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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.
One of my favorite professors... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
One of my favorite professors in seminary was a man named Emile Caillet.
Do we know the Comforter... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
Do we know the Comforter which the Holy Spirit is? I think of my father who died in 1977.
During the Second World War... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
During the Second World War, I was visiting a home of a young couple who were contemplating joining
Children often test their parents... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
Children often test their parents when told to do something.
Too many conservative Christians seem... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
Too many conservative Christians seem to spend too much of their study of the New Testament speculat
The 1989 television show titled... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
The 1989 television show titled "Quiet Victory" told the story of Charles Wedemeyer, a football coac
The image of Jesus as... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
The image of Jesus as the true vine of the vineyard is especially powerful for those who visit the w
To abide in the vine... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
"To abide in the vine" means to be vitally connected to a living rootage.
I stopped by the hospital... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
I stopped by the hospital one day to visit one of our congregation's "fringe" members.
If you ever purchase a... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
If you ever purchase a fruit tree to plant on your property, you could gain some helpful gardening i
A priest once told a... -- 1 John 4:7-12 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
A priest once told a story about his friend from Erie, Pennsylvania, who had been to Dallas, Texas,
A minister, speaking to a... -- 1 John 4:7-12 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
A minister, speaking to a church conference on the subject of love and unity, told this story.
The English Baptist, Harold Roberts... -- 1 John 4:7-12 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
The English Baptist, Harold Roberts, writes: "What, then, is the nature of love?
A reporter from a New... -- 1 John 4:7-12 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
A reporter from a New York newspaper was interviewing Mother Teresa, winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace
Barnabas made the difference. Paul... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
Barnabas made the difference. Paul would have been in a mess without him.
A cartoon is sometimes more... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
A cartoon is sometimes more forceful than a sermon.
Why, it reminds me of... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1991
"Why, it reminds me of my Uncle Oscar," said Margaret Herrick as she looked at the little gold statu
(L, M)br... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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(P, C)br... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
(P, C)"... preached boldly in the name of the Lord ..."
(P, C)br... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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(P, C)br... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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(P, C)br... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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A)It's easy... -- 1 John 3:18-24 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
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When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Frank Ramirez
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar. By contrast, Ascension Day often falls by the wayside, unless it happens to fall on a Sunday. It’s something Jesus did, but it’s not necessarily a significant event in the lives of many churches. These three texts, however, illustrate the central importance of this event, which is the capstone of the ministry of Jesus.
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:1-11
There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

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Janice B. Scott
Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!

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Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
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John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."

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“Not the Hour or the Day” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Closer To Heaven” by David O. Bales
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Not the Hour or the Day
by Peter Andrew Smith
Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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