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A marginal, struggling congregation in... -- Micah 5:1-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
A marginal, struggling congregation in a small midwestern town had suffered at the hands of several
Christ says, I have come... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Christ says, "I have come to do thy will. (vv.
The Son came to do... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
The Son came to do the Father's will, bringing the gifts of faith, happiness, peace, and hope.
The tradition of animal sacrifice... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
The tradition of animal sacrifice as an offering to God starts in the earliest days of the Old Testa
There is a difference in... -- Luke 1:39-55 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
There is a difference in family gatherings.
A few weeks before Christmas... -- Luke 1:39-55 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
A few weeks before Christmas several years ago, a local department store received a large shipment o
Irish playwright Oscar Wilde wrote... -- Luke 1:39-55 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Irish playwright Oscar Wilde wrote in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" this rather remarkable statement;
It had been a harrowing... -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
It had been a harrowing day and night in a blizzard on the island of Matinicus in the outer reaches
On this Christmas day the... -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
On this Christmas day the voice of the prince of prophets, Isaiah, trumpets the arrival of the Princ
This portion of scripture is... -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
This portion of scripture is like a sandwich.
It was a bitterly cold... -- Hebrews 1:1-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
It was a bitterly cold Christmas Eve.
In many ways God communicated... -- Hebrews 1:1-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
In many ways God communicated his love and expectations to his people: Through the Law, the Prophets
When humans speak the language... -- Hebrews 1:1-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
When humans speak the language of love, they often get foolish or nonsensical.
Some will find this opening... -- Hebrews 1:1-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Some will find this opening prologue of the Epistle to the Hebrews a rather heavy theological statem
We do not really appreciate... -- John 1:1-8 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
We do not really appreciate light until we don't have it.

The Immediate Word

The Hope For Peace -- Luke 1:47-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
George Reed
Mary Austin
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

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

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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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Peter Andrew Smith
Keith Wagner
Contents
“Shining in the Darkness” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Growing Richer Love” by Keith Wagner
“Possibilities Unlimited” by Keith Wagner


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.

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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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