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New Things -- Acts 14:8-18, John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
To hear some people talk, one might conclude it is the task of the church to call people back to som

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From the New York Times... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
From the New York Times comes the story of a healing different from the healing in the text appointe
Occasionally, I have been mistaken... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Occasionally, I have been mistaken for another person.
Many churches have known financial... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Many churches have known financial difficulties at one time or another, my own being no exception.
When someone achieves something notable... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
When someone achieves something notable and significant we want to know their secret -- the key to t
Paul said to the crippled... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
Paul said to the crippled man, "Stand upright." It is good advice that is not always heeded.
Shelby Foote is a southern... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
Shelby Foote is a southern novelist and historian who recently has attracted a great deal of popular
One of the real temptations... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
One of the real temptations every minister must face is letting the popularity of the office get to
The late Raymond Nogar, OP... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Ascension of the Lord - C
The late Raymond Nogar, OP., in his book The Lord of the Absurd, talks about the way in which
The young couple was from... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Ascension of the Lord - C
The young couple was from a large urban area.
The renowned magician and escape... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Ascension of the Lord - C
The renowned magician and escape artist, Houdini, got out of many sets of handcuffs or straitjackets
Lystra was a Roman colony... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Ascension of the Lord - C
Lystra was a Roman colony founded by Caesar Augustus and was only eleven miles from Pisidian Antioch
and seeing that he had... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
"... and seeing that he had faith to be made well ..."
In the spring, Debbie began... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
In the spring, Debbie began experiencing dizziness and found it difficult to maintain her balance.
In a not-too-familiar... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
In a not-too-familiar tale sent in the India he learned to love, Rudyard Kipling spun a yarn* about
Joni Earickson was supposed to... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
Joni Earickson was supposed to have been paralyzed for life. She fooled the doctors.

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FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 14:8-18, Psalm 145:13b-21, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)God is great and greatly to be praised.

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Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 14:8-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- George M. Bass -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 14:8-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- George M. Bass -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Thanksgiving Day -- Deuteronomy 8:1-20, 1 Timothy 2:1-8, Acts 14:8-18 -- George M. Bass -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Easter 5 -- Acts 14:8-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1988
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Easter 6 -- Acts 15:1-2, 22-29, Acts 14:8-18, Revelation 21:10, 22-27, John 14:23-29 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1985
The LessonsActs 15:1-2, 22-29 (C, RC)

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Beware! Caution! Danger! -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
We may not always heed warning signs, but we still like to feel we have been told of approaching dan
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All of today’s texts address times along the faith journey where a mature faith is helpful. Modern examples include a church which has just completed a major building project. The ribbon cutting celebration is in the past. It is time to make payments to the creditors. Also, there are maintenance and upkeep costs along with knowing the state will be making inspection visits to assure building safety standards remain current.
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Where Have All the Churches Gone?
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A couple of years ago, a fascinating book by Mitch Albom hit the bestseller lists, Tuesdays with Morrie. The author had learned that his old teacher was slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, and after an absence of many years, the two reconnected and began to get together every Tuesday. The book shares some of the great lessons that emerged from those weekly conversations. For example:

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