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The Greek philosopher Aristotle said... -- Luke 4:14-21 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, "Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life." The French
We are fascinated with... -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2013
We are fascinated with volume and weight. The bigger, the better!
Prophets seldom have a kindly... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013
Prophets seldom have a kindly word to speak to the people.
NULL -- Revelation 7:9-17 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Everyone knows the stain that blood can leave on clothing.
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2013
"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 23 | OT 28 (2013) -- Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2013
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
In Desmond Tutu's collection... -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013
In Desmond Tutu's collection of stirrings from the heart, An African Prayer Book, ther
Sermon illustrations for Ascension of the Lord (2013) -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 2013
Acts 1:1-11
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 5 (2013) -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
Isaiah 43:16-21
Is Paul naive?... -- 2 Timothy 2:8-15 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2013
Is Paul naive? Or has he hit on something that we have yet to learn?
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 16 | OT 21 -- Jeremiah 1:4-10, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Ron Love, Scott A. Bryte, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2013
Jeremiah 1:4-10
NULL -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 2013
In their book Metaphors We Live By, authors George Lakoff and Mark Johnson describe orient
NULL -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
"What you did was wrong, John," Mary sternly reminded him, which she really did not have to do becau
Sermons Illustrations for Proper 24 | OT 29 (2013) -- Jeremiah 31:27-34, 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5, Luke 18:1-8 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2013
Jeremiah 31:27-34
NULL -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 2013
Jesus speaks of Jerusalem as the launch pad from which the Christian witness is to go to all nations
NULL -- John 12:1-8 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
Dewey had the thickest, blackest head of hair of anyone in the class.
Great introductions are... -- Jeremiah 31:27-34 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2013
Great introductions are bound to get one's attention.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 4 | OT 9 (2013) -- 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Luke 7:1-10 -- Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem, Scott A. Bryte, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39
Sermon Illustrations for Palm/Passion Sunday (2013) -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 22:14--23:56 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2013
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace... -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2013
Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, writes in her book Mighty Be Our Powers how p
The odds were... -- 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
The odds were against him. Four hundred and fifty to one!
NULL -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2013
A quick look in Roget's Thesaurus reveals these words that explore the meaning of empty, whet
Sermon Illustrations for All Saints Day (2013) -- Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18, Ephesians 1:11-23, Luke 6:20-31 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem -- All Saints Day - C -- 2013
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
In recent times... -- Luke 7:1-10 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
In recent times during our ailing economy there has been an advertisement from an investment firm, p
Sermon Illustrations for Good Friday (2013) -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove -- Good Friday - C -- 2013
Isaiah 52:13--53:12

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Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
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Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
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God's love brings us together.

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