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Emphasis Preaching Journal

There have always been... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-4:2 -- First Sunday of Advent - C

There have always been spiritual leaders around who were willing to offer help.
In the opening verse of... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-4:2 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
In the opening verse of this reading the Apostle Paul writes, "May the Lord make your love for one a
What are the signs of... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
What are the signs of our time?
We must have confidence in... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
We must have confidence in Christ's promise to return to this earth even though we do not know when
What does it take to... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
What does it take to motivate you to "keep the faith" in the face of suffering, unfulfilled dreams,
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said of the Second Coming, "When Christ appears in the clouds he will sim
People of all generations have... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
People of all generations have looked forward with mixed feelings of hope and fear to the coming of
Marie always prided herself with... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Marie always prided herself with completing her Christmas shopping early before the
As a pastor of a... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
As a pastor of a rural church in mid-America, I never expect to preach to a Christian congregation i

The Immediate Word

The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings







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Baruch 5:1-9
For they went out from you on foot,
led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
carried in glory, as on a royal throne. (Baruch 5:6)

Psalm 137 gives us a heart-rending picture of the people being led away into exile on foot by their enemies (by the willows we hung up our harps -- that whole thing.). The captives no doubt suffered torment and death reminiscent of native Americans on the Trail of Tears or the American POWs in the Bataan Death March.
Wayne Brouwer
Advent reminds us of the power in Jesus’ words to his disciples. God never denies us the light we need. As Joyce Kilmer wrote:

Because the way was steep and long,
and through a strange and lonely land,
God placed upon my lips a song
and put a lantern in my hand.


Arley K. Fadness
Good morning boys and girls,

It’s really awesome to see you this beautiful morning. Thanks for joining me. Are you ready to hear a special message I have just for you children?  (children respond)

Has your mom or dad ever reminded you, “It’s time to go to bed?”  Have they ever shouted, “It’s time to hurry up and get ready” for something? (children respond)

Ever hear, “Time to catch your bus for school? Time to go shopping? Time to go fishing? Time to go to church?”


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Shining in the Darkness
by Peter Andrew Smith
Luke 1:68-79

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
In our house, things change at Christmas. On Christmas Day we eat at totally different times, we snap open crackers and wear silly hats, we roar with laughter at the awful jokes inside the crackers, all members of the family meet together for one of the few times each year, and we play with puzzles.


Schuyler Rhodes
Known among scholars as the "Benedictus," Zechariah's prophecy is a powerful and beautiful commentary on what is about to take place. The coming of the Messiah is recounted here in an incredible merger of spiritual, social, and political realities. The people will be delivered from their enemies, and they will gain knowledge of salvation. The sins of the people will be forgiven by God's tender mercies as the light of a new dawn guides "our feet into the way of peace."

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