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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Faith in the meantime -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- David Coffin -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
Paul Tillich suggests that human anxiety results when the imagined world we desire and the real worl
Under pressure -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2013
One of the British band Queen's greatest hits is a testimony of modern life.
Happy hallow… -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
Is today Halloween or Reformation Day?
Encouragement -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
Alan Loy McGinnis told of a woman who was honored by her company for outstanding
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 1995
*Editor's note: Charting The Course for Sunday, November 5, 1995, highlights the lectionary texts fo
Faithful finances -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Reformation Sunday - C
They are almost universally despised and ridiculed in our country, but it is impossible to avoid at
Faithful finances -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Reformation Sunday - C
They are almost universally despised and ridiculed in our country, but it is impossible to avoid at

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

All Along The Watchtower -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary passage, the prophet Habakkuk pleads: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for he
Who Gets To Be Mad? -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
As if there weren't already enough reason to be outraged at the havoc the bad economy has wreaked on
Illustrations For November 4, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
In Madeleine L'Engle's book, Camilla, Camila becomes upset about her mother's attempt at suic
The Illusion Of Human Power -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
The mystery of the randomness of nature... we have seen so much devastating weather lately.
When God Overdoes It -- Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Luke 17:5-10, Psalm 137 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,
Of What Can We Be Certain? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 26 / Pentecost 24 / Ordinary Time 31 -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2009
I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart....

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Proper 26 | OT 31 (2016) -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, R. Robert Cueni, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 26 | OT 31 (2013) -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem, Ron Love -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2013
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
An oracle... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2013
An oracle (NRSV, NIV) is a pronouncement (tanakh) that the prophet Habakkuk "saw" (NRSV).
That's a hard passage... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2013
That's a hard passage to take, though it is a very common one and can make some realize that they ar
NULL -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
NULL -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
A poor mother in early twentieth-century India sends her child to a British boarding school.
NULL -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Ron Love -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
Nine years.
In the Bible, God offers... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
In the Bible, God offers us answers about life. God also leads us to answers in life. The
Though he was a prophet... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
Though he was a prophet, Habakkuk had difficulty understanding God's ways. Like many
Habakkuk calls out for justice... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
Habakkuk calls out for justice asking God why he is silent. Justice is symbolized on
The Roman Catholic spiritual writer... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Reformation Sunday - C
The Roman Catholic spiritual writer, Anthony de Mello, tells a story of an eagle's egg that a farmer
God isn't impressed with the... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Reformation Sunday - C
God isn't impressed with the proud.
Justice can be hard to... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Reformation Sunday - C
Justice can be hard to come by, as anyone who has ever been involved with the legal system knows.
Sometimes, the most enlightening conversations... -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Reformation Sunday - C
Sometimes, the most enlightening conversations happen in nursing homes.

The Immediate Word

All Along The Watchtower -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary passage, the prophet Habakkuk pleads: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for he
Who Gets To Be Mad? -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
As if there weren't already enough reason to be outraged at the havoc the bad economy has wreaked on
Illustrations For November 4, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
In Madeleine L'Engle's book, Camilla, Camila becomes upset about her mother's attempt at suic
The Illusion Of Human Power -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
The mystery of the randomness of nature... we have seen so much devastating weather lately.
When God Overdoes It -- Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Luke 17:5-10, Psalm 137 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,
Of What Can We Be Certain? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

Preaching

The Immediate Word

All Along The Watchtower -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary passage, the prophet Habakkuk pleads: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for he
Who Gets To Be Mad? -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
As if there weren't already enough reason to be outraged at the havoc the bad economy has wreaked on
Illustrations For November 4, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
In Madeleine L'Engle's book, Camilla, Camila becomes upset about her mother's attempt at suic
The Illusion Of Human Power -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
The mystery of the randomness of nature... we have seen so much devastating weather lately.
When God Overdoes It -- Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Luke 17:5-10, Psalm 137 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,
Of What Can We Be Certain? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

Proper 26/Pentecost 24/Ordinary Time 31 -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Proper 26 -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Jesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 26 -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Habakkak 1:1-4; 2:1-4 (C)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

All Along The Watchtower -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary passage, the prophet Habakkuk pleads: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for he
Who Gets To Be Mad? -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
As if there weren't already enough reason to be outraged at the havoc the bad economy has wreaked on
Illustrations For November 4, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
In Madeleine L'Engle's book, Camilla, Camila becomes upset about her mother's attempt at suic
The Illusion Of Human Power -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
The mystery of the randomness of nature... we have seen so much devastating weather lately.
When God Overdoes It -- Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Luke 17:5-10, Psalm 137 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,
Of What Can We Be Certain? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

Help From Habakkuk? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2009
It can be really depressing to listen to the news anymore.
Living The Vision -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- John W. Clarke -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2006
In most congregational settings, the name Habakkuk does not bring people to their feet.
God Knows What God Is Doing -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2003
There is an apocryphal story told that after completing his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, the famous I
Life's Not Always Fair: But God Will Straighten It Out! -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2000
Those of us who are old enough and socially concerned enough recall the 1960s with fondness.

The Village Shepherd

Where Were You, God? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C
In the terrible tragedy of the Russian school siege at Beslan, where terrorists held hostage an enti

Stories

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Growing Pains -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
Contents
"Growing Pains" by Keith Wagner
If This Goes On... -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2013
Contents
"If This Goes On..." by Keith Hewitt
If This Goes On... -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2013
Contents
"If This Goes On..." by Keith Hewitt
The Worst Days -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
Contents
"The Worst Days" by Peter Andrew Smith
Signs, Signs, Signs! -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Rick Mccracken-bennett, David E. Leininger -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
Contents
What's Up This Week

SermonStudio

Deus Absconditus -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2003
Sometimes, you just don't know where God is, or if you do, what he's up to.
Dreams -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- John E. Sumwalt, Gail C. Ingle -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2003
Several times in my life I have had precognitive dreams.

Worship

The Immediate Word

All Along The Watchtower -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary passage, the prophet Habakkuk pleads: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for he
Who Gets To Be Mad? -- Luke 19:1-10, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
As if there weren't already enough reason to be outraged at the havoc the bad economy has wreaked on
Illustrations For November 4, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
In Madeleine L'Engle's book, Camilla, Camila becomes upset about her mother's attempt at suic
The Illusion Of Human Power -- Luke 19:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 65 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
The mystery of the randomness of nature... we have seen so much devastating weather lately.
When God Overdoes It -- Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26, Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Luke 17:5-10, Psalm 137 -- Roger Lovette -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,
Of What Can We Be Certain? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

Proper 26 / Ordinary Time 31 / Pentecost 24 -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10, Psalm 119:137-144 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2009
If we love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and strength,
Proper 26/Ordinary Time 31 -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Theme: In Letters Big Enough To Read
Proper 26 -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2003
Theme: Why Doesn't God Intervene Now?

Call To Worship
Futility? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
Sin, judgment, and faith -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
Leader: Come, let the people of God give praise and worship the Lord!

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Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
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Bethany Peerbolte
For February 24, 2019:

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Keith Hewitt
Wilton Lewis stood with his hands on his hips, studying the sanctuary wall, not trusting himself to speak. He wanted to spit, was thwarted by the fact that he was inside, and instead swallowed hard and said, “This is vile. Disgusting and vile.” He turned to his right and added, “I apologize, Reverend Cashmore. This does not represent the good people of Port William. You know that, I hope.”

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Frank Ramirez
Since Albert Einstein is considered the genius above all geniuses, he is often credited quotes he never said. (If Einstein said it, it must be true.) That includes the saying that insanity is defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result. Actually, it wasn't until the 1980's that he was first connected to that saying, but it doesn't matter who actually said it, because these three scriptures seem to validate the saying.

Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Genesis 45: 3-11, 15

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Arley K. Fadness
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you....” (v. 27)

Good morning boys and girls,

First thing I want to say is, I love you little ones. Know why? I just love to give love and to receive love. How many of you know how to hug? (children respond)

Love and hugs are about the same aren't they? (children respond)

Well this morning I'm going to talk about love.

The greatest sermon Jesus ever preached shocked the people. He told them who to love.

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David Kalas
Seven years ago, our family moved from southern Virginia to northeast Wisconsin. As you might expect, spring comes later here. Fall comes earlier. And winter is a much different experience in northeast Wisconsin than it was in southern Virginia. The same temperatures that seemed bone-chilling in Virginia are good reason to leave the mufflers and mittens at home in Wisconsin. Of course, many of the retired folks in my congregation here take their cue from the geese and fly south for the winter each year.

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