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Being One Differently -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- David Coffin -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
The enthusiastic exclamation of Easter Sunday, “He is risen” is a distant echo during the week of th
Plans Beyond Our Own Little Boxes -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
The lessons for the last Sunday of Easter witness to how we might live by the awesome vision of God
Powerful prayer -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Dr. James Dobson tells a story about his son when he was just a little fellow.
Come -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
When we consider all of the things that could happen to us in our encounters with life, it is no won
Table to table -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
We have a table in our home that goes way back.
Locked in a room with open doors -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
About 25 years ago, Ernest Campbell, former preaching minister at New York's
Problems, promises, and prayer -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
"Wherever two or three are gathered together, there are bound to be four opinions." Whenever humans
That old time religion -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
That old time religionGive me that old time religion,that old time religion.

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Plans Beyond Our Own Little Boxes -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
The lessons for the last Sunday of Easter witness to how we might live by the awesome vision of God

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Last Words -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 29, 2022:
The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
What Is A Life Worth? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
In the lectionary passage from Acts for Easter 7, Paul and Silas are followed for several days by a
What Must I Do To Be Saved? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary passage from Acts brings us the fascinating story of the imprisonment of Paul
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:

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Being clean -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and
The gates of heaven -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the
Two bright morning stars -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I want to talk about two bright morning stars today.
The gift is free -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
Close your eyes and imagine with me for a moment. Let's
This is true! -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
When I watch a movie, I sometimes see this sign. What does

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Easter 7 -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work.

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Let Everyone Who Is Thirsty Come -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
Everyone, Lord? Even those (fill in the denomination) who (fill in the alleged heresy)?

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Sermon Illustrations for Easter 7 (2022) -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
Acts 16:16-34
Sermon Illustrations for Easter 7 (2019) -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Acts 16:16-34
Sermon illustrations for Easter 7 (2016) -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Acts 16:16-34
Sermon illustrations for Easter 7 (2013) -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Acts 16:16-34
NULL -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Bob Ove -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
We wonder, as have Christians throughout the ages, what does Jesus mean by "soon"?
NULL -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The planet Venus is called the Morning Star and also the Evening Star.
Acts 16:16-34 And... -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Acts 16:16-34
Some thoughts on Jesus Christ... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Some thoughts on Jesus Christ, "the bright morning star":
When Dale was four years... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
When Dale was four years old, his mother was hospitalized for several weeks. Since
During the last several years... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
During the last several years, the Young at Heart Sunday school class had some great
This section is disjointed, say... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
This section is disjointed, say some critics. Nearly every sentence deals with a different
Dee Hock is the founder... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Dee Hock is the founder of VISA International, the big credit card company.
Emily was four years old... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Emily was four years old. She has worshiped with her mother almost every Sunday of her life.
The Internet and credit cards... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
The Internet and credit cards have dramatically changed the practice of making travel plans.
A little girl wanted to... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
A little girl wanted to come to Sunday school to learn about Jesus.
Amen! It shall be... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Amen! It shall be so! Exclamation point! You bet! Yessirree!
The Bible ends with the... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
The Bible ends with the repetitive word "come." It is the distinct word of invitations.
In the movie, The Terminator... -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
In the movie, The Terminator, antagonist Arnold Schwarzenegger utters these now famous words, "I'll

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Last Words -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 29, 2022:
The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
What Is A Life Worth? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
In the lectionary passage from Acts for Easter 7, Paul and Silas are followed for several days by a
What Must I Do To Be Saved? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary passage from Acts brings us the fascinating story of the imprisonment of Paul
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:

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Last Words -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 29, 2022:
The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
What Is A Life Worth? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
In the lectionary passage from Acts for Easter 7, Paul and Silas are followed for several days by a
What Must I Do To Be Saved? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary passage from Acts brings us the fascinating story of the imprisonment of Paul
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:

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Seventh Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
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Last Words -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 29, 2022:
The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
What Is A Life Worth? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
In the lectionary passage from Acts for Easter 7, Paul and Silas are followed for several days by a
What Must I Do To Be Saved? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary passage from Acts brings us the fascinating story of the imprisonment of Paul
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:

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All In God's Time -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
"Why do bad things happen to good people?" is the way we say it today.
Jesus Rewards The Just -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Imagine picking up the Sunday paper, opening it and reading in giant letters, Jesus Christ Will R
The Tantalizing "Come" -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
More than anything else, Edward wanted God to forgive Keith.
God's Gift For Impatient People -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
On the rare occasions when they would choose a direct confrontation, rather than their traditional h

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Social Drinking? -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
General Elections in the UK aren't all serious business.

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Pay Attention -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Contents “Pay Attention” by C. David McKirachan
Paul And Silas, Bound In Jail -- John 17:20-26, Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Sandra Herrmann, Peter Andrew Smith -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Contents "Paul and Silas, Bound in Jail" by Sandra Herrmann
The Cost Of Standing Up For God -- John 17:20-26, Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Frank Ramirez, John E. Sumwalt -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Contents"The Cost of Standing Up for God" by Frank Ramirez
Big Mike And The Harmonica -- John 17:20-26, Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Craig Kelly, Keith Hewitt, Constance Berg -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Big Mike and the Harmonica" by Craig M. Kelly
Are You Sure? -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- C. David Mckirachan, Stan Purdum, Constance Berg -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
What's Up This Week

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Last Words -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 29, 2022:
The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
What Is A Life Worth? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
In the lectionary passage from Acts for Easter 7, Paul and Silas are followed for several days by a
What Must I Do To Be Saved? -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary passage from Acts brings us the fascinating story of the imprisonment of Paul
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:

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Easter 7 -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The Easter story is about the triumph of creativity.
Seventh Sunday Of Easter -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Frank Ramirez -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21Theme: A Promise Is A Promise
Seventh Sunday of Easter -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Acts 16:16-34 Theme: Do Not Harm Yourself Call To Worship
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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you today. Are you ready to hear it? (Let them respond.) Great! Here we go! Has anyone ever said something to you that didn’t make sense to you? (Let them respond.) After they said it, were you pretty confused about what they meant? (Let them respond.) Yes, I think that happens to all of us. But let me ask this: did Jesus ever say something that didn’t make sense to you or that was just really confusing and hard to understand? (Let them respond.) Well, that has happened to me.

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Charles Paul Conn wrote, in his book Make It Happen, about a church that lost her purpose. The story went something like this.

A preacher was in Atlanta, several years ago, and noticed in the restaurants section of the yellow pages, a place called Church of God Grill. The unusual name aroused his curiosity, so he dialed the number. A man answered with a cheery, “Hello! Church of God Grill!”
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"But he's for family values!"

My parishioner could not believe that I didn't like the radio talk show. So what if the host's politics were reprehensible, his theology simplistic, and his biblical interpretation uncritical? The only thing that counted was family values!

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Peter Andrew Smith
Abbie walked through the door, threw her coat on the chair and crashed onto the couch. She grabbed for the remote and flipped through the channels on the television. Nothing caught her eye, so she turned it off. She picked up her phone and checked her message and social media. Nothing new. She tossed her phone on the table and slumped back.

“Why is this happening to me?” she muttered.

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Tracey was afraid. They were all playing Truth or Dare, and Tracey didn't know which was worst. The dares were becoming more and more scary, and Tracey didn't want to be part of them. On the other hand, she was terrified of being required to reveal her innermost secrets, for she knew perfectly well all the others would laugh themselves silly.

"Your go, Tracey," announced James. "Truth or dare?"

Tracey hesitated. "Oh come on, Tracey!" cried the others. "What, you scared or something?"

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Rick McCracken-Bennett
I have to admit, this is not the Jesus I'm comfortable with. All this talk about bringing fire to the earth and that he can't wait until it's set ablaze. What kind of talk is that? Then there is the part about how households will become divided because of him. For goodness' sake, that's exactly opposite from the kind of community we're trying to build here.
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This summer I decided to take up some simple vegetable gardening. I knew it would happen someday. It's in my blood. My dad has planted and tended summer gardens of various sizes my whole life. For several years, our family's garden filled the whole half acre second lot behind our home. We had strawberries, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, acorn squash, and even pumpkins.
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In his colorful commentary on Hebrews, Thomas Long paints a picture of the historical setting surrounding this anonymous New Testament book.

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