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Today is the celebration of... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
Today is the celebration of being reminded.
In some societies, after a... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Easter Day - C
In some societies, after a healing miracle has occurred, it is natural and automatic to offer a sacr
At first glance, this little... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
At first glance, this little sermon to Cornelius sounds like a balance of scales.
We are the Easter people... -- John 20:1-9 (10-18) -- Easter Day - C
"We are the Easter people," say Avery and Marsh in their song.
Biographers are witnesses in print... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
Biographers are witnesses in print.
While serving as Vice President... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
While serving as Vice President, George Bush represented his country by attending the funeral of Leo
One of the box office... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Easter Day - C
One of the box office smashes of the eighties was a movie entitled, Jewel of the Nile.
Appearing prominently in one of... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
Appearing prominently in one of our daily newspapers recently was the following item: "EYEWITNESSES
Bacon wrote, in contemplation, if... -- Luke 24:1-10 -- Easter Day - C
Bacon wrote, "in contemplation, if a man begins with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he
Few things are as powerful... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
Few things are as powerful as the announcement of forgiveness.
The message of Easter is... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
The message of Easter is God has rescued us from the graveyard!
When the Beatles were at... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Easter Day - C
When the Beatles were at the peak of their success, one of them made the statement, "We are more pop
The same message of God's... -- Exodus 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
The same message of God's deliverance, celebrated by Moses and the Hebrew people after the crossing
The alarm clock goes off... -- Luke 24:1-10 -- Easter Day - C
The alarm clock goes off and Joe Smith pulls the pillow tightly around his ears.
The Gemini Contenders by Robert... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
The Gemini Contenders by Robert Ludlum is a suspenseful novel.
In the twenty-fourth verse... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
In the twenty-fourth verse of this reading, we are told "Christ will ...
Walter Rauschenbusch defines evangelism as... -- Acts 13:44-52 -- Easter Day - C
Walter Rauschenbusch defines evangelism as
These verses record the song... -- Exodus 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
These verses record the song of Israel in the Lord's triumph over their enemies.
This passage raises the matter... -- Luke 24:1-10 -- Easter Day - C
This passage raises the matter of credibility issues.
Tom and Dick Smothers, the... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
Tom and Dick Smothers, the Smothers Brothers, got a lot of laughs from their routine about "Mom alwa
In the Church of the... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
In the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher) in Jerusalem beneath Mt.
O! beware, my lord of... -- Acts 13:44-52 -- Easter Day - C
O! beware, my lord of jealousy,It is the green-ey'd monsterwhich doth mock
O Mary, don't you weep... -- Exodus 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
"O Mary, don't you weep, don't you mournMary, don't you know, don't you know --
In ancient Persia, people told... -- Luke 24:1-10 -- Easter Day - C
In ancient Persia, people told a fable about the time God made the earth. It was a barren plain.
But by the grace of... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect." Mostly, we do

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In fact, Tyre and Sidon were considered the most diabolically wicked of all Gentile cities, and were the perpetual target of Israel’s prophets. No sooner has Jesus stepped into this quagmire when he is stalked by a woman desperately seeking help for her daughter.

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Genesis 45:1-15  

“Calm down. Calm down. I know what’s going on,” the chief steward said. Beside him a handful of Joseph’s Egyptian servants stood outside the royal complex looking around nervously. Joseph, already acting strange this morning, without explanation had swept his arms toward his servants and shouted, “Everyone out. Everyone out.”

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Genesis 45:1-5
This is a lesson about forgiveness. Martin Luther reminds us how Joseph’s forgiving actions were functions of God’s grace:

Therefore the Holy Spirit and grace are a medicine, so to speak, for nature – a medicine by which what had been ruined or destroyed in the original corruption through sin is set to right and restored. (Luther’s Works, Vol.8, p.16)

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In today's gospel reading, Jesus seemed reluctant to heal the Canaanite woman's daughter. He told her that he wasn't sent to help foreigners, but only his own people, the Chosen Race. The words sound unnecessarily harsh, but perhaps this is an interpretation unique to Matthew, for this story only appears in Matthew's gospel, which was written for Jews.

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