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One winter day a Roman... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
One winter day a Roman soldier called "Martin of Tours" observed a beggar shivering and asking for a
I was awakened by a... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
I was awakened by a call from the County Attorney (a member of the church I served).
Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist, was once asked what she believed was the first sign of civ
When the writer of Revelation... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
When the writer of Revelation reports God's promise to make all things new, he is holding out the ho
Televisions today are all solid... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
Televisions today are all solid state. They don't have any tubes, except the picture tube.
The trouble with most New... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
The trouble with most New Year's resolutions is that they are so quickly and easily broken.
Most of us look to... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
Most of us look to nature for God. We head to the country for vacations.
But when the time had... -- Galatians 4:4-7 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
"But when the time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman...." God does not appear as we
A young teenager was rummaging... -- Galatians 4:4-7 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
A young teenager was rummaging through some old family records in a closet.
Outside the study of my... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1999
Outside the study of my new pastorate was a memorial garden honoring a family rich in the history of
Shig Ikeda, a commercial photographer... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1999
Shig Ikeda, a commercial photographer turned artist from New York City, prefers the advantages of bl
I unlocked the church door... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1999
I unlocked the church door to let in a young woman wearing shorts, t-shirt, and baseball cap.
These words from the Revelation... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1999
These words from the Revelation are a promise that all things will be made new.
Helen had suffered enough and... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1999
Helen had suffered enough and told her children she was ready to be with Jesus.
In this passage, Jesus said... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1999
In this passage, Jesus said that one of the good works done by those who are a part of the Kingdom
A Witness and Outreach Committee... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1999
A Witness and Outreach Committee set church growth as their priority for the new year.
On January 12, 1828, an... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1999
On January 12, 1828, an engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was caught with a number of other divers
Do you remember what happened... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1998
Do you remember what happened just prior to the Melbourne Olympics?
Almost every child of God... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1998
Almost every child of God has had the experience of seeing or being confronted by a person in need.
Rick was quite the party... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1998
Rick was quite the "party animal" in his college years.
Revelation has the reputation of... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1998
Revelation has the reputation of being a hard book to understand. Here's a specific example.
There will be a day... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1998
There will be a day when all things will be made right by God Himself.
Americans spend more on state... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1998
Americans spend more on state lotteries than they give to their churches.
Who can fail to be... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 1998
Who can fail to be thrilled with the vision of a future age when "death will be no more; mourning an
What team are you on... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - B -- 1997
What team are you on? Or what team do you root for? Whose side are you on?

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John Jamison
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
John Jamison
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Katy Stenta
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Frank Ramirez
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar. By contrast, Ascension Day often falls by the wayside, unless it happens to fall on a Sunday. It’s something Jesus did, but it’s not necessarily a significant event in the lives of many churches. These three texts, however, illustrate the central importance of this event, which is the capstone of the ministry of Jesus.
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:1-11
There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!

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Constance Berg
Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
How many of you know what BASE jumping is? BASE jumping is the very scary sport of jumping off Buildings, Antennae, Spans, and Earth objects. If you want to do it more than once, you jump with a parachute or perhaps a hang glider. Some of you may have seen examples of this daring sport on television.

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John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."

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Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
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“Not the Hour or the Day” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Closer To Heaven” by David O. Bales
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Not the Hour or the Day
by Peter Andrew Smith
Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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