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Do not let your hearts... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
"Do not let your hearts be troubled." According to John's gospel, Jesus said this in the
Acts 7:55-60 The... -- John 14:1-14, 1 Peter 2:2-10, Acts 7:55-60 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Acts 7:55-60
Around A.D. 200, a man... -- Acts 7:55-60 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Around A.D.
When we take Jesus' promise... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
When we take Jesus' promise to heart, we can face death confidently, even when it confronts us out o
The television show, Who Wants... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
The television show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, uses "lifelines" to assist a contestant who is s
Clergy from 18 Orthodox Christian... -- Acts 7:55-60 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Clergy from 18 Orthodox Christian and Protestant churches joined Pope John Paul II in a candlelight
The congregation had once been... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
The congregation had once been a vital ministry.
Every church has at least... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Every church has at least one member like Mary. Mary worships every week.
A student at a Catholic... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
A student at a Catholic college was hospitalized after a car wreck.
Jesus couldn't perform miracles in... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Jesus couldn't perform miracles in Nazareth without the corresponding faith of its residents.
In the wonderful musical, Camelot... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
In the wonderful musical, Camelot, we meet King Arthur and his beautiful wife, Guinevere.
The teacher read to her... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
The teacher read to her class from the Bible: "Jesus said to his friends, 'In my Father's house ther
Bishop Gerald Kennedy wrote that... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Bishop Gerald Kennedy wrote that in the early days of the Methodist movement when one felt the call
Stones represent permanence and stability... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Stones represent permanence and stability, and that is what happens to us; we become "living stones"
In the movie A... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
In the movie A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson has made famous a line where he gets into a heate
My daughter has a series... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
My daughter has a series of picture books.
In an essay in I... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
In an essay in Time magazine, James R.
Many stories are told about... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Many stories are told about fathers who left their families behind and came to our shores to make a
The gold fabric of Raga's... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
The gold fabric of Raga's sari shimmers.
Franklin Graham grew into his... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Franklin Graham grew into his salvation. His father is the famous evangelist, Billy Graham.
I am amazed how God... -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996
I am amazed how God blesses congregations with such diversity.
A six-year-old girl... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996
A six-year-old girl was taking her first ride in an airplane.
A parishioner in a church... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996
A parishioner in a church I served decided to enter the ordained ministry.
Jesus is saying to his... -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996
Jesus is saying to his listeners, "Don't worry." He saw troubled hearts everywhere, worrying about f

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The Way Of The Church Versus The Way Of The World -- John 14:1-14, 1 Peter 2:2-10, Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
In a dark room, one light makes a world of difference.

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For July 21, 2019:
  • Teamwork by Tom Willadsen — The US Women’s Soccer Team dominated the competition in the World Cup, winning their second consecutive title. The team demonstrated a deep personal commitment to every player on the team —everyone was important. Could we reimagine the relationship between Mary and Martha as one of a team rather than adversaries?

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Wayne Brouwer
Elizabeth Achtemeier said that one of the greatest errors of young preachers is their desire to tell people that it is very easy to know the will of God. It is so easy, she said, to preach in black and white, to declare either this or that, with no shades of gray in between.
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Amos 8:1-12
I’m a baseball fan and this is the middle of baseball season, so I thought this might be an appropriate and helpful story. An umpire named Babe Pinelli once called the legendary Babe Ruth out on strikes. When the crowd booed with disapproval at the call, Ruth turned to the umpire and angrily said, “There’s 40,000 people here who know that the last pitch was a ball, tomato head.”

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C. David Mckirachan
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“Here Comes da Judge” by C. David McKirachan
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Here Comes da Judge
by C. David McKirachan
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Arley K. Fadness
“...there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part....”(v. 42a)

Good morning boys and girls,

Well, how are you this morning? (children respond) If you ask me how I am I would say, “terrific.” I am “terrific” because __________________!

I am curious, who has a sister? (children respond) Who has more than one sister? (children respond) Who is a sister here this morning? (children respond)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
On our first visit to Malta many years ago, we stayed in the rural south of the island. At that time there were few hotels and those were situated farther north, in St Paul's Bay and Sliema. The south was agricultural country, where a friend of ours happened to have part share in a "villa". The "villa" turned out to be a small farm house.

Farming at the time was very primitive, with the farmer walking over his field behind a hand-held plough. All has now changed, of course, but then it was just like a throw-back to Biblical times in the Middle East.

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Constance Berg
The cabins at Mt. Carmel Bible Retreat are small. Most have two small rooms; some have one large great room. There is a tiny bathroom with a utility shower.

Inside each cabin is a double bed and a set of bunk beds, a dresser and a small rod to hang clothes. Linens are provided for a charge and some of us are very grateful to have a ceiling fan.

Our group of fourteen cabins is set along a little walkway. Each cabin is about ten feet apart and each row of seven faces the sidewalk.

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