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The acclaimed U.S. writer, Bret... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 2002
The acclaimed U.S.
When John trudged through the... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 2001
When John trudged through the snow to the barn last night, it was only for a routine check of the co
There was a strip club... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 2001
There was a strip club in Ladson, South Carolina, that was about to get shut down because the local
Robert Hughes, art critic for... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 2001
Robert Hughes, art critic for Time magazine, wrote an article, "In Death's Throat" for Tim
According to an article by... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 2001
According to an article by Emily Yellin in the December 1999 issue of the New York Times, eve
Some indignant remarks from Michelangelo... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
Some indignant remarks from Michelangelo to his fellow painters: "Why do you keep filling galle
Whitewater kayaking had always been... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 2000
Whitewater kayaking had always been a treat for Janice.
A very important part of... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 1999
A very important part of a NASCAR race is the pit stop.
A visitor to Okinawa observed... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 1999
A visitor to Okinawa observed 71-year-old widow Shizu Arikaaki lay out bowls of soup, fish, rice, an
In my hometown one had... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 1999
In my hometown one had to look hard for new experiences.
I was stunned when I... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
I was stunned when I read an article about a trend in Europe.
Give me just one good... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
"Give me just one good reason," demanded the atheist, "why you believe that Jesus rose again." "I ca
While attending Iowa Boys' State... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
While attending Iowa Boys' State, a high school junior heard a stirring speech on freedom, commitmen
Maxine was an executive with... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1998
Maxine was an executive with heart.
A strange ad appeared in... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 1996
A strange ad appeared in the London Times. "Wanted by an invalid lady, a housekeeper.
Racing toward the garden behind... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 1996
Racing toward the garden behind John, Peter felt disbelief rising within him on a tide of intense an
A popular phrase states that... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 1996
A popular phrase states that "seeing is believing." The apostle Thomas could tell his fellow discipl
In Steven Spielberg's movie, Schindler's... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
In Steven Spielberg's movie, Schindler's List, there is a little girl in the midst of the crowd head
In his scholarly treatise, The... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
In his scholarly treatise, The Creators, Daniel Boorstin observes that ancient oriental religions we
When you are driving down... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
When you are driving down the road and the traffic light starts to turn yellow, what does that mean
Several years ago, I listened... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C -- 1995
Several years ago, I listened as a friend, Michael, delivered the children's sermon on Easter mornin
The dirt road invited her... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
The dirt road invited her to leave the highway that April morning, beckoning her toward woods that g
Ida Mae Kempel tells the... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Ida Mae Kempel tells the true story of a 12-year-old boy she calls Jeremy.
Judith, a spritely woman in... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Judith, a spritely woman in her mid-70s, recently had an "Easter experience when, through a series
Lieutenant Fisher was in his... -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - B -- 1994
Lieutenant Fisher was in his final month of duty in Vietnam when it happened.

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While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

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Pause, Sign, Ponder, Reflect
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Psalm 4

When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. (v. 4)

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Acts 3:12-19
Wayne Brouwer
Note: This installment was originally published for April 22, 2012.

During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.

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John A. Stroman
The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
Robert A. Noblett
Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
James R. Wilson
First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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