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(C, P)br... -- Acts 3:13-15, 17-26 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 1982
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Before he was the nationally... -- John 20:19-31, 1 John 1:1--2:2, Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Before he was the nationally famous chaplain at Yale University, before he was the minister of the g
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
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.
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.
Helen Keller lived in a... -- Acts 3:13-15, 17-26 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Helen Keller lived in a world of light.
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.
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.

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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
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John E. Sumwalt
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me. (v. 4)

Are there angels among us who save people in danger?

One of the stories I tell in response to this question, was sent to me by Robyn Bradley of Oxford, Wisconsin. She’s a therapist and licensed clinical social worker who is the Director of Psychological Health for the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

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John Jamison
Object: A hearing aid.

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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready for our story today? (Let them respond.) Great! Let’s go!

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
There was a farmer living in a remote part of the Norfolk countryside who had been burgled a number of times. On the last occasion he was disturbed in middle of the night, he went downstairs with his gun and when a torch was shone into his face, he pulled the trigger several times.

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Stan Purdum
(See Lent 4, Cycle A, and Easter 4, Cycle C, for alternative approaches.)

If asked how many images of God this most familiar of all psalms includes, most people would probably say one, that of shepherd. (And, while saying it, there's a good chance they'd actually be picturing Jesus with a lamb in his arms, thanks to the famous painting of that scene hanging in Sunday school rooms all over America.) But, in fact, there are two images of God in this psalm -- the shepherd (vv. 1-4) and the host at a banquet in the temple (vv. 5-6).

Richard E. Zajac
... the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep...

Doctor Bernie Siegel claims that coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous.

__________

I have spent nine years here at the hospital. In the course of those nine years I've witnessed and experienced many strange things. I've watched events occur that made me stop and think and wonder. I've found myself doing something or I've found others doing something that made me scratch my head. I've come across many coincidences that made me wonder if indeed they were coincidences.
David H. Webb
It is hard to find a more bold expression of the Easter faith than what we hear from Peter today in our first lesson.

Peter and John had just healed a lame beggar at the gate of the temple. Without hesitation Peter proclaimed to the astonished crowd that the healing was the work of God who had raised Jesus from the dead. Almost immediately, the Sanhedrin arrests Peter and John and puts them on trial. They ask. "By what power or by what name did you do this?" (v. 7).

Mark J. Molldrem
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