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Donald Trump is not a... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Donald Trump is not a shy man. In fact, it appears that he claims the spotlight whenever he can.
Everyone would like a house... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Everyone would like a house. But unfortunately for some, houses are just too expensive to own.
Bethlehem is a small place... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Bethlehem is a small place. Indeed the smallest clan in Abraham's family occupied that territory.
The day that Joellen joined... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
The day that Joellen joined our congregation she asked if she could sing in the choir.
Around Christmas time, children are... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Around Christmas time, children are often struck with the urge to do good; to number among the nice
She was a little old... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
She was a little old lady, well advanced in years.
Many of us have had... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Many of us have had the tragic experience of working hard at a project or a relationship only to be
William Bright wrote a communion... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
William Bright wrote a communion hymn about the sacrifice Christ made on the cross:
In 1967 Dmitri Shostakovich, the... -- Luke 1:39-55 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
In 1967 Dmitri Shostakovich, the Russian composer, wrote a symphony titled, "October." The work was
It was during the month... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
It was during the month of December, the season of Advent that a black seamstress was on her way hom
Nothing is impossible with God... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
"Nothing is impossible with God." With these words a young woman is assured that God has found her t
The shuttle bus rounded a... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
The shuttle bus rounded a curve along the west rim of the Grand Canyon.
In Porbandar, India, a small... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
In Porbandar, India, a small, remote, seaside town in the Kathiawar Peninsula, Mohandas Karamchand G
Before the completion of a... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Before the completion of a new church, a cross had to be welded onto a steeple.
Day by day a parish... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Day by day a parish priest prepared his congregation and parish school for Christmas.
The Cherry Tree Carol is... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
The Cherry Tree Carol is a tale that imagines that when the Holy Family was enroute to Egypt in thei
For years, Marsha said, I... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
"For years," Marsha said, "I never bothered about church. My family and I were poor.
Our conviction as Christians is... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Our conviction as Christians is that history is a footnote to the Magnificat: her son shall bring me
Brian was a member of... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Brian was a member of the Hell's Angels.
The Moravian Church was formed... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
The Moravian Church was formed following the martyrdom of John Hus in Bohemia.
There are many themes in... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
There are many themes in this Gospel: the blessedness of Mary, the pregnancy of Mary, the relationsh
In the play, Fences... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
In the play, Fences, by August Wilson, there appears the story of a strong and powerfu
One of the rewarding and... -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
One of the rewarding and frustrating tasks in the church is to be involved on a nominating committee
Caesars have proclaimed themselves to... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Caesars have proclaimed themselves to be gods and they have fallen from their thrones.
Marsha got hired into a... -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Marsha got hired into a public library after struggling in the job market.

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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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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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