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Bitter medicine -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B
Teachers or Parents: The "bitter cup" Jesus had to take goes against our sense of fairness.

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Children's Activity Bulletin: John 18:1--19:42 -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - B

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Children's Activity Bulletin: John 19:17-30 -- John 19:17-30 -- Good Friday - B

Commentary

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Good Friday Gifts -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- David Coffin -- Good Friday - B -- 2024
All of today’s texts have a gift for our spiritual journey on this day.
Faces at a Funeral -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, John 18:1--19:42, Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Good Friday - B -- 2021
Today is Good Friday. Or Death Day. Or the day of tragedy.
The tomb was sealed and the men went home -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Good Friday - B -- 2018
As we come to Good Friday, I am reminded of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Climbing in the light -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Good Friday - B -- 2015
The story of God's love in the Bible focuses on Jesus. But Jesus did not appear in a vacuum.
It's all about Jesus -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
The story of God's love in the Bible focuses on Jesus. But Jesus did not appear in a vacuum.
The way up is down -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2000
The shroud of death covers our world. The sanctuary is dark, and the Table bare.
The triumph of the cross -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 1994
Imagine this scenario: a small religious group in America catches the headlines with their novel bel
Good? -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9, John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 1991
What is good about Good Friday?
Suffering -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 4:14-16, John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B
It is clear that the writers of the New Testament accept the suffering role of God's Messiah and wri

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Faces at a Funeral -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, John 18:1--19:42, Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Good Friday - B -- 2021
Today is Good Friday. Or Death Day. Or the day of tragedy.

Children's bulletin

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Children's Activity Bulletin: John 18:1--19:42 -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - B

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Children's Activity Bulletin: John 19:17-30 -- John 19:17-30 -- Good Friday - B

Children's sermon

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It Is Over! -- John 18:1--19:42 -- John Jamison -- Good Friday - B -- 2024
Object: A big rock.* * *
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
Finished! -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Good Friday - B -- 2018
“When Jesus had received the wine, he said, 'It is finished.' Then he bowed his head and gav
When Friends Betray Us -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Anna Shirey -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: This is probably one of the darkest lessons we will have to teach our childre
Written down! -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Good Friday - B
God says that a day is coming when he will put his laws in
Bitter medicine -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B
Peter and the other followers of Jesus didn't want Jesus to suffer.

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Good Friday (2024) -- 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 -- 2024
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
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 Good Friday (2018) -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen -- Good Friday - B -- 2018
Isaiah 52:13-55:12
Sermon Illustrations for Good Friday (2015) -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Frank Ramirez, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen -- Good Friday - B -- 2015
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Sermon Illustrations for Good Friday (2012) -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Ken and Carol Dorushka went to Safeway that morning... -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Ron Love -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
Ken and Carol Dorushka went to Safeway that morning to get a few items for lunch and to greet their
From the early years of the church... -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
From the early years of the church people of faith have been responding to the call of the writer of
I love going to concerts... -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Craig Kelly -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
I love going to concerts. It always thrills me to hear bands I love playing my favorite songs live.
There seems each year that there is a doomsayer... -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Ron Love -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
There seems each year that there is a doomsayer who is predicting the end of the world.
Isaiah 52:13--53:12... -- John 18:1--19:42, Hebrews 10:16-25, Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Ronald Dahl wrote a short... -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
Ronald Dahl wrote a short story called "Lamb to the Slaughter," about a woman who killed her husband
Two movies have been made... -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
Two movies have been made adapting Elleston Trevor's novel The Flight of the Phoenix. In a sa
The prophet Isaiah offers a... -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
The prophet Isaiah offers a glimmer of hope, assuring the people of Israel that salvation and a new
Once there was a priest... -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
Once there was a priest who struggled with forgiveness. He lived in the Philippines.
By Good Friday morning the... -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
By Good Friday morning the disciples might very well have asked themselves, "How could everything go
She had a way about... -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
She had a way about her, there was no doubting that.
Part of the reason this... -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
Part of the reason this Good Friday gospel speaks to us is because of the way it is told.
When we were children, my... -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
When we were children, my neighbor and I went hunting with our fathers.
Tonight we stand at the... -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
Tonight we stand at the foot of the cross.
As a symbol, the cross... -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2003
As a symbol, the cross has shown up in a number of surprising places, but as far as we know, it was
Years ago, some island missionaries... -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2003
Years ago, some island missionaries brought the gospel to places it had never been before.
In the unforgettable musical, Man... -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2003
In the unforgettable musical, Man of La Mancha, we meet Aldonza, a waitress by day and a harlot by n
Czeslaw Milosz, U. S. winner... -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B -- 2003
Czeslaw Milosz, U. S.

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Deliverance from Hell -- 1 Peter 4:1-8 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Good Friday - B -- 2024
For this is reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they had been jud
Not Forsaken -- John 18:1--19:42, Psalm 22 -- John E. Sumwalt, Frank Ramirez -- Good Friday - B -- 2021
Contents“Not Forsaken” by John Sumwalt

Poems

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Good Friday -- John 19:17-30 -- Andrew Daughters -- Good Friday - B -- 1990
Is it nothing to you that He hung on the cross?Is it nothing to you who pass by,

Prayer

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The triumphant tragedy of the cross -- John 18:1Ä19:42 -- Dennis Koch -- Good Friday - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: More than the Synoptic accounts, John consistently views the

Preaching

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Good Friday -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Good Friday - B -- 2011
Theme of the DayA vulnerable God struggles to overcome our sin.
Psalm 22 -- Psalm 22 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
The opening words of this psalm are etched in the minds of millions of people.
Good Friday -- Psalm 22 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Good Friday - B -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Good Friday, Cycle A; Lent 2, Cycle B; and Pro
Good Friday -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1--19:42 -- Carlos Wilton -- Good Friday - B -- 2005
Revised Common Isaiah 52:13--53:12 Hebrews 10:16-25 John 18:1--19:42
Good Friday -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Good Friday - B -- 2001
We might call this reading from Second Isaiah "The Great Reversal," because that is what it is about
Good Friday -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Good Friday - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 52:13„53:12 (C, RC, E)
Healing and eternal life through the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Good Friday - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: Healing and eternal life through the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ, God's
Good Friday -- Psalm 22:1-18 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Good Friday - B -- 1993
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me,
Good Friday -- John 18:1-19:42, Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42 -- George M. Bass -- Good Friday - B -- 1990
The readings:John 18:1--19:42
Good Friday -- John 18:1-19:42, Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42 -- George M. Bass -- Good Friday - B -- 1990
The readings:John 18:1--19:42
Good Friday -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Good Friday - B
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Out of Control -- John 18:1--19:42 -- John Jamison -- Good Friday - B -- 2015
Note to the preacher:
From the Courtroom to the Cross -- A King's Journey -- John 18:1--19:42 -- John W. Clarke -- Good Friday - B -- 2011
John records more details of the crucial events of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus than any other
God's Incredible Gift -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- David H. Webb -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
The servant song in our Old Testament lesson from Isaiah has been the traditional Old Testament read
A Death On A Long Friday -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Ken Lentz -- Good Friday - B -- 2008
After dying in a car crash, three friends went to heaven for orientation.
Silence And Darkness -- John 18:1--19:42 -- John S. Smylie -- Good Friday - B -- 2008
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
How Do We Make Sense Of This? -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Nancy Kraft -- Good Friday - B -- 2008
Good Friday is a hard day. It's depressing and it's confusing.
It's All About Jesus -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Ron Lavin -- Good Friday - B -- 2005
It's All About Jesus
Dave, Tell Me About The Cross -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- John T. Ball -- Good Friday - B -- 2005
Dave, having just finished seminary, and before leaving for doctoral studies on the west coast, drov
Where Are You From? -- John 18:1--19:42 -- David T. Ball -- Good Friday - B -- 2005
Whenever we travel, we come into contact with new people.
Cross Connections -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Robert A. Noblett -- Good Friday - B -- 2002
Good Friday is not an easy day on which to preach, nor is what happened on Good Friday easy to expla
Stop The Offerings! -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Good Friday - B -- 2002
Go with me to the year 1968, to the basement of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Silver Spri
The Cross Reminds Us Who Jesus Is -- Who We Are -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- John A. Stroman -- Good Friday - B -- 1999
The writer of Hebrews has been building up to this moment.
Held In His Arms -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Good Friday - B -- 1999
Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for collec
Junk Food And Holy Tables Or The Cup Of Good Friday -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Donna E. Schaper -- Good Friday - B -- 1999
Bread and wine go with communion the way turkey goes with Thanksgiving. They belong to each other.
The Sadness Of God -- Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Good Friday - B -- 1999
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel tells a haunting story from the concentration camps.
The Spice Of Death -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Good Friday - B -- 1996
Good Friday draws us to the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ that we might concentrate and meditate on
Mr. Sandman -- John 18:1Ä19:42 -- Charles Michael Mills -- Good Friday - B -- 1993
Mr. Sandman cowers in craven fear near a blazing fire before
All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Durwood L. Buchheim -- Good Friday - B -- 1993
In the middle 1960s, a seminary student interned in a Lutheran
In Turning to God -- John 18:2-3; 25-27 -- Edward R. Mangelsdorf -- Good Friday - B -- 1975
Picture in your mindOur Lord and His disciples at the Last Supper.
Death Leads To Life -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Good Friday - B
Long ago on a high mountaintop three trees were speaking about their future dreams.

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Silence And Darkness -- John 18:1--19:42 -- John S. Smylie -- Good Friday - B -- 2008
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Stories

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Deliverance from Hell -- 1 Peter 4:1-8 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Good Friday - B -- 2024
For this is reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they had been jud
Not Forsaken -- John 18:1--19:42, Psalm 22 -- John E. Sumwalt, Frank Ramirez -- Good Friday - B -- 2021
Contents“Not Forsaken” by John Sumwalt
For Our Sakes -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Psalm 22, John 18:1--19:42, Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Good Friday - B -- 2018
Contents “For Our Sakes” by Peter Andrew Smith
The Bitter End -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Psalm 22 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Good Friday - B -- 2015
Contents "The Bitter End" by Keith Hewitt
Incarnation -- John 18:1--19:42, Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, Psalm 22 -- C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez, Keith Hewitt -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
Contents"Regrets" by Keith Hewitt "Incarnation" by C. David McKirachan
The Lamb -- John 18:1--19:42, Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, Psalm 22 -- Keith Hewitt, David O. Bales, Larry Winebrenner, Peter Andrew Smith, Sandra Herrmann -- Good Friday - B -- 2009
ContentsWhat’s Up This Week "The Lamb" by Keith Hewitt

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Sunday's Comin' -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- David E. Leininger -- Good Friday - B -- 2008
"Hope springs eternal in the human breast." "Where there's life, there's hope." You might have heard
He Took It All Back -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Good Friday - B -- 2005
He Took It All Back
An Hour To Think -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Constance Berg -- Good Friday - B -- 1999
Tim wanted to get home. It would be so good to see Meg and the children again.
The Power Of The Cross -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- John E. Sumwalt, Wendy Wosoba -- Good Friday - B
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws

Worship

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The Darkness Sweeps Around Me -- Psalm 22 -- Clyde W. Wentzell -- Good Friday - B -- 2008
1. The darkness sweeps around me; Anguish on me descends;
Theme: Believe It Or Not! -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Frank Ramirez -- Good Friday - B -- 2005
Call To Worship (based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25) One:
Good Friday -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12, John 18:1--19:42, Psalm 22 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Good Friday - B -- 2005
Call To WorshipSelected verses from Psalm 22. Leader:
The Suffering Servant -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Good Friday - B -- 2002
Call To WorshipLeader: He was despised and rejected by others.
By A Perversion Of Justice -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12, John 18:1-19:42 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Good Friday - B -- 1999
Call To WorshipLeader: He was wounded for our transgressions.
The Last Days -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Good Friday - B -- 1993
The events surrounding the last hours of Jesus' life. -- John 18:1-19:42, John 19:17-30 -- Good Friday - B -- 1990
Again, use an order of worship different from your usual order.Suggestion:
The Last Hours of Jesus' Life -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Good Friday - B
To prepare for Good Friday, reread the material for Ash Wednesday.

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The Darkness Sweeps Around Me -- Psalm 22 -- Clyde W. Wentzell -- Good Friday - B -- 2008
1. The darkness sweeps around me; Anguish on me descends;
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David Kalas
In the sometimes-tiresome debate over science and scripture with respect to creation, it’s easy to become distracted. While the argument typically requires a focus on the how, we may lose sight of the what. And so, for just a moment, let me invite us to think for a moment about what God created.
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 8:26-40
As a local church pastor, I was often asked if I would baptize a child whose family were not members of the church. Some churches rebelled against this, but I remember this scripture -the hunger for understanding and inclusion of the Eunuch and Philp’s response – to teach and share and baptize in the name of our God. How could we turn anyone away from the rite of baptism?

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Peter Andrew Smith
“Dad, I think you worked a miracle.” Rolf slowly walked around the tree. “After that windstorm, I assumed this tree was as good as gone.”

“We just needed to give the branches time to heal and come back,” Michael replied.

 “I know, but so many of them were battered and broken I figured that it couldn’t recover. Now though it looks just like it did before the storm.” Rolf paused. “Do you think it will bear any fruit this summer?”

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John Jamison
Object: A live plant that produces fruit, and a broken branch from that plant. I used a tomato plant from a local greenhouse. Ideally, find a plant with blossoms or small fruit already growing. If you use a different kind of fruit-producing plant, just change the script to fit.

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Christopher Keating
Katy Stenta
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
Elena Delhagen
Dean Feldmeyer
Quantisha Mason-Doll
For April 28, 2024:
  • On The Way To Gaza by Chris Keating based on Acts 8:26-40. On the way to Gaza, Philip discovers the startling ways the Spirit of God moves across borders, boundaries, customs, and traditions.
  • Second Thoughts: Abiding by Katy Stenta based on John 15:1-8.
  • Sermon illustrations by Mary Austin, Tom Willadsen, Elena Delhagen, Dean Feldmeyer.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. In our service today, let us absorb from the vine all the nourishment we need.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our branches become cut off from the vine.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes our branches are withered.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we fail to produce good fruit.
Lord, have mercy.

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Stan Purdum
We will meet Psalm 22 in its entirety on Good Friday, but here the lectionary designates just verses 23-31. The lectionary psalms generally illuminate the week's First Lesson, which in this case is about the covenant initiated by God with Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 17. The nine verses from this psalm, while not inappropriate, nonetheless leave us looking for an obvious connection with the First Lesson.

John S. Smylie
I think some people are natural-born gardeners. Our Lord grew up in a society that was familiar with agriculture. The images that he used to explain the ways of his Father in heaven are familiar to his audience. Growing up, my closest experience to agriculture was living in, "the Garden State." Most people, when they pass through New Jersey, are surprised to see that expression on the license plates of vehicles registered in New Jersey. Most folks traveling through New Jersey experience the megalopolis, the corridor between New York City and Washington DC.
Ron Lavin
A pastor in Indiana went to visit an 87-year-old man named Ermil, who was a hospital patient. A member of his church told the pastor about this old man who was an acquaintance. "He's not a believer, but he is really in need," the church member said. "I met him at the county home for the elderly. He's a lonely old man with no family and no money."

Paul E. Robinson
"Love is a many splendored thing...." Or so we heard Don Cornwall and the Four Aces sing time and again. Of course you or I might have other words to describe love, depending on our situation.

Love. "I love you." "I love to play golf." "I just love pistachio lush!" "It's tough to love some people." "Jesus loves me, this I know."

Love.

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