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Stuck in Park -- Acts 17:22-31 -- Tony S. Everett -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
Martha had lived alone for several years, except, that is, for her dog, Otto, a three-year-old minia
Claimed, Framed, Changed -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41 -- Tony S. Everett -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
What do athletic coaches, politicians, and preachers have in common?
Stargazing, Naval Gazing, and Other Waiting Games -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Tony S. Everett -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2010
Hurry up and wait! Hurry up and wait!
Lesson from a Chipmunk -- Acts 1:6-14 -- Tony S. Everett -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
In today's first lesson the apostles are gathered with their families in an upstairs room somewhere
Locusts Happen -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Tony S. Everett -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2010
It was never this bad; not in their lifetime, not in any-body's lifetime.
Will this Be on the Test? -- Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 -- Tony S. Everett -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
What do you think might be the most common questions teachers in all grade levels hear from their st
Voice in a Vacuum -- Genesis 12:1-4a -- Tony S. Everett -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
At first reading it seems as if today's text is all about Abram's journey from relative obscurity to
Is the Lord Among Us or Not? -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Tony S. Everett -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
When most folks first come to seminary they enter with very high expectations of participating in a
Hey, What's that Sound? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Here's a familiar story.
A Breath of Fresh Air -- Ezekiel 37:1-14 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
This story has been shared at many church gatherings recently.
Peace and Quiet in an Upside-Down World -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Tony S. Everett -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2010
Johnny is four years old and he stopped taking naps before his second birthday.
Remembering Then; Anticipating When -- Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14 -- Tony S. Everett -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2010
Today is called Maundy Thursday by Christians throughout the world.
What Does Jesus Look Like? -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Tony S. Everett -- Good Friday - A -- 2010
Jenny had spent the past half hour working quietly all by herself at the art table in her Sunday sch
What Difference Does it Make? -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Tony S. Everett -- Easter Day - A -- 2010
What a joyful day! Throughout the world Christians are gathered to celebrate resurrection...
Named, Claimed, and Framed -- Acts 2:14a, 22-32 -- Tony S. Everett -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
So, here we are just over one week after Easter Sunday. Vigils are finished.
Framed, Changed, Challenged -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
The week before classes began, Harold, a high school history teacher, fell off a step ladder and inj
Looking for Ducklings: Kissing the Sidewalk -- Acts 7:55-60 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
Poor Daryl.
Is It Time Yet? -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Tony S. Everett -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A popular skit at church camps involves about a dozen folks lined up side-by-side, looking anxious a
From 'Uh-oh' To 'Ah-hah!' -- An Axe, A Stump, And A Shoot -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Tony S. Everett -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
One hot summer day, a young pastor decided to change the oil in his automobile for the very first ti
The Holy Way -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Tony S. Everett -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Our text centers on God's promised action in the wilderness.
Stop, Drop, Cover, And Roll! -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Pastor Terry had planned what she anticipated would be an excellent children's message for the fourt
What About The Baby? -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Tony S. Everett -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Brian had just received a major job promotion that required a 2,000-mile cross-country move during t
Restoration Frustration -- Isaiah 63:7-9 -- Tony S. Everett -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A -- 2007
Here we are gathered together a few days after Christmas.
A Honeymoon At Church Camp: A Real Homecoming -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Tony S. Everett -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
Rachael and Wally first saw each other at church camp when they attended a January orientation meeti

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Lesson from a Chipmunk -- Acts 1:6-14 -- Tony S. Everett -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
In today's First Lesson the apostles are gathered with their families in an upstairs room somewhere
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The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" [6] The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
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In most congregational settings, the name Habakkuk does not bring people to their feet. He is not considered famous biblically speaking, like the more recognized names of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others. In point of fact, most people do not know who Habakkuk is or what he did.

Habakkuk was a prophet who undertook to sustain the faith of the nation through one of the most hopeless periods of Hebrew history.
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Mr. Keating tells a few students about a secret organization called The Dead Poets Society.

"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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