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Courtney was in a slump... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
Courtney was in a slump.
In Martin Luther -- Heretic... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
In Martin Luther -- Heretic, a dramatic film presentation of the life of the Lutheran reforme
A favorite children's game is... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
A favorite children's game is Red Light, Green Light.
The blessings of light are... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
The blessings of light are innumerable.
Louisiana Judge Thomas Quirk has... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Louisiana Judge Thomas Quirk has a rather different way of handing out justice in his courtroom.
A woman called the power... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
A woman called the power company office and complained that her bill was too high.
Maybe you have experienced it... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Maybe you have experienced it before yourself -- the dilemma of the disciples.
Young children learn only rather... -- Matthew 20:17-28 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Young children learn only rather simple things in school.
A Bostonian visited San Antonio... -- Matthew 20:17-28 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
A Bostonian visited San Antonio, Texas.
Jimmy Carter was not reelected... -- Matthew 20:17-28 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Jimmy Carter was not reelected to a second term as president of the U.S.A.
One novelist tells the story... -- Matthew 20:17-28 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
One novelist tells the story of a young girl who was ashamed of her mother's appearance, particularl
In no way... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
In no way could I deal creatively with physical blindness,
Ruth was a very practical... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Ruth was a very practical person.
A little girl walked around... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
A little girl walked around her house singing a song which she had learned in Vacation Bible School:
William J. Bausch says in... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
William J.
The Pharisees' refusal to see... -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
The Pharisees' refusal to see in Jesus the working of God and to embrace his words and his person is
Pastor Bill was not your... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Pastor Bill was not your ordinary pastor. Bill loved cattle.
The story is told of... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
The story is told of a man and a woman who met and fell in love by mail.
Every four years the president... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Every four years the president of the United States is sworn in during an elaborate inauguration cer
Outward appearances can be deceiving... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Outward appearances can be deceiving.
There is an old story... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
There is an old story about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Pastor Joe is not a... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Pastor Joe is not a morning person, but every day before dawn his wife drags him out of bed and take
To live as children of... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
To live as children of the Lord means to embrace the gifts God gave us and employ them well.
Many people say they are... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Many people say they are burnt out ... but the truth is that most people aren't even lit yet.

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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 Immediate Word

Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
The texts this week are centered on the church’s testimony and witness. That is the essence of what Peter and the Apostles are up to Acts. Luke reminds us that when the times get tough, the tough go to worship — which is exactly where we find Peter and John this Sunday. Peter’s healing of a paralyzed person produces praise. The crowd’s amazement leads to Peter’s proclamation.

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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.”

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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. (Psalm 4:4)

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.

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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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