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The Season Of Reconciliation -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 -- Nancy Kraft -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2008
Ash Wednesday is the day when we enter into an annual pilgrimage that takes us from the grave that n
The Width And Depth Of God's Grace -- 1 Peter 3:18-22 -- Nancy Kraft -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the number one wilderness boxing event of all time.
Genuine Hope -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Nancy Kraft -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
The season is upon us once again.
It's About Grace -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Nancy Kraft -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
When Bill Clinton was running for president, there was a phrase that drove his political campaign.
The Story That Shapes Us -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Nancy Kraft -- Passion Sunday - B -- 2008
Note: This sermon is intended to be presented before the reading of the Passion narrative
On The Night When He Was Betrayed -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Nancy Kraft -- Maundy Thursday - B -- 2008
Have you ever been betrayed by one of your closest friends?
How Do We Make Sense Of This? -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Nancy Kraft -- Good Friday - B -- 2008
Good Friday is a hard day. It's depressing and it's confusing.
The Unbelievable Truth -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Nancy Kraft -- Easter Day - B -- 2008
I remember my first experience with death.
Nocturnal Christians? -- 1 John 1:1--2:2 -- Nancy Kraft -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 2008
When I was in college, they used to show movies in a lecture hall that was tiered at a deep angle do
Becoming Like Jesus -- 1 John 3:1-7 -- Nancy Kraft -- Third Sunday of Easter - B -- 2008
Lately, I've been thinking that I'd rather not be referred to as a Christian.
Love In Action -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Nancy Kraft -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2008
Love one another. It sounds so simple, doesn't it?
I Love You, Too -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Nancy Kraft -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2008
When someone says, "I love you," the natural reply is, "I love you, too." If you're in a loving rela
Loving God -- 1 John 5:1-6 -- Nancy Kraft -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2008
Are you in love with God?
Doing Christ's Work -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Nancy Kraft -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2008
My mom's hands were never idle. She was always doing some kind of needlework or craft.
Eternal Life Is Now -- 1 John 5:9-13 -- Nancy Kraft -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 2008
Imagine describing what music is like to someone who has never heard a sound. How would you do it?
The Wisdom Of The Cross -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 -- Nancy Kraft -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
There are some people who have the gift of persuasion.
God's Great High Priest -- Hebrews 5:5-10 -- Nancy Kraft -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
Redeemer, Word made flesh, Messiah, Savior, Son of God, Prince of Peace, Christ, Good Shepherd.

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God's Great High Priest -- Hebrews 5:5-10 -- Nancy Kraft -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2008
Redeemer, Word made flesh, Messiah, Savior, Son of God, Prince of Peace, Christ, Good Shepherd.
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The little-known book of Lamentations was likely composed in the ashes of Jerusalem, following the Babylonian invasion which carried the leaders of the Jewish community off into exile. It speaks to the concerns of the Jerusalem community for their long-term survival under occupation by a foreign power. While the book's title sounds grim, and its setting is dark, the book is fundamentally life-affirming. It is a testimony to the steadfast love of God that may be discovered through renewed faith, even in troubled times.

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"The Dead Poets Society," he reveals with eyes aglow, "was a society dedicated to sucking the marrow out of life. That phrase is by Thoreau and was invoked at every meeting."

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