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Was the stone at Jesus... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C
Was the stone at Jesus' tomb round or square?
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.
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.
Today is the celebration of... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
Today is the celebration of being reminded.
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.
Biographers are witnesses in print... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
Biographers are witnesses in print.
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
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
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
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
Few things are as powerful... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
Few things are as powerful as the announcement of forgiveness.
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 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 message of Easter is... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
The message of Easter is God has rescued us from the graveyard!
Walter Rauschenbusch defines evangelism as... -- Acts 13:44-52 -- Easter Day - C
Walter Rauschenbusch defines evangelism as
The Gemini Contenders by Robert... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
The Gemini Contenders by Robert Ludlum is a suspenseful novel.
This passage raises the matter... -- Luke 24:1-10 -- Easter Day - C
This passage raises the matter of credibility issues.
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.
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 ...
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
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 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.
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 the Church of the... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
In the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher) in Jerusalem beneath Mt.
In Taize, France there is... -- Acts 13:44-52 -- Easter Day - C
In Taize, France there is a community of lay Christians who have made a wholesome contributio

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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
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by David O. Bales
Jeremiah 31:7-9

Emphasis Preaching Journal

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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