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Who is the world's greatest... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2007
Who is the world's greatest evangelist? In about 1960, many of the churches in Cedar
John wrote that the Spirit... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2007
John wrote that the Spirit of God would send the spirit of truth. He will guide you, he will
In the short span of... -- John 6:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2007
In the short span of just ten years, some eighty million people have read the more than
A hospital chaplain often will... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2001
A hospital chaplain often will accompany a doctor into a patient's room to deliver bad news.
Jean was struggling with Alzheimer's... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2001
Jean was struggling with Alzheimer's disease when it was discovered that she had breast cancer.
A practice familiar to scuba... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2001
A practice familiar to scuba divers involves something called "buddy-breathing." Occasionally one di
How does the Spirit of... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2001
How does the Spirit of truth come to us today, if not in the Bible?
I find it hard not... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2001
I find it hard not to think of Anne Frank whenever I read of the progression: suffering, endurance,
During the plagues in Europe... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2001
During the plagues in Europe, Christians had an above average survival rate.
Steve Mariotti is the founder... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2001
Steve Mariotti is the founder and president of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
In his book It's... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2001
In his book It's Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong relates his rocky journey from world cha
A cartoon in the I... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1998
A cartoon in the New Yorker some years ago shows two young women returning to their apartment
In the movie Trading... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1998
In the movie Trading Places an elderly Wall Street tycoon makes a one-dollar wager with a bus
Prior to the year 1840... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1998
Prior to the year 1840, if you wanted a family portrait it had to be hand-painted.
In this remarkable passage Paul... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1998
In this remarkable passage Paul reports how he and other persons of faith "boast in our sufferings"
The legendary comedian Bob Hope... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1998
The legendary comedian Bob Hope was once asked why he entertained service personnel throughout the w
Star Trek: The Next... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1998
Star Trek: The Next Generation has an episode that revolves around Captain Picard's artificia
The love of God has... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1998
"The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit." Jesus wants to thorough
Our country began with George... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1998
Our country began with George Washington, the one who reportedly said, "I cannot tell a lie." But th
It isn't uncommon to hear... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
It isn't uncommon to hear students (of all ages) lament over a required subject: "But why do I have
She practiced behind closed doors... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
She practiced behind closed doors, so no one would interrupt her train of thought or make fun of the
In the early church, many... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
In the early church, many considered martyrdom to be the norm for Christians.
A Bright Shining Lie is... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
A Bright Shining Lie is Neil Sheehan's story of John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.
We were hiking up a... -- Revelation 4:1-11 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
We were hiking up a section of the Appalachian Trail as it wound its serpentine way northward throug
They say that experience is... -- Revelation 4:1-11 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
They say that experience is the best teacher.

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John Jamison
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

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Frank Ramirez
John E. Sumwalt
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"Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect" by Frank Ramirez
"Reunite Refugee Children and Parents" by John Sumwalt
 

Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect
by Frank Ramirez
Psalm 4

When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. (v. 4)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Acts 3:12-19
Wayne Brouwer
Note: This installment was originally published for April 22, 2012.

During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.

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John A. Stroman
The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
Robert A. Noblett
Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
James R. Wilson
First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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