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Hope comes when new life... -- Ezekiel 37:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Hope comes when new life is breathed into a situation where none appears to exist.
Hint: If God ever asks... -- Ezekiel 37:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Hint: If God ever asks you the question, "Can these bones live?" the correct answer is a
The Congregational Church of Machias... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
The Congregational Church of Machias, Maine, which dates back to the eighteenth
Edith Burns lived in San... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Edith Burns lived in San Antonio, and she always introduced herself this way: "Hello, my
It was shocking when Mark... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
It was shocking when Mark was caught stealing from the house of one of his friends. No
Paul may not have known... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Paul may not have known how easy it is to set our minds on the flesh. For example, in
Bea was always serious about... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Bea was always serious about her faith, but only after her sixtieth birthday did she feel
I can only guess how... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
I can only guess how many graves I've seen while officiating at scores of funerals in
Thomas said, Let us go... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Thomas said, "Let us go that we may die with him."
Illustrations for March 9... -- Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Illustrations for March 9Ezekiel 37:1-14
If you were to meet... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
If you were to meet the sisters Jane and Jean in the hallway of the nursing home in which they lived
The movie Schindler's List focuses... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
The movie Schindler's List focuses on the heroism and self-sacrifice of Oskar Schindler, a Catholic
Does materialism drag our faith... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Does materialism drag our faith commitment downward?
We stepped off the bus... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
We stepped off the bus quickly on that bright, sunny morning in the Holy Land.
Lazarus' untimely death points up... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Lazarus' untimely death points up the impossibility of predicting, planning, or controlling what's c
Firefighters have a tradition that... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Firefighters have a tradition that when one of them dies, especially in the line of duty, not only t
The evening at the support... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
The evening at the support group had been an interesting one.
A man owned a house... -- Romans 8:11-19 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
A man owned a house which he rented for income. He needed the income in order to meet his expenses.
There is a good word... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
There is a good word to be said in support of channel-surfing.
Things can really seem dull... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Things can really seem dull and dead after a rainy weekend, so you can understand how it must have b
Her grandmother was visiting. The... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Her grandmother was visiting.
Leonard had discovered over the... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Leonard had discovered over the last couple of years that fasting was just not a spiritual disciplin
How can you tell if... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
How can you tell if a person is a Christian?
Here is a clear distinction... -- Romans 8:1-10 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Here is a clear distinction between body and soul. Our bodies make constant demands upon us.

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Do We Have Enemies? -- John 11:1-45, Romans 8:6-11, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
As we face a world of conflict and war, with battle lines drawn and weapons aimed at the enemy, wit

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Land Rights -- Ezekiel 37:1-14 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A
For centuries, an Englishman's home has been regarded as his castle.
Who Controls Your Mind? -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A
I once took the funeral of a drug addict.

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John Jamison
Object: Three or four rips of cloth. I have used pieces of gauze from bandages, or long strips of an old sheet. We will also need a couple of volunteers for the role-play. When you wrap your volunteer, it does not need to be tight, but just enough to show how it keeps them from moving freely and being free.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Ezekiel 37:1-14
The First Lesson is the work of a prophet from a priestly family whose ministry to his fellow exiles during the Babylonian captivity extended from 593 BC to 563 BC. Some oracles pre-date Jerusalem’s fall. The original collection of prophecies was rewritten and expanded by an editor.
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Ezekiel 37:1-14
The prophet Ezekiel is addressed as “Son of Man” by God in this passage. Indeed, the term is used over ninety times in the book. We can’t help but be interested in this title, specifically because in a few centuries Jesus is going to use it to describe himself.

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John E. Sumwalt
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, then the body is dead because of sin, but the Spiritis life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesusfrom the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also throughhis Spirit that dwells in you. (vv. 9-11)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." In our worship today, let us explore how it is possible to die but still continue to live.

Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I cannot understand your words.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I find your words hard to believe.
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I am afraid of death.
Lord, have mercy.

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Schuyler Rhodes
Forgiveness is a concept common to most everyone. It covers a vast landscape, to be sure. In biblical understanding it is especially broad, linking together economic, social, divine, and interpersonal realities. Indeed, it is pervasive and foundational to Judeo-Christian faith. However, in our contemporary world we cling with worn fingernails to forgiveness as a sparse, seldom-used interpersonal notion. If utilized, it comes when two people have a quarrel, and one forgives the other -- simple -- clean -- easy -- not too intrusive.
Lee Griess
When the famous agnostic, Robert Ingersoll, died, the printed funeral program left this solemn instruction. It read: "There will be no singing." For without faith, few feel like singing in the face of death. Running, perhaps. Crying, certainly. But not singing. Not in the face of death. For without faith, death steals our reason to sing. Death takes the song off our lips and leaves in its place stilled tongues and tear-stained cheeks.

Harry N. Huxhold
A gripping and extremely well told story of how the law works out in the lives of people is Midwives, a novel by Chris Bohjalian. The principal character in the story is Sibyl Danforth, an unlicensed Vermont midwife. Isolated and trapped by an unwelcome ice storm, Sibyl is not able to reach the hospital with a patient having great difficulty during her labor. Sibyl performs a cesarean section on the patient when she believes the mother has died of a stroke in trying to give birth to her child.
Bill Mosley
Schindler's List is a true story of World War II. It focuses on the heroism and self-sacrifice of Oskar Schindler, a Catholic from Krakow, Poland. Schindler goes from wanton war profiteer to a conspirator who tries to free condemned prisoners from concentration camps.

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