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Following Jesus -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Thomas Long told about the examination of ministerial candidates in a North Carolina presbytery.
Easter living -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
"A grave is a sobering thing," said Wordsworth.
Live it and they will come -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10, Psalm 23 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Remember the movie, Field of Dreams?
Charting the course without the chart -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10, Psalm 23 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
People have all sorts of travel styles. I am constantly amazed at those who can just pick
Live it and they will come -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Remember the movie, Field of Dreams, from a few years back?
Awe-inspired action -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996

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Opening The Door, Being The Door -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
This Sunday’s lectionary readings are centered on the themes of sheep and shepherds -- Psalm 23 tell
The Well-Tuned Ear -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus tells us that he is the shepherd and gatekeeper for the sheep.
Shepherds And Seals -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
With the lectionary texts for the Fourth Sunday of Easter featuring the 23rd Psalm and the passage f
The Lord Is My Personal Trainer -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
In our increasingly obese society, there is an increased emphasis on personal fitness.
Shepherding Models Of Leadership -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Easter 4 -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions an

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Sermon Illustrations For Easter 4 (2017) -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Bonnie Bates, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Acts 2:42-47
Sermon Illustrations for Easter 4 (2014) -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Acts 2:42-47
The story is told... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
The story is told of Associate Justice Joseph R.
Philosopher and theologian... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Philosopher and theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas was born circa 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy.
The latest IRS statistics... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
The latest IRS statistics indicate that the gap between rich and poor in America reached levels in 2
NULL -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Acts 2:42-47
NULL -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Fairy tales always end the same way: "And they lived happily ever after." But we all know that this
NULL -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Coincidentally at the time of the Tucson assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords, a report w
A farmer named Bert traveled... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
A farmer named Bert traveled from his home in rural Maine to faraway Boston. There he
A faith community that could... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
A faith community that could no longer afford its building decided to make the jump, sell
At a church meeting, someone... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
At a church meeting, someone asked why the church no longer held social events. The
Vitamins are essential for our... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Vitamins are essential for our health. Vitamin A is important for good eyesight, for
Acts 2:42-47 A... -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Acts 2:42-47
In one of his books... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
In one of his books, Donald E.
We do not want, as... -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world.

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Opening The Door, Being The Door -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
This Sunday’s lectionary readings are centered on the themes of sheep and shepherds -- Psalm 23 tell
The Well-Tuned Ear -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus tells us that he is the shepherd and gatekeeper for the sheep.
Shepherds And Seals -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
With the lectionary texts for the Fourth Sunday of Easter featuring the 23rd Psalm and the passage f
The Lord Is My Personal Trainer -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
In our increasingly obese society, there is an increased emphasis on personal fitness.
Shepherding Models Of Leadership -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Small Church Communion -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Steven E. Burt -- 1990
A while ago I attended a wedding at a Roman Catholic church on suburban Long Island.

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Opening The Door, Being The Door -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
This Sunday’s lectionary readings are centered on the themes of sheep and shepherds -- Psalm 23 tell
The Well-Tuned Ear -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus tells us that he is the shepherd and gatekeeper for the sheep.
Shepherds And Seals -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
With the lectionary texts for the Fourth Sunday of Easter featuring the 23rd Psalm and the passage f
The Lord Is My Personal Trainer -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
In our increasingly obese society, there is an increased emphasis on personal fitness.
Shepherding Models Of Leadership -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
Theme For The DayJesus Christ promises us abundance, as a flowing river.
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 2:42--47 (C); Acts 2:14a, 36--41 (RC)
Fourth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
These stories in Acts about the beginning of the church in Jerusalem are intended by Luke, the autho
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme Jesus out of the grave and alive and with us.
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 2:42-47 (C); Acts 2:14, 36-41 (RC)
God is our Shepherd and guide -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 2:42--47 (C); Acts 2:14, 36--41 (RC)
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Acts 2:42-47 (C); Acts 2:14a, 36-41 (RC)
Fourth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- George M. Bass -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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Opening The Door, Being The Door -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
This Sunday’s lectionary readings are centered on the themes of sheep and shepherds -- Psalm 23 tell
The Well-Tuned Ear -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus tells us that he is the shepherd and gatekeeper for the sheep.
Shepherds And Seals -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
With the lectionary texts for the Fourth Sunday of Easter featuring the 23rd Psalm and the passage f
The Lord Is My Personal Trainer -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
In our increasingly obese society, there is an increased emphasis on personal fitness.
Shepherding Models Of Leadership -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Framed, Changed, Challenged -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
The week before classes began, Harold, a high school history teacher, fell off a step ladder and inj
This Is In The Bible? -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
My mother saved everything from my childhood -- little clay sculptures I made in church school, draw
Chimps, Mount Saint Helens, And The Holy Gust -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Bill Mosley -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
They didn't get a TV Guide so they planned their television viewing by the commercial preview
All Things In Common Are Not All Common Things -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Robert J. Elder -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Now here is what I often think of as a passage of scripture with high potential for use as a brick--
Community Forms The Common Good -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
"Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again.
The Overlooked Miracle -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Theodore F. Schneider -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!I. Pentecost's Greatest Miracle

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In The Beginning -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Some years ago, a church decided to reach out to families by offering a Sunday morning service in th

Stories

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Lousy Way To Run A Business -- John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Psalm 23 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Contents "Lousy Way to Run a Business" by C. David McKirachan
Tea And Crumpets Committee -- John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Psalm 23 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Hewitt -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Contents"Tea and Crumpets Committee" by C. David McKirachan
These Christians And Their Money -- John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Psalm 23 -- David O. Bales, Larry Winebrenner -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Contents"These Christians and Their Money" by David O. Bales
I Am -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- C. David Mckirachan, Merle G. Franke -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "I Am" by C. David McKirachan
Good Shepherds -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10

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The Joy Of Bible Study -- Acts 2:42-47 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
Patty longed to study and gain a better understanding of the Bible.

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Opening The Door, Being The Door -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
This Sunday’s lectionary readings are centered on the themes of sheep and shepherds -- Psalm 23 tell
The Well-Tuned Ear -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus tells us that he is the shepherd and gatekeeper for the sheep.
Shepherds And Seals -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
With the lectionary texts for the Fourth Sunday of Easter featuring the 23rd Psalm and the passage f
The Lord Is My Personal Trainer -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
In our increasingly obese society, there is an increased emphasis on personal fitness.
Shepherding Models Of Leadership -- John 10:1-10, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

SermonStudio

Easter 4 -- John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Psalm 23 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Prayer Of The Day
Easter 4 -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: This is God's church: the gate to discernment.
Teaching, Fellowship Is Bread, And Prayer -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Fourth Sunday Of Easter First Lesson: Acts 2:42-47
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
HymnsLet Us Break Bread Together (NCH330, CBH618)
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Theme: Life Among The BelieversCall To Worship
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Acts 2:42-47Theme: TogetherCall To Worship
Fourth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Church as community -- Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The picture of the earliest Church painted here refers almost exclusively to its li
Fellowship of believers -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25 -- Heth H. Corl -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1986
Call to WorshipPastor:
EASTER 4 -- Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47 -- Norman A. Beck -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1986
The beautiful Easter theme of "The Lord is Our Shepherd," alluded to in the John 10:1-10 analogies a
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Lent can be an odd time for church kids. They are intuitive and can sense that something has changed. If we do not seek to explain why the mood and tone of the community has changed it can be a scary time. We talk more about death, especially Jesus dying, so we need to prepare kids for what is coming.

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David O. Bales
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John knocked at the door and waited. His heart was pounding in his chest and he was sweating. He wouldn’t be surprised if Suzy slammed the door into his face. What he had done to her, what he had done to their marriage, was simply unforgivable. His heart leapt when the door started to open and he froze when Suzy’s father, Mark, stood before him. From the look on his father-in-law’s face there was no doubt that he knew what John had done.

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