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Are we not told by... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Are we not told by child-rearing experts that the conditioned beginning of a child's life fairly wel
Samuel, according to Scripture, continued... -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Samuel, according to Scripture, "continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and ma
The apron is a... -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
The apron is a sign of service, worn not only by women in the kitchen but by men and women in
Fifty-nine years ago Mildred... -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Fifty-nine years ago Mildred and Lloyd were married. That first Christmas things were tough.
My oldest and dearest friend... -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
My oldest and dearest friend is an exceptional woman: She wears her Christianity well.
On local television in the... -- Jeremiah 31:10-13 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
On local television in the Louisville area we have a reporter sporting a green thumb who bills himse
It is rather early to... -- Jeremiah 31:10-13 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
It is rather early to be thinking spring -- but doesn't this portion of scripture sound like the cro
Sirach's call to care for... -- Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Sirach's call to care for our parents is a timely word to a society that often identifies a person's
And do not humiliate him... -- Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
"... And do not humiliate him, when you are in all your strength." (Sirach 3:13b) ("...
Check out the issue of... -- Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Check out the issue of Newsweek of May 6, 1985, for the feature article "Who's Taking Care of
A science class in elementary... -- Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
A science class in elementary school studied magnets in one of its lessons.
Luke presents the twelve-year... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Luke presents the twelve-year-old Jesus as precocious and inquiring.
This passage is replete with... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
This passage is replete with familiar ideas and corresponding illustrations.
Back in the earlier days... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Back in the earlier days of television one of the most popular TV hosts was Art Linkletter.
The answer is Carbon 14... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
The answer is "Carbon 14. Strontium 90."
Bruce Chatwin in In Patagonia... -- Jeremiah 31:10-13 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Bruce Chatwin in In Patagonia* talks about the Yamana tribe of Tierra del Fuego.
They shall languish no more... -- Jeremiah 31:10-13 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
"They shall languish no more." (31:12)
After she decided to join... -- Jeremiah 31:10-13 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
After she decided to join the Catholic Church, Clare Booth Luce recalled an early experience when sh
The taking of hostages has... -- Jeremiah 31:10-13 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
The taking of hostages has become a fairly common terrorist activity, and the entire nation mourns w
The writer to the Hebrews... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
The writer to the Hebrews reflects on the wonder of the incarnation in this passage.

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You Are The Person Of The Year -- Luke 2:41-52, Colossians 3:12-17, 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Psalm 148 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
The new year -- this is a good time for taking a few steps back seeking to discover our place in God

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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
Bob Ove
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
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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