976
"In the cross of Christ I glory towering o'er ..." Is the cross today towering over the world?
Born Naked With A Cross -- Philippians 3:10 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1976
Ever hear of a baby born wearing diapers? Of course not!
Killing A King -- Luke 19:38 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Passion Sunday - C -- 1976
"I was treated like a king!" is a common saying when one received the best possible treatment.
Table For Talkers -- Luke 22:7-20, 24-27 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 1976
The success of a dinner depends as much on fellowship as on food.
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Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


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Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
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One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
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