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Children's Activity

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Bringing fire -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Be alert to the signs -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Materials:
Do you know Jesus? -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
This week's lesson is a tough one. It's got a lot of very heavy stuff in it. Jesus is frustrated.
"Choosing sides" -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Teachers or Parents: The words of Jesus in this Gospel
Love on Fire -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Parents or Teachers: In the lesson today Jesus states that he came to
Not peace! -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Teachers or Parents: Children have no problems with fighting

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Welcoming stress -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel passage Jesus says, “What stress I am under!” How often do we make this claim,
Created to be God's people -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- David Coffin -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013
A congregation has started a new ministry to work with younger children.
Sober reflections -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
My memories of my great-grandmother Bolt are very vague.
Hall of fame game -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- David Kalas -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
Every major professional sport has a hall of fame. So do a lot of more obscure sports.

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

Bunker Stands Alone -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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Seeing Clearly -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
Have you ever had the experience of looking through sunglasses or cellophane that is colored?
The Ties that Divide -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013
Bringing fire -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
"I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!" (v. 49)
Be alert to the signs -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you
Do you know Jesus? -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
(Show the children the weather map.) Do you see this map?
Choosing sides -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Good morning! I would like to divide you into two groups
Not peace! -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
A big word used many times in our church is the word "peace."

The Immediate Word

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel passage, Jesus rails that he has not come to bring peace but rather division -
Sour Grapes -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary passage from the book of Isaiah, the prophet laments the strained rela

Pick Your Witnesses -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, the author of Hebrews takes us on a mini-tour of the Old
Signs Of The Times -- Luke 12:49-56, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
In the Gospel lesson for this Sunday (Luke 12:49-56), Jesus chides the disciples for focusing on imm

SermonStudio

Sign Of The Times -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter -- 2000
Exegetical Aim: Winter and cold as symbols and signs of the world's darkness and the need for

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Tracey's Temper -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Tracey was afraid. They were all playing Truth or Dare, and Tracey didn't know which was worst.

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 15 / Pentecost 13 / Ordinary Time 20 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2009
I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!

Drama

SermonStudio

This Present Time -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1997
Theme

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 15 | OT 20 (2016) -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
Isaiah 5:1-7
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 15 | OT 20 (2013) -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Scott A. Bryte, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013
Isaiah 5:1-7
Though his words were directed... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Ron Love -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013
Though his words were directed against marriage equality, and though he was a Mormon, his wisdom sho
Jesus' teachings on the end... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013
Jesus' teachings on the end of the word remind us that the word of God and the world as we know it t
Sometimes we cheat... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013
Sometimes we cheat.
NULL -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
A friend from work asked Denny if he would like to go on a mission trip with him and other members o
NULL -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
This may seem to be an unusual statement coming from Jesus: He came to set "father against son and s
NULL -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Ron Love -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
In the comic strip Beetle Bailey the chaplain is standing in the pulpit.
NULL -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
Illustrations

Isaiah 5:1-7
The immune system is a... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
The immune system is a network of cells that recognize and attack foreign invaders. The
Jesus' words about bringing division... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
Jesus' words about bringing division and peace brings to mind the words of a young
Nearly two years ago, Hurricane... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
Nearly two years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and the city of New
He owned several acres of... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
He owned several acres of rich farmland. Numerous destitute people lived near him so he
In their book The... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2001
In their book The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy (Broadway Books, 1997), William Straus
One afternoon in April 1689... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2001
One afternoon in April 1689, as the American colonies boiled with rumors that King James II was abou
When I was growing up... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2001
When I was growing up in Pueblo, Colorado, there was a family nearby who had 14 children.
Most of my sermons are... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2001
Most of my sermons are Gospel-oriented, written to encourage people to get in touch with what and ho
Weather radar enables forecasters to... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
Weather radar enables forecasters to detect storms from several hundred miles away.
One day a certain man... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
One day a certain man went to the racetrack.
What will tomorrow be like... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
What will tomorrow be like? What kind of weather can we expect?
A missionary who had spent... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
A missionary who had spent a lifetime serving and helping people in a third world country was visiti

The Immediate Word

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel passage, Jesus rails that he has not come to bring peace but rather division -
Sour Grapes -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary passage from the book of Isaiah, the prophet laments the strained rela

Pick Your Witnesses -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, the author of Hebrews takes us on a mini-tour of the Old
Signs Of The Times -- Luke 12:49-56, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
In the Gospel lesson for this Sunday (Luke 12:49-56), Jesus chides the disciples for focusing on imm

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

Understanding God... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Prayer

SermonStudio

The disruptive side of the Gospel -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme: The disruptive side of the Gospel
PROPER 15 -- Jeremiah 20:7-13, Psalm 10:12-18, Luke 12:49-56 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel passage, Jesus rails that he has not come to bring peace but rather division -
Sour Grapes -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary passage from the book of Isaiah, the prophet laments the strained rela

Pick Your Witnesses -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, the author of Hebrews takes us on a mini-tour of the Old
Signs Of The Times -- Luke 12:49-56, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
In the Gospel lesson for this Sunday (Luke 12:49-56), Jesus chides the disciples for focusing on imm

SermonStudio

Proper 15/Pentecost 13/Ordinary Time 20 -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Luke 12:49-56 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Proper 15 -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Luke 12:49-56 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Jesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Weather Signs -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2003
1. Text
Renewing Our Relationship With Jesus -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2000
Jesus said, "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
Proper 15 -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 5:1-7 (C)

Proper 15 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
"I came to bring fire to the earth...." "I have a baptism with which to be baptized...." Je
Weather Signs -- Luke 12:49-56 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1997
49"I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were
Proper 15 -- Jeremiah 20:7-13, Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-17, Luke 12:49-56 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Proper 15 -- Jeremiah 20:7-13, Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-17, Luke 12:49-56 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Proper 15 -- Jeremiah 20:7-13, Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-17, Luke 12:49-56 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel passage, Jesus rails that he has not come to bring peace but rather division -
Sour Grapes -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary passage from the book of Isaiah, the prophet laments the strained rela

Pick Your Witnesses -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, the author of Hebrews takes us on a mini-tour of the Old
Signs Of The Times -- Luke 12:49-56, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
In the Gospel lesson for this Sunday (Luke 12:49-56), Jesus chides the disciples for focusing on imm

SermonStudio

The Great Divide -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Rick Mccracken-bennett -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2009
I have to admit, this is not the Jesus I'm comfortable with.
Family Ties And Good-byes -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Ron Lavin -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2006
If ever we needed to strengthen the institution of family, it's today.
Fire Falling From Heaven -- Luke 12:49-56 -- R. Robert Cueni -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2003
Jesus spends much of the twelfth chapter of Luke reassuring and encouraging his followers in the fac

The Village Shepherd

The Darkness Of Despair And Depression? -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
I remember, many years ago, attending a most extraordinary Parochial Church Council meeting.

Stories

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What More Could I Have Done? -- Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Sandra Herrmann, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
Contents
"What More Could I Have Done?" by Sandra Herrmann
The Song Of The Vineyard -- Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Keith Hewitt, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013
Contents
"The Song of the Vineyard" by Keith Hewitt
The Parable And The Prophet -- Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
Contents
"The Parable and the Prophet" by Sandra Herrmann
Donnie's Plant -- Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Stan Purdum, Gregory L. Tolle, David E. Leininger -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Donnie's Plant" by Stan Purdum

SermonStudio

Pax Christi Or Pox Christi? -- Luke 12:49-56 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2009
This is not a favorite passage for preaching.
Jesus, The Messiah; Jesus, The Crisis -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Constance Berg -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2000
Cecilia knew she was having trouble with her pregnancy when the doctor called and asked her and her

Worship

The Immediate Word

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel passage, Jesus rails that he has not come to bring peace but rather division -
Sour Grapes -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary passage from the book of Isaiah, the prophet laments the strained rela

Pick Your Witnesses -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, the author of Hebrews takes us on a mini-tour of the Old
Signs Of The Times -- Luke 12:49-56, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
In the Gospel lesson for this Sunday (Luke 12:49-56), Jesus chides the disciples for focusing on imm

SermonStudio

Proper 15 / Ordinary Time 20 / Pentecost 13 -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Luke 12:49-56, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2009
Zoos are no longer in people's good graces.
Religion faces the same problem.
Proper 15/Ordinary Time 20 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: Luke 12:49-56

Theme: The Real Weather Channel
Proper 15 -- Isaiah 5:1-7, Luke 12:49-56 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2003
Theme: The Price Of Evil Deeds

Call To Worship
Proper 15, Pentecost 13, Ordinary Time 20 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: Green

Gospel: Luke 12:49-56
Proper 15 | Pentecost 13 | Ordinary Time 20 -- Jeremiah 38:1b-13, Luke 12:49-56 -- Heth H. Corl -- 1976
First Lesson: Jeremiah 38:1b-13
Theme: Faith in conflict with man-power

New & Featured This Week

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
For February 17, 2019:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Jeremiah 17:5-10
On Sunday, August 5, 2012, Garrett Reid killed himself in the dorm room at Lehigh University where the Philadelphia Eagles were holding training camp. Garrett is the oldest son of the Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. Garrett had a history of drug problems and even spent some time in prison on drug related charges. Andy Reid told the team’s owner that in this difficult situation he would continue to move forward, saying “I’m going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park.”
Ron L.

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Wayne Brouwer
There is a powerful scene in Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons. The story is that of Sir Thomas More, loyal subject of the English crown. King Henry VIII wants to change things to suit his own devious plans, so he requires all his nobles to swear an oath of allegiance which violates the conscience of Sir Thomas More before his God. Since he will not swear the oath, More is put in jail. His daughter Margaret comes to visit him. “Meg,” he calls her, with affection. She’s his pride and joy, the one who thinks his thoughts after him.

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“...for power came out of him and healed all of them.” (v. 19b)

Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

StoryShare

David O. Bales
Contents
“A Messianic Message?” by David O. Bales
“Blissful? Agnosticism” by David O. Bales


A Messianic Message?
by David O. Bales
Luke 6:17-26

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We tend to think of Saints as special holy people who are perhaps not quite real. But in this reading, Jesus makes it clear that those who are very ordinary because they are poor, or hungry, or sad, or otherwise disadvantaged in some way, are especially blessed. This is a story about Casper, who spoke in fun but found his words were taken rather seriously.

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Cynthia E. Cowen
"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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