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The pastor regularly takes his... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2009
The pastor regularly takes his confirmation class to the funeral home for a tour.
When Brady was three weeks... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2003
When Brady was three weeks old, he lay in his mother's arms in the front row of the church as the ch
They were making one of... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2003
They were making one of those historical movies, dramatizing the Roman era when Christians were thro
On April 18, 1942, 80... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2003
On April 18, 1942, 80 airmen in 16 twin-engine B-25 bombers dropped bombs on five Japanese cities.
You have heard many good... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2003
You have heard many "good news/bad news" jokes.
Paul attests to his apostolic... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B -- 2003
Paul attests to his apostolic authority and the integrity of his witness to Christ.
My oldest nephew Andrew is... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B -- 2003
My oldest nephew Andrew is a quick-witted little boy.
Benjamin Franklin was perhaps America's... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B -- 2003
Benjamin Franklin was perhaps America's first self-made man.
Harry Houdini was one of... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B -- 2003
Harry Houdini was one of the greatest escape artists of all time.
Over a century ago, a... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
Over a century ago, a rationalist named David Straus re-
In Dakota, Kathleen Norris tells... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
In Dakota, Kathleen Norris tells about an experience at a monastery that she visited.
For decades Johnny Carson enter... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
For decades Johnny Carson enter-tained late-night viewers on the NBC television network.
Some indignant remarks from Michelangelo... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
Some indignant remarks from Michelangelo to his fellow painters: "Why do you keep filling galle
Oops! You mistakenly erase a... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
Oops! You mistakenly erase a crucial file in your computer. It is gone; it is nowhere to be found.
Whitewater kayaking had always been... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
Whitewater kayaking had always been a treat for Janice.
Looking at the broken, beaten... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
Looking at the broken, beaten body of Jesus, we see the destiny of all innocence.
A priest named Angelo was... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
A priest named Angelo was surprised to find himself elevated to the highest position of the Roman Ca
These women had done nothing... -- Mark 16:1-8 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
These women had done nothing wrong; why were they afraid?
In my eighth grade public... -- Mark 16:1-8 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
In my eighth grade public speaking class, our teacher was Mr. Evans.
The dawn is a time... -- Mark 16:1-8 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
The dawn is a time of day when light and lingering shadows mingle.
The dirt road invited her... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
The dirt road invited her to leave the highway that April morning, beckoning her toward woods that g
Ida Mae Kempel tells the... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Ida Mae Kempel tells the true story of a 12-year-old boy she calls Jeremy.
Judith, a spritely woman in... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Judith, a spritely woman in her mid-70s, recently had an "Easter experience when, through a series
Lieutenant Fisher was in his... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Lieutenant Fisher was in his final month of duty in Vietnam when it happened.
Since Christians have been raised... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Since Christians have been raised with Christ, the life of the resurrection is their actual conditio

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How Many Marbles Do You Have? -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Janice B. Scott -- Easter Day - B
Today is a day tinged with sadness for the whole nation, because even as we meet to celebrate Ea
He Is Risen! -- Mark 16:1-8 -- Janice B. Scott -- Easter Day - B
I once took a funeral service after which a member of the congregation told me a story he'd never

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Jesus Brings Us To New Life -- Isaiah 25:6-9 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Easter Day - B
Pastor David Johnson was all prepared, he thought, for his Easter sermon.

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These lessons all testify to Jesus is our all-in-all. The Good Shepherd theme could also be stressed.  

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The hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation” was written by Samuel J. Stone around 1866. It was part of a collection of twelve hymns that emphasized a part of the Apostles’ Creed. “The Church’s One Foundation” speaks specifically to article nine of the Apostles’ Creed, and it emphasizes that Jesus is the one upon whom the church is built. According to C. Michael Hawn, the song became known as the “battle song of the church.”

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John E. Sumwalt
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me. (v. 4)

Are there angels among us who save people in danger?

One of the stories I tell in response to this question, was sent to me by Robyn Bradley of Oxford, Wisconsin. She’s a therapist and licensed clinical social worker who is the Director of Psychological Health for the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

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John Jamison
Object: A hearing aid.

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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready for our story today? (Let them respond.) Great! Let’s go!

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
There was a farmer living in a remote part of the Norfolk countryside who had been burgled a number of times. On the last occasion he was disturbed in middle of the night, he went downstairs with his gun and when a torch was shone into his face, he pulled the trigger several times.

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Stan Purdum
(See Lent 4, Cycle A, and Easter 4, Cycle C, for alternative approaches.)

If asked how many images of God this most familiar of all psalms includes, most people would probably say one, that of shepherd. (And, while saying it, there's a good chance they'd actually be picturing Jesus with a lamb in his arms, thanks to the famous painting of that scene hanging in Sunday school rooms all over America.) But, in fact, there are two images of God in this psalm -- the shepherd (vv. 1-4) and the host at a banquet in the temple (vv. 5-6).

Richard E. Zajac
... the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep...

Doctor Bernie Siegel claims that coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous.

__________

I have spent nine years here at the hospital. In the course of those nine years I've witnessed and experienced many strange things. I've watched events occur that made me stop and think and wonder. I've found myself doing something or I've found others doing something that made me scratch my head. I've come across many coincidences that made me wonder if indeed they were coincidences.
David H. Webb
It is hard to find a more bold expression of the Easter faith than what we hear from Peter today in our first lesson.

Peter and John had just healed a lame beggar at the gate of the temple. Without hesitation Peter proclaimed to the astonished crowd that the healing was the work of God who had raised Jesus from the dead. Almost immediately, the Sanhedrin arrests Peter and John and puts them on trial. They ask. "By what power or by what name did you do this?" (v. 7).

Mark J. Molldrem
Easter is in springtime for a reason. Springtime is that time of year when new life emerges from the old. Easter is that time of history when New Life emerged from the old.

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