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After that last supper, Jesus... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
After that last supper, Jesus gave the church words of comfort, encouragement, and
Dee Hock is the founder... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Dee Hock is the founder of VISA International, the big credit card company.
Emily was four years old... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Emily was four years old. She has worshiped with her mother almost every Sunday of her life.
The Internet and credit cards... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
The Internet and credit cards have dramatically changed the practice of making travel plans.
A little girl wanted to... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
A little girl wanted to come to Sunday school to learn about Jesus.
Jesus prayed that his followers... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Jesus prayed that his followers would be one. It is as if he foresaw the many threats to unity.
We live in a time... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
We live in a time when people do what they want to do, and for the most part they do not want to lis
In Stephen King's television mini... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
In Stephen King's television mini-series, The Storm of the Century, the villain is a man name
Not many young people want... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Not many young people want to learn how to fiddle these days.
Amen! It shall be... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Amen! It shall be so! Exclamation point! You bet! Yessirree!
The Bible ends with the... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
The Bible ends with the repetitive word "come." It is the distinct word of invitations.
In the movie, The Terminator... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
In the movie, The Terminator, antagonist Arnold Schwarzenegger utters these now famous words, "I'll
As dawn crept across the... -- Revelation 21:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
As dawn crept across the rooftops, Beth watched new shadows lengthen, given birth by the rising sun.
In our country right now... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
In our country right now, just about everyone is opposed to the huge budget deficit that continues t
Philosopher Philip Hallie has told... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Philosopher Philip Hallie has told the story of the French village, Le Chambon, in his book, Lest In
Peter Marshall once preached a... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Peter Marshall once preached a sermon titled "The Saint of the Rank and File," (in Mr.
Elaine Storkey, an English sociologist... -- John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Elaine Storkey, an English sociologist and philosopher, wrote a book about the feminist movement tit
A pastor was eating dinner... -- Acts 16:16-34 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
A pastor was eating dinner in a small restaurant next to the church where she would be conducting wo
As in the earthquake narrative... -- Acts 16:16-34 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
As in the "earthquake" narrative of Paul and Silas in Acts 16, God often uses natural events in a mo
Opposites! Two stories based... -- Acts 16:16-34 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Opposites! Two stories based on opposites.
The Bristlecone pine is recognized... -- Acts 16:16-34 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
The Bristlecone pine is recognized as the oldest living tree in the world, with some specimens in th
She went to Bosnia early... -- Acts 7:55-60 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
She went to Bosnia early on, because she wanted to do something with her nursing degree that had mea
When you fill a container... -- Acts 7:55-60 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
When you fill a container with water you expect to empty its contents in time.
Vision is a dangerous thing... -- Acts 7:55-60 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Vision is a dangerous thing.
Booker T. Washington said: I... -- Acts 7:55-60 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
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John Jamison
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (v. 6)

Object: A small rug or mat to put on the floor.

Optional: Have a volunteer from the group help you by roleplaying the sick man at the pool.

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Christopher Keating
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Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
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Mark Ellingsen
The great things God’s love does. This theme is in line with the Easter celebration’s focus on the magnificence of God’s actions.

Acts 16:9-15
The First Lesson is drawn from the second half of the early history of the church attributed to Paul’s Gentile associate Luke (Colossians 4:14; 2 Timothy 4:11). It is particularly concerned to affirm the universal mission of the church (1:8). This lesson reports on Paul’s vision of the man in Macedonia, his subsequent travels, and Lydia’s conversion. 
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Acts 16:9-15
Famed modern theologian Karl Barth notes that like the Gentile encountered in Macedonia, the lives of all human beings are in the hands of God:

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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
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“The World to Come” by John Sumwalt
“We Are There” by Frank Ramirez


The World to Come
by John Sumwalt
Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5

And in the spirit, he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.  It has the glory of God and radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal.” Revelation 21:10-11

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
There was some interesting correspondence in 'The Times' a few years ago, concerning their serialisation of parts of "Cries Unheard", the book by Gitta Sereny about Mary Bell, who thirty-odd years ago, at the age of eleven, murdered two small boys.

One letter said this:

Sir,

I have cancelled my order for The Times. I am not paying you, to pay a writer, to pay a killer for a story. Yours faithfully.

Another letter said:

Sir,

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Stephen P. McCutchan
... and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
-- Revelation 22:2d

Richard A. Jensen
Where do you go when you feel hopeless? Dick learned something about that when he was 13. Dick was raised in a Lutheran Church and age 13 was confirmation time. The climax of the two-year confirmation program was the public examination. At this examination the pastor put his class on public display. With the parents of the confirmands present, the pastor grilled the students with questions about what they had learned in the course of their two-year instruction period. It was quite an ordeal!
James Evans
The opening verse of this psalm echoes the blessing of Aaron found in Numbers 6:24-26: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." The presence of the blessing in this psalm signals a theme that will be expanded in the remaining verses. The priestly blessing celebrates the presence of God and what that presence means to God's people -- and to others!

David Kalas
I've never had a vision -- at least not of the sort that Paul had. I don't know personally, therefore, what you feel the next morning. But it's clear from the story that whatever Paul felt, he felt it so strongly that he and his companions changed their itinerary immediately in response to that vision.
John M. Braaten
I have never liked saying "goodbye," it always elicits feelings of finality. So I say other things like, "See you!" or "Hope to see you sometime." Most of the time I like quick goodbyes. However, when a loved one leaves there are no formalities. We embrace, sometimes through tears. It is not uncommon to cast out cliches, often with a bit of humor, to lighten the atmosphere. But in the end the word "goodbye" is bound to be spoken.

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