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Vision Test -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
Samuel was clearly impressed by what he saw.  But the question is, what could he actually see?
And There Was Light -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
The significance of light and darkness is evident from the very beginning of scripture.
New light in darkness -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Coffin -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A group of younger workers are seated next to one another at a workplace where they have to deal wit
Believing is seeing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Sometimes we see people who are wide-eyed with wonder.
Shifting currents -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Most twentieth-century predictions about life in this new millennium have proved widely
Seeing is not believing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
The connection between sight and belief in Christianity is as old as the insistence of Thomas to see
Sleepwalking -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Maybe sleepwalking is too dramatic a metaphor for the way we live our lives before God opens our ey
What role for law? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
From one point of view in his time, Jesus played fast and loose with the law.
Believing is seeing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Sometimes we see people who are wide-eyed with wonder.

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:

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Lent 4 -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
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Sermon Illustrations For Lent 4 (2020) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, M Adryael Tong, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
Psalm 23
Sermon Illustrations For Lent 4 (2017) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2014) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
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Often we are... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Often we are like Samuel, running on fumes of depression and wandering aimlessly not knowing where t
Times were bad... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Times were bad in Israel when God decided to anoint new leadership (David).
Thorstein Veblen is... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Thorstein Veblen is a name that is unfamiliar to most of us; yet his introduction of an economic con
Ancient mirrors were... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Ancient mirrors were made by pouring molten metal, usually bronze or brass, into a shape pressed int
NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
"Expect the unexpected!" How often have you gone to a job interview or meeting having built up a par
NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
David Livingston was placed gently on his bed. Ill, few believed he could live until morning.
It's hard to imagine a... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
It's hard to imagine a candidate running for president today without a veritable army of
When I worked with churches... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
When I worked with churches searching for a new pastor, they were often tempted to go
Erica seemed like an ordinary... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Erica seemed like an ordinary person who attended church each week. She did not
The cliché is well known... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
The cliché is well known: "You can't judge a book by its cover." But how about this one:
1 Samuel 16:1-13br... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
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As Christians we must learn... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
As Christians we must learn to see things from God's perspective. Take Thelma Thompson for example.
Pastor Bill was not your... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Pastor Bill was not your ordinary pastor. Bill loved cattle.
The story is told of... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
The story is told of a man and a woman who met and fell in love by mail.

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:

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Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Theme For The DayTrue beauty is only soul-deep.
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: 1 Samuel 16:1--13 (C, E); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6--7, 10--13 (RC)
Fourth Sunday in Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
This story forms the beginning of the narrative of David's rise to power that is found in 1 Samuel 1
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme We head toward the passion and cross of Christ.
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Christ confronts a blind man and heals him -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (C, E); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 (RC)
Fourth Sunday in Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- George M. Bass -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1989
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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:

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Hey, What's that Sound? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Here's a familiar story.
Are All Your Sons Here? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
I remember sixth grade as though it were yesterday.
The Seeing Eye -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Bill Mosley -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
An airplane flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles had a 45-minute delay and everybody on board wa
Looking To The Heart -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Once upon a time in a far-off land there lived a wise but old king.
The Making Of A King -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Theodore F. Schneider -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
It was difficult to believe.
In Search of a Leader -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Robert A. Noblett -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1990
Anyone who has served on a nominating committee knows how crucial talented leadership is to any grou
Called in From Off-stage -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Donald Zelle -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1987
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." We read that from As You Like I

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Unexpected God -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Back in the early seventies when divorce was still regarded with shock and horror, Melanie fell in l

Stories

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Valley Variation -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- David O. Bales -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
Contents “Valley Variation” by David O. Bales
Your Staff Comforts Me -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Contents "Your Staff Comforts Me" by C. David McKirachan
Miracles Of Sight -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Keith Wagner -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Contents"Miracles of Sight" by Keith Wagner
The Christian Liar -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Sandra Herrmann, C. David Mckirachan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Contents"The Christian Liar" by Sandra Herrmann
The Disturbing Witness Of Grace -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Hewitt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Tarawa" by Keith Hewitt
Here's Mud In Your Eye -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Here's Mud in Your Eye"

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The Gift Of Myself -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:

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Lent 4 -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: Here, in this place, with these people
Lent 4 -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Confessional LitanyDivide the congregation into two voices.
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
HymnsGod Of The Prophets (NCH358)Gentle Shepherd (CBH352)
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Theme: The Lord Looks On The HeartCall To Worship
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1-13Theme: Looking On The HeartCall To Worship
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
God's "X-ray" vision -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23, John 9:1-41 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The key contrast in this wonderful story of Samuel's anointing of David as God's ha
David is anointed King -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41 -- Heth H. Corl -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1986
Call to WorshipPastor:
LENT 4 -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Norman A. Beck -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1986
Since here, as in the texts selected for Lent 3 in Series A, the Common and the Roman Catholic texts
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David Coffin
All of today’s texts address times along the faith journey where a mature faith is helpful. Modern examples include a church which has just completed a major building project. The ribbon cutting celebration is in the past. It is time to make payments to the creditors. Also, there are maintenance and upkeep costs along with knowing the state will be making inspection visits to assure building safety standards remain current.
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26
John Calvin well describes the distress and doubt which this lesson depicts:

...for there is nothing more difficult for men than to preserve their minds in a state of peace and tranquility, undisturbed by any disquieting fears, whilst they are in this world, which is subject to many changes. (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol.V/1, p. 18)

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Janice B. Scott
Alice loved ballet. She'd been given a ballet video for her birthday, and she spent hours watching it. When she'd been attending ballet classes for three weeks, she announced to the assembled family that she was going to be a ballet dancer when she grew up.

Alice's mother and father exchanged meaningful glances. "Ballet means a lot of hard work," warned her father.

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What's Up This Week
"Where Have All the Churches Gone?" by John Smylie
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"Oh, Mulberries!" by David Bales

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Where Have All the Churches Gone?
By John Smylie
Lamentations 1:1-6

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David E. Leininger
A couple of years ago, a fascinating book by Mitch Albom hit the bestseller lists, Tuesdays with Morrie. The author had learned that his old teacher was slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, and after an absence of many years, the two reconnected and began to get together every Tuesday. The book shares some of the great lessons that emerged from those weekly conversations. For example:

"Okay, question," I say to Morrie. His bony fingers hold his glasses across his chest, which rises and falls with each labored breath.

"What's the question?" he says.
Carlos Wilton
The little-known book of Lamentations was likely composed in the ashes of Jerusalem, following the Babylonian invasion which carried the leaders of the Jewish community off into exile. It speaks to the concerns of the Jerusalem community for their long-term survival under occupation by a foreign power. While the book's title sounds grim, and its setting is dark, the book is fundamentally life-affirming. It is a testimony to the steadfast love of God that may be discovered through renewed faith, even in troubled times.

Dallas A. Brauninger
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The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" [6] The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
John W. Clarke
In most congregational settings, the name Habakkuk does not bring people to their feet. He is not considered famous biblically speaking, like the more recognized names of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others. In point of fact, most people do not know who Habakkuk is or what he did.

Habakkuk was a prophet who undertook to sustain the faith of the nation through one of the most hopeless periods of Hebrew history.
Robert R. Kopp
The Dead Poets Society is one of my favorite movies.

It's about an English teacher named John Keating who returns to his stodgy old alma mater named Welton Academy -- the students call it "Hellton" -- and challenges students to live extraordinary lives.

Mr. Keating tells a few students about a secret organization called The Dead Poets Society.

"The Dead Poets Society," he reveals with eyes aglow, "was a society dedicated to sucking the marrow out of life. That phrase is by Thoreau and was invoked at every meeting."

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