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Children's Activity

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Paying homage -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Teachers or Parents: Respect is not a high priority today.

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin: Matthew 2:1-12 (8-10) -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin: Matthew 2:1-12 -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

4-D glasses -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2018
(Note: This commentary was originally published in 1994.)

Shine, Jesus, Shine! -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2016
In their book Resident Aliens, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon tell the story of a Un
Christ for the Gentiles -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
Many years ago I was visiting with a parishioner; I don't remember how the conversation got to this
The wisest men -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- David Kalas -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
They are a cherished fixture in the Christmas story.
World News -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2000
Everyone is welcome! So read many of our church signs and announcement boards.
Try the uplook -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1997
Some prophets are preoccupied with the work of God in nature.
Cosmic Show and Tell -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
The meaning of the word Epiphany is "to show forth," "to make known," "to reveal."

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin: Matthew 2:1-12 (8-10) -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin: Matthew 2:1-12 -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

A Page Boy's Story -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Call to Worship:

With the kings, on this feast of the Epiphany let us come to

The Ermine Cloak -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Who Are These Old People Grabbing My Baby? -- Isaiah 62:10--62:3, Isaiah 60:1-6, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B, Epiphany of the Lord - B, New Year's Day - B -- 2017
The lectionary gospel text for the first Sunday after Christmas tells the story of Jesus being prese
The Emperor's Clothes -- Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 3:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2015

Many congregations will observe this coming Sunday as Epiphany Sunday -- so this installment of

You Are What You Say: The Word Incarnate And Human Words -- Ephesians 3:1-12, John 1:1-18 -- Carter Shelley, George L. Murphy, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton, Larry Hard -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2003
(Originally published for January 5, 2003)

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The Good News of Jesus for All -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
The Point: Jesus came with the message of salvation to all people.
What Is Concealed Now Is Revealed -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Anna Shirey -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
First Thoughts: This lesson focuses on the nature of revelation, to suddenly "see" something
Revealing the mystery -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Good evening! Why are we in church on a Thursday evening?
Finding Jesus -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Good evening! Why are we in church on a Thursday evening?
A mystery solved! -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Some people really like reading mystery novels. (Here you
Paying homage -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Good morning!

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

The Tale Of A Camel -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
I was only just full-grown when we set out on the journey, but I was strong and eager for advent

Devotional

SermonStudio

The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
Isaiah 60:1-6
The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- William W. Helland -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2005
Matthew 2:1-12

Drama

SermonStudio

A Pizza With Everything -- Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-38, Mark 1:7-11 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts

"I truly understand that God shows no partiality."
Wilbur, The Wakeful Wise Man -- Isaiah 60:1-6, 9, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts

Illustration

The Immediate Word

Who Are These Old People Grabbing My Baby? -- Isaiah 62:10--62:3, Isaiah 60:1-6, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B, Epiphany of the Lord - B, New Year's Day - B -- 2017
The lectionary gospel text for the first Sunday after Christmas tells the story of Jesus being prese
The Emperor's Clothes -- Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 3:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2015

Many congregations will observe this coming Sunday as Epiphany Sunday -- so this installment of

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany of Our Lord (2016) -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2016
Isaiah 60:1-6
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany of Our Lord (2015) -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
Isaiah 60:1-6
We need light in the midst... -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
We need light in the midst of our darkness our lesson proclaims.
When Dr. Kent Brantly was... -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
When Dr.
This is Paul writing to the church... -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
This is Paul writing to the church at Ephesus that Christ brings freedom and confidence to all who w
How many I knew in Nepal... -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Bob Ove -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
How many I knew in Nepal who were prisoners because of Jesus.
James Foley was the American... -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
James Foley was the American journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, who was kidnapped on Thanksgi
Epiphany continues the celebration... -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
Epiphany continues the celebration of Christmas.
Can a story become too familiar? -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
Can a story become too familiar? Can a story become overdone?
Mike Weir was the 2003 Masters champion... -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
Mike Weir was the 2003 Masters champion.
Integration can sometimes be a very painful... -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Craig Kelly -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
Integration can sometimes be a very painful, harrowing process.
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany of the Lord (2011) -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
Isaiah 60:1-6
The mystery of the plan... -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
The mystery of the plan that the gospel might be spread beyond the covenant people to the whole Gent
Isaiah 60:1-6 br... -- Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 3:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2009
Isaiah 60:1-6
In Hollywood, some movie premiers... -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
In Hollywood, some movie premiers are accompanied by massive searchlights rotating across the sky.
Many years ago in England... -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
Many years ago in England a circus elephant named Bozo was very popular with the public.
Ray Bradbury's short story, All... -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
Ray Bradbury's short story, All Summer in a Day, deals with the fictional human colonization
I have always loved to... -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
I have always loved to sing songs about stars.
It was one of the... -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
It was one of the strangest and most marvelous things ever to happen in the city of New York: a city
A telemarketer called a home... -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
A telemarketer called a home one day, and a small voice whispered, "Hello?"
For the last decade, Beth... -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
For the last decade, Beth has invited her neighbors to her home the first week in January.
One of life's frustrating mysteries... -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
One of life's frustrating mysteries: Why is it so hard to swat a fly?

StoryShare

The Visitor -- Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
Contents
"The Visitor" by Keith Hewitt

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

Creator God... -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Prayer

SermonStudio

Worship the Christ -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1993
Gospel Note:
Why are they called "wise?" The wise men were more than men

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Who Are These Old People Grabbing My Baby? -- Isaiah 62:10--62:3, Isaiah 60:1-6, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B, Epiphany of the Lord - B, New Year's Day - B -- 2017
The lectionary gospel text for the first Sunday after Christmas tells the story of Jesus being prese
The Emperor's Clothes -- Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 3:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2015

Many congregations will observe this coming Sunday as Epiphany Sunday -- so this installment of

You Are What You Say: The Word Incarnate And Human Words -- Ephesians 3:1-12, John 1:1-18 -- Carter Shelley, George L. Murphy, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton, Larry Hard -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2003
(Originally published for January 5, 2003)

SermonStudio

Epiphany of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
Theme of the Day
The light of grace shows the way.
The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see also The Epiphany Of Our Lord, Cycle A, for an
The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 60:1-6 (C, RC); Isaiah 60:1-6, 9 (E)
The light of the Lord's saving presence is announced in the Old Testament and revealed in the New -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: The light of the Lord's saving presence is announced in the Old Testament and re
Epiphany -- Psalm 72:1-14 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1993
Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to a king's son.
The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1993
The light of God's glory has appeared.
The Epiphany of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- George M. Bass -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1990
The liturgical and theological function of the festival of Epiphany is to manifest the full glory of
The Epiphany of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- George M. Bass -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1990
The liturgical and theological function of the festival of Epiphany is to manifest the full glory of
The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Seasonal Theme

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Who Are These Old People Grabbing My Baby? -- Isaiah 62:10--62:3, Isaiah 60:1-6, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B, Epiphany of the Lord - B, New Year's Day - B -- 2017
The lectionary gospel text for the first Sunday after Christmas tells the story of Jesus being prese
The Emperor's Clothes -- Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 3:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2015

Many congregations will observe this coming Sunday as Epiphany Sunday -- so this installment of

You Are What You Say: The Word Incarnate And Human Words -- Ephesians 3:1-12, John 1:1-18 -- Carter Shelley, George L. Murphy, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton, Larry Hard -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2003
(Originally published for January 5, 2003)

SermonStudio

Seeking the Bethlehem Star -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
The Moravians, a small but influential Christian denomination, have a distinctive symbol known throu
Recognizing The Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
In 1950, sportswriters selected him as the greatest athlete of the first half of the twentieth centu
Grand Opening -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Robert J. Elder -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
Carefully the plans are laid.
Epiphany: All About You! -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Scott Suskovic -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
... God has given me this special ministry of announcing his favor to you Gentiles.
What Goes On When He Comes In? -- 2 Timothy 1:6, 7, Acts 19:1-7 -- Frederick R. Harm -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2002
As we grapple with the meaning of our first text for today, Acts chapter 19, how appropriate is the
Morning Has Broken -- Genesis 1:1-5 -- Curtis Lewis -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Some years ago, popular singer Cat Stevens (who has become a convert to Islam and now spends his tim

The Village Shepherd

Arise, Shine; For Your Light Has Come -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
We generally have a family outing to the cinema over the Christmas period. There
Mystery -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
At Christmas I was given a book about angels.
Moths Drawn To The Light -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
One summer we spent a week or two in Corfu, one of the larger Greek islands.
Experiencing The God Within -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Today we celebrate Epiphany, the time when the Wise Men, astrologers, Magi, kings -- call them what
Wise Men -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
I suspect that for most people, Christmas was well and truly over by January 2nd, and a return

Stories

StoryShare

Light For The New Year -- Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2016
Contents
"Light for the New Year" by John Fitzgerald

Conversation On A Winter’S Night -- Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Keith Hewitt -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
Contents
"Conversation on a Winter's Night" by Keith Hewitt

The Visitor -- Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2011
Contents
"The Visitor" by Keith Hewitt
Sons From Far Away, Daughters In Nurses' Arms -- Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- David O. Bales, Frank Ramirez, Timothy F. Merrill -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week

SermonStudio

Gifts For The Christ Child -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- David E. Leininger -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
The three wise men.
Stars In Their Eyes -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2005
Stars In Their Eyes


A Different Celebration -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Constance Berg -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1999
In Mexico, it's not Santa Claus who delivers gifts. And it's not December 25 that is so important.

Worship

The Immediate Word

Who Are These Old People Grabbing My Baby? -- Isaiah 62:10--62:3, Isaiah 60:1-6, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B, Epiphany of the Lord - B, New Year's Day - B -- 2017
The lectionary gospel text for the first Sunday after Christmas tells the story of Jesus being prese
The Emperor's Clothes -- Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 3:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2015

Many congregations will observe this coming Sunday as Epiphany Sunday -- so this installment of

You Are What You Say: The Word Incarnate And Human Words -- Ephesians 3:1-12, John 1:1-18 -- Carter Shelley, George L. Murphy, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton, Larry Hard -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2003
(Originally published for January 5, 2003)

SermonStudio

God's Light Shines Brightly -- Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Clyde W. Wentzell -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2008
1. God’s light shines brightly now
For all the world to see.
Theme: Walk To The Light -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2005
Call To Worship

Arise, shine; for your light has come!
The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
God Of All The People -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2002
Call To Worship
Leader: Arise, shine, for your light has come.
Sonrise -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
Epiphany -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1996
Call To Worship
Leader: Come, let all of God's people give praise and worship the Lord!
Prayer For The King -- Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1993
Suggestions:
Use as a call to worship. Speakers read from the narthex of the
EPIPHANY OF THE LORD -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP
Give homage to the Christ. Bring him your treasures and offer
The News of Birth -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 1990
Pastoral Invitation to the Celebration

Suggestion:

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The Epiphany Of Our Lord -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2005
Call To Worship

New & Featured This Week

The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
For October 14, 2018:
  • Giving Things Up by Mary Austin -- Does it cost more to follow Jesus or not to follow? The wealthy man has the same question for Jesus that we all have -- what do we need to give up to follow along?

StoryShare

David O. Bales
Contents
"Peter’s Everything" by David O. Bales
"Confidence Corrective" by David O. Bales


Peter’s Everything
by David O. Bales
Mark 10:17-31

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Cynthia E. Cowen
“...for God all things are possible.” (v. 27b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I am really happy to see you this morning. And I have a story from the Bible that is most interesting. This story has something to say to you and to me too. So listen up!

It's a story about a rich man who wanted to follow Jesus.

This fellow asked Jesus questions about how to follow him.  The man did everything right. He obeyed the commandments. And he was rich. He owned a lot of stuff. 

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
Søren Kierkegaard once wrote of a strange break‑in at a large store in his native Denmark where the thieves didn’t remove anything. When clerks opened up in the morning, all the merchandise was still there. Instead of stealing the goods, the thieves had stolen value. They had switched all the price tags, so that the worth of each item had no relation to its price: a diamond necklace valued at $2; a pair of leather shoes for 50¢; a pencil selling for $75, and a baby’s rattle with $5,000 on the sticker.
Bob Ove
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
How often in the troubles of our lives do we fail to perceive the presence of God? We look, as Job did, to the right and to the left, and we do not feel God or see God. Yet, it may be that we are looking outside for the presence of God, rather than internally. Job is discouraged. He cannot feel the presence of God. He looks forward and backward, but not inward.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
I was watching yet another television programme on near-death experiences. They are rather fascinating, not least because Christianity has been telling the world for the last 2,000 years that we live on in a new kind of life after death, yet these programmes make it sound as if this incredible thought is new.

In this particular programme, all but one of those who had "died" had found it a very enriching experience. They all described a feeling of such love and peace suffusing them that they didn't want to return

SermonStudio

Cathy A. Ammlung
Before there was Harry Potter, there was Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit. In J. R. R. Tolkien's wise fantasy, this short, hairy-footed resident of the Shire in Middle-Earth was a well-to-do bachelor and country squire. Comfortable and conventional, but just a touch bored with life, he nevertheless was shocked when the mysterious wizard, Gandalf, knocked on his door one spring morning and requested his services as (of all things) a thief. The clever, nimble-fingered hobbit was just the person to help a struggling band of dwarves reclaim their treasure from a greedy dragon.

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