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Big numbers -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2011
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Clean indeed -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
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Doin' time -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2011
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Dear heavenly Father... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2011
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Good works -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2011
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Repentance -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Produce aisle -- Matthew 21:33-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2011
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Detail work -- Matthew 22:1-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
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No fear -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Money, money, money -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
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Here in this place -- John 4:5-42 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Love -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
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Hard work -- John 9:1-41 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Copycat -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2011
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Mary stayed at home -- John 11:1-45 -- Leah Thompson -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Fair play -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- All Saints Day - A -- 2011
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Betrayed -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
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Be prepared -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
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Feet -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2011
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Wall street -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2011
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Just deserts -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Leah Thompson -- Good Friday - A -- 2011
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For you -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
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Arise! -- John 20:1-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
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Rate of response -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
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Peace be with you -- John 20:19-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
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Focus -- Mark 1:9-15 -- John Jamison -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.) Who can tell me what I have here in my hand?
Follow Me! -- Mark 8:31-38 -- John Jamison -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disci
Real Value -- John 2:13-22 -- John Jamison -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tabl
Night Lights -- John 3:14-21 -- John Jamison -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Note: Just be aware that some children may feel embarrassed if others knew they use
Being Seed-y -- John 12:20-33 -- John Jamison -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Object: A tomato seed and a tomato to cut open.
Pieces of Silver -- Mark 14:1--15:47 -- John Jamison -- Passion Sunday - B -- 2021
Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you this morning.
Washing Your Feet -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- John Jamison -- Maundy Thursday - B -- 2021
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Isc
What’s So Good About It? -- John 18:1--19:42 -- John Jamison -- Good Friday - B -- 2021
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They
Missing Easter! -- Mark 16:1-8 -- John Jamison -- Easter Day - B -- 2021
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so
Seeing Jesus! -- John 20:19-31 -- John Jamison -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails
Being Jesus! -- Luke 24:36b-48 -- John Jamison -- Third Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peac
Being Good Shepherds -- John 10:11-18 -- John Jamison -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows m
Vines and Branches -- John 15:1-8 -- John Jamison -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
“I am the vine; you are the branches.
The Jesus Game! -- John 15:9-17 -- John Jamison -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Something Special -- Luke 24:44-53 -- John Jamison -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2021
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
Aliens! -- John 17:6-19 -- John Jamison -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your wo
Words! -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- John Jamison -- Second Sunday after Christmas - B -- 2021
Objects: Notecards with phrases written on them, big enough for everyone to see.
Big Decisions! -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2021
Hi everyone!
Where Is God? -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- John Jamison -- New Year's Day - B -- 2021
Hi everyone! Happy New Year! (Let them respond.)
Appearances! -- Mark 1:4-11 -- John Jamison -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 2021
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the fo
What God Sees! -- John 1:43-51 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2021
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the fo
Follow Me! -- Mark 1:14-20 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 2021
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.
Amazed! -- Mark 1:21-28 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 2021
Objects: There are two pieces for this message; a simple magic trick and a badge or
Free Refills! -- Mark 1:29-39 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 2021
Can anyone tell me what I have here? (Show the cup and let them respond.) Yes!
What Difference Does It Make? -- Mark 9:2-9 -- John Jamison -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 2021
Object: You have a choice!
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John Jamison
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
John Jamison
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Katy Stenta
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Frank Ramirez
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar. By contrast, Ascension Day often falls by the wayside, unless it happens to fall on a Sunday. It’s something Jesus did, but it’s not necessarily a significant event in the lives of many churches. These three texts, however, illustrate the central importance of this event, which is the capstone of the ministry of Jesus.
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:1-11
There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!

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Constance Berg
Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
How many of you know what BASE jumping is? BASE jumping is the very scary sport of jumping off Buildings, Antennae, Spans, and Earth objects. If you want to do it more than once, you jump with a parachute or perhaps a hang glider. Some of you may have seen examples of this daring sport on television.

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John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."

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Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
Contents
“Not the Hour or the Day” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Closer To Heaven” by David O. Bales
“Power To Change Nature … and People” by David O. Bales
 

Not the Hour or the Day
by Peter Andrew Smith
Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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