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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

God's Love Is In All Of Creation -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
The lessons for the Sixth Sunday of Easter direct us to sermons on the great things God’s love does,
Lives transformed -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
What if the resurrection happened and no one told anyone about it?
The life of trust and courage -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Acts 17:22-31
Idol-rife -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21, Psalm 66:8-20 -- William H. Shepherd, Schuyler Rhodes -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
In Garret Kreizer's novel, God of Beer (2002), the high school social studies teacher tells t
Our known God -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21, Psalm 66:8-20 -- David Kalas -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Pulling off the exit ramp on a highway in Pennsylvania, I saw a sign that caught my
My other car is a UFO -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Are you planning a vacation to visit the relatives?
Church and world -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Perhaps no issues are more difficult in Christian preaching and teaching than the relationship of th
Bridging the gap -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996

Bridging the gap from the divine to the human, from God's
Idol-rife -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
In Garret Kreizer's novel, God of Beer (2002), the high school social studies teacher tells t

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Standing On The Promises -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In the lectionary text from the gospel of John for the sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus promises the di
Feeling Like Orphans -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014

The lectionary passages this week reassure us of God’s presence and care for us, even in the most

The Unknown Gods Of Righteousness -- John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
The Sixth Sunday of Easter falls this year on Memorial Day weekend in America, which provides an int
Illustrations For April 27, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
When we are responding to the issue of other faiths and the response of Christians to them, it is wi
E Pluribus Unum -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Of all the "buzz" words in our society, "tolerance" is one that seems to have reached iconic status.
Speaking Our Truth -- Acts 17: 22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Chris Ewing -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
"(The Apostle Peter's) current successor," declared the newly minted Benedict XVI in his first papal

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Covered -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Leah Thompson -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you -- not as a removal of dirt from the body, but
Good or bad? -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God's will, than
Eager to do good -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
Hi there, boys and girls! How many of you have rules that you have to follow at home?
Be prepared! -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning! Does anyone know what this book is? (Show the
Listen to your conscience -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning! We are told to keep our conscience clear. What
That's the Spirit -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought a balloon with me this
Telling others about Jesus -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Have you ever invited someone to church?

Devotional

SermonStudio

Easter 6 -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope th

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Easter 6 (2017) -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Frank Ramirez, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Acts 17:22-31
Sermon Illustrations for Easter 6 (2014) -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Acts 17:22-31
We see in the news... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Bob Ove -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
We see in the news that the president and some in Congress try to do good, but their "good" is often
NULL -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Acts 17:22-31
NULL -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Craig Kelly -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Once, when I was a university student, I went to a debate between a well-known Christian apologist a
Thomas Aquinas said, The most... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Thomas Aquinas said, "The most hopeful people in the world are the young and the
Even if you suffer for... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
"Even if you suffer for doing right you are blessed." Recently, I spent an hour with a
Acts 17:22-31 What... -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Acts 17:22-31
There are a couple of... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
There are a couple of things that render the law incapable of providing us with salvation from our s
Joan was trying to discern... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Joan was trying to discern if she had a call to ordained ministry.
When the fire broke out... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
When the fire broke out in Tommy's bedroom, the flames grew quickly.
In 1861 Senator Andrew Johnson... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
In 1861 Senator Andrew Johnson of Tennessee attended the first inauguration of Abraham Lincoln and h
Life in a barrio can... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Life in a barrio can be very difficult. But some choose to return after an absence of some sort.
In one of the dark... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
In one of the dark chapters of church history, John Huss, the Christ-centered preacher from Bohemia,
An old story tells of... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
An old story tells of a Zen master who is falsely accused by a young village girl of being the fathe
Paul reminds us that there... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Paul reminds us that there is protection and safety in a clear conscience.
A tribal court in Alaska... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996
A tribal court in Alaska had to decide how to punish two boys who had attacked a 25-year-old man, le
The American couple was taking... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996
The American couple was taking a guided tour on a South Sea island.
Martin Luther King always had... -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996
Martin Luther King always had an answer ready.

The Immediate Word

Standing On The Promises -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In the lectionary text from the gospel of John for the sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus promises the di
Feeling Like Orphans -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014

The lectionary passages this week reassure us of God’s presence and care for us, even in the most

The Unknown Gods Of Righteousness -- John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
The Sixth Sunday of Easter falls this year on Memorial Day weekend in America, which provides an int
Illustrations For April 27, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
When we are responding to the issue of other faiths and the response of Christians to them, it is wi
E Pluribus Unum -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Of all the "buzz" words in our society, "tolerance" is one that seems to have reached iconic status.
Speaking Our Truth -- Acts 17: 22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Chris Ewing -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
"(The Apostle Peter's) current successor," declared the newly minted Benedict XVI in his first papal

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Standing On The Promises -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In the lectionary text from the gospel of John for the sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus promises the di
Feeling Like Orphans -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014

The lectionary passages this week reassure us of God’s presence and care for us, even in the most

The Unknown Gods Of Righteousness -- John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
The Sixth Sunday of Easter falls this year on Memorial Day weekend in America, which provides an int
Illustrations For April 27, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
When we are responding to the issue of other faiths and the response of Christians to them, it is wi
E Pluribus Unum -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Of all the "buzz" words in our society, "tolerance" is one that seems to have reached iconic status.
Speaking Our Truth -- Acts 17: 22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Chris Ewing -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
"(The Apostle Peter's) current successor," declared the newly minted Benedict XVI in his first papal

SermonStudio

Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Carlos Wilton -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Acts 17:22--31 (C, E)
Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Jesus out of the grave and alive and with us.
Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Acts 17:22-31 (C, E)
Making God known -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Acts 17:22--31 (C, E, L)
Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Acts 17:22-31 (C, E, L)
Sixth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- George M. Bass -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Standing On The Promises -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In the lectionary text from the gospel of John for the sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus promises the di
Feeling Like Orphans -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014

The lectionary passages this week reassure us of God’s presence and care for us, even in the most

The Unknown Gods Of Righteousness -- John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
The Sixth Sunday of Easter falls this year on Memorial Day weekend in America, which provides an int
Illustrations For April 27, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
When we are responding to the issue of other faiths and the response of Christians to them, it is wi
E Pluribus Unum -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Of all the "buzz" words in our society, "tolerance" is one that seems to have reached iconic status.
Speaking Our Truth -- Acts 17: 22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Chris Ewing -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
"(The Apostle Peter's) current successor," declared the newly minted Benedict XVI in his first papal

SermonStudio

Rock Bottom -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- David O. Bales -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Peter begins a new paragraph here by asking, "Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is g
King Of The Mountain -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Richard W. Ferris -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
In a large stone cathedral in Europe there was a grand, magnificent pipe organ.
The Blessing In Suffering -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- 2001
Toni Morrison wrote the novel Beloved to help us appreciate the pain and difficulty blacks ha
A Time To Come Along, Bravely -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
The waiting room is adequate but nothing fancy; magazines dog-eared and out of date, a few toys for

The Village Shepherd

Life Is Unfair! -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Janice B. Scott -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
Perhaps one of the earliest lessons all human beings learn, is that life is unfair.

Stories

StoryShare

Reason For Hope -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- John Fitzgerald -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Contents
"Reason for Hope" by John Fitzgerald
We Are Never Alone -- John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Keith Wagner -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Contents
"We Are Never Alone" by Keith Wagner
Deliverance -- John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Craig Kelly -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Contents
"Deliverance" by Craig Kelly

Always Be Ready -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Frank Ramirez, Peter Andrew Smith -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Always Be Ready" by Frank Ramirez
With Advocates Like This... -- Acts 17:22-31, John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
Contents
What's Up This Week

SermonStudio

The Legend Of Thud -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?

Worship

The Immediate Word

Standing On The Promises -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In the lectionary text from the gospel of John for the sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus promises the di
Feeling Like Orphans -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014

The lectionary passages this week reassure us of God’s presence and care for us, even in the most

The Unknown Gods Of Righteousness -- John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
The Sixth Sunday of Easter falls this year on Memorial Day weekend in America, which provides an int
Illustrations For April 27, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
When we are responding to the issue of other faiths and the response of Christians to them, it is wi
E Pluribus Unum -- John 14:15-21, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Of all the "buzz" words in our society, "tolerance" is one that seems to have reached iconic status.
Speaking Our Truth -- Acts 17: 22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Chris Ewing -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A
"(The Apostle Peter's) current successor," declared the newly minted Benedict XVI in his first papal

SermonStudio

Easter 6 -- John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Call To Confession
Easter 6 -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: We have come to seek God
One Degree As God's Relation -- Acts 17:22-3, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Frank Ramirez -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Based on Acts 17:24-31)
Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, Psalm 66:8-20, John 14:15-21 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Hymns
Our Cities Cry To You, O God (PH437)
Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Theme: Witness To The Hope That Is In You

Call To Worship
Sixth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Acts 17:22-31
Theme: To A Known God

Call To Worship
Living As A Christian -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- B. David Hostetter -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
EASTER 6 -- Psalm 66:8-20, Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 -- Norman A. Beck -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1986
Perhaps the most usable unifying theme that is present in all of the texts selected for Easter 6, Se
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Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
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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.
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Bob Ove
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Mark Ellingsen
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Isaiah 52:13--53:12
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Bonnie Bates
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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 Wagner
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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.

SermonStudio

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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