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A)Jesus is... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
(A)Jesus is speaking the language of a plant nurseryman here in John 15:1-8.
(A)Last... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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(A)The... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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L, M)One... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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(L, M)br... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
(L, M)Philip shows us how to witness
(L, M)br... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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Perhaps for the first time... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Perhaps for the first time we realize in this text that the same Saul who had been occupied with imp
Rodney Dangerfield has entertained millions... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Rodney Dangerfield has entertained millions of people and made a very fine living with his humorous
When Paul came to Jerusalem... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
When Paul came to Jerusalem the disciples were afraid of him.
There is a legend in... -- Acts 9:26-31 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
There is a legend in the Greek Church about two saints: Saint Cassianus and Saint Nicholas.
On a clear April morning... -- 1 John 3:18-24 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
On a clear April morning some years ago, an apartment building exploded in Pulaski, Virginia, in a d
One of my colleagues had... -- 1 John 3:18-24 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
One of my colleagues had some personal problems and needed to take a leave of absence from the minis
In this era when everyone... -- 1 John 3:18-24 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
In this era when everyone likes things summarized, from the news to novels, Saint John gives us a nu
Real greatness is often missed... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Real greatness is often missed in those who live significant lives, until they die.
When you know what the... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
When you know what the source of your life really is, all the taunts from an uncomprehending world m
We would simplify our lives... -- John 15:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
We would simplify our lives if we could only be what God has called us to.
John and Mary both liked... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
John and Mary both liked cooking. Since both worked outside the home, this was a happy situation.
We look in vain for... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
We look in vain for comfort where there is none.
It makes a difference when... -- John 14:15-21 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
It makes a difference when we know someone intimately.
This story of the conversion... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
This story of the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch is a story filled with mystery.
A French journal reports the... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
A French journal reports the discovery of a book of theological discussions, written by some monks o
Talk about streams in the... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Talk about streams in the desert! The roads of life take many twists and turns.
Erasmus (1466-1536) was, above all... -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Erasmus (1466-1536) was, above all, a man of letters and culture.

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Not A Chance -- Acts 8:26-40, 1 John 4:7-21, John 15:1-8 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Her Name Is Philip -- John 15:1-8, 1 John 4:7-21, Acts 8:26-40, Psalm 22:25-31 -- Thom M. Shuman, Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
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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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John E. Sumwalt
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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)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
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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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