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This Changes Everything -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Frank Ramirez -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what w
The implications of the resurrection -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians contains the kernel that blossomed into the heart of Christia
Words of new life -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- David Coffin -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
In our community most people have to go back to school or work on the Monday after Easter Sunday.
Love conquers death -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Gary Thompson, Schuyler Rhodes -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
My mentor in the ministry used to say, "If you can't preach on Easter, you just can't preach!" The g
Back to the garden -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
A first-time father glanced over at his wife as dawn began to break. Both were exhausted
Seeing and believing -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 2001
We live in a very visual world!
There is more beyond -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
In the fifteenth century, King Philip of Spain stamped his coins with the motto, "Ne Plus Ultra" --
The enduring mystery of Easter -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
I have always dreaded the task of writing an Easter sermon.
The foundation of all that goes before -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Easter Day - C
"According to all I've studied, the essential belief in Christianity is the virgin birth.

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:
The Sixth Immortality -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
The narrative of Jesus’ resurrection is a very powerful one -- yet it also can seem so fantastical p
Resurrection -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
On Easter we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and his triumph over the bonds of death -- and that holds
Free Sermon Illustrations For April 4, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
Make this day, Lord, a step closer to heaven.
An Anti-Easter World -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
When Mary Magdalene and the other women discovered the empty tomb, it completely changed everything
The Stone Has Been Rolled Away -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Easter Day - C
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the victory of the resurrection over the power of death -- yet the lo

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:

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Apple of my eye -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
"… for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ." (v. 22)
In order -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
But each in his order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who
Sweet oranges -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
Happy Easter, boys and girls! How many of you had some vitamin C this morning?
More powerful than death -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
Happy Easter! The season of Lent is over, and it's finally
Christ is risen! -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
Good morning! Who can tell me what we are celebrating today?
The last enemy -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C
The Apostle Paul says that the last enemy to be destroyed is

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Easter Day -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Easter Day - C -- 2009
For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a

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Jesus Is Risen ... So What? -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Luke 24:1-12, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
This homily/drama was written -- with much more than the usual amount of blood, sweat, and tears --

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Sermon Illustrations for Easter Day (2019) -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18
Sermon Illustrations for Easter Day (2016) -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, R. Robert Cueni, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
Acts 10:34-43
Sermon Illustrations for Easter Day (2013) -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
Acts 10:34-43
NULL -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Ron Love -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
Perhaps Phillips Brooks has given us one of the best definitions of preaching when he wrote that pre
NULL -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
The good news of Easter is the heart of Christian faith.
Acts 10:34-43 Jeff... -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
Acts 10:34-43
Anyone who's ever kept vigil... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
Anyone who's ever kept vigil with a loved one in a hospital intensive care unit can
On December 28, 1970, late... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
On December 28, 1970, late in the evening, in the presence of one witness, Ludmila
Cathy was a new Christian... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
Cathy was a new Christian and equally new to the church. She began attending Bible
It was a standing-room... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
It was a standing-room-only crowd where I preached a few years ago in Hollywood. A
Take note of the kind... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2001
Take note of the kind of words we speak about death:
A little boy sat on... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2001
A little boy sat on the examining table of the doctor's office.
Angie and Mike were a... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2001
Angie and Mike were a couple that people of all ages liked and admired.
Why is Christianity symbolized by... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
Why is Christianity symbolized by the cross, rather than the empty tomb?
Christians have always been a... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
Christians have always been a singing people.
Norman Vincent Peale told of... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
Norman Vincent Peale told of a newspaper reporter who was sent to cover the Easter sunrise service h
You and I lived to... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
You and I lived to see a miracle when the Soviet Union collapsed and the Berlin Wall was sledgehamme
My friend's brother claims to... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
My friend's brother claims to be an atheist.
Paul speaks of resurrection and... -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
Paul speaks of resurrection and tells us that "the last enemy to be destroyed (by Christ) is death."

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:
The Sixth Immortality -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
The narrative of Jesus’ resurrection is a very powerful one -- yet it also can seem so fantastical p
Resurrection -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
On Easter we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and his triumph over the bonds of death -- and that holds
Free Sermon Illustrations For April 4, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
Make this day, Lord, a step closer to heaven.
An Anti-Easter World -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
When Mary Magdalene and the other women discovered the empty tomb, it completely changed everything

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:

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EASTER SUNDAY -- Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:14-24, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- B. David Hostetter -- Easter Day - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIPThis is the day of the Lord's victory. Let us celebrate and be happy.

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:
The Sixth Immortality -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
The narrative of Jesus’ resurrection is a very powerful one -- yet it also can seem so fantastical p
Resurrection -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
On Easter we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and his triumph over the bonds of death -- and that holds
Free Sermon Illustrations For April 4, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
Make this day, Lord, a step closer to heaven.
An Anti-Easter World -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
When Mary Magdalene and the other women discovered the empty tomb, it completely changed everything
The Stone Has Been Rolled Away -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Easter Day - C
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the victory of the resurrection over the power of death -- yet the lo

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:
Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- George M. Bass -- Easter Day - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue

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The Resurrection Of Our Lord/Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Carlos Wilton -- Easter Day - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
The Resurrection Of Our Lord (Easter Day) -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Easter Day - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeThe resurrected Christ becomes a physical presence in the world again.
The Resurrection Of Our Lord (Easter Day) -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Easter Day - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- George M. Bass -- Easter Day - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Easter Day - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:
The Sixth Immortality -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
The narrative of Jesus’ resurrection is a very powerful one -- yet it also can seem so fantastical p
Resurrection -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
On Easter we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and his triumph over the bonds of death -- and that holds
Free Sermon Illustrations For April 4, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
Make this day, Lord, a step closer to heaven.
An Anti-Easter World -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
When Mary Magdalene and the other women discovered the empty tomb, it completely changed everything
The Stone Has Been Rolled Away -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Easter Day - C
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the victory of the resurrection over the power of death -- yet the lo

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:

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But...! -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Easter Day - C -- 2009
I think anyone who has tried to teach a class or make a presentation to a group has experienced some
Easter Day -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Repairing Our Lives -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Easter Day - C -- 2006
Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled over a small kingdom that wasn't powerful nor was it kn
In Fact -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Easter Day - C -- 2003
On first reading of Paul's message to the Corinthians, two parts stand out: The first is a phrase, "
If You Haven't Faced Today, Tomorrow Won't Matter -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Easter Day - C -- 2000
The French are not speaking to each other, and we should be concerned.

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In Christ, All Will Be Made Alive -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Janice B. Scott -- Easter Day - C
We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian weste

Stories

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Before There Can Be Resurrection There Must Be Death -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Keith Wagner -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
Contents "Before there can be Resurrection there must be Death" by Keith Wagner
Where's Jesus? -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Timothy F. Merrill, Constance Berg, Richard A. Jensen -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
Contents"Where's Jesus?" by Timothy F. Merrill
The First Witness -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Larry Winebrenner -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "The First Witness" by Larry Winebrenner
A New Day -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Easter Day - C
Stories to Live By A New Day
Susanna's Last Words -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- David O. Bales, Stan Purdum, Timothy F. Merrill -- Easter Day - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Susanna's Last Words" by David O. Bales

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Is It True? -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- David E. Leininger -- Easter Day - C -- 2009
The Joyful Noiseletter, that wonderfully hilarious monthly look at all things church-y, some
The Defeat Of Death -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Easter Day - C -- 2006
For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a
Easter -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- John Steward -- Easter Day - C
There was a little boy who would always come home late from school.

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:
The Sixth Immortality -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2016
The narrative of Jesus’ resurrection is a very powerful one -- yet it also can seem so fantastical p
Resurrection -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury -- Easter Day - C -- 2013
On Easter we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and his triumph over the bonds of death -- and that holds
Free Sermon Illustrations For April 4, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
Make this day, Lord, a step closer to heaven.
An Anti-Easter World -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
When Mary Magdalene and the other women discovered the empty tomb, it completely changed everything
The Stone Has Been Rolled Away -- John 20:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Easter Day - C
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the victory of the resurrection over the power of death -- yet the lo

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Why Are You Weeping? -- Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - C -- 2019
For April 21, 2019:

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Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Easter Day - C -- 2009
The Easter story is about the triumph of creativity.
The Resurrection Of Our Lord/Easter Day -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Frank Ramirez -- Easter Day - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26Theme: More To Be Pitied Than Envied
Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Easter Day - C -- 2003
Theme: Celebrate The Lord's VictoryCall To Worship
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The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (vv. 15-16)

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Peter Andrew Smith
Harry looked out the window and sighed as he watched the snow falling outside. He looked over his shoulder and noticed Agnes wasn’t paying attention to him, so he sighed louder.

“Something the matter?” Agnes asked looking up from the computer screen.

“Nothing in particular.” He turned his attention back to the snowfall. “Sorry to bother you.”

“Oh, okay.” she went back to reading the screen in front of her.

He watched outside for a few more minutes. “I listened to the news.”

“Oh?” she looked up again. “And?”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
The three children were racing through the woods, and Roly was keeping up as best he could with his short legs. He was a reluctant participant in this escapade, for even though he loved nothing better than the woods, he had an inkling of what the children were about.

There was a battered old caravan standing in a glade deep in the woods. The children had come across it one day, and had amused themselves peering in the gloomy windows and scrawling rude words on the dirty paintwork.

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Schuyler Rhodes
After a long and grueling foot race, a runner reached for a glass of water puffing out the words, "This water is my salvation!" A worker who had a family crisis gushed to a friend who agreed to cover his shift, "You are my salvation!" The drunk at the end of the bar lifts the shot glass to his lips and sighs into the drink, "You are my salvation."
Richard A. Jensen
This week's text presents us with the preaching of John the Baptist. John is a preacher in the tradition of the Old Testament prophets, so the narrative connections with respect to the content of his preaching are primarily Old Testament connections. This sermon begins with a call to repentance (3:8) which is part of John's fundamental message as we explored in Chapter 4. John's call for repentance would brook no simple answers. The people of Israel would be tempted to say to John, "We are the children of Abraham." This would not do! A new age is dawning.
John T. Ball
We are always touched by newspaper or media stories of people who have come through some terrible experience and yet seem unhinged by it all. Some people find their health slipping away, yet exhibit courage and trust in both the provisional and ultimate goodness of life. Others witness the death of a child, or spouse, or partner, and do not give in to the despair that invites them into its darkness.
Mary S. Lautensleger
Stan Freberg has written a musical farce parodying the commercialization of the Advent season, appropriately naming it Green Chri$tma$. That is green as in money, with dollar signs in place of the letter "S" in Christmas. In starring roles are two of our old seasonal favorites, Bob Cratchet and Ebenezer Scrooge. You may as well spell Scrooge with a dollar sign, too, because he is typecast as a greedy, unscrupulous Madison Avenue advertising executive who is out to exploit Christmas in every way imaginable.1

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