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If you ever thought of... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- All Saints Day - B -- 1997
If you ever thought of heaven as a place to escape from the busyness of life, look out.
Your work is coming along... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- All Saints Day - B -- 1997
Your work is coming along nicely. I'm sure that it will be grand when it is finished.
The city seems like a... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- All Saints Day - B -- 1997
The "city" seems like a strange and uninviting image for heaven.
These words are among the... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- All Saints Day - B -- 1997
These words are among the most exalted, the most inspiring in all literature. Dr.
George Gallup, the founder of... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- All Saints Day - B -- 1997
George Gallup, the founder of the American Institute of Public Opinion, conducted one of his famous
In the 1970s when senior... -- Revelation 21:9-11, 22-27 (22:1-5) -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
In the 1970s when senior citizen housing for independent
As young children, and even... -- Revelation 21:9-11, 22-27 (22:1-5) -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
As young children, and even as teens and adults, we
Tony Kubek reminisces about playing... -- Revelation 21:9-11, 22-27 (22:1-5) -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
Tony Kubek reminisces about playing baseball with teammate
This story may or may... -- Revelation 21:9-11, 22-27 (22:1-5) -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
This story may or may not be true. It seems that several
The first thing George noticed... -- 1 John 3:1-3 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
The first thing George noticed was movement. He saw it
In Japan many centuries ago... -- 1 John 3:1-3 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
In Japan many centuries ago, crops failed because of a
Poor In SpiritInner... -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
Poor In SpiritInner vision, inner sighteyes to see beyond
Jim Crane, in one of... -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
Jim Crane, in one of his cartoon books, shows two men who
All the world seems to... -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
All the world seems to be engaged in the mad pursuit of
The dictionary defines the word... -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
The dictionary defines the word "beatitude" as a "blessing,"
Twenty-one years after graduating... -- 1 John 3:1-3 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
Twenty-one years after graduating from college I became a
Love is our highest word... -- 1 John 3:1-3 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1996
"Love is our highest word and a synonym for God."(Ralph Waldo Emerson)-- Frank
Speeches come and go. When... -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1994
Speeches come and go.
When I was a freshman... -- Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1994
When I was a freshman in college, I had an opportunity to represent my church at a national meeting
In an old Kudzu cartoon... -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1994
In an old Kudzu cartoon, the Rev. Will B.
What we find in Revelation... -- Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1994
What we find in Revelation 7 is a description of a grand worship where both humanity and angels alik
One of my favorite saints... -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1994
One of my favorite saints who was my spiritual mentor shared this story with me from his ministry .
Angels abound in unexpected places... -- Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1994
Angels abound in unexpected places, not hidden, but not seen because our eyes are culturally blinded
Death had visited their home... -- John 11:32-44 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1994
Death had visited their home.
A videotape of a nine... -- Isaiah 26:1-4, 8-9, 12-13, 19-21 -- All Saints Day - B -- 1994
A videotape of a nine-year-old girl drowning while scores of onlookers stood by idly became a nation

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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For October 24, 2021:
  • Vision Check by Chris Keating — Jesus’ question of Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” becomes an invitation to a joyful, life-giving transformation experience of discipleship.
  • Second Thoughts: Don’t Let Go of My Hand by Quantisha Mason-Doll — In God’s future no one is left behind — even those who would be considered burdens.

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David O. Bales
Peter Andrew Smith
Contents
“Full-Throated Joy?” by David O. Bales
“With Weeping And Joy” by David O. Bales
“Second Chances” by Peter Andrew Smith


Full-Throated Joy?
by David O. Bales
Jeremiah 31:7-9

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Frank Ramirez
Sooner or later, we see life as it really is. Job sees clearly that the universe is greater than he can imagine. It’s not all about him. Something great and wonderful is going on, and though he has suffered tremendous loss, he is to reject dust and ashes and live authentically. He is free to be alive.

The author of Hebrews makes it clear that we don’t have to jump through anyone’s hoops anymore. We have the perfect priest and the perfect sacrifice and as a result we have perfect access to God, unfiltered, unimpeded. That’s how it is.
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Job teaches us that being in the presence of God is an impressive experience. It is beyond what we can think or express. Author Christopher Morley in his book Inward Ho expressed this awesomeness: “I had a thousand questions to ask God; but when I met him they all fed and didn’t seem to matter.” Everything that we thought was so important vanishes in the presence of God. John Wesley put it this way:

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John Jamison

Object: A cloak, or something to use as a cloak, an old bowl, and a handful of pennies.

Note: If you believe your children can do it, this is a great message to have them role-play. Have one child play Bartimaeus, one play Jesus, and the other play the ‘crowd’. Depending on your group, you can ask for volunteers or select specific children for the roles of Jesus and Bartimaeus. If you don’t think role-play will work, just share the story without the role-play pieces.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

They said to the blind man, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." Jesus continues to call us today, so in our worship let us take heart, get up and respond to him.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we don't hear you when you call.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes our hearts are low and we feel fed up and depressed.
Christ, have mercy.

SermonStudio

Wesley T. Runk
Good morning, boys and girls. Today, we are talking about a very big word, and also a very important one. The word is intercession. What do you think the word intercession might mean? (let them answer) Those were all good tries, but they are not the answers. I said it was a big word and not one that we use very often. I think that I can help you learn what it means in just a minute. First of all, I want to tell you that Jesus is our intercession. That will help us to learn more about what the word means.
David E. Leininger
Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year. Physically beautiful with the color and light; spiritually beautiful with story and song. Then there is the special baby -- a baby whose birth was greeted by angels, a baby whose birth meant tidings of joy for all people everywhere, a baby who would save the world. We gather for worship, enjoy familiar company, exchange holiday wishes, then go home, drink eggnog, and eat Christmas treats. God is in heaven and all is right with the world. Or so it often seems.

Stephen M. Crotts
A young man visiting a very small town in Virginia struck up a conversation with an older gentleman sitting on a loafers' bench outside the gas station. "Just look at this town!" The young fellow remarked. "Fresh air, no traffic, you sure don't have much of a population problem around here!" "Wrong, son!" The old man replied. "Dang near every problem we have here is caused by the population!"

It's true everywhere, isn't it? Man's greatest problem is man himself.

The Population Problem

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