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Luke and Acts is the... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Luke and Acts is the story of salvation history through Jesus, so the emphasis in this passage for t
A young man was given... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
A young man was given the part of John the Baptist in a church play.
As a professor in a... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
As a professor in a professional faculty in the local university, my friend is asked each year to wr
In the movie, Mass Appeal... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
In the movie, Mass Appeal, the parish priest dares to have a Sunday series titled, "Dialogue Sermons
This time of year provides... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
This time of year provides multiple opportunities to become worried and dispirited.
Have no anxiety about anything... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Have no anxiety about anything?!
The very recent tragedy of... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
The very recent tragedy of the tornadoes which wrought widespread destruction in Georgia and the Car
Ed went to the hospital... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Ed went to the hospital to visit his friend Jack. "How's it going, Jack?" Ed asked.
Stephen W. Hawkins, the brilliant... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Stephen W.
How can we grasp the... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
How can we grasp the sheer joy of the day of the Lord?
It was two weeks to... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
It was two weeks to the end of the school year when three seniors decided to tempt fate and skip sch
One of the basic principles... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
One of the basic principles of science is known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
When two football teams are... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
When two football teams are battling for victory in a close contest, most fans get pulled into the m
It is different to get... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
It is different to get excited about celebrating a promise in a day when promises are cheap.
We are no different from... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
We are no different from the people of Israel: we prepare for the Lord's coming with a song in our h
Have no anxiety about anything... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let
One of my favorite Russian... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
One of my favorite Russian authors is Fyodor Dostoevski who spent years of exile in Siberia.
The bus was crowded and... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
The bus was crowded and the driver was in a bad mood.
Napoleon said, If they want... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Napoleon said, "If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots."
John's answers to the question... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
John's answers to the question, "What then shall we do?" to prepare for the coming of God's Messiah
Veterans of the police force... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Veterans of the police force have probably heard all the phony excuses for speeding that one can ima
John warns the Jordan river... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
John warns the Jordan river congregation, "Don't suppose you're above the law because you have a ped

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Prepare Or Beware! -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Something To Get Excited About -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Zephaniah's exhortation to rejoice and exult in God's salvation gives us something to rejoice in.

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John Jamison
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (vv. 25-28)

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John Jamison
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (vv. 31-33)

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Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Thomas Willadsen
For November 28, 2021:

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Frank Ramirez
Of course, we never quite return to the way things were -- because we have been changed by good fortune or bad. As we make sense of a world that has known the 2020 pandemic there are several things that can’t be undone, regardless of medical advances and a return to whatever we choose to call normalcy. First, not all of us made it through. Some of those who survived are not returned to full health. More important, the damage done by uncivil discourse, the sharp exchanges by those holding radically different views cannot be easily undone.
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 33:14-16
The English poet Alexander Pope wrote, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Man never is, but always to be blest.” But where does man turn when hope dries up?”
Frank Ramirez
Of course, we never quite return to the way things were -- because we have been changed by good fortune or bad. As we make sense of a world that has known the 2020 pandemic there are several things that can’t be undone, regardless of medical advances and a return to whatever we choose to call normalcy. First, not all of us made it through. Some of those who survived are not returned to full health. More important, the damage done by uncivil discourse, the sharp exchanges by those holding radically different views cannot be easily undone.
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Joel 2:21-27

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roly lay on the stone floor with his head on his paws. He wondered how much longer it was until it was time for food. Feeding time was the best time in the whole day, because then the humans came and rubbed his head and spoke to him and made a fuss of him.

StoryShare

Terry Cain
David O. Bales
Note: This was originally published in 2006.

Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "Signs" by David O. Bales
Sermon Starters: "Would We Recognize Him?" by Terry Cain
"Where Is The Church?" by Terry Cain


What's Up This Week
Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
Contents
“The Feast Awaits” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Yes, Jesus Loves Me” by David O. Bales
“Preparing For Thanksgiving Day” by David O. Bales
 

The Feast Awaits
by Peter Andrew Smith
Joel 2:21-27

Margie sat on the edge of her bed. She hated this place and wished she was still in her own home. She should have fought the boys harder when they insisted she come here. She tried to hold the tears back, but they began to roll down her cheeks.

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Cynthia E. Cowen
Today we enter the season of Advent. The countdown has begun as we once more anticipate the celebration of the birth of Christ. Advent is a time to prepare, not just our homes but our hearts. What joy floods our hearts as we sing "Joy to the world, the Lord has come!" The Son of God entered our world so quietly -- no one, except those searching the heavens, saw the star that announced his birth. However, today's gospel tells us that when Christ comes again, it will be a like a hurricane or a tornado. The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shine. Stars will fall from the sky.
Robert S. Crilley
Some of you may be excited to learn that this morning's scripture lesson contains a benediction. "Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with his saints" (vv. 11-13). That is a benediction.
Frank Ramirez
First Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Theme: Empires Come And Go -- God Lasts

Call To Worship (Psalm 25:14)
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them.

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