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It's hard to imagine a... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
It's hard to imagine a candidate running for president today without a veritable army of
When I worked with churches... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
When I worked with churches searching for a new pastor, they were often tempted to go
Erica seemed like an ordinary... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Erica seemed like an ordinary person who attended church each week. She did not
The cliché is well known... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
The cliché is well known: "You can't judge a book by its cover." But how about this one:
Allen Carr (1934-2006) smoked for... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Allen Carr (1934-2006) smoked for 31 years. He tried many times to stop, but, he usually
We live in the country... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
We live in the country. Occasional farm lights flicker in the distance, but our trees hide
Living in the light took... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Living in the light took on a whole new dimension for me in 1942 when the electricity
The story of how Annie... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
The story of how Annie Sullivan taught Helen Keller (who lacked the ability to see and
C. S. Lewis, the author... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
C. S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, and lecturer at Cambridge
Zion Church had a reputation... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Zion Church had a reputation of supporting missionaries in several countries around the
It seems Jesus isn't the... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
It seems Jesus isn't the only one who can make the blind see. Dr. William Dobelle has
1 Samuel 16:1-13br... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Two years ago, the TNT... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Two years ago, the TNT television network produced a mini-series called Nuremburg, about the war-cri
Abraham Lincoln was well known... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Abraham Lincoln was well known for his honesty, and he liked to have people around him who themselve
One of the most popular... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
One of the most popular hymns is "Amazing Grace" by John Newton who lived almost 300 years ago.
Perhaps the blind man's friends... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Perhaps the blind man's friends couldn't accept his miraculous healing because they were convinced t
What terrible sins have I... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
"What terrible sins have I committed?
On a Tuesday in October... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
On a Tuesday in October 2001, the pricey British artist Damien Hirst assembled an artistic display i
Have you ever dealt with... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Have you ever dealt with the difficulty of dieting?
I grew up in Oklahoma... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
I grew up in Oklahoma and lots of Indian children went to my grade school.
What would things be like... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
What would things be like without light? We could not see. Plants could not grow.
Our church has a very... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
Our church has a very active Evangelism Committee which regularly sends teams of visitors to visit t
People throughout history have worshiped... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
People throughout history have worshiped the sun.
There is a story that... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
There is a story that still makes its rounds in my hometown.

The Immediate Word

Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.

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Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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The Making Of A King -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Theodore F. Schneider -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
It was difficult to believe.
How Should Christians Relate To Jews Today? -- John 9:1-41 -- Albert G. Butzer, III -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
How should Christians relate to Jews in today's world? That's a question all of us should ponder.

The Immediate Word

Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

The Village Shepherd

Sight Is Dangerous, But Better Than Blindness -- John 9:1-41 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
It's strange how sudden and traumatic events can sometimes turn your life around.
How To Wake Up To A Life Of Radiance -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Anyone who lives in the country will know that there's a particular quality to the darkness of n

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The Immediate Word

Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
For April 18, 2021:
  • Peace Be With You by Katy Stenta — Can we create solutions that are not just one-size-fits-all, but instead create a system of peace, as we work with the wounds and scars that are going to exist into the future?
  • Second Thoughts: From Salsa to Secretary by Mary Austin — We move toward the future with purposes we hardly see, rooted in our identity as God’s children.

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John Jamison
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.”

StoryShare

Frank Ramirez
John E. Sumwalt
Contents
"Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect" by Frank Ramirez
"Reunite Refugee Children and Parents" by John Sumwalt
 

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
Frank Ramirez
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.

SermonStudio

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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