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Will Sports Craziness Infiltrate The Church? -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Will the fanaticism we see in spectators at sporting events ever become a part
"Feel Good" Religion: A Contemporary Theology -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose statement: Has the trend in our religion or faith today deteriorated to the point where o
How Vulgar Can We Be? -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: What are the limits of acceptable vulgarity for the Christian?
Guns  Rn't Us -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: We must explore whether guns are worth the cost of life and limb.
Oh, One More Thing -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: A sermon summarizing the overview of Christian theology or the pastor's key co
Batman, Wonder Woman, Jesus, And Other Superheroes -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: How is Jesus like, and not like, our superheroes?
How Do You Define Yourself? -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Who are we and what do we let determine who we are?
Take This Religion Test -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Periodically, each pastor should challenge each of us with the question, "Are
When Christianity Becomes A Waste Of Time -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Good Christian stewardship demands an efficient use of our time and talents.
Ate With Any Wicked People Lately? -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: As Christians are we allowed to associate with "bad" people?
Everything I Needed To Know I Learned In Sunday School -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Is it possible that Sunday school is more important than public school educati
Could Uncle Tom Be A Christ Figure? -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: It could be possible many Christians are unappreciative of the significance of
When Worlds Collide: Sacred And Secular -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: How does our faith relate to the rest of our lives, including the interaction
When Your Friends Are Naughty -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: How do we act when our friends do wrong things?
So You Think You Got Away With It -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Sin hurts us even when we are unaware of its consequences.
Knowing What To Know -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Theology and religion encompass the totality of life and are so all-inclusive
Imagine That! -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Allow some exciting creativity into your faith world.
Love Your Neighbor -- Very Carefully! -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: It is important to remind our church family to not allow ourselves to be place
Do Circumstances Ever Justify A Sin? -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: It is time to discuss situation ethics.
God Needs An Alias -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: We have become very lax concerning "taking God's name in vain," as well as the
You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Worse -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: How to deal with depression.
Worship Is More Than Just Staying Awake -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: When is worship really worship?
Goldilocks And The Three Bears Problem -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: So many situations call for finding the "happy medium" or the delicate balance
It's The Least You Can Do -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: What is the minimum expected behavior for a Christian?
Some Things You Don't Want To Know -- Terry Cain -- 2005
Purpose Statement: Knowledge brings responsibility.

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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)
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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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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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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:

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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!

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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.
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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.
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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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