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In the '70s one of... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
In the '70s one of the greatest running backs of all time played professional football for the Buffa
In October of 1983, American... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
In October of 1983, American medical students were held hostage in the revolt in Grenada.
Difficult though it may be... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
Difficult though it may be to believe, there are still many people whom we may meet in everyday life
Pastor Harry is a retired... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
Pastor Harry is a retired minister who is working with me as our associate pastor.
Oliver Goldsmith, 18th century English... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
Oliver Goldsmith, 18th century English poet and dramatist, said, "Filial love and obedience is the f
The unity of the disciples... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
The unity of the disciples will be shown by their keeping God's commandments, especially the new c
The country of Zaire is... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
The country of Zaire is in the middle of Africa. It used to be known as the Belgian Congo.
In football, as in any... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
In football, as in any sport, communication between the team members is essential.
A recent development in the... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
A recent development in the war against crime is life-sized cardboard cutouts of police officers.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf ends... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
General H.
As a young Sister, I... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
As a young Sister, I was surprised to hear an older member of our community talking to the plants i
In his Report to Greco... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
In his Report to Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis describes Easter Sunday, shortly before daybreak, in the m
In his book Healing the... -- 1 John 3:18-24 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
In his book Healing the Shame that Binds You, author and lecturer John Bradshaw explores the basis f
He was a very wealthy... -- 1 John 3:18-24 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
He was a very wealthy man. He was a man who considered himself to be a good Christian.
For those who chose to... -- 1 John 3:18-25 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
For those who chose to preach on texts from the Jonanine epistles, Raymond E.
Irene Robel lived across the... -- 1 John 3:18-24 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
Irene Robel lived across the street from me when we were youngsters in grade school, and we want all
In one of the many... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
In one of the many philosophies he had explored during his college years he had come across the idea
Dr. Eddie Fox tells the... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
Dr. Eddie Fox tells the story of two little boys whose pictures appeared in a newspaper.
God's love is powerful indeed... -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
God's love is powerful indeed, but it is not an isolated entity.
Most of the time that... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
Most of the time that he is mentioned in the New Testament is merely as that of a traveling companio
Known as one who had... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
Known as one who had persecuted the church previously, Paul could not be accepted by the disciples i
A woman found an old... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
A woman found an old secretary desk stored in the barn of her grandparents' farm.
If a college graduate in... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
If a college graduate in economic theory is called to ministry, it is probably not all unusual.
Every profession is a conspiracy... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
"Every profession is a conspiracy against the layman," wrote George Bernard Shaw.
Sometimes we are inclined to... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
Sometimes we are inclined to think that we have to schedule things to have something good happen.

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John Jamison
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (v. 25)

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Katy Stenta
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
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C. David Mckirachan
Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Do not be faithless, but believing.’ That’s pretty rough when all he did was insist on proof. When I was growing up, I was taught to rely on the scientific method, a type of inductive reasoning — the bedrock of all of that is proof. When you discover something in an experiment, you’ve got to be able to repeat it, or it’s at best an interesting coincidence. Everything is suspect until you’ve got evidence, and it’s got to be good evidence. In debate, the easiest attack on your opponents is to question the solidity of their sources.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Historically, this is the first Sunday during which newly baptized members on Easter would be admitted into the fellowship as full members of the church, so this theme of community and unity is most appropriate.

Acts 4:32-35
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Acts 4:32-35
This is the scripture we make excuses for or insist that the peculiar financial arrangement of the first disciples was for their time, not ours. We give examples from the Acts of the Apostles that demonstrate private ownership so we can state that this was a temporary state of affairs. It makes us uncomfortable, especially in this country where we have more than most people around the world. I’m not sure what to say to encourage you to challenge your congregation to work harder at mutual aid. Perhaps it begins by preaching your message in a mirror.

SermonStudio

John Jamison
It was Sunday evening. Easter morning had come and gone, and the disciples had spent the entire day talking about the fact that Jesus had actually been raised from the dead. They were all fired up and making plans for how they were going to go out and spread the word of God and continue the ministry that Jesus had taught them to perform. Right?

Not quite.
Elaine M. Ward
The psalmist says that God gives good gifts. There is an old Jewish story that tells of two beggars, people who beg for their food in order to live. Each day the beggars came to the king, and he would give them bread. One of them praised and thanked the king. The other did not. Instead he prayed, "Thank you, God, for blessing the king so that he can help others." The king said to that beggar, "It is I who give to you, and you thank someone else." The beggar replied, "If God did not bless you, you could not bless others."
Ron Lavin
A bully in a small town resented the man everyone looked up to as the wisest man in town. He decided to teach the wise man a lesson. He held a chicken behind his back and asked the wise man, "Is this chicken dead or alive?" Of course, if the wise man said, "Dead" the bully would show him a live chicken. If the wise man said, "Alive" the bully would strangle the chicken and show up the wise man by producing a dead chicken.

"Well," said the impatient bully, "Is the chicken dead or alive? Let's hear your answer."

Mark J. Molldrem
The most personal question anyone can ask is "Who am I?" It is the fundamental question of our human existence.

Who is this person whose face reflects in the mirror every morning? Who is this person who laughs and cries, who works and plays, who eats and drinks and goes to the bathroom? Who is this person who hears and sees, smells, tastes and touches the world around?

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

When Jesus appeared, he said "Peace be with you." Let us take hold of his peace today and share it with each other.

(The children could be encouraged to share the Peace at this point)


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we don't bother to think about you.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we we get things wrong.
Christ, have mercy.

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