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Before he was the nationally... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Before he was the nationally famous chaplain at Yale University, before he was the
Abraham Lincoln never claimed to... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Abraham Lincoln never claimed to be a Christian. His closest friends were in agreement
Brittney says she did not... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Brittney says she did not go to church with her family much while growing up. In
Sandra and Elena came bounding... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Sandra and Elena came bounding out of the school. "Mr. Winter has given us the period
Acts 2:14a, 22-32... -- John 20:19-31, 1 Peter 1:3-9, Acts 2:14a, 22-32 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Brittney says she did not... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Brittney says she did not go to church with her family much while growing up.
Sandra and Elena came bounding... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Sandra and Elena came bounding out of the school. "Mr.
Most of the major airports... -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Most of the major airports around the world have chaplains.
You may remember that feature... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
You may remember that feature of newspapers in the past called "Believe It or Not." Robert Ripley wa
A parent speaks: My children... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
A parent speaks: "My children are losing their faith." A priest replies: "Perhaps it is your faith t
There's a place for healthy... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
There's a place for healthy disbelief, and a place for trust and acceptance.
A couple was all ready... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
A couple was all ready for the worship service.
When Dick Sheppard, one of... -- Acts 2:14a, 22-32 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
When Dick Sheppard, one of the great preachers of the English church, died, a London newspaper carri
In December, 2000, a man... -- Acts 2:14a, 22-32 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
In December, 2000, a man in Almaty, Kazakhstan, who was electrocuted and buried, shocked his friends
Several years ago in Texas... -- Acts 2:14a, 22-32 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Several years ago in Texas, voters elected a dead man.
In the darkest days of... -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
In the darkest days of South Africa's struggle for freedom from the tyranny of apartheid there were
Vera had been ill for... -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Vera had been ill for most of her adult life.
Michael Crichton, writer, producer, and... -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Michael Crichton, writer, producer, and medical doctor, wrote an autobiography published in 1988 tit
When people have access to... -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
When people have access to the seats of power, we hold them to higher standards.
Paul is giving praise to... -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Paul is giving praise to God and reminding us that we have a living hope, even though we may not be
A big aspect of the... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
A big aspect of the game of baseball is mental.
Thomas needed to see evidence... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Thomas needed to see evidence of Jesus' crucifixion in order to believe that Jesus had risen from th
The Last Leaf by O... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
"The Last Leaf" by O.
In our small town a... -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
In our small town a certain individual refused to believe that the space program was for real.
Professor Lewis Smedes turned to... -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Professor Lewis Smedes turned to us and smiled. He knew he had our attention -- as usual.

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The Immediate Word

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For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
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Isaiah 11:1-10
Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
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Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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"Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom" by David O. Bales
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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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