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Mike's experience was no different... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Mike's experience was no different from others graduating from high school and joining the service.
It is a bittersweet moment... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
It is a bittersweet moment for Carla.
A family and their recent... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
A family and their recent college-graduate daughter never imagined she would still be waiting for a
The story is told about... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
The story is told about a man who was shipwrecked and marooned on an island alone for twenty years.
Bill and Mary's son, David... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Bill and Mary's son, David, was going camping on his own for the first time.
In my early teens I... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
In my early teens I attended a fundamentalist church with my mother.
After some consultation with other... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
After some consultation with other doctors, many prayers and hours of soul-searching, Jim had decide
Kip Keino will be remembered... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Kip Keino will be remembered as a great long distance runner.
Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson, wife of the late President, Texas highways are a blaze of color during
She was a Christian woman... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
She was a Christian woman and proud of it! Yet something in her soul was withered and shriveled.
One has only to look... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
One has only to look at the vast number of books available in any bookstore to realize that there is
My wife and I went... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
My wife and I went for a walk through a city park that had many softball fields.
Native American Prayer:I... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Native American Prayer:"O Great Spirit,
There will be signs in... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars." The Bethlehem star must have been some star.
The prophet speaks of a... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
The prophet speaks of a new name for Jerusalem. What difference does it make what a city is called?
In a small country church... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
In a small country church, preparations were being made for the Sunday school Christmas program.
May He banish from the... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
May He banish from the hearts of all men and women whatever might endanger peace.
I will make a righteous... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
"I will make a righteous branch sprout from David's line." For many years, we had a maple tree stump
There is an old legend... -- Zechariah 14:4-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
There is an old legend that when end times come a golden thread will be stretched across the Valley
Standing on the Mount of... -- Zechariah 14:4-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Standing on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, is an exhilarating experienc
Fulton J. Sheen was a... -- Zechariah 14:4-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Fulton J. Sheen was a Roman Catholic bishop.
Robert Coles in his I... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Robert Coles in his Harvard Diary comments on his father's practice each Sunday afternoon of
The most troubling time in... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
The most troubling time in the history of the United States of America was the era of the Civil War.
Just a few months after... -- Isaiah 63:16-64:8 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Just a few months after the beginning of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur was forced to flee
A famous episode from the... -- Isaiah 63:16-64:8 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
A famous episode from the original "I Love Lucy" television series shows her stomping grapes in a hu

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Frank Ramirez
Back in the 80’s, when I pastored a multiracial church in Chicago, there was one African American family with Cajun roots who had the tradition of preparing a huge pot of filé gumbo every Christmas Eve. Gumbo includes just about everything imaginable, and all the flavors slosh around to create something even greater than all the great stuff that goes into it.
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Isaiah 40:1-11
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The Estranged
by Keith Hewitt
Isaiah 40:1-11

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John Jamison
Note: This sermon is the second in a series you can continue through Advent. This is a great opportunity to have some fun with the children as you lead up to Christmas. The series is designed to end on Christmas Eve, but you can end it on the 4th Sunday of Advent if you do not have a Children’s Sermon on Christmas Eve. The most important part of this series is that the more fun you have with it, the more fun everyone else will have too!

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Sam was the envy of all his friends. His dad was a farmer, so he drove a tractor. On rare occasions Sam was allowed to sit in the tractor cab and even help drive.

Sam's dad was entering a ploughing competition, so he was spending quite a lot of time in the tractor practising ploughing in straight lines.

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Elizabeth Achtemeier
To understand this rich passage, the preacher must first understand its setting. Historically, this is the message addressed to the Judean exiles in Babylonia, between 550 and 538 B.C., and it takes the place of the call of the prophet known as Second Isaiah, who is himself among the exiles. That prophet's preaching is found in Isaiah 40--55.
Robert J. Elder
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ.
-- Mark 1:1a

The four gospels each have very different ways of introducing the story about Jesus. Matthew begins his gospel with a long genealogy, tracing Jesus' lineage -- "son of David, son of Abraham" (Matthew 1:1-16) from the time of Abraham through fourteen generations, through the line of Mary's husband, Joseph, all the way to Jesus.

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