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Individuals seeking a special truth... -- Exodus 24:12-18 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
Individuals seeking a special truth are often pictured as climbing to a high peak to ask a
For centuries, people have looked... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
For centuries, people have looked to the stars for wisdom: much like the child, who sings,
If you've never been there... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
If you've never been there before, a day in small claims court will convince you of the
Actress Maria Bello has been... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
Actress Maria Bello has been a longtime supporter of "Save the Children." Last year, she
A brief synopsis of one... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
A brief synopsis of one portion of Greek mythology: When the god Zeus was born, his
Karen led her fifth-grade... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
Karen led her fifth-grade Sunday school class into the empty sanctuary and read Matthew
The gospels give us intriguing... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
The gospels give us intriguing insights into the apostles' lives and character. Imagine
The earliest Christian art is... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
The earliest Christian art is found in the Catacombs. Reaching across cultural lines in
It had been a long... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2002
It had been a long and difficult case -- murder cases often were.
I was a little apprehensive... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2002
I was a little apprehensive.
Peter writes, No prophecy of... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2002
Peter writes, "No prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation." Old Testament scho
Many who read the story... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2002
Many who read the story of Jesus' Transfiguration on the mountaintop wonder where this story really
The author James Michener, speaking... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2002
The author James Michener, speaking in Detroit, told a group of senior citizens about an aunt of his
A church member contacted her... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2002
A church member contacted her pastor for advice about dealing with her 12-year-old son who had just
Three years ago, Time... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2002
Three years ago, Time magazine asked novelist Reynolds Price, who had previously translated t
The cult called Heaven's Gate... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1999
The cult called Heaven's Gate got much publicity when 39 of their members decided to "leave their ea
In the ancient world, there... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1999
In the ancient world, there were philosophical myths that devised clever understandings about God.
A young man came in... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1999
A young man came in to talk with a pastor one day.
We are reminded in these... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1999
We are reminded in these passages that the testimonies of the early mothers and fathers of the faith
Mary had a severe stroke... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1999
Mary had a severe stroke. It left her unable to do even the simplest of tasks.
Magazines and newspapers regularly feature... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1999
Magazines and newspapers regularly feature prominent people and the fame and honor they have achieve
The Golden Arches are a... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1999
The Golden Arches are a part of our everyday lives.
The easy places, the high... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1996
The easy places, the high places in life: the grand wedding reception, the big graduation party, the
We've all had them, those... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1996
We've all had them, those high times when we've felt on top of the world, really happy, confident th
We enjoy escapes just like... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1996
We enjoy escapes just like the disciples did because we feel unable to deal with life.

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The Original Super Bowl? -- Matthew 17:1-9, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Exodus 24:12-18 -- George L. Murphy -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
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The Transfiguring Effect Of Silence -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Janice B. Scott -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Some years ago I remember talking with a teacher who was responsible for religious education thr
The Glory Of The Lord -- Exodus 24:12-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Years ago, a farmer in the tiny Norfolk village of Thursford (population 103) developed a passion fo
Testimonies -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
For many people, testimonies in which someone relates the story of how they came to Christia

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Dean Feldmeyer
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For March 1, 2020:
  • Right, Wrong, Whatever by Dean Feldmeyer — The fruit of the forbidden tree in the Eden story represents more than disobedience; it represents moral responsibility and Adam and Eve are hungry for it.
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First Sunday in Lent - A
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For March 1, 2020:
  • Right, Wrong, Whatever by Dean Feldmeyer — The fruit of the forbidden tree in the Eden story represents more than disobedience; it represents moral responsibility and Adam and Eve are hungry for it.
  • Second Thoughts: What Happens in the Silence by Mary Austin — Lent’s invitation is to love the quiet the way Jesus does, and to meet up with him there.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Sandra Herrmann
The scriptures for today bind together the beginning of sin in the world, our salvation from sin, and Jesus’ own vulnerability to the temptation of the devil. We see that the devil is very clever (or that we can be very clever in fooling ourselves about our motives and the possible ramifications of our attitudes and actions).  
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Mark Ellingsen
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Joel 2:1-2,12-17 
With the Presidential Primaries starting to shift into high gear, it is time for Americans to get serious about politics and the future of our nation, to seek to right the nation’s wrongs. For John Calvin this lesson is a message of urgency that we need.  He wrote:

The object of the narrative then, is to make the people sensible, that it was now no time for taking rest... (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol.XIV, p.44)

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Jesus sets the bar high by resisting temptation even from the imagination of the devil. To show just how amazing that accomplishment is this lesson will put temptation in each kids’ hands. You may have seen the videos of kids in a room alone with a marshmallow. They are challenged to not eat the marshmallow then left alone in the room. The kids obviously struggle with the temptation to eat the marshmallow. For this lesson you can use marshmallows or Oreos, both are relatively allergen free.
Ash Wednesday - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Lent can be an odd time for church kids. They are intuitive and can sense that something has changed. If we do not seek to explain why the mood and tone of the community has changed it can be a scary time. We talk more about death, especially Jesus dying, so we need to prepare kids for what is coming.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
David O. Bales
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Thorough Temptation of the Thoroughly Human
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Peter Andrew Smith
John knocked at the door and waited. His heart was pounding in his chest and he was sweating. He wouldn’t be surprised if Suzy slammed the door into his face. What he had done to her, what he had done to their marriage, was simply unforgivable. His heart leapt when the door started to open and he froze when Suzy’s father, Mark, stood before him. From the look on his father-in-law’s face there was no doubt that he knew what John had done.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Janice B. Scott
We in the West have an interesting culture in which we quite like to be shocked. Many of us enjoy films which are shocking to a greater or lesser degree, and it sometimes seems to be that the higher the rating, the more popular the film. Even huge natural or man-made disasters have a worrying degree of entertainment value in the way they are presented to us over and over again on our television screens. We meanwhile sit in our armchairs munching our chocolates feeling scandalised or shocked or disturbed, but seldom switching off the set.

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Ash Wednesday - A
Elizabeth Achtemeier
Sometime between 500 and 350 B.C., post-exilic Israel experienced a devastating locust plague, followed by a drought. That experience is described in Joel chapter 1. And certainly the people suffered under the dreadful effects of those disasters. But the message of the prophet Joel -- prompted not by the natural disasters, but given him as a revelation from the Lord -- is that the Israelites face a still more terrible disaster if they do not repent and return to their God. "The day of the Lord is coming, it is near" (2:1).

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