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Bible Study

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Nowhere Man? -- Psalm 1 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,
What Sort Of World Is This? -- Psalm 2 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
-- Psalm 2:1

How To Be Happy In An Unhappy World -- Psalm 8 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
What is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him?
Directions Included! -- Psalm 19 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
-- Psalm 19:7a

Intensive Care -- Part One -- Psalm 23:1-3 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures.
Intensive Care -- Part Two -- Psalm 23:4-6 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with m
At Peace In A Fearful World -- Psalm 27 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
Am I That Forgiven? -- Psalm 32 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
I acknowledged my sin to thee, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgr
Blowing Away The Clouds Of Depression -- Psalm 42 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
The Good Now Days! -- Psalm 46, Matthew 28:16-20 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
-- Psalm 46:1
No More Stingy Hosannas -- Psalm 107 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
O give thanks to the Lord for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever!
Forward, Retreat! -- Psalm 120 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
In my distress, I cry to the Lord, that he may answer me: "Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, f
How To Heal With Humor -- Psalm 126 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
The Mattress Gospel -- Psalm 127 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for h
Getting Away From It All To Get Back To It All -- Psalms 120-134 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2008
Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord!
-- Psalm 134:2

Monologues

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William Bradford Speaks! -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2003
Willa Cather wrote, "The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or woman." And in a v
Christopher Columbus Speaks! -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2003
Five hundred years ago a man dreamed of reaching the east by sailing west.
Martin Luther Speaks! -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2003
On July 6, 1415, Prague preacher John Huss was led to the stake to be burned as a heretic.
Saint Patrick Speaks! -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2003
At one time nearly 100 years ago the nation of Ireland suffered a severe potato blight.
Saint Nicholas Speaks! -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2003
(Saint Nicholas, in his vestments, proceeds in to the beautiful taped fanfare of a Christmas song.
Paul Speaks! -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2003
His name is Saul, Hebrew meaning "loaned." He was named after an earlier Saul, the first king of Isr
Tenth Leper Speaks! -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2003
(Levi ben Judah walks into the nave in a three-piece suit, wearing a fedora and carrying a leather b

Sermon

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The One that Got Away -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2011
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good
A Sense of Place -- Mark 10:35-45 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 2011
Novelist William Faulkner only knew about 100 square miles of rural Mississippi but he made it fasci
Love Actually -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2011
A young man visiting a very small town in Virginia struck up a conversation with an older gentleman
The Dangers of Being Religious -- John 8:31-36 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2011
Jeff Foxworthy has made a career of telling redneck jokes.
How to Love God -- Mark 12:28-34 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2011
In the rock opera Jesus Christ: Superstar, Mary Magdalene sings a song, "I Don't Know How to
Teach Your Dollars to Make More Sense! -- Mark 12:38-44 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 2011
And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury.
Preview of Coming Attractions: The Second Coming -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B -- 2011
One summer my wife and I took a vacation week and went to a South Carolina beach just to relax.
The End of Worry -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2011
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall dri
Pontius Pilate on Trial -- John 18:33-37 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 2011
Have you ever seen a warning sign at an old railroad crossing? "Stop! Look! Listen!" it reads.
Easter Now! -- John 11:32-44 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- All Saints Day - B -- 2011
In the cartoon Winnie the Pooh, someone asks Pooh Bear, "What's your favorite season?" "I like them
From Legalism To Obedience -- Matthew 5:17-20 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them b
Of Logs And Specks ... -- Matthew 7:1-6 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.
Do The Old Rules Still Apply? -- Exodus 20:24, 7-8 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Praying Through -- Matthew 7:7-11 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion -- Matthew 5:21-26 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
You have heard that it was said to the men of old, "You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall b
The Most Famous Thing Jesus Ever Said! -- Matthew 7:12 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
So, in everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for this sums up the law an
Adultery: Saying No And Knowing Why! -- Matthew 5:27 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery."
-- Matthew 5:27
Door Number One Or Door Number Two? -- Matthew 7:13-14 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
Enter by the narrow gate.
Lust: The Fire Inside -- Matthew 5:27-30 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery wit
The Heart Of The Matter -- Matthew 7:15-23 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Divorce: The Deadlock Of Wedlock -- Matthew 5:31-32 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
It was also said, "Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce." But I s
A Woman's Place -- Matthew 5:27 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
... everyone who looks at a woman....
-- Matthew 5:27

The Measure Of Success -- Matthew 7:24-29 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built h
Don't Waste Your Breath! -- Matthew 5:33-37 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, "You shall not swear falsely, but shall
You Guys Are Really Gonna Be Different! -- Matthew 5:38-42 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- 2009
You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, D

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“...and Mary gave birth to her first born son...and laid him in a manger..”

(V. 7a)

Merry Christmas children,

I love Christmas don't you? There's the tree, the lights, the carols, the nativity scene, families getting together --- and the presents! Were there any presents at your house?

(children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I am loving seeing you today. How are you dear children? Getting excited for Christmas? Are you planning special things with your family?

(children respond) (presenter may share personal plans and/or experiences)

Today, this Sunday, is called the 4th Sunday of Advent. We call it that in the church calendar. But I have a better name. Know what it is? Mother's Day!!

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Seeing the Future
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John sat at the edge of his bed in the half way house staring out the window.

“Are you okay, John?” Carl asked from the doorway.

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Isaiah 62:6-11
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Micah 5:2-5a
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah…(Micah 5:2).

Most towns have a slogan. We remember the clever ones.

I spent part of my childhood in the city of Azusa, California. The town was named after the Susa family, ranchers who owned much of the land during the days of Spanish colonization. But the town fathers decided they needed something a little more catchy, so they advertised that Azusa has everything from A to Z in the USA.
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Call to Worship:

Come, let us go even now to Bethlehem with the shepherds and the angels and see Mary and Joseph, with the baby lying in a manger.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, we come to worship the baby in the manger.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to offer ourselves and our own gifts.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to absorb your love.
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The Christmas concert was about to begin. The professional musicians were ready. All eyes were on the band director as he brought down his baton. Softly, flutes began weaving a magical introduction, capturing the audience's spirit. An instrumental duet formed with clarinets adding their voices. Then more wind instruments came in. Finally, brass and percussion entered and volume and tempo increased. Each section's contribution melded into a harmonious voice. The rehearsals had been worth it; the time and labor had not been in vain.
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