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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.
Educators tell us that learning... -- 1 John 1:1-2:2 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Educators tell us that learning increases when more than one of the senses is involved.
Are you sure you are... -- 1 John 5:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Are you sure you are a Christian?
Burros are often referred to... -- 1 John 5:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Burros are often referred to as "Beasts of Burden." Often our hearts are moved at the sight of one o
Who is it that overcomes... -- 1 John 5:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Who is it that overcomes the world?
Regina's mother lived by herself... -- 1 John 5:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Regina's mother lived by herself for several years after the children married and left home.
Sometimes on a cloudy day... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Sometimes on a cloudy day we might say, "The sun isn't shining today." We say this because without t
When Halley's Comet returns to... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
When Halley's Comet returns to our skies later this year, one of the phenomena you will hear discuss
Dick Gregory, the comedian, reflecting... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Dick Gregory, the comedian, reflecting on the 1968 demonstrations at the Democratic convention in Ch
A logical connection between as... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
A logical connection between "as" and "even so" runs throughout scripture, and from scripture into o
In 1899 archeologists unearthed a... -- Acts 4:32-35 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
In 1899 archeologists unearthed a piece of writing describing life among the believers in the early

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Low Sunday! Slow Sunday! "oh No" Sunday! -- John 20:19-31, 1 John 1:1--2:2, Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133 -- Thom M. Shuman, Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Easter - B








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The hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation” was written by Samuel J. Stone around 1866. It was part of a collection of twelve hymns that emphasized a part of the Apostles’ Creed. “The Church’s One Foundation” speaks specifically to article nine of the Apostles’ Creed, and it emphasizes that Jesus is the one upon whom the church is built. According to C. Michael Hawn, the song became known as the “battle song of the church.”


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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)

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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.


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.


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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