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And There Was Light -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
The significance of light and darkness is evident from the very beginning of scripture.
New light in darkness -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Coffin -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A group of younger workers are seated next to one another at a workplace where they have to deal wit
Believing is seeing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Sometimes we see people who are wide-eyed with wonder.
Shifting currents -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Most twentieth-century predictions about life in this new millennium have proved widely
Seeing is not believing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
The connection between sight and belief in Christianity is as old as the insistence of Thomas to see
Sleepwalking -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Maybe sleepwalking is too dramatic a metaphor for the way we live our lives before God opens our ey
What role for law? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
From one point of view in his time, Jesus played fast and loose with the law.
Believing is seeing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Sometimes we see people who are wide-eyed with wonder.

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Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Lent 4 -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
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Sermon Illustrations For Lent 4 (2017) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2014) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Often we are... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Often we are like Samuel, running on fumes of depression and wandering aimlessly not knowing where t
Times were bad... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Times were bad in Israel when God decided to anoint new leadership (David).
Thorstein Veblen is... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Thorstein Veblen is a name that is unfamiliar to most of us; yet his introduction of an economic con
Ancient mirrors were... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Ancient mirrors were made by pouring molten metal, usually bronze or brass, into a shape pressed int
NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
"Expect the unexpected!" How often have you gone to a job interview or meeting having built up a par
NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
David Livingston was placed gently on his bed. Ill, few believed he could live until morning.
It's hard to imagine a... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
It's hard to imagine a candidate running for president today without a veritable army of
When I worked with churches... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
When I worked with churches searching for a new pastor, they were often tempted to go
Erica seemed like an ordinary... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Erica seemed like an ordinary person who attended church each week. She did not
The cliché is well known... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
The cliché is well known: "You can't judge a book by its cover." But how about this one:
1 Samuel 16:1-13br... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
1 Samuel 16:1-13
As Christians we must learn... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
As Christians we must learn to see things from God's perspective. Take Thelma Thompson for example.
Pastor Bill was not your... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Pastor Bill was not your ordinary pastor. Bill loved cattle.
The story is told of... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
The story is told of a man and a woman who met and fell in love by mail.

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Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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The Immediate Word

Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Theme For The DayTrue beauty is only soul-deep.
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: 1 Samuel 16:1--13 (C, E); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6--7, 10--13 (RC)
Fourth Sunday in Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
This story forms the beginning of the narrative of David's rise to power that is found in 1 Samuel 1
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme We head toward the passion and cross of Christ.
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Christ confronts a blind man and heals him -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (C, E); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 (RC)
Fourth Sunday in Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- George M. Bass -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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The Immediate Word

Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Hey, What's that Sound? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Here's a familiar story.
Are All Your Sons Here? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
I remember sixth grade as though it were yesterday.
The Seeing Eye -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Bill Mosley -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
An airplane flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles had a 45--minute delay and everybody on board w
Looking To The Heart -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Once upon a time in a far-off land there lived a wise but old king.
The Making Of A King -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Theodore F. Schneider -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
It was difficult to believe.
In Search of a Leader -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Robert A. Noblett -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1990
Anyone who has served on a nominating committee knows how crucial talented leadership is to any grou
Called in From Off-stage -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Donald Zelle -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1987
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." We read that from As You Like I

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Unexpected God -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Back in the early seventies when divorce was still regarded with shock and horror, Melanie fell in l

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Your Staff Comforts Me -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Contents "Your Staff Comforts Me" by C. David McKirachan
Miracles Of Sight -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Keith Wagner -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Contents"Miracles of Sight" by Keith Wagner
The Christian Liar -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Sandra Herrmann, C. David Mckirachan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Contents"The Christian Liar" by Sandra Herrmann
The Disturbing Witness Of Grace -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Hewitt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Tarawa" by Keith Hewitt
Here's Mud In Your Eye -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Here's Mud in Your Eye"

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The Gift Of Myself -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
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Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Lent 4 -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: Here, in this place, with these people
Lent 4 -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Confessional LitanyDivide the congregation into two voices.
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
HymnsGod Of The Prophets (NCH358)Gentle Shepherd (CBH352)
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Theme: The Lord Looks On The HeartCall To Worship
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1-13Theme: Looking On The HeartCall To Worship
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
God's "X-ray" vision -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23, John 9:1-41 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The key contrast in this wonderful story of Samuel's anointing of David as God's ha
David is anointed King -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41 -- Heth H. Corl -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1986
Call to WorshipPastor:
LENT 4 -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Norman A. Beck -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1986
Since here, as in the texts selected for Lent 3 in Series A, the Common and the Roman Catholic texts
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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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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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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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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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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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