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Ronald H. Love was called into the ordained ministry from a career as a state trooper. He has served Methodist churches in rural, inner-city and suburban settings for 20 years, and also served for four years as an Army chaplain. Dr. Love has also been a corporate librarian for a Fortune 500 company and been a university professor for ten years, teaching history and theology. His writing experience includes denominational publications, magazine articles on religion, and a newspaper devotional column. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology (Slippery Rock State College), master's degrees in library and information science (University of Pittsburgh), secondary education (Duquesne University), church history (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), and theology (Wesley Theological Seminary), as well as a doctorate in homiletics (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary). Dr. Love now resides in South Carolina.
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NULL -- Luke 8:26-39 -- Ron Love -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
Bill had soldiered through the ravages of World War I.
NULL -- Luke 20:27-38 -- Ron Love -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2010
Mrs. Thomas Alva Edison shared with the renowned minister Norman Vincent Peale this story.
NULL -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Ron Love -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
George Burns and Gracie Allen moved to a new residence in Hollywood.
NULL -- 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 -- Ron Love -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2010
NULL -- 2 Kings 5:1-14 -- Ron Love -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2010
It had been almost a year since the diving accident that left her a quadriplegic.
NULL -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Ron Love -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Prior to accepting the cabinet position as Secretary of
NULL -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Ron Love -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2010
Saint Francis of Assisi once said, "Preach the gospel always, and if necessary, use words." This was
NULL -- Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Ron Love -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
Elizabeth Edwards took the time to share her outlook on life in an interview with Matt Lauer on T
NULL -- Colossians 1:1-14 -- Ron Love -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2010
Twice a year the Anglican Church leaders would meet for a convention in London.
NULL -- Luke 23:33-43 -- Ron Love -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
Mark Twain understood the beauty of a benevolent attitude when he said, "Forgiveness is the fragranc
NULL -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Ron Love -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
Oskar Groning was an SS guard at Auschwitz.
At the end of the Crimean War... -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
At the end of the Crimean War in 1856, Immanuel Nobel went
NULL -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Ron Love -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In filming the movie Jesus of Nazareth, Ernest Borgnine played the role of the centurion who
The day and the hour did come... -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The day and the hour did come. Even if it was long delayed.

NULL -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Ron Love -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
The mystery of the blue lines was the topic of discussion among the television audience of the 2010
NULL -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Ron Love -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2010
Fred Rogers was invited to be the baccalaureate speaker for Boston University's class of 1992.
NULL -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
It is discouraging that so many Christian evangelists have popularized meaningless, and actually a d
NULL -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Ron Love -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2010
John D. Rockefeller Jr. believed in the United Nations.
NULL -- James 5:7-10 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
When I was in elementary school I remember a story, as clearly as if it were told today, that my pas
NULL -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Ron Love -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Margaret Lee suffered from asthma, so her husband, Sam Houston, the US Senator from Texas, decided t
The ability of the Christmas spirit... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The ability of the Christmas spirit to transform lives and restore fellowship is aptly illustrated i
NULL -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Ron Love -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
In 1869, Fanny Crosby was addressing a group of working class men in New York City.
Names. Nicknames. Titles... -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Names. Nicknames. Titles.

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Responsibility -- Luke 16:1-13, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Jeremiah 8:18--9:1, Psalm 79:1-9 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text can be a difficult one to approach -- while the final verse, in which Jesus
Free Illustrations For October 17, 2010 -- Luke 18:1-8, 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5, Jeremiah 31:27-34, Psalm 119:97-104 -- Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2010




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It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

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For April 21, 2019:
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“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
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Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn't it? Perhaps today, the day we remember our Lord Jesus died, we might call Bad Friday or Dark Friday or Sad Friday. But no, it's Good Friday.
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Good morning beautiful children,

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So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

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We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

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