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Tradition reworked -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- David Coffin -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2015
It finally has happened!
Restoration -- Job 42:1-6, 10-17, Hebrews 7:23-28, Mark 10:46-52 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
All three of the lessons for this day conclude cycles that have been developing for the last four we
A necessary mid-course correction -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1994
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The gift of God -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Reformation Sunday - B
Good morning! I'm sure all of you have gone to a birthday
The truth will make you free -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B
Good morning! Today is Reformation Sunday. What does the
We "fall short ..." -- Romans 3:19-28 (L) -- Reformation Sunday - B
I have a problem. There is a door that needs to be kept
The truth -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B
Good morning! I brought a picture of an eagle with me today
A gift from God -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Reformation Sunday - B
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought something with me this
The truth sets you free -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you have ever

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Reformation Day (2015) -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- Ron Love, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2015
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Sermon Illustrations for Reformation Day (2012) -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- Ron Love, Bob Ove, Cynthia E. Cowen, Mark J. Molldrem, Richard A. Hasler, Mark Ellingsen -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
Jeremiah 31:31-34
NULL -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
On Valentine's Day romantics old or young have the opportunity to declare their love.
NULL -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Bob Ove -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
Don't we really want that new contract!
NULL -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
John was furious! "Jane, how could you have done this?" Jane was mortified.
NULL -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Ron Love -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
Alecia Beth Moore, whose stage name is Pink, wrote an essay on her admiration for the singing talent
NULL -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
The heart of the Reformation message is that righteousness/salvation is not something we achieve by
NULL -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
Martin Luther was a troubled Augustinian monk trying to gain the assurance of his personal salvation
NULL -- John 8:31-36 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.
NULL -- John 8:31-36 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
"Please give me your attention," the flight attendant announced.
NULL -- John 8:31-36 -- Bob Ove -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
Abraham was not perfect. He had his ups and downs!
NULL -- John 8:31-36 -- Ron Love -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
Hans Rosling, 63, is trained in statistics and medicine.
Jesus himself is our Truth... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
Jesus himself is our Truth.
A Wall Street Journal... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
A Wall Street Journal cartoon has an eager salesman standing by a computer, saying to an over
Men of Science Never Talk... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
"Men of Science Never Talk That Way" screamed the editorial headlines in the New York Times i
Free! That is what we... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
Free!
Max Beckmann, German painter, created... -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
Max Beckmann, German painter, created a fascinating picture of life that has no vision of a center o
In the 1600s there was... -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
In the 1600s there was a philosopher by the name of Blaise Pascal.
When Jesus enters the life... -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
When Jesus enters the life of blind Bartimaeus, he is sitting on the side of the road.
When your dog looks at... -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
When your dog looks at the door, with tail wagging, it is clear that it is expecting someone to take
The gift of justification (being... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
The gift of justification (being made right with God) is equivalent to having a death sentence commu
The difference between Law and... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
The difference between Law and Grace is continually misunderstood.
After a while many biblical... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
After a while many biblical and theological words become used so much that the sharpness is taken fr
It's the law! No one... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
It's the law! No one seems to be getting as much bad press as police officers, not even attorneys!
There are some events in... -- Hebrews 7:23-28 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
There are some events in life that are unrepeatable and linger fondly in the human memory for a life

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Reformation Day -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2011
Theme of the DayFreedom! Collect of the Day
The Church is renewed -- Romans 3:19-28, Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 8:31-36 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: The Church is renewed as it opens itself to the transforming power of the gospel
Reformation Sunday -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- George M. Bass -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1990
Virtually all Lutheran calendars and lectionaries make provision for the celebration of Reformation
Reformation Sunday -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- George M. Bass -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1990
Virtually all Lutheran calendars and lectionaries make provision for the celebration of Reformation
Reformation Sunday -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Reformation Sunday - B
Theme For The Day

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The Dangers of Being Religious -- John 8:31-36 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2011
Jeff Foxworthy has made a career of telling redneck jokes.
God Begins Anew -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2008
In some ways the Old Testament lesson today (Jeremiah 31:31-34) may seem rather strange for Reformat
Ollie, Ollie, All In Free! -- John 8:31-36 -- Steven Molin -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2008
It is probably not theologically advisable to begin a sermon with a complaint, but I am going to def
Admitting The Real Truth -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Patrick J. Rooney -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2008
It does seem a bit unfair, putting me in the same category as Hitler, Stalin, or some of our more re
Looking In All The Wrong Places -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Lee Ann Dunlap -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2005
Author's Note: a fun way to animate this sermon might be to play sections of the several hit
Why God Has No Grandchildren -- John 8:31-36 -- Stan Purdum -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2005
Children of pastors have their share of strange experiences.
Covenant Of The Heart; Sacred Signature -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- H. Alan Stewart -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2002
Marriage is a covenant.
Heart Transplant -- John 8:31-36 -- Cathy A. Ammlung -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2002
Imagine the scene: you are in the doctor's office, an array of EKGs, echocardiograms, and other test
Sweet Surrender -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Harold C. Warlick, Jr. -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2002
John Bradshaw tells a parable about a prisoner in a dark cave.1 The man was sentenced to die.
Telling the Truth -- John 8:31-36 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1999
You catch your child with his hand in the cookie jar just after you have told him, "Hands off!" But
Liberating Truth -- John 8:31-36 -- William G. Carter -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1996
During the 1960s, Sherwood Schwartz wrote and produced a number of hit television shows.
Winners -- Losers -- John 8:31-36 -- Thomas Peterson -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1990
The world is filled with winners and losers. Jesus knew all about being a winner.
Renewal of the New -- Jeremiah 31:31-32 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1990
"What's new?" is the question we often ask of a person whom we haven't seen for some time.
Reformation Sunday -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- George Paul Mocko -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1987
That Reformation Theme of How You Can't Find God in Head, Heart, or Hands: Something Jeremiah, Paul

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Why God has no grandchildren -- John 8:31-36 -- Stan Purdum -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2006
Children of pastors have their share of strange experiences. As a teenager, I went one day

Stories

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The Flower -- John 8:31-36, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, Psalm 46 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
Contents"The Flower" by Keith Hewitt
Mistaken Identity -- John 8:31-36, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, Psalm 46 -- Argile Smith, John E. Sumwalt, C. David Mckirachan -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2009
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Mistaken Identity" by Argile Smith

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Where Would We Be Without...? -- Romans 3:19-28 -- David E. Leininger -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2008
"For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law" (v. 28).
Seeing With New Eyes -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Constance Berg -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1999
Rudy looked around. He couldn't believe it. It had finally ended. He was free.

Worship

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How Good It Is To Live As One -- Psalm 133 -- Clyde W. Wentzell -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2008
1. How good it is to live as one In unity and love,
Theme: Never Been There -- Never Done That -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Frank Ramirez -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2005
Call To Worship (Revelation 2:3-5) One:
A New Covenant -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2002
Call To Worship
I Will Be Your God -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
the Protestant Reformation -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1990
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John Jamison
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” (vv. 30-32)

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For June 13, 2021:
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David Kalas
The old aphorism claims that “seeing is believing.”  Doubting Thomas might agree. And so, too, would the present culture, which seems increasingly to prefer the physical over the metaphysical. We believe what we can see, but we are skeptical of what we cannot. 
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Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
1 Samuel 15:3--16:13

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John E. Sumwalt
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“A Person’s A Person” by Frank Ramirez
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Mark 4:26-34

He did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. (Mark 4:34)

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Stephen P. McCutchan
1 Samuel 15:34--16:13
Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
-- 1 Samuel 16:7

Gregory L. Tolle
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. (vv. 1-4)

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I've got a home in that kingdom -- ain't that good news.
I've got a home in that kingdom -- ain't that good news.
I'm gonna lay down this world, I'm gonna shoulder up my cross,
I'm gonna take it home to my Jesus, ain't that good news.
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Richard E. Zajac
"... It is like mustard seed ... the smallest of all the earth's seeds ... yet ... springs up to become the largest of shrubs ..."

A mustard seed yields power in different ways.

We are all, I believe, familiar with the story of the Titanic. An unsinkable ship on its maiden voyage strikes an iceberg. The ship goes down, over a thousand people die. It's an amazing story, which is why it's been told not only on the silver screen and on Broadway, but in countless books as well.

Stan Purdum
It seems to me that the so-called "reality" television shows that have proliferated on the airwaves recently have introduced some new lows in the quality of broadcasting, and one of the more unwholesome -- and dare I say even ungodly -- notions they have reinforced is that what you look like is a measure of your value as a person.

Two shows in particular promote this view: Extreme Makeover and Average Joe.

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