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David O. Bales
“Beyond Comparison” by David O. Bales
“A Change of Heart” by David O. Bales

Beyond Comparison
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 50:4-9a

On Wednesday night, eleven-fifteen, Pastor Balken halted outside his front door, lifted his chin and put a deliberate smile on his face. His wife Aileen heard him enter and met him as he took of his coat. “Does the Lutheran Pastor need a hug?” She said.

He swung toward her with an even broader smile, “What do you mean?”

The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
For March 25, 2018:
  • Long Awaited Frenzy by Bethany Peerbolte -- Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem had the crowd feeling “some time of way.” In the moment the crowd may have named that feeling euphoric but their future cries for crucifixion will bring their welcome into question. The crowds fluctuating feelings remind us why we lean on a steadfast God.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sandra Herrmann
Welcome to Holy Week! This week presents the focus of our faith, the events that give us strength to face the worst life can throw at us, and the promise that Jesus the Christ has put us ‘at one’ with God. This is the meaning of the ‘atonement,’ a word that was coined just to explain the meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection. Mark’s Gospel focuses on the end of Jesus’ life more than any other part of the Christ story, as we can see by simply looking at the amount of reading we could do this morning (1/8th of the Gospel).
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Bonnie Bates
Ron Love
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Standing for the Lord God when it is hard; this is the message of our text today. As I read through that I couldn’t help but be reminded of some of the early church fathers and the stand they took.

Polycarp was a disciple of John and an early church leader whose life ended when he refused to betray his Lord. Asked one last time to disavow his Christ, the old man replied, "Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He has done me no wrong. How can I speak evil of my King who saved me?"


Arley K. Fadness
“Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.” (v. 10)

Good morning girls and boys,

Have you had a fun week? Were there things that made you glad? I have been glad this week but now kind of sad. You know why? Starting today, this Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. We call it Holy Week because for something to be holy, it is always about God.

So this Holy Week is all about Jesus. And it's going to be a difficult week for Jesus.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
I hadn't long been born when I first saw my mother being savagely beaten by a man with a stick. She was weak after my birth, but the man wanted to ride her. When she simply stood, unable to move, he beat her and called her names. It was a cruel entry into the world for me. As best I could in my baby mind, I vowed then and there never to let any human being treat me as that man had treated my mother.

As I grew into a sturdy colt, I made good my vow. Whenever a human being came near me, I would kick up my back legs and race around the field. I


Carlos Wilton
Revised Common
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:1-11 or Mark 14:1--15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 (40-47)

Roman Catholic
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Mark 14:1--15:47

Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39 (40-47)

Theme For The Day

When Jesus enters our lives, he demands a response.

Old Testament Lesson
Isaiah 50:4-9a
The Third Servant Song

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