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Everyone wanted to play for... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Everyone wanted to play for Coach Joe.
Judges quickly develop a reputation... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Judges quickly develop a reputation by the judgments they render. Consider Judge Isaac C.
The neighbors of the Erskine... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
The neighbors of the Erskine Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario, were getting suspicious.
How many times some little... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
How many times some little foreshadowings of information are used to get our attention for the more
There had been a terrible... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
There had been a terrible fire in the grain elevator.
At this time of year... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
At this time of year, many gardening enthusiasts anticipate the arrival of a new year's supply of se
Peace. Not just peace between... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Peace. Not just peace between people but peace in the natural world as well.
A man from a small... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
A man from a small town went on a business trip to a large city.
In 1990 Frank Galati made... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
In 1990 Frank Galati made a hit broadway musical out of John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wra
Five years ago, a young... -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Five years ago, a young girl wrote a song titled "Hold On." At the time, she had just triumphed over
The first time I saw... -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
The first time I saw the animated short film Included Out I was in college and simply thought
Some of us (especially some... -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Some of us (especially some preachers!) can hardly let Advent go by without complaints about its ove
The most eloquent preacher in... -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
The most eloquent preacher in the ancient church was John Chrysostom (c345-407) so named "the golden
If I were throwing a... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
If I were throwing a neighborhood party I know for certain I would not invite John the Baptist.
The gospels are unanimous. John... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
The gospels are unanimous.

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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.
Bonnie Bates
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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