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The music convention took us... -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
The music convention took us to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Acts... -- 2:1-21 The Holy Spirit is probably one of the most misunderstood components of the Christian faith. And the challenge on Pentecost is to help the people see what the Holy Spirit is and what it is not. A worship service in a small Mexican church ended t -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Acts
There is always a fresh... -- John 20:19-23 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
There is always a fresh, clean smell after a heavy summer rainstorm.
I remember once, as a... -- John 20:19-23 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
I remember once, as a small child, being lost in a corn field.
Many years ago there was... -- John 20:19-23 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Many years ago there was an Easter Day episode in the comic strip called Graves, Inc. Mr.
When Leonardo da Vinci was... -- John 20:19-25 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
When Leonardo da Vinci was painting his masterpiece, "The Last Supper," we are told that he had a qu
Water in third world countries... -- John 7:37-39a -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Water in third world countries is a problem. It's not a matter of turning on a faucet.
A few years ago a... -- John 7:37-39a -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
A few years ago a drought fell on the eastern part of the United States. No rain fell for weeks.
In the year 1549 the... -- John 7:37-39a -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
In the year 1549 the Duke of Orleans in the city of Blois, France, offered a prize to anyone who cou
Our pastor drove a few... -- John 7:37-39a -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Our pastor drove a few of us boys from Marine City where we lived, down to Algonac eight miles away
In his book The Living... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
In his book The Living Reminder, Henri Nouwen discusses the difference between an absence that occur
The following scene is familiar... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
The following scene is familiar to most parents who have survived those difficult few times they lea
Billy Ray Cyrus sings a... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Billy Ray Cyrus sings a country song that has become popular, especially among young people.
There is no question that... -- 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
There is no question that in the first century people believed that physical healing was a gift from
All gifts, important or unimportant... -- 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
All gifts, important or unimportant, come from the same source, and all are necessary.
There is a story about... -- 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
There is a story about a man who had seven sons who could not get along with one another.
When I was in high... -- 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
When I was in high school, our youth group would have a food drive each year.
The desires of the flesh... -- Galatians 5:16-25 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
The desires of the flesh are often too much for the church.
Little Billy was enjoying a... -- Galatians 5:16-25 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Little Billy was enjoying a huge double-dip ice cream cone, chocolate chip and strawberry swirl.
Almost anyone would have to... -- Galatians 5:16-25 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Almost anyone would have to agree that Prohibition failed, and current anti-drug legislation is not
The Holy Spirit was given... -- Galatians 5:16-25 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
The Holy Spirit was given by God to keep the people of God close to God and to empower them for serv
An elderly saint once said... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
An elderly saint once said to me, "I've been through some hard times in my life, you know; times whe
Cecil was my boyhood friend... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Cecil was my boyhood friend and wanted me to stay overnight at his place.
A miner was trapped when... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
A miner was trapped when there was a mine cave-in. For 12 days rescuers worked to free this miner.
The eyes of the young... -- 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1991
The eyes of the young boy beam with satisfaction and relief.

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John Jamison
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)
John Jamison
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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Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Katy Stenta
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Frank Ramirez
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.
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:1-11
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:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
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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Constance Berg
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.
E. Carver Mcgriff
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.
Paul E. Robinson
How many of you know what BASE jumping is? BASE jumping is the very scary sport of jumping off Buildings, Antennae, Spans, and Earth objects. If you want to do it more than once, you jump with a parachute or perhaps a hang glider. Some of you may have seen examples of this daring sport on television.

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John W. Clarke
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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Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
Contents
“Not the Hour or the Day” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Closer To Heaven” by David O. Bales
“Power To Change Nature … and People” by David O. Bales
 

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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