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God's love pursues us relentlessly -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
The after-Easter scriptures are wonderful to preach.
The posture of love -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015
One of the popular songs of the mid-1960s sweetly declared, “What the world needs now is love.” That
I know my sheep -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
I was saddened beyond expression when the news reached me that a dear friend had taken his life.
At least God is greater -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18, Psalm 23 -- David A. Davis -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
A newly minted pastor heads out for a pastoral visit to the home of one the saints in the church.
Worthy adversaries -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
Complacency is surely one of the many problems plaguing contemporary Christianity in the United Stat
In Christ we are whole -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
Again, in keeping with the theme from previous weeks, the power of the resurrected Christ predominat
From boredom to boldness -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
One of the dangers the followers of Jesus face in any age is staying alert to the magnificence of ou
Now I lay me down to love -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
I have three young daughters. One of them in particular would say that she is an animal

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God's love pursues us relentlessly -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
The after-Easter scriptures are wonderful to preach.

Children's sermon

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Good Shepherds? -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
Greener Pastures -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015

This week’s lectionary texts center around the theme of the Good Shepherd, who “restores [our] so

Shepherds And Crooks -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
This Sunday is often colloquially referred to as "Good Shepherd Sunday" because of the lectionary te
The Good Shepherd And The Good Mother:a Tough Job Description -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Car-Nation And Christianity -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Carter Shelley, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B

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Action, not words -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Good morning, boys and girls.
It's not complicated -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Good morning! I want to show you something today and see
Active love -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Good morning! This morning I brought a friend of mine I love
Love by action! -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Good morning, boys and girls. (Hold up the cash register
Love by action! -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Good morning, boys and girls. (Hold up the cash register
Showing God's love -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Good morning, boys and girls. Today I want to talk about the kind of love that God gives to you.

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Easter 4 -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2008
Acts 4:5-12

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Sermon Illustrations for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (2018) -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
Acts 4:5-12
Sermon Illustrations for the Fourth Sunday after Easter (2015) -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015
Acts 4:5-12
Sermon Illustrations for the Fourth Sunday after Easter (2012) -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
Acts 4:5-12
Debra Farrington calls our attention to a children's book... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
Debra Farrington calls our attention to a children's book written by Kenneth Grahame titled Wind
It is so easy for us to look at our bank accounts and think that we're not making a lot of money... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Craig Kelly -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
It is so easy for us to look at our bank accounts and think that we're not making a lot of money.
Acts 4:5-12br... -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2009

Acts 4:5-12
There is an old Japanese... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2009
There is an old Japanese legend of a man who died and went to heaven.
A Midwestern church has successfully... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2009
A Midwestern church has successfully partnered with an African-American congregation in their city.
We passed him every single... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2009
We passed him every single day.
To most of the world... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
To most of the world, Mary Silzel is just another grandmother cruising the merchandise on eBay.
Love is neither an easy... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
Love is neither an easy nor natural response to those around us.
Those with privilege have a... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2003
Those with privilege have a responsibility to those without it.
Stephen Carter in The Culture... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
Stephen Carter in The Culture of Disbelief explores the ramifications of a culture that was raised n
A young writer went to... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
A young writer went to an editor with some poems he had written, hoping he could get them published.
When I served as chair... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
When I served as chair of a church growth committee relating to three denominations, I discovered th
In Sacramento, California, the city... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2000
In Sacramento, California, the city government has claimed that a group that works with homeless and
The young curate lived alone... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
The young curate lived alone in an apartment.
In the Charles Schulz familiar... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1997
In the Charles Schulz familiar comic strip Peanuts, Linus and Charlie Brown are all bundled up with
If life has any purpose... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
If life has any purpose
any point, however small,
any lasting meaning,
At the funeral, the word... -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1994
At the funeral, the word most often spoken about Doug was determination.

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Good Shepherds? -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
Greener Pastures -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015

This week’s lectionary texts center around the theme of the Good Shepherd, who “restores [our] so

Shepherds And Crooks -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
This Sunday is often colloquially referred to as "Good Shepherd Sunday" because of the lectionary te
The Good Shepherd And The Good Mother:a Tough Job Description -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Car-Nation And Christianity -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Carter Shelley, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B

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Good Shepherds? -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
Greener Pastures -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015

This week’s lectionary texts center around the theme of the Good Shepherd, who “restores [our] so

Shepherds And Crooks -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
This Sunday is often colloquially referred to as "Good Shepherd Sunday" because of the lectionary te
The Good Shepherd And The Good Mother:a Tough Job Description -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Car-Nation And Christianity -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Carter Shelley, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B

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Easter 4 -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2011
Theme of the Day
Fourth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2005
Revised Common
Acts 4:5-12
1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18

Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Acts 4:5-12 (C); Acts 4:8-12 (RC)
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gathers us, saves us and keeps his flock together. -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gathers us, saves us and keeps his flock together
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
Peter and John are standing before the Sanhedrin to give an
Fourth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- George M. Bass -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1990
This is Good Shepherd Sunday, which occurs, as earlier commentary has pointed out, one week later in
Fourth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- George M. Bass -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1990
This is Good Shepherd Sunday, which occurs, as earlier commentary has pointed out, one week later in
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Seasonal Theme

Sermon

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Good Shepherds? -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
Greener Pastures -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015

This week’s lectionary texts center around the theme of the Good Shepherd, who “restores [our] so

Shepherds And Crooks -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
This Sunday is often colloquially referred to as "Good Shepherd Sunday" because of the lectionary te
The Good Shepherd And The Good Mother:a Tough Job Description -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Car-Nation And Christianity -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Carter Shelley, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B

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Love In Action -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Nancy Kraft -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2008
Love one another. It sounds so simple, doesn't it?
Training The Heart -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2002
Not long ago I heard about one more study done with rats.
Making Love Visible -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- John A. Stroman -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
How do you like being addressed as "little children"?
Love In Action -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- 1997
One of the enduring images of both the Old Testament and New Testament scriptures is that of the goo

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Unconditional Love In Action -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
In the winter gales in Norfolk earlier this year, a young boy was out walking the dog with his b

Stories

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Living Without Fear -- Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Psalm 23 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
Contents
“Living Without Fear” by Keith Wagner
Ordinary And Uneducated -- Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Psalm 23 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015
Contents
"Ordinary and Uneducated" by Frank Ramirez

Then Peter -- John 10:11-18, Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, Psalm 23 -- Lamar Massingill, John A. Stroman -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
Contents
"Then Peter" by Lamar Massingill
Love In Deed -- John 10:11-18, Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, Psalm 23 -- Craig Kelly, Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2009
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Love in Deed" by Craig Kelly
As Much As Jesus Loves His Sheep... -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Constance Berg, Charles Cammarata, Peter C. Garrison -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Contents
What's Up This Week

SermonStudio

Love In Action -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2005
Love In Action

Worship

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Good Shepherds? -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
Greener Pastures -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015

This week’s lectionary texts center around the theme of the Good Shepherd, who “restores [our] so

Shepherds And Crooks -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
This Sunday is often colloquially referred to as "Good Shepherd Sunday" because of the lectionary te
The Good Shepherd And The Good Mother:a Tough Job Description -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Car-Nation And Christianity -- John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23 -- Carter Shelley, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B

SermonStudio

Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18, Psalm 23 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
From 1 John 3:16-24.
Leader:
By The Name Of Jesus -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- James R. Wilson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1996
Call To Worship
Leader: Christ is our hope and our salvation. Let us praise the Lord!
Let Us Love -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3:16-24 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP
Approach God with confidence. Do what God approves and ask what

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Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
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Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Jeremiah 17:5-10
On Sunday, August 5, 2012, Garrett Reid killed himself in the dorm room at Lehigh University where the Philadelphia Eagles were holding training camp. Garrett is the oldest son of the Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. Garrett had a history of drug problems and even spent some time in prison on drug related charges. Andy Reid told the team’s owner that in this difficult situation he would continue to move forward, saying “I’m going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park.”
Ron L.

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Wayne Brouwer
There is a powerful scene in Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons. The story is that of Sir Thomas More, loyal subject of the English crown. King Henry VIII wants to change things to suit his own devious plans, so he requires all his nobles to swear an oath of allegiance which violates the conscience of Sir Thomas More before his God. Since he will not swear the oath, More is put in jail. His daughter Margaret comes to visit him. “Meg,” he calls her, with affection. She’s his pride and joy, the one who thinks his thoughts after him.

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“...for power came out of him and healed all of them.” (v. 19b)

Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

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David O. Bales
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“A Messianic Message?” by David O. Bales
“Blissful? Agnosticism” by David O. Bales


A Messianic Message?
by David O. Bales
Luke 6:17-26

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We tend to think of Saints as special holy people who are perhaps not quite real. But in this reading, Jesus makes it clear that those who are very ordinary because they are poor, or hungry, or sad, or otherwise disadvantaged in some way, are especially blessed. This is a story about Casper, who spoke in fun but found his words were taken rather seriously.

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Cynthia E. Cowen
"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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