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Some of us wonder if... -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Some of us wonder if God knows how bad our situation is.
I know a minister who... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
I know a minister who once belonged to another denomination than the one which he presently serves.
The alumni review of a... -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
The alumni review of a nearby college tells me that the buzz word on campus this year is "leadership
The clear message of this... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
The clear message of this text is the imperative to repent or perish.
When the great Methodist George... -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
When the great Methodist George Whitefield preached on this passage, he claimed that the burning bus
God's patience toward you and... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
God's patience toward you and me is almost inexhaustible.
We can learn much about... -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
We can learn much about the God of Abraham and Sarah, the God of our ancestors, the God of Isaac and
If Jesus is referring to... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
If Jesus is referring to two recent disasters, no one else seems to know about them; at least, no hi
I do not like to... -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
I do not like to go barefoot. You will never find me without shoes, slippers, or other footwear.
Idolatry comes variously packaged. Sometimes... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Idolatry comes variously packaged. Sometimes that packaging is tangible, sometimes it is not.
The overarching message of this... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
The overarching message of this passage seems to be expressed in verse 12 -- a warning against overc
There is a story of... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
There is a story of two monks who were struggling with the whole matter of their holin
Two things are extremely dangerous... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Two things are extremely dangerous for a mountain climber -- the serious mountain climber who
How unfortunately typical and contemporary... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
How unfortunately typical and contemporary is this part of Luke.
Don Giovanni, a renown opera... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Don Giovanni, a renown opera of Amadeus Mozart, is often criticized as being too long
When an athlete exercises rigorously... -- Isaiah 55:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
When an athlete exercises rigorously for conditioning or competes in a contest, there is bound to be
God's glorification of Israel draws... -- Isaiah 55:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
God's glorification of Israel draws the nations to the Lord.
An advertisement mailed by Bottom... -- Isaiah 55:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
An advertisement mailed by Bottom Line Publishing insists that "Starting today, nothing is impossibl
I have tried most of... -- Isaiah 55:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
I have tried most of the popular (and weird) diets at least once in my adult life.
Corrie ten Boom, who survived... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Corrie ten Boom, who survived a Nazi concentration camp, told the story of how, as a child, she went
God makes it possible for... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
God makes it possible for us to stand up successfully to temptation, but we have to want to succeed
Samuel Johnson, who created the... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Samuel Johnson, who created the famous dictionary, was a realist and something of a skeptic when it
Henry Box Brown, a slave... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Henry Box Brown, a slave in the antebellum south, prayed that God would aid him in obtaining his fre
Unlike my wife, I do... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Unlike my wife, I do not have a "green thumb." In fact, I have killed many a plant either through to
Abraham Lincoln, on March 4... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Abraham Lincoln, on March 4, 1865, just weeks before he was killed, gave what was probably his great

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For August 18, 2019:
  • Seeing the Signs, Taking the Steps by Mary Austin — Jesus tells the crowds listening to him to see the signs, and watch for change in the world. We can interpret the weather, but seeing change in our communal life is much harder.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
The Desert Fathers told of a father and a son who were traveling together. They came to the edge of a forest. Some of the bushes were loaded with berries. They looked so delicious that the son asked if they could stop for a while and pick berries.

The father was anxious to be on his way, but he saw the desire in his son’s eyes and agreed to stay there for a short while. The son was delighted. Together they searched the bushes for the biggest, plumpest, juiciest berries.
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 5:1-7
In the passage from Isaiah, God is the owner of the vineyard, which represents God's people. The coming destruction (verses 5-6) results from the people's failure to do what God "expected," and hoped for (verses 2, 4, 7). That is, the failure to enact and embody justice and righteousness invites catastrophe.

God’s judgment is just and would ultimately come for the recipients of the prophecy by means of the Assyrians (if the recipients were, as many suggest, the Northern Kingdom).

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Mind of Their Own” by Frank Ramirez


A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

CSSPlus

Arley K. Fadness
Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

(presenter removes and shows a candle on a candlestick)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

SermonStudio

Lee Ann Dunlap
Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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