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A Time Of Tests, Trials, And An Echo Of Rejoicing

Love Is Your Disguise
Second Lesson Sermons For Lent/Easter
I don't test well. I know the material, but I'm not sure I gave that impression on the test. I' m not a good test taker.

I took the college entrance exam preparation course, and one thing you have to be able to do on this test is make a good guess. I didn't know the material, but I did great on the test. -- Go figure.

A young man comes into class and seats himself in his normal place.
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Proper 12 | OT 17
28 – Sermons
100+ – Illustrations / Stories
35 – Children's Sermons / Resources
23 – Worship Resources
22 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
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Proper 13 | OT 18
23 – Sermons
100+ – Illustrations / Stories
33 – Children's Sermons / Resources
23 – Worship Resources
20 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Proper 14 | OT 19
25 – Sermons
100+ – Illustrations / Stories
31 – Children's Sermons / Resources
19 – Worship Resources
22 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Proper 15 | OT 20
24 – Sermons
100+ – Illustrations / Stories
33 – Children's Sermons / Resources
22 – Worship Resources
19 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
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An elder came to see me asking why Lent and Advent put so much emphasis on confronting our need to repent. Shouldn’t we be focusing on problem solving and lifting spirits? After all, there were a lot of good people in the congregation who needed to be comforted rather than reminded of all the dark places in life.

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The PCC was aghast. They had expected to be without a vicar for some time, but they hadn't expected quite such a bombshell as that. After all, they'd paid their parish share regularly despite having such a tiny congregation, and had been looking forward to a new vicar eventually coming and pulling them out of the doldrums.


Marilyn Saure Breckenridge
Is there anything better to eat than fresh homemade bread? I don't think so. I have been told that if you are trying to sell your home and are showing it, you should bake some bread so the aroma of fresh bread greets the potential buyers. You are then appealing to two senses - sight and smell. I know it would affect me positively to walk into a home that smells of homemade bread. But even better than to smell it is to eat it.


(Note: If your church or community sponsors a specific "food bank" or relief agency, use that agency's name as the illustration in this lesson.)

Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you know the story about Jesus feeding more than 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish? (Let them answer.) If you remember that story, you'll remember that all those people were fed and when the meal was finished there were 12 baskets of food left over! That's an amazing story from the Bible, isn't it? We call it a

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