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In the opening verse of... -- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 -- Good Friday - C
In the opening verse of this magnificent reading, the writer urges every Christian, "Let us, then
Maybe if I could see... -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Good Friday - C
Maybe if I could see beyond
the edge of knowledge
Maybe if I could hear
The high priest was the... -- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 -- Good Friday - C
The high priest was the chief spiritual leader for the Jewish people.
After World War I, 900... -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Good Friday - C
After World War I, 900 German soldiers who had violated international law were summoned to appear be
The Christmas Eve candlelight and... -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - C
The Christmas Eve candlelight and carol service was over.
There is, in music, a... -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Good Friday - C
There is, in music, a marking that is not often used, one that the casual performer of music might s
On February 11, 1935, an... -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - C
On February 11, 1935, an American school teacher was struck by a Japanese taxicab.
Even weekend gardeners appreciate the... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
Even weekend gardeners appreciate the role of spring and summer rains in the growth of flowers and v
Charlie stood on the corner... -- John 18:1 -- Good Friday - C
Charlie stood on the corner, pillowcase stuffed full of who-knows-what, in hand.
For more than a year... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
For more than a year, there has been a televangelist jousting tournament underway punctuated with mu
The classic question for today... -- John 18:1; 19:42 -- Good Friday - C
The classic question for today is this: "What is good about Good Friday?"
The greatest concentration of knowledge... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
The greatest concentration of knowledge in the world is found in the Library of Congress.
To a first-century Hebrew... -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Good Friday - C
To a first-century Hebrew, the cross made no sense at all.
You have only to watch... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
You have only to watch the weather report each night to discover that some things, no matter how muc
Rummage sales can be fun... -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Good Friday - C
Rummage sales can be fun. My experience tells me most of the ones we had have been worthwhile.
George Nicholson writes in his... -- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 -- Good Friday - C
George Nicholson writes in his Faith at Work about Gladys Aylward, a British woman missionary
The mother, a widow in... -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Good Friday - C
The mother, a widow in meager circumstances, worked long and hard to provide for her daughter and sa
For I desire steadfast love... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
"For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings."
How proud we are that... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
How proud we are that we are so progressively moving on down the road.
In the movie, Rainman... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
In the movie, Rainman there is one particularly poignant moment.
On the eve of Yom... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
On the eve of Yom Kippur there is a Jewish service known as "Gates of Forgiveness." From this servic
The prophet Hosea reminds us... -- Hosea 6:1-6 -- Good Friday - C
The prophet Hosea reminds us that God "has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us
Nobody loves me, everybody hates... -- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 -- Good Friday - C
"Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, think I'll go eat worms." One of the great frustrations of chi
Back in the 1940s Eugene... -- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 -- Good Friday - C
Back in the 1940s Eugene Talmadge, the governor of Georgia, died while in office.
That Jesus intimately shares in... -- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 -- Good Friday - C
That Jesus intimately shares in our sufferings is sometimes hard to believe.

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Second Cutting
by David O. Bales
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

When Rod answered the phone his mother was talking and her voice blasted him, “—elp in the hay.”

“Mom,” he raised his voice into the phone.

She hadn’t heard him and talked over him, “… broke the contract and your dad’s been trying to do everything himself.”

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“he was lost and has been found.”

Good morning boys and girls,

I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)

Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)

(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)

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Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!  

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In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.

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And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
-- Luke 15:2

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