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God's free grace unleashes new... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
God's free grace unleashes new possibilities in the lives of grateful people.
Paul writes to the Ephesians... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
Paul writes to the Ephesians that "in the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedienc
One of my son's housemates... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
One of my son's housemates at college is an artist.
Even the behavior of a... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
Even the behavior of a common thief can illustrate the unexpected generosity with which God gifts us
I saw a cartoon where... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
I saw a cartoon where one character said, "Look here.
Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor... -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of the incandescent light bulb, once signed his name in a guest bo
Moses' bronze snake was something... -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
Moses' bronze snake was something like the hair of the dog that bit you.
Darkness is the domain of... -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
Darkness is the domain of evil and fear.
He had only moved 45... -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
He had only moved 45 miles, but to Tim the distance seemed endless.
The primitive Christian church faced... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
The primitive Christian church faced its first great crisis when it split into two divisions.
Robert McAfee Brown, a Presbyterian... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
Robert McAfee Brown, a Presbyterian clergyman, was an army chaplain in World War II.
we are by nature children... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
"... we are by nature children of wrath," Paul writes (v. 3).
Cleaning out the refrigerator was... -- John 6:4-15 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
Cleaning out the refrigerator was his assignment this week in the student housing co-op.
Many legends have been told... -- John 6:4-15 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
Many legends have been told about the great wisdom of King Solomon.
Jesse was anxious to tell... -- John 6:4-15 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
Jesse was anxious to tell someone what he had seen.
Five loaves of bread and... -- John 6:4-15 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
Five loaves of bread and two fish don't seem worth much even in Jesus' own time; yet, when blessed a
A man was on a... -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
A man was on a European trip with his wife.
Jesus' purpose was not to... -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
Jesus' purpose was not to condemn, but to save, but the reaction of people to the light that he brin
In some ways I was... -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
In some ways I was a better preacher before I want to seminary and got confused.
In the 1600s the astronomer... -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
In the 1600s the astronomer Galileo was branded as a heretic and excommunicated from the church.
In a recent I Witness... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
In a recent I Witness Video television show the action centered on a dramatic boat rescue.
I had a dream that... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
I had a dream that some friends and I were all getting into heaven together.
As a child, I attended... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
As a child, I attended an Episcopal parish school.
Kathy was a well-balanced... -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
Kathy was a well-balanced 10-year-old girl.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones once said... -- 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
Jenkin Lloyd Jones once said, "We are drowning our youngsters in violence, cynicism and sadism, pipe

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Dead In Sin? -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B
In the last sixty years the concept of war has dramatically changed.

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Look Inside And Discover Life -- Numbers 21:4-9 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B
Oscar Wilde's short novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, written in the early part of the twentieth ce

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John Jamison
In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” (vv. 14-16)

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Mary Austin
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
At the beginning of his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, John Milton articulates a part of his task in writing as to “justify the ways of God to men.”1 That may be an ongoing task for us. Fallen humanity is like a perpetual adolescent, always questioning and challenging (and disobeying) the parent. And so there is a continual need for the ways of God to be explained and justified to human beings.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Exodus 20:1-17
None of us are thieves. And so the commandment forbidding stealing does not condemn us! Oh, but it does if you have ever tried to cut a smart business deal, suckered someone to get them to buy your product, or failed to help those in need. Jonathan Edwards explained it this way in his exposition of dishonesty and theft:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
There once was a report in "The Sunday Times" about the claims of Francis Crick to have located "the cells of our soul." Fifty years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson won a Nobel prize for their discovery of the DNA double helix, which has been responsible for huge leaps forward in health care and criminal detection.

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Elaine M. Ward
It was a new church for Sam. It was his grandmother's church, and because Sam loved his grandmother, he sat on the edge of the pew and tried hard to listen. "Are you saved?" the preacher asked from the pulpit far away. Sam remembered when he had saved pennies for a new plant for Mother on Mother's Day. "Maybe Mother saved pennies for me," Sam thought. The preacher continued, "Will you give your heart to Jesus?" Sam wondered where his heart was. But if Jesus needed Sam's heart he would be glad to give it.
Elizabeth Achtemeier
In this season of Lent, we are Sunday by Sunday approaching the foot of that executioner's cross on Golgotha. And I think that sometimes we wonder why it is necessary for us to make that journey. After all, it does not have a pleasant destination. To be sure, human beings often have a morbid curiosity about disasters. We flock to the site of an auto wreck, thereby holding up the traffic with our rubber--necking. Winston Churchill told of the time when a woman remarked on the crowd that had gathered to hear him speak.
Nancy Kraft
There are some people who have the gift of persuasion. If you've ever seen the Music Man, it's a gift that Professor Hill had as he sold musical instruments to all the kids in town by convincing everyone that they could make beautiful music by just thinking the notes. He was what you'd call a smooth talker, which is a valuable skill for a salesperson. There are also other professions where it helps to have strong verbal skills that can be used for persuasion. Take politicians, for example. Bill Clinton was known as a smooth talker.
David T. Ball
Jesus in the temple -- oh, didn't he show those money-changers who were desecrating the temple grounds with their money-grubbing business? Not to mention the mess that all the livestock were making! Out! Out! Out! He cleared them all out, those traders in things that didn't belong in God's house. And he had every right to do it, we tend to think. Serves them right, despoiling sacred space with their commerce -- profiting off of the desire of the faithful to do something pleasing to God. Exploitation. Good riddance!

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