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Few things so cultivate a... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
Few things so cultivate a shared orientation as a common ordeal.
To most of the world... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
To most of the world, Mary Silzel is just another grandmother cruising the merchandise on eBay.
Love is neither an easy... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
Love is neither an easy nor natural response to those around us.
Those with privilege have a... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
Those with privilege have a responsibility to those without it.
The temple in which the... -- Acts 4:5-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
The temple in which the high priest presided over the spiritual life of the people was located on wh
Like a bright neon sign... -- Acts 4:5-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
Like a bright neon sign might point the way to a destination, Peter saw this act of healing as a sig
The word salvation comes from... -- Acts 4:5-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
The word salvation comes from a Latin word that means "to be well, to be in good health." The name f
It has been said that... -- Acts 4:5-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
It has been said that Michelangelo once saw a huge marble stone that was to be discarded at the quar
With a little imagination, one... -- Acts 4:5-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
With a little imagination, one can hear the healed man humming his way into the crowd of the high an
A sheep rancher decided to... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
A sheep rancher decided to try playing music for his sheep to soothe their nerves, provide for tranq
We all know the story... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
We all know the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
A pediatric surgeon I know... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
A pediatric surgeon I know here in Omaha tells of a six-year-old boy who I'll call Tommy.
Stephen Carter in The Culture... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
Stephen Carter in The Culture of Disbelief explores the ramifications of a culture that was raised n
A young writer went to... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
A young writer went to an editor with some poems he had written, hoping he could get them published.
When I served as chair... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
When I served as chair of a church growth committee relating to three denominations, I discovered th
In Sacramento, California, the city... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
In Sacramento, California, the city government has claimed that a group that works with homeless and
The Roman aristocrat Cornelia was... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
The Roman aristocrat Cornelia was the mother of two sons, Tiberius and Gaius, the pair of whom grew
Allen Meck would paint this... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
Allen Meck would paint this word picture for his listeners: "Sheep are walking across a beautiful gr
Is the symbol of the... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
Is the symbol of the Good Shepherd relevant to the modern condominium dweller?
Eric Stone was a painter... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
Eric Stone was a painter and writer. He painted covered bridges and old-fashioned tools.
The run-of-the-mill... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
The run-of-the-mill shepherd may or may not guarantee safekeeping for all the flock.
The young curate lived alone... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
The young curate lived alone in an apartment.
In the Charles Schulz familiar... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
In the Charles Schulz familiar comic strip Peanuts, Linus and Charlie Brown are all bundled up with
The Butterball Turkey Company offers... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
The Butterball Turkey Company offers a hotline so that consumers can call in and ask questions about
The mother had to be... -- John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
The mother had to be restrained from rushing into the burning building, where one of her children wa

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Resurrection Faith: Our Source For Accomplishment -- Acts 4:5-12 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Joshua and the Children, by Joseph Girzone, the second in a multi-volume series that describes the l

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While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

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John E. Sumwalt
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"Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect" by Frank Ramirez
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Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect
by Frank Ramirez
Psalm 4

When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. (v. 4)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
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Acts 3:12-19
Wayne Brouwer
Note: This installment was originally published for April 22, 2012.

During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.

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John A. Stroman
The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
Robert A. Noblett
Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
James R. Wilson
First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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