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Transformation -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 10:34-43, Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Easter Day - A -- 2020
Second chances are important to us.
Easter Makes A Difference In Our Lives -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Easter Day - A -- 2017
All of the texts for this Easter’s celebration of the resurrection direct us to consider the resurre
An open, empty tomb -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Sandra Herrman -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Many years ago, this pastor was invited to Easter dinner in the home of a parishioner.
A day of surprises -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
Every so often, I have been unable to watch a sports event that I am interested in when it has been
All things to all people? -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
What does the territory ahead look like as you chart your way through what is
Old life, new life, different life -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Easter Day - A -- 2002
Easter is a joyous time, a time of new life and new hope, of spring after winter, of the holiday aft
The wondrous mixture of joy and fear -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 28:1-10 -- Easter Day - A -- 1999
We are accustomed to greeting others and to hearing others greet us at this time of year with the wo
Promise and fulfillment -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 1996

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Easter Dawned -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 10:34-43, Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - A -- 2020
For April 12, 2020:
Looking Into The Tomb -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Easter Day - A -- 2017
When the grief-stricken women discover the empty tomb on Easter morning, it is so unexpected and bey
Revisiting The Resurrection -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Preaching the resurrection can be a challenging endeavor -- and in this installment of Th
Dead Men Believing -- John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
March 23, 2008Easter Day / Cycle ADear Fellow Preachers:
Our Lead Story -- Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- George L. Murphy -- Easter Day - A
March 27, 2005Easter Sunday| Cycle A

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Consider the lilies -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
Note: This piece was originally published April 24, 2011.
Future goals -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (v. 2)
Raised with Christ -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A
Happy Easter! Who can tell me what Easter is about? (get responses) That's right.
Think about Jesus -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A
Good morning! What are we celebrating today? (Let them
Sweet good news -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A
Good morning! This is Easter. CHRIST IS RISEN! What a
Sky-gazing -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A
As you greet the children, talk while gazing into the heavens

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The Sponge -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Wesley T. Runk
(Appropriate for Easter)

Devotional

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Easter Day -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Easter Day - A -- 2007
Set your minds on things that are above....-- Colossians 3:2

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Sermon Illustrations For Easter Sunday (2020) -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, M Adryael Tong -- Easter Day - A -- 2020
Acts 10:34-43
Sermon Illustrations For Easter Sunday (2017) -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates -- Easter Day - A -- 2017
Acts 10:34-43
Sermon Illustrations for Easter Sunday (2014) -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Acts 10:34-43
Too often the impact... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Too often the impact of Easter does not register in our lives.
Two young men were... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Two young men were making fun of the Christian idea of resurrection from the dead, saying that it wa
Envy is also determined... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Ron Love -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Envy is also determined by "proximity." This hypothesis was put forth by David Hume, the 18th-centur
NULL -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
Acts 10:34-43
NULL -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
As Peter Pan reminds Wendy, John, and Michael, we must "think happy thoughts!" before we can fly.
NULL -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Ron Love -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
Lou Holtz, the renowned coach of Notre Dame, concluded his autobiography with this message: "God ans
Malcolm Ellis, an Episcopal priest... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
Malcolm Ellis, an Episcopal priest in St. Paul, Minnesota, tells a story of his daughter,
A good friend took me... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
A good friend took me aside a few years ago and said, "Look. You talk about Jesus. But
To demonstrate the new life... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
To demonstrate the new life we have in Christ, on Easter Sunday people at Willow Creek
Lying on our backs as... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
Lying on our backs as children, on a dark summer night, we were amazed at the many
One woman writes:br... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2002
One woman writes:
There was a family, not... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2002
There was a family, not very well off, who stayed overnight in a cheap motel on their way to a new t
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2002
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe is a vivid account of the excesses of the 1960s.
Clyde was a constant thorn... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2002
Clyde was a constant thorn in the side of most church members and the new pastor.
A new Christian, Chris sought... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 1999
A new Christian, Chris sought to live a life that would honor a God who sent his only son to die for
It is not true that... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 1999
It is not true that these who are so heavenly minded are no earthly good.
An old Hagar the... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 1999
An old Hagar the Horrible comic strip has the family dog listening to the howl of the wolves
Paul describes a whole new... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 1999
Paul describes a whole new way to live!

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Easter Dawned -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 10:34-43, Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - A -- 2020
For April 12, 2020:
Looking Into The Tomb -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Easter Day - A -- 2017
When the grief-stricken women discover the empty tomb on Easter morning, it is so unexpected and bey
Revisiting The Resurrection -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Preaching the resurrection can be a challenging endeavor -- and in this installment of Th
Dead Men Believing -- John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
March 23, 2008Easter Day / Cycle ADear Fellow Preachers:

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Easter Dawned -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 10:34-43, Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - A -- 2020
For April 12, 2020:
Looking Into The Tomb -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Easter Day - A -- 2017
When the grief-stricken women discover the empty tomb on Easter morning, it is so unexpected and bey
Revisiting The Resurrection -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Preaching the resurrection can be a challenging endeavor -- and in this installment of Th
Dead Men Believing -- John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
March 23, 2008Easter Day / Cycle ADear Fellow Preachers:
Our Lead Story -- Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- George L. Murphy -- Easter Day - A
March 27, 2005Easter Sunday| Cycle A

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Resurrection Of Our Lord / Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Carlos Wilton -- Easter Day - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
The Resurrection Of Our Lord -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18, Jeremiah 31:1-6 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Easter Day - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 10:34--43 (C, E); Acts 10:34, 37--43 (RC)
The Resurrection Of Our Lord (Easter Day) -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Easter Day - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme Resurrection and new life in the risen Christ.
The Lord's victory over the powers of sin and death -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Easter Day - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Easter Day - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Acts 10:34-43 (C, E, L); Acts 10:34, 37-43 (RC)

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Easter Dawned -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 10:34-43, Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - A -- 2020
For April 12, 2020:
Looking Into The Tomb -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Easter Day - A -- 2017
When the grief-stricken women discover the empty tomb on Easter morning, it is so unexpected and bey
Revisiting The Resurrection -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Preaching the resurrection can be a challenging endeavor -- and in this installment of Th
Dead Men Believing -- John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
March 23, 2008Easter Day / Cycle ADear Fellow Preachers:
Our Lead Story -- Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- George L. Murphy -- Easter Day - A
March 27, 2005Easter Sunday| Cycle A

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Life In The Resurrection Zone -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- David O. Bales -- Easter Day - A -- 2007
Sermon Note: Before this sermon something like the following needs to be included the worship
Taking You Up With Him -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Richard W. Ferris -- Easter Day - A -- 2004
"If I go down, I'm taking you down with me." We've all heard that line.
Easter Is About You -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Easter Day - A -- 2001
Probably the most difficult sermon the Christian preacher is assigned to deliver is the sermon for E
The Second Article: Risen From The Dead -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-20 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Apostles' Creed -- The Second Article
Easter: A Time For Higher Things -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Easter Day - A -- 1998
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

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A Change Of Perspective -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Contents"A Change of Perspective" by Peter Andrew Smith
No Respecter Of Persons -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Craig Kelly, Peter Andrew Smith -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
Contents"No Respecter of Persons" by Craig Kelly
Anticipation -- John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Argile Smith, David O. Bales -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Anticipation" by Argile Smith
Easter Stories -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Easter Day - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "The Door to Eternity"

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Doing Something - For God -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Constance Berg -- Easter Day - A -- 2001
"Honey, I want to do something for God. What should I do?"

Worship

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Easter Dawned -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 10:34-43, Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Easter Day - A -- 2020
For April 12, 2020:
Looking Into The Tomb -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Easter Day - A -- 2017
When the grief-stricken women discover the empty tomb on Easter morning, it is so unexpected and bey
Revisiting The Resurrection -- John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:1-10, Colossians 3:1-4 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Easter Day - A -- 2014
Preaching the resurrection can be a challenging endeavor -- and in this installment of Th
Dead Men Believing -- John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
March 23, 2008Easter Day / Cycle ADear Fellow Preachers:
Our Lead Story -- Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- George L. Murphy -- Easter Day - A
March 27, 2005Easter Sunday| Cycle A

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EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE -- Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4 -- Beth Huener -- 2011
A Witness to the Resurrection Opening Hymn
Easter Day -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Easter Day - A -- 2007
Greeting(each set is increasingly louder) P: He is risen.
The Resurrection Of Our Lord -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Easter Day - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: This is the day
We Can't See This Enough -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 28:1-10 -- Frank Ramirez -- Easter Day - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Acts 10:39-40)
Easter Day -- Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Easter Day - A -- 2004
HymnsThine (Yours) Is the Glory (NCH253, PH122, CBH269)
Easter Day (Resurrection Of Our Lord) -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Easter Day - A -- 2001
Theme: New Life In ChristCall To Worship
Easter (Resurrection Of Our Lord) -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Easter Day - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Acts 10:34-43Theme: The Whole StoryCall To Worship
Raised With Christ -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Easter Day - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use as a call to worship or as a benediction.2 readers - 2 men
EASTER -- Acts 10:34-43a, John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4 -- B. David Hostetter -- Easter Day - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Easter as God's "Yes" -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, Psalm 118, Matthew 28:1-10 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Easter Day - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The heart of the kerygmatic recapitulation contained in Peter's speech to Gentiles
Christ's resurrection is for all people -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4 -- Heth H. Corl -- Easter Day - A -- 1986
Call to WorshipPastor:
EASTER DAY -- John 20:1-18, Colossians 3:1-4, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:14-24 -- Norman A. Beck -- Easter Day - A -- 1986
More than on any other day during the Church Year, our Easter Day message must be subjective and it
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Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
For May 31, 2020:
  • We Are The 120 by Ron Love — Let us never forget that we are the 120; the unseen members of the Body of Christ.
  • Second Thoughts: Masked Prophets by Bethany Peerbolte — Being a prophet is not about knowing exactly what will happen in the future. Being a prophet is about seeing the present world clearly and knowing God enough to sense a disconnect.

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Frank Ramirez
Acts 2:1-21 is the obvious choice for your Pentecost lectionary text and perhaps you have used it on many occasions. However, the lectionary includes several options and I explore them in this Charting the Course to try to show there is more than one way to experience God’s Spirit.

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Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
M Adryael Tong
Acts 2:1-21
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without the wind, branches without sap, and like coals without fire, we are useless.” The Day of Pentecost is the day we celebrate the birth of the church and the Holy Spirit coming on the apostles and they began to speak in other languages (Acts 2:4).

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C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“You. Yes, You.” by C. David McKirachan
“Dream, Pray, Plan” by Frank Ramirez


You. Yes, You.
by C. David McKirachan
Acts 2:1-21

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Bethany Peerbolte
These verses follow the metaphor of living water flowing from our hearts into the world. The opening activity will work off of that image to show how water works. Water fills in all the empty places it can find. Even when we think there is no room, water can find the emptiness and fill it up.

What you will need:
A transparent jar or bowl
A couple of large rocks (or other large objects that will fit in your container)
Sand
Water

In your lesson say something like:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus promised his friends that great power would be available to them when he had finally disappeared from this earth. That power came on the Day of Pentecost. In our worship today let us explore what sort of power this was and whether it is still available to us.


Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I have difficulty connecting with things that happened 2,000 years ago.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I assume that all your power was in the past, belonging to a by-gone age.

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Kristin Borsgard Wee
All of you have heard stories of miracles. Some of you have experienced a miracle. The one which tops my list comes from several years ago. A woman I knew had been doctoring for stomach problems. Nothing seemed to be working. Her local doctor sent her to Rochester. The Mayo doctors ran her through a battery of tests and discovered cancer. They did surgery immediately. They took one look and closed her up. There was cancer everywhere. She came home to die. But she didn't get sick and weaker as we expected. We saw her in church every Sunday. Several months later, she was back at Mayo.

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