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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Darkness To Light -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
In the season of Epiphany, Jesus is revealed. It’s more than just a question of seeing Jesus.
Light enters into darkness -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- David Coffin -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
An older woman is homebound because of a bad hip.
Group picture -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
I was in the home of a church member the other day where I saw a marvelous family portrait.
Political religion -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
"Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous!" said Winston Churchill.
Full-contact life -- Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
Rachel Matthews, 48, a community manager for an Internet start-up company, started doing it because
The joy of the kingdom community -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
The front page of any newspaper in the land can bring despair to its readers.
Leaps of understanding -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
The day boy and the night girl -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
In 1882 George MacDonald wrote a fascinating story that powerfully illumines the thought behind toda

Devotional

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Epiphany 3 / OT 3 -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish....-- Isaiah 9:1

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations For Epiphany 3 (2017) -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
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Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 3 (2014) -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
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We are still... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
We are still a nation plagued by slavery.
My old Renault... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
My old Renault sputtered and died on my third attempt to get to college for my sophomore year.
The Crimean War... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
The Crimean War (1845-1856) was the first war that was brought into the living rooms of individuals
NULL -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
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The prehistoric passage tomb of... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
The prehistoric passage tomb of Newgrange, in Ireland, is a mysterious and fascinating
As I stood in the... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
As I stood in the underground tunnel connecting the terminals at the Detroit airport, a
Lauren recalls her freshman English... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Lauren recalls her freshman English literature class. It was the first time she heard the
Julie grew up in a... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Julie grew up in a large city; she didn't really know about darkness. David grew up on the
Sarah arrived on the pastor's... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Sarah arrived on the pastor's doorstep in the middle of the night.
We've all had the experience... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
We've all had the experience of sitting in a darkened theater. Nothing seems quite so dark.
At a Christian preschool, three... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
At a Christian preschool, three- and four-year-olds fill the church three mornings a week.
A pastor in Ohio shared... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
A pastor in Ohio shared this story:

Preaching

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Third Sunday After The Epiphany / Third Sunday In Ordinary Time -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Third Sunday after Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
Isaiah 9:1-4 is the first part of the lesson that is the stated Old Testament text for a Sunday on C
Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 9:1-4 (C); Isaiah 8:23--9:3 (RC)
The Holy Spirit i -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Third Sunday Of The Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Amos 3:1-8 (E)Israel's sin is so terrible because God's love is so great.
Third Sunday of the Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23 -- George M. Bass -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

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No Room For Gloom -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Tony S. Everett -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, Lawrence "Yogi" Berra, once remarked, "The future ain't what it used
Salvation - Worldly, Corporate, And Dynamic -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- John T. Ball -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
All religions offer salvation.
Try This On For Size! -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
I have a friend who is a millionaire.
Between Gloom And Glory -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- R. Glen Miles -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
"There will be no more gloom." That is how our text begins today.
Adjusting To The Light -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1995
Everyone knows the experience of dragging out of bed on a dark morning in January, stepping around t
Rejoice In The Lord -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1992
After a service of ordination to the Christian ministry, a sad-faced woman came up to the newly-orda

The Village Shepherd

From Darkness To Light -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
The British weather is renowned for its diversity and therefore is always a good conversation starte

Stories

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Light For The Darkness -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Keith Wagner, C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
Contents "Light for the Darkness" by Keith Wagner
Ordinary Time -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2014
Contents"Ordinary Time" by C. David McKirachan
God Time -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "God Time" by Keith Hewitt
Angel Of Mercy -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Angel of Mercy"

Worship

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Epiphany 3/Ordinary Time 3 -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Litany Of Confession P: Discord, dissention, strife,
Epiphany 3 -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: You call us, O God, to have the same mind
On The Day Of Midian -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
Third Sunday After Epiphany First Lesson: Isaiah 9:1-4
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
HymnsCanticle Of Light And Darkness (UM205)
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Theme: The Light Has ComeCall To Worship
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 9:1-4Theme: Out Of DarknessCall To Worship
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
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