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God gave his people manna... -- Joshua 5:9-12 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
God gave his people "manna" to nourish them in their difficult times.
Jeb Magruder was one of... -- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
Jeb Magruder was one of those personalities associated with the Watergate debacle during the Nixon y
Seven-year-old Manuel woke... -- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
Seven-year-old Manuel woke up in the middle of the night with a nightmare.
Charles Woessner shares the story... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
Charles Woessner shares the story of a newspaper that published an incident about the conviction of
For the word of the... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
"For the word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is
The novella, or short novel... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
The novella, or short novel, The Argentine Ant, is an excellent example of how a contemporary
A brilliant young couple received... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
A brilliant young couple received as their second child an infant daughter with Down's syndrome.
Describing the conditions leading up... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
Describing the conditions leading up to World War II, Paul Scherer describes the conditions under wh
A friend who held his... -- Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
A friend who held his life together through great and relentless odds said, "I'm where I am today be
The story of the semi... -- Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
The story of the semi-prodigal daughter crisscrosses the story of the prodigal son.
What will it profit a... -- Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
What will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and loses his soul.
Bishop Gerald Kennedy, in his... -- Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
Bishop Gerald Kennedy, in his book, Who Speaks For God?, reminds us that life cannot be fit i
Perhaps the thing that made... -- Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
Perhaps the thing that made it hardest to accept Jimmy Swaggart's waywardness when he was discovered
God, who provided for his... -- Joshua 5:9.12 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
God, who provided for his people in the wilderness, now will provide for them in the new situation,

The Immediate Word

Cry Out "something Is Wrong" -- 2 Corinthians 5:(14-15) 16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C
In this week's epistle passage, Paul focuses on the singular importance of reconciliation: "[I]n Chr

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For August 18, 2019:
  • Seeing the Signs, Taking the Steps by Mary Austin — Jesus tells the crowds listening to him to see the signs, and watch for change in the world. We can interpret the weather, but seeing change in our communal life is much harder.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
The Desert Fathers told of a father and a son who were traveling together. They came to the edge of a forest. Some of the bushes were loaded with berries. They looked so delicious that the son asked if they could stop for a while and pick berries.

The father was anxious to be on his way, but he saw the desire in his son’s eyes and agreed to stay there for a short while. The son was delighted. Together they searched the bushes for the biggest, plumpest, juiciest berries.
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Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 5:1-7
In the passage from Isaiah, God is the owner of the vineyard, which represents God's people. The coming destruction (verses 5-6) results from the people's failure to do what God "expected," and hoped for (verses 2, 4, 7). That is, the failure to enact and embody justice and righteousness invites catastrophe.

God’s judgment is just and would ultimately come for the recipients of the prophecy by means of the Assyrians (if the recipients were, as many suggest, the Northern Kingdom).

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Mind of Their Own” by Frank Ramirez


A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

CSSPlus

Arley K. Fadness
Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

(presenter removes and shows a candle on a candlestick)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

SermonStudio

Lee Ann Dunlap
Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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