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The Widow's Mite, The Mighty Widow -- Luke 21:3-4 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2002
Widows occupy a very special place in the biblical religions of Judaism and Christianity.
Taxes To Caesar - What To God? -- Matthew 22:21 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2002
A young politician running for office asked a veteran politician for advice on how to assure victory
Stocks, Bonds, And Petty Cash -- 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2002
The Christian Faith owes a great deal to sailors on the seas.
2001: A Faith Odyssey -- Luke 12:15 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2002
It made the headlines when it was first released. Magazines and newspapers were raving about it.
I Thirst -- John 19:28 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2001
The surface of the earth is two-thirds water, but when you are really thirsty, a good drink can be h
Father, Forgive Them -- Luke 23:34 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2001
It was May 13, 1981.
My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? -- Mark 15:33-34 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2001
Few of us have to be told what it means to be forsaken.
Today Shalt Thou Be With Me In Paradise -- Luke 23:42-43 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2001
Paradise is hard to come by these days. But then again, paradise has always been hard to come by.
Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit -- Luke 23:46 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2001
Perhaps no scene is more indelibly impressed in the consciousness of western civilization than that
It Is Finished -- John 19:30 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2001
In the time of Jesus, Rome was a great power, but it was a brutal power.
Woman, Behold Thy Son; Behold Thy Mother -- John 19:26-27 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 2001
Ask most sons and they will tell you their mothers do not understand them.
The Hidden Power Of Small Beginnings -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Maurice A. Fetty -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 1999
Jesus was born during the golden age of the Roman Empire, under the reign of Caesar Augustus.
Jesus And The Competition -- Mark 9:2-9 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 1999
Perhaps no artist in history has expressed the tenderness and beauty, as well as the majesty and glo
The Challenge Of Starting All Over Again -- Romans 5:17 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who r
Jesus And The Challenge Of The Bread Business -- Luke 4:3-4 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." And Jesus
The Challenge To Change -- Romans 2:4 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and patience?
The Challenge To Forgive -- Luke 7:47 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
"Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is
The Challenge Of Tragedy -- Luke 13:2-3 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
And he answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Ga
The Challenge Of No-Fault Religion -- 2 Corinthians 5:17, 19 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
And for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old creation has gone, and now the
The Challenge Of The Napoleon Complex -- Luke 19:9-10 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham
The Challenge Of Death And Dying -- Philippians 2:8 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a
The Challenge To Live Again -- Colossians 3:1 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1999
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated
Watching And Waiting For The Kingdom -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
The future is big business these days.
How To Prepare For Christmas -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
To tell you the truth, it doesn't look much like Christmas at all.
A God Who Comes To Us -- John 1:6-8, 19-28 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
It all happened in the Gulf of Mexico.
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John Jamison
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
John Jamison
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
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Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Frank Ramirez
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar. By contrast, Ascension Day often falls by the wayside, unless it happens to fall on a Sunday. It’s something Jesus did, but it’s not necessarily a significant event in the lives of many churches. These three texts, however, illustrate the central importance of this event, which is the capstone of the ministry of Jesus.
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Acts 1:1-11
There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!


Constance Berg
Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
How many of you know what BASE jumping is? BASE jumping is the very scary sport of jumping off Buildings, Antennae, Spans, and Earth objects. If you want to do it more than once, you jump with a parachute or perhaps a hang glider. Some of you may have seen examples of this daring sport on television.

An example:
John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."


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Not the Hour or the Day
by Peter Andrew Smith
Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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