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Peter MacKenzie has made an... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
Peter MacKenzie has made an interesting observation about pigs. Pigs cannot look up!
When people are in deep... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C
When people are in deep grief, as was Mary in the garden on Easter morning, it is not unusual not to
Charles Dickens, in his I... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
Charles Dickens, in his Tale of Two Cities, has Sydney Carton visit a prisoner on death now n
One of the natural outpourings... -- Exodus 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
One of the natural outpourings of human joy and hope is that of music.
Over the years I have... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
Over the years I have watched a lot of folks turn deaf ears to the Gospel's call.
The Holy Gospel for today... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C
The Holy Gospel for today is the Johannine account of Easter morning.
We know that it is... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
We know that it is a universal human experience to deny death.
The Jews celebrate Passover and... -- Exodus 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
The Jews celebrate Passover and remember the escape from Egypt.
Seeing is still believing. Peter... -- John 20:1-9 -- Easter Day - C
Seeing is still believing.
Imagine for a moment a... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C
Imagine for a moment a child who has just received one of life's most splendid gifts -- the gift of
Have you even wanted to... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
Have you even wanted to hide away? To sink down in your seat and cover your face and disappear?
Malcolm Muggeridge, the British writer... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
Malcolm Muggeridge, the British writer and television celebrity who late in life embraced the Christ
The Lord appeared first to... -- John 20:1-9 -- Easter Day - C
The Lord appeared first to Mary Magdalene.
Malcolm Muggeridge describes poetically his... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C
Malcolm Muggeridge describes poetically his own death.
Paul affirms that we are... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
Paul affirms that we are to look at things from a heavenly point of view.
A press release from the... -- John 13:31-35 -- Easter Day - C
A press release from the "Science Fiction But We Wish It Were True" Department:
Mary's dawn meeting with the... -- John 20:1-9 -- Easter Day - C
Mary's dawn meeting with the risen Christ has been called the greatest recognition scene in all of w
Why do you seek the... -- Luke 24:1-10 -- Easter Day - C
Why do you seek the living among the dead?
In this passage, Paul speaks... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
In this passage, Paul speaks of a principle with which modern psychologists are familiar.
The story is told of... -- Acts 13:44-52 -- Easter Day - C
The story is told of a troubadour who used to travel about the kingdoms of central Europe during the
There is still an important... -- John 20:1-9 -- Easter Day - C
There is still an important place in our faith for miracles. That place is sometimes before reason.
Amplius. Amplius -- draw it bigger... -- Luke 24:1-10 -- Easter Day - C
"Amplius. Amplius -- draw it bigger," Michelangelo said to one of his students.
Many months after the official... -- John 20:1-9 -- Easter Day - C
Many months after the official end of World War II there was a group of Laplanders about 200 miles u
Johann Sebastian Bach visited his... -- Acts 14:21-27 -- Easter Day - C
Johann Sebastian Bach visited his son Phillipp Emanual who had a post at Sans Souci Palace, home of
God may show no partiality... -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Easter Day - C
God may show no partiality among people, but that is a moot point, to those who suffer from prejudic







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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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Peter Andrew Smith
“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

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:


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.


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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