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The text describes love itself... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
The text describes love itself as the very image of God present in God's people.
A trip to a haunted... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
A trip to a haunted house recently turned into a lesson in love for two little six-year-old twin gir
Although not referring directly to... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
Although not referring directly to Jesus' command to love one another, Albert Schweitzer did sum up
We know we ought to... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
We know we ought to love one another, and this includes loving our neighbor as ourself.
The Ethiopian was reading the... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
The Ethiopian was reading the scriptures, which is a first step in learning who Jesus is.
One might think that the... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
One might think that the eunuch would be a bit "down in the dumps" when Philip, his newfound friend,
The eunuch wanted to be... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
The eunuch wanted to be baptized. He desired that his life be bonded with Jesus in this sacred act.
You start where people are... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
You start where people are at! This is an important principal in persuasive communication.
Autobiographies are abundant. Biographies are... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
Autobiographies are abundant. Biographies are authorized.
In the early '70s, as... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
In the early '70s, as NASA was gearing up for its Apollo moonshot program, someone was supposed to h
A mature Christian faith recognizes... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
A mature Christian faith recognizes the necessity of interdependence far more than that of independe
Paperwhites are a flower from... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
Paperwhites are a flower from the daffodil family.
Even before my son was... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
Even before my son was born, I loved him.
A missionary in Africa, describing... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
A missionary in Africa, describing the birth of Christ, told the people about God's love gift.
The most often memorized statement... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
The most often memorized statement in 1 John is from 4:16, "God is love." It is more than a theologi
There was a boat in... -- 1 John 4:7-21<br> -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
There was a boat in Australia that had taken a load of tourists out to swim in some of the reefs.
The comedian and pianist, Victor... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
The comedian and pianist, Victor Borge, once surprised his friends by purchasing a chicken farm.
The wedding music was to... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
The wedding music was to be provided by a previously recorded tape.
A new magazine was being... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
A new magazine was being launched. The descriptive mailer was designed to catch your imagination.
John Fawcett (1740-1817), born and... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
John Fawcett (1740-1817), born and raised in England, was converted under the fiery preaching of Geo
When Oliver Cromwell came to... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
When Oliver Cromwell came to power in England, overthrowing for a generation the rule of kings, he f
A good shoe will take... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
A good shoe will take on the unique form of the foot that wears it.
God defines the nature of... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
God defines the nature of love by his very action of sending Jesus Christ to a world that has rebell
In the World Almanac, I... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
In the World Almanac, I recently counted at least 152 different Christian denominations in the Unite
This may be a first... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
This may be a first.

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The Vine, The Branches And The Grapes -- John 15:1-8 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
One of the joys of moving house is making interesting discoveries in the garden.
Love -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Some years ago I baptised a beautiful child.

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Transforming Our Mind To Christ -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Sir Launfal, a knight errant, methodically checked his list for the third time.

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While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

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Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect
by Frank Ramirez
Psalm 4

When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. (v. 4)

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Acts 3:12-19
Wayne Brouwer
Note: This installment was originally published for April 22, 2012.

During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.

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John A. Stroman
The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
Robert A. Noblett
Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
James R. Wilson
First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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