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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Spoiler alert! -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2016
Nowadays movie reviewers, and let’s hope good friends, warn us with the term “spoiler alert” if they
Judgment -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013
This week's lessons are all about judgment: the judgment of God, our judgments of others, our judgme
What God wants -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14, Psalm 65 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
In 2000, Mel Gibson played a character named Nick Marshall in the movie What Women Want.
Keep looking up -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14, Psalm 65 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
In my childhood home, there was a wall plaque, unadorned except for three words: "Keep
God's justice -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 1998
Last week, the Gospel lesson and the Second Reading were in perfect sync, sounding a call to persist
What God wants -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14, Psalm 65 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
In 2000, Mel Gibson played a character named Nick Marshall in the movie What Women Want.
Off the cutting room floor -- Joel 2:23-32, Luke 18:9-14 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
The late English theologian, Peter Taylor Forsythe, was, in the earlier decades of this century, a s

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

#whatafaithfulpersonlookslike -- Luke 18:9-14, Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Psalm 65 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the t
All Deserted Me -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Luke 18:9-14 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013

National attention is being focused on the small community of Maryville, Missouri, where a case

The Necessity Of Original Sin -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Kate Murphy, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text brings us the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector -- and
The Good Fight -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Carlos Wilton, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
We find so few people who are able to declare that they have fought the good fight for the sake of t
How Many Chickens Does It Take To Show That God Loves You? -- Joel 2:23-32 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 25 / Pentecost 23 / Ordinary Time 30 -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
... I will pour out my spirit on all flesh....
-- Joel 2:28a

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 (2016) -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, R. Robert Cueni -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2016
Joel 2:23-32
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 (2013) -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013
Joel 2:23-32
John Hancock was... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Ron Love -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013
John Hancock was president of the Continental Congress.
Some situations seem... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013
Some situations seem hopeless, like the plague of locusts inflicted on Judah.
NULL -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
NULL -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
Dreams can be powerful things.
NULL -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
Cathy and her sister were asked to clear their mother's vegetable garden.
All around us are reminders... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
All around us are reminders of scarcity. Driving in our cars, when that little orange light
In the fall of 2003... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
In the fall of 2003, northwestern Africa received higher than average rainfall. The rains
Kay and Paul have been... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
Kay and Paul have been married for over 65 years. In addition to raising their large
Joel is a brief, classy... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
Joel is a brief, classy book -- a literary gem -- tucked away in the midst of the minor
Every time there's a natural... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 2001
Every time there's a natural disaster -- a flood, fire, hurricane, tornado, or earthquake, some peop
Inspiration is the internal motivation... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 2001
Inspiration is the internal motivation that enables us to do that which we might not otherwise be in
It is called the Enchanted... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
It is called the Enchanted Highway -- that 32-mile stretch of asphalt ribbon in southwest North Dako
It is hard to visualize... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
It is hard to visualize reconstruction in the face of dramatic destruction.
This is clearly a message... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
"This is clearly a message from God, that he was always there for us," said Jane Pollicino as she st
Mom had a very bad... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Mom had a very bad day. Things were not going according to her plan and she was at her wit's end.
An atheist said to a... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
An atheist said to a pastor during a debate on a radio call in talk show: "I could have made a bette
Coach Anderson had been pretty... -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Coach Anderson had been pretty tough on the team when he discovered how much they had violated train

The Immediate Word

#whatafaithfulpersonlookslike -- Luke 18:9-14, Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Psalm 65 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the t
All Deserted Me -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Luke 18:9-14 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013

National attention is being focused on the small community of Maryville, Missouri, where a case

The Necessity Of Original Sin -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Kate Murphy, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text brings us the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector -- and
The Good Fight -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Carlos Wilton, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
We find so few people who are able to declare that they have fought the good fight for the sake of t
How Many Chickens Does It Take To Show That God Loves You? -- Joel 2:23-32 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

Preaching

The Immediate Word

#whatafaithfulpersonlookslike -- Luke 18:9-14, Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Psalm 65 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the t
All Deserted Me -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Luke 18:9-14 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013

National attention is being focused on the small community of Maryville, Missouri, where a case

The Necessity Of Original Sin -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Kate Murphy, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text brings us the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector -- and
The Good Fight -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Carlos Wilton, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
We find so few people who are able to declare that they have fought the good fight for the sake of t
How Many Chickens Does It Take To Show That God Loves You? -- Joel 2:23-32 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

Proper 25/Pentecost 23/Ordinary Time 30 -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Proper 25, Reformation Sunday -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2003
The lectionary sometimes begins a reading in the middle of one oracle and adds to it another.
Proper 25 -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Jesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 25 -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Joel 2:23-32 (C)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

#whatafaithfulpersonlookslike -- Luke 18:9-14, Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Psalm 65 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the t
All Deserted Me -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Luke 18:9-14 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013

National attention is being focused on the small community of Maryville, Missouri, where a case

The Necessity Of Original Sin -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Kate Murphy, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text brings us the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector -- and
The Good Fight -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Carlos Wilton, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
We find so few people who are able to declare that they have fought the good fight for the sake of t
How Many Chickens Does It Take To Show That God Loves You? -- Joel 2:23-32 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

Earth, Wind, And Fire -- Joel 2:23-32 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
While serving as a missionary to Madagascar with my family in the 1980s and 90s, I witnessed at leas
Calamity And Hope -- Joel 2:23-32 -- John W. Clarke -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2006
The little book of Joel has a big part to play in the overall story of the Hebrew Scripture.
God Provides The Path To Life -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2003
Today people throughout the world refer to the Hawaiian islands as "paradise." Visitors come to enjo
A Fresh Start! -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2000
Have you ever felt that you were absolutely at the end of your rope, left without hope?

Stories

StoryShare

More Than One Winner -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2016
Contents
"More Than One Winner" by Frank Ramirez
Finish Line -- Luke 18:9-14, Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Psalm 65 -- Keith Hewitt, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013
Contents
"Finish Line" by Keith Hewitt
"Prayer Life" by John Fitzgerald
G P S -- Luke 18:9-14, Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Psalm 65 -- Keith Hewitt, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
Contents
"G P S" by Keith Hewitt
"Growing Up" by John Sumwalt

Looking Ahead -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Argile Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Looking Ahead" by Argile Smith
Illustrations And Stories For October 28, 2007 -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- C. David Mckirachan, Larry Winebrenner, Steven Dykstra -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
Arrogance
Arrogance -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14, Psalm 65 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Contents
What's Up This Week

SermonStudio

The Locust Years -- Joel 2:23-32 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
Do you like bugs? Yes, they are a part of God's good creation and they have a function within it.
Croppies -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2003
My wife enjoys Mel Gibson's talent. Sort of like I enjoy Jamie Lee Curtis' talent.

Worship

The Immediate Word

#whatafaithfulpersonlookslike -- Luke 18:9-14, Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Psalm 65 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the t
All Deserted Me -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Luke 18:9-14 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2013

National attention is being focused on the small community of Maryville, Missouri, where a case

The Necessity Of Original Sin -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Kate Murphy, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
This week's gospel text brings us the familiar parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector -- and
The Good Fight -- Luke 18:9-14, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65 -- Carlos Wilton, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
We find so few people who are able to declare that they have fought the good fight for the sake of t
How Many Chickens Does It Take To Show That God Loves You? -- Joel 2:23-32 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

Proper 25 / Ordinary Time 30 / Pentecost 23 -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14, Psalm 65 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
If we love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and strength,
Proper 25/Ordinary Time 30 -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Joel 2:23-32

Theme: God's Spirit On All
Proper 25 -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2003
Theme: The Lord Is Among Us

Call To Worship
Abundant Rain -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Joel 2:23-32
Theme: Abundant Rain

Prophecy, dreams, and visions -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 1997
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First Lesson: Joel 2:23-32
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So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
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