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If He Comes Back ... -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, John 20:1-18 -- George L. Murphy -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,

Emphasis Preaching Journal

During my young adult years... -- Acts 4:32-35 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
During my young adult years I had the opportunity to live in a "collective house" in Washington, D.C
Here the church, the community... -- Acts 4:32-35 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Here the church, the community of faith, is emphasized.
Thomas Long tells the story... -- Acts 4:32-35 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Thomas Long tells the story of a father and son who went jogging in an urban neighborhood.
Curtis always tried to get... -- Acts 4:32-35 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Curtis always tried to get on the good side of every new boss in the company.
A comfortable, suburban church wanted... -- Acts 4:32-35 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
A comfortable, suburban church wanted to be more involved in local missions.
I don't need any church... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
"I don't need any church!" exclaimed old Charlie.
There was a television commercial... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
There was a television commercial for an insurance company that opened by showing a simple wooden ch
Elsie was a woman with... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Elsie was a woman with a lot of tales to tell.
Several years ago, there was... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Several years ago, there was a newspaper article about a group of businessmen in Bellingham, Washing
There's an old story about... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
There's an old story about a group of prisoners who have lived together on the same cell block for m
As a young, intelligent, arrogant... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
As a young, intelligent, arrogant, recent university graduate with an advanced physics degree, Arlen
Betsy Ann is a loving... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Betsy Ann is a loving mother and grandmother who always put her family first.
The cross is the great... -- Acts 4:32-35 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
The cross is the great leveler, which means that the cross touches a common human denominator.
Do not touch! We see... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
"Do not touch!" We see the "Wet Paint" sign, but we still have to test it.
Helen Keller lived in a... -- Acts 3:13-15, 17-26 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Helen Keller lived in a world of light.
Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross, renown for... -- Acts 3:13-15, 17-26 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross, renown for her writing on death and dying, lectured to a group of clergymen
What are your associations with... -- Acts 3:13-15, 17-26 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
What are your associations with the word "repent?" For me that word brings to mind a sign posted on
In Ladies Professional Golf JoAnne... -- Acts 3:13-15, 17-26 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
In Ladies Professional Golf JoAnne Carner is known as "Big Mamma." Once she said in an interview the
If we confess our sins... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
("If we confess our sins ...")
Near the end of the... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Near the end of the nineteenth century, a young lad from the country was visiting his relatives in L
If I could just get... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
If I could just get a handle on it ...
She had made a terrible... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
She had made a terrible mistake.
This letter of 1 John... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
This letter of 1 John has led quite a number of Christians to the conclusion that once a person is a
As the years passed, the... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
As the years passed, the eternization of Jesus became more important to each writer of the gospel.

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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
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"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.

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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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