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Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas is a professor at St. Louis Christian College and on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored three Bible studies for CSS Publishing and is a contributor to Emphasis Online. He's also written two novellas and a young adult book.
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Can He Still Forgive? -- Mark 2:1-12 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
How Can I Handle The Stress Of Living? -- Mark 6:30-44 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
Am I Willing To Die To Myself? -- Mark 8:27-38 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked hi
Is Anything More Important Than Jesus? -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teach
How Can I Do What I Don't Want To Do? -- Mark 14:32-42 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He
What Am I Worth To Him? -- Mark 15:33-41 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
What Changed Because He Lives? -- Mark 16:1-8 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices
A Rose Among Thorns -- Luke 23:32-34 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.
An Island In A Sea Of Hate -- John 19:26-27 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his moth
A Last-Minute Reprieve -- Luke 23:39-43 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah
Cry Of The Forsaken -- Mark 15:33-34 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
Humanity Revealed -- John 19:28-29 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture
A Voice Of Triumph -- Luke 23:44-46, John 19:30 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while
Jesus: The Teacher -- Matthew 13:16-17 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
Jesus: The Preacher -- Luke 4:18-19 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
Jesus: The Miracle Worker -- John 11:40 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
Jesus: The Outraged -- Mark 11:15-17 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
Then they came to Jerusalem.
Jesus: The Servant Of All -- John 13:14-17 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
Jesus: The Sacrificed -- John 19:16-18 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
Jesus: The Savior -- John 20:17-18 -- Bill Thomas -- 2008
Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.

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The Christmas Stranger -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
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The Christmas Stranger Returns -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
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Handling Temptation -- Luke 4:1-13 -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wildern
Noted By Compassion -- Luke 8:40-56 -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.
Being Radical -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.
The Patient Teacher -- Luke 17:1-10 -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
Jesus said to his disciples, "Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by who
The Miraculous -- Luke 4:16-21 -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath d
A Small Visit Along The Way -- Luke 19:1-10 -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
He entered Jericho and was passing through it.
The Sacrifice -- Luke 23:36-46 -- Bill Thomas -- 2007
The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the K

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Sermon Illustrations for The Transfiguration (2021) -- 2 Kings 2:1-12, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9 -- Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 2021
2 Kings 2:1-12
Sermon Illustrations for Ash Wednesday (2021) -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, Isaiah 58:1-12 -- Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2021
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 1 (2021) -- Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15 -- Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Genesis 9:8-17
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 2 (2021) -- Mark 8:31-38, Romans 4:13-25, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 3 (2021) -- John 2:13-22, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Exodus 20:1-17 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Exodus 20:1-17
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2021) -- John 3:14-21, Ephesians 2:1-10, Numbers 21:4-9 -- Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Numbers 21:4-9
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 5 (2021) -- John 12:20-33, Hebrews 5:5-10, Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2021
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Sermon Illustrations for Passion Sunday (2021) -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Mark 14:1--15:47 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates -- Passion Sunday - B -- 2021
Isaiah 50:4-9
Sermon Illustrations for Maundy Thursday (2021) -- Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates -- Maundy Thursday - B -- 2021
Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14
Sermon Illustrations for Good Friday (2021) -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen -- Good Friday - B -- 2021
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Sermon Illustrations for Easter Day (2021) -- Isaiah 25:6-9, Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, John 20:1-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Easter Day - B -- 2021
Acts 10:34-43
Sermon Illustrations for Second Sunday of Easter (2021) -- Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 1:1--2:2, John 20:19-31 -- Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
Acts 4:32-35
Sermon Illustrations for the Third Sunday of Easter (2021) -- Acts 3:12-19, 1 John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36b-48 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
Acts 3:12-19
Sermon Illustrations for Easter 4 (2021) -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
Acts 4:5-12
Sermon Illustrations for the Fifth Sunday after Easter (2021) -- John 15:1-8, 1 John 4:7-21, Acts 8:26-40 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
Acts 8:26-40
Sermon Illustrations for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (2021) -- Acts 10:44-48, 1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17 -- Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
Acts 10:44-48
Sermon Illustrations for Ascension of the Lord (2021) -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2021
Acts 1:1-11
Sermon Illustrations for the Seventh Sunday of Easter (2021) -- Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, 1 John 5:9-13, John 17:6-19 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 2021
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Sermon Illustrations for New Year's Day (2021) -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Revelation 21:1-6a, Matthew 25:31-46 -- Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen -- New Year's Day - B -- 2021
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
Sermon Illustrations for Christmas 2 (2021) -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Second Sunday after Christmas - B -- 2021
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany of Our Lord (2016) -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2021
Isaiah 60:1-6
Sermon Illustrations for Baptism of Our Lord (2021) -- Genesis 1:1-5, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 2021
Genesis 1:1-5
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 (2021) -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2021
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 3 (2021) -- Jonah 3:1-5, 10, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 2021
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 4 (2021) -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 -- Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 2021
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
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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.

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“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)

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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.

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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:
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God's love brings us together.

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