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A Fistful Of Nothing -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Walking Your Talk -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners
The Secret Of The Right Attitude -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
O Lord, my God, in You I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me ...
How Majestic Is Thy Name -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!
The Shepherd King -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Turning Griping Into Gratitude -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my hea
This Fax Is For You -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
The Lord is my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear? -- Psalm 27:1
Longing For God -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
God Is Our Refuge And Strength -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Clean Hearts And Renewed Spirits -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
It Is High Time -- Ron Lavin -- 2000
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing glory to his name; make his praise glorious!
Our Father -- Luke 11:1-2 -- Ron Lavin -- 1993
A young woman named Carol discovered her status as a child of the heavenly Father, in spite of the f
Heaven And God's Hallowed Name -- Matthew 6:9 -- Ron Lavin -- 1993
In the Lord's Prayer, we speak to God as our Abba, our daddy.
Your Kingdom Come -- Matthew 6:9-10 -- Ron Lavin -- 1993
In our study of the Lord's Prayer, we began by looking at Abba, our Father.
Your Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven -- Matthew 6:10 -- Ron Lavin -- 1993
What are we praying in this petition?
Give Us Tomorrow's Bread Today -- Matthew 6:9-11 -- Ron Lavin -- 1993
In 1988 while on sabbatical leave studying in Canterbury, England, I was privileged to hear Bishop J
Forgive Us -- Matthew 6:9-14 -- Ron Lavin -- 1993
Some years ago I was talking about handling problems to a friend who is a recovering alcoholic.
Save Us From The Great Ordeal And Deliver Us From The Evil One -- Ron Lavin -- 1993
A devout Christian woman once said to me, "I love the Lord's Prayer, but there is one thing in it wh
Your Glory -- Matthew 6:13b -- Ron Lavin -- 1993
Does prayer really work?

Bible Study

Faith Development



What's New? -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Ron Lavin -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2005
What's New?
The Passion Of The Servant Leader -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Ron Lavin -- Passion Sunday - B -- 2005
The Passion Of The Servant Leader
Mourning Turned To Joy -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Ron Lavin -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1991
The 14th canticle from the Lutheran Book of Worship poetically summarizes Jeremiah 31:6-14:
Anointed -- Isaiah 61:1-4 -- Ron Lavin -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 1991
Isaiah 61 is a dangerous text!
From Inferiority To Fulfillment -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1991
A counselor was listening carefully to a teenager. She was speaking about her troubles.
The Quest And The Question Of The Way -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Ron Lavin -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
Life is a quest. For some, life is a quest for power.
A Mother's Pride And Joy -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- Ron Lavin -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1991
The story of Samuel is a drama of great intensity, great love, great change, great conflict and grea
Previews Of Coming Attractions -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Ron Lavin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
What comes to your mind when I say the word "forecasting"? The weather man?
The Water Gate And The Word Proclaimed -- Nehemiah 8:1 -4a, 5-6, 8-10 -- Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1991
The story of Nehemiah and Ezra is a drama in three parts.
Dispelling Ministry Illusions -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1991
Jeremiah is often regarded as a Christ-figure, a prophet like Jesus, who suffered at the hands of hi
Vision For Mission -- Isaiah 6:1-8 -- Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1991
There are many wonderful passages in the book of Isaiah, but none lovelier than this gem - the call
Trusting In The Lord -- Jeremiah 17:5-10 -- Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 1991
Recently I awoke from a dream with a start. I didn't know where I was or what was happening.
Faithful To The Lord -- Genesis 45:1-11, 15 -- Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 1991
There are many plots, sub-plots and themes in the Old Testament story of Joseph.
Believing The Living Word -- Isaiah 55:10-13 -- Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - C -- 1991
There are few things in life which you can count on, but you can count on these two: the Word of God
Transformed For The Great Awakening -- Exodus 34:29-35 -- Ron Lavin -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 1991
Moses experienced the presence of the living God. Therein he was transformed. His face shone.
Preparing The Way -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Ron Lavin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
Frank kept the strangest of Christmas lists.
Singing Along The Way -- Zephaniah 3:14-18 -- Ron Lavin -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
In the time of John the Baptist, most of the people were not getting the point.
Good News! -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Ron Lavin -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1991
From your childhood, think of some good news which came to you suddenly.
The Outsider -- Ron Lavin -- 1984
A man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to Jesus, knelt down, and begged him for help.
It Dawned on Me -- Ron Lavin -- 1984
(* While this sermon covers some of the same material as some previous chapters, it does so from Mat
The Dynamics of Doubt -- Ron Lavin -- 1984
On the evening of the great first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors
Ron Lavin -- 1984
1. The sermon for the festival of St.
The Demons and the Counselor -- Ron Lavin -- 1984
Jesus and the disciples went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the syn
"Oh Yeah, Thanks a Lot" -The Grateful Leper -- Luke 18:11-17 -- Ron Lavin -- 1984
On a certain day, long ago, I awoke and said: "Another day ... If only I could sleep all day ...
I Came Back -The Risen Young Man -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Ron Lavin -- 1984
My name is unimportant.


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It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

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