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In the ancient world a... -- Galatians 4:4-7 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
In the ancient world a slave had no rights or status.
The spring of 1991 brought... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
The spring of 1991 brought a series of disasters to the human community.
In his marvelous anthology of... -- Galatians 4:4-7 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
In his marvelous anthology of one hundred words and phrases,* Edward Chinn tells of a triumphant pro
I once knew a man... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
I once knew a man who spent a long and uneventful life being afraid of death.
In the comics, Hagar the... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
In the comics, "Hagar the Horrible" Hagar dresses up in his Viking armor as he prepares to go out an
A coach once asked for... -- Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
A coach once asked for an explanation of the difference between power and authority.
A poor woman entered a... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
A poor woman entered a department store to be greeted by an eager salesperson.
Naomi was a most religious... -- Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Naomi was a most religious person.
I remember with immeasurable fondness... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
I remember with immeasurable fondness an elderly woman whom I loved dearly when I was a small boy.
You are familiar with the... -- Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
You are familiar with the expression, "Kids say the darndest things," or maybe the one that begins,
3:12-17A pastor sat in the... -- Colossians -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
3:12-17A pastor sat in the office of a business woman whose heart was broken.
Slave versus Son: the way... -- Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Slave versus Son: the way we raise our families, how we relate to contemporaries, the integrity of o
An Indian chief was disturbed... -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
An Indian chief was disturbed about how lazy his braves had been during the hunting season, so he ca
A little boy who had... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
A little boy who had lost his tooth asked his mother, "Why do I get money if I put my tooth under my
What is it that a... -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
What is it that a person most wants to see before he dies?
Jane Brooks, writing in the... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Jane Brooks, writing in the "My Turn" column of Newsweek (April 29, 1991), calls herself one
Have you known great-greatgrandparents... -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Have you known great-greatgrandparents who lived long enough to attend the wedding of their great-gr
Letting go. These are difficult... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
"Letting go." These are difficult words for anybody. They are particularly difficult for parents.
It has probably happened in... -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
It has probably happened in every family. In ours it happened with my paternal grandmother.
A story is told of... -- John 1:1-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
A story is told of a French lighthouse keeper who worked near Calais.
Two Chicagoans, Kenan Heise and... -- Isaiah 61:10-62:3 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Two Chicagoans, Kenan Heise and Arthur Allen, published a book entitled The Death of Christmas: I
The gospels according to Matthew... -- John 1:1-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
The gospels according to Matthew, Mark and Luke have painstakingly provided us with as accurate an a
Mary, age 5, had eagerly... -- Isaiah 61:10-62:3 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Mary, age 5, had eagerly anticipated Christmas.
Stephen W. Hawking, professor of... -- John 1:1-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Stephen W.
Eyewitness to History by... -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Eyewitness to History by John Carey is a collection of personal reports of individuals who are a par

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The Immediate Word

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Ron Love
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Dean Feldmeyer
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Frank Ramirez
God’s persistence results in changing the basics of the covenant — sour grapes and written on the heart. Paul calls for us to be persistent in faithfulness, in holding to the truth in a confusing world. Jesus calls us to be as persistent approaching a just and loving God in prayer. If a woman with no power can persist in pestering an unjust judge until justice is done, won’t it be more likely that God will respond to our prayers?

Jeremiah 31:27-34
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Mark Ellingsen
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Jeremiah 31:27-34
A 2018 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 61% of Americans believe in a God who judges them based on what they have done. This was in line with an earlier Baylor University poll finding 47.4% of Americans have an angry god. Most of us have not really heard the word of this lesson about a New Covenant with a God who will remember our sin no more (v.34).

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Arley K. Fadness
“Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray and not lose heart.” (v. 1)

Good morning girls and boys,

I am so glad to see you this morning. Are you ready to hear my children’s message today? (children respond)  Ears and hearts open?

Let’s suppose you want to use your neighbor’s bicycle for an errand. Your neighbor is selfish and sometimes a bully. But you keep on asking and asking. Finally he/she relents and says, “Okay you have been bugging and bugging me, you may use my bicycle.”

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Peter Andrew Smith
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“Written On Our Hearts” by Peter Andrew Smith


Written On Our Hearts
by Peter Andrew Smith
Jeremiah 31:27-34

“Okay guys, good practice.” Coach blew the whistle and waved at the players to gather around him. “You’re starting to really come along. Chapel service is in thirty minutes so you’ve got time to get yourself a drink or a snack after hitting the showers.”

The players cheered and headed off the field to get ready for the next activity.

“Hey Coach?” Johnson asked.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Anyone who has suffered any sort of trauma in life will know what it is to have bad dreams. Nightmares often start early in life so that quite small children can be deeply disturbed by them. Sometimes they seem to occur for no reason, but at other times they follow a traumatic experience, or are the result of some worry or anxiety.

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J. Will Ormond
This sermon is a retelling in a contemporary setting of the Parable of the Widow and the Judge. The harsh character of the Judge is exaggerated. The imaginary law clerk is made especially wimpish to highlight the arrogance of the Judge.

The Widow, as in the original parable, is the strongest character in the drama, although outwardly she appears to be the weakest.

This sermon emphasizes the biblical theme of the reversal of roles, and the triumph of faithfulness over human power.


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