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NULL -- Galatians 2:15-21 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2010
Verna along with her mother was shopping at local specialty shops in a revitalized downtown area of
NULL -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
Lynn recalls seeing a cartoon in a magazine with a small child asking, "Do caterpillars know they're
NULL -- 2 Kings 5:1-14 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2010
Shawn almost forgot about a meeting he said he would attend at his church.
NULL -- Colossians 1:1-14 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2010
Todd was sitting at his desk filled with despair.
NULL -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
It all began at a red light.
NULL -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
The women's and children shelter became a mission project for the women's circle at church.
NULL -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
It was one of those Sunday mornings we all have from time to time.
NULL -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2010
Several years ago Jackie was traveling with her two young children to visit her parents who lived an
NULL -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2010
Eric will admit that he is a collector who hates to throw anything away, even if the clothes no long
NULL -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Joanne had been away from the church for too many years.
NULL -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
A retired pastor tells of an experience when he was just starting out in ministry.
NULL -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
A friend from work asked Denny if he would like to go on a mission trip with him and other members o
NULL -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2010
Helena was excited about her vacation near historic Savannah, Georgia.
NULL -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
Mike grew up in the church and like many people began drifting away after graduating from high schoo
NULL -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
One Sunday morning Greg was struck by something his pastor said in his message.
NULL -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Karen asked her parents if they would be able to keep her cat while she and her family were away on
NULL -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2010
Michelle knows first hand the power of prayer. She remembers the time when she was newly married.
David's family had gone though some hard times... -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2010
David's family had gone though some hard times.
Ashley never knew her mother... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2010
Ashley never knew her mother, her parents divorced when she was very young.
NULL -- 2 Timothy 1:1-14 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2010
Linda knows first hand the value of having a supportive family.
NULL -- Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2010
Jordon honestly admits that he has always been skeptical about matters of faith.
NULL -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2010
It was a chance encounter that Joanne would later recognize as a God moment.
NULL -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
Cathy and her sister were asked to clear their mother's vegetable garden.
NULL -- Isaiah 65:17-25 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2010
Charity Bell is a graduate student who is also a foster parent.
NULL -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Timothy Smith -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Thanksgiving is always a special day for Alan and his extended family.

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Testing One, Two, Three... -- John 4:5-42, Romans 5:1-11, Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95 -- Keith Hewitt, Timothy Smith -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
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GOOD FRIDAY
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EASTER!
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18
In many European countries, early on Easter Monday, the girls come out of their homes wearing traditional red, black and white folkloric dress. The young men walk down the streets, also in traditional dress of high black boots, black hats, white shirts and cream-colored trousers. The men follow the girls playing instruments and the older women of the village have prepared a cornucopia of food.
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
The Pittsburgh Pirates had their last great baseball season in 1979. The Pirates had 98 wins and 64 losses that year and captured the National League East Division title by two games over the Montreal Expos. The Pirates then beat the Cincinnati Reds to win their ninth National League title, and they defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win their fifth World Series title.
David Kalas
From time to time, I’ll hear someone ask a speculative question that begins, “If a space alien showed up on earth, what would he think about...” The idea is to try to imagine what an outsider sees. If we could find someone without any familiarity or preconceived notions, what would he or she see and think.
Wayne Brouwer
In the blackness, in the bleakness, we need to sense God’s presence. We need to know that God is there, even if, like Job, we do not understand what is happening around us and inside of us. “The restless millions wait for the Light,” says George Bernanos, “Whose dawning maketh all things new.”

This is the dilemma of Israel in Egypt. This is the struggle of life in Corinth. This is the washing of waves surrounding Jesus and his disciples “on the night in which he was betrayed.”
Frank Ramirez
It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

Now do not despair. You can preach Easter every Sunday. For the earliest Christians every Sunday was Easter! Even so, if you’re feeling squeezed you can still take one of these passages and make an important point.

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For April 21, 2019:
  • Why Are You Weeping? by Dean Feldmeyer — One of the reasons it’s so hard to visualize a risen Christ is that we’ve hidden him behind a mountain of hollow, milk chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chickens.

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Keith Hewitt
David O. Bales
Contents
"Reflections of Grief" by Keith Hewitt
"Bearing Our Infirmities" by David O. Bales
"Abandoned?" by David O. Bales


Reflections of Grief
by Keith Hewitt
John 18:1--19:42

Keith Wagner
Contents
"Love Conquers All" by Keith Wagner
"Being together gives us Hope" by Keith Wagner



Love Conquers All
by Keith Wagner
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

For me, the heart of the psalmist’s message is his willingness to be a faithful servant, making commitments to God through sacrifice and love. It takes courage to live sacrificially, none the less our faith is strengthened and we become closer to God with our dedication and loyalty.
C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez

This Doesn’t Make Sense

by C. David McKirachan
Acts 10:34-43

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Arley K. Fadness
“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

Good Friday morning (evening) children,

Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn't it? Perhaps today, the day we remember our Lord Jesus died, we might call Bad Friday or Dark Friday or Sad Friday. But no, it's Good Friday.
Arley K. Fadness
“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (v. 14)

Good morning beautiful children,

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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Carlos Wilton
Theme For The Day
Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

First Lesson
Acts 10:34-43
Peter's Easter Testimony
Donald Charles Lacy
So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

David Kalas
We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

Across the many traditions within the Christian church, we call this sacrament by different names. The Roman Catholics refer to the Mass, while the Eastern Orthodox church uses the Divine Liturgy. A number of Protestant denominations call it the Eucharist, others holy communion, and still others the Lord's Supper.

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