Login / Signup

Colossians 3:1-4

Hold down Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Mac) for multiple selections (scroll list to see all options)

Commentary

Children's sermon

Devotional

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Examine the history of God... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 1996
Examine the history of God with man:
Families have traditions, values that... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 1996
Families have traditions, values that set them apart from other families.
At Easter we celebrate the... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
At Easter we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The desire to climb mountains... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
The desire to climb mountains is one that many people find incomprehensible.
There was a famous college... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
There was a famous college professor and people were honored to be students in one of his classes.
When I was in seminary... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
When I was in seminary, I lived on West 121st Street, in New York City between Broadway and Amsterda
Since Christians have been raised... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Since Christians have been raised with Christ, the life of the resurrection is their actual conditio
Keep your eye on the... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
"Keep your eye on the ball." It is the advice given to batters, golfers and placekickers.
Have you ever thought about... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Have you ever thought about how much the Christian life is like a glider airplane?
A group of boys was... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
A group of boys was playing a pick-up game of baseball one summer.
The Sunday school teacher looked... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - B -- 1991
The Sunday school teacher looked at Colossians 3:1-2 and wondered how she was going to explain this
The individual's relationship with God... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - B -- 1991
The individual's relationship with God is often a very visible one.
Ministers in that part of... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - B -- 1991
Ministers in that part of the state tell the story of the Onion Creek Church.
Have you even wanted to... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
Have you even wanted to hide away? To sink down in your seat and cover your face and disappear?
Charles Colson's death and resurrection... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Good Friday - B
Charles Colson's "death and resurrection" after Watergate are evidenced by an entirely new direction
Dietrich Bonhoeffer walked to the... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Good Friday - B
Dietrich Bonhoeffer walked to the execution yard in April 1945 saying, "This is the end.
Regularly we are far too... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
Regularly we are far too mechanical about the Resurrection.
The model of how a... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
The model of how a person becomes chief or ruler among the Bantu people of Africa provides an intere
A trainer of seeing eye... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
A trainer of seeing eye dogs was being interviewed by a reporter to learn about his work.
They call it imaging. Whether... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
They call it "imaging." Whether it is the golfer putting into his mind exactly what his swing will f
Set your minds on the... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
"Set your minds on the things that are above." (Colossians 3:2a) Some Christians fear being "other w
Peter MacKenzie has made an... -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - C
Peter MacKenzie has made an interesting observation about pigs. Pigs cannot look up!

The Immediate Word

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

Preaching

Sermon

Stories

Worship

UPCOMING WEEKS
In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Signup for FREE!
(No credit card needed.)
Easter 6
30 – Sermons
110+ – Illustrations / Stories
26 – Children's Sermons / Resources
20 – Worship Resources
25 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Ascension
25 – Sermons
160+ – Illustrations / Stories
22 – Children's Sermons / Resources
18 – Worship Resources
23 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Easter 7
30 – Sermons
160+ – Illustrations / Stories
27 – Children's Sermons / Resources
25 – Worship Resources
27 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Pentecost
29 – Sermons
140+ – Illustrations / Stories
27 – Children's Sermons / Resources
28 – Worship Resources
32 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Trinity Sunday
27 – Sermons
140+ – Illustrations / Stories
29 – Children's Sermons / Resources
29 – Worship Resources
30 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Plus thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Signup for FREE!
(No credit card needed.)

New & Featured This Week

The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Katy Stenta
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For May 9, 2021:
  • One Nation Under God? by Tom Willadsen — What would the United States look like if we truly were “one nation under God?” What would it be like to live in a place where everyone was treated as one who has been “born of God?”
  • Dying Is Easy by Dean Feldmeyer — Dying is easy; living the gospel is hard.

StoryShare

John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Waking Up to Racism” by John Sumwalt
“Twists and Turns” by Frank Ramirez

 
Waking Up to Racism
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
(vv. 8-9)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

CSSPlus

John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

SermonStudio

John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

Richard E. Gribble
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

Special Occasion