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  • Thomas Clawser, M. Div.

    Contributing sermons since Jan 24, 2002
Thomas's church

Campbelltown United Christian
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078
717-838-1766

About Thomas
  • Education: Evangelical Theological Seminary | Myerstown, PA
  • Experience: 28 years teaching, 17 years as pastor
  • Family: Evangelical Protestant
  • Hobbies: Golf, music (5-string banjo player)
  • What I want on my tombstone: He helped us learn to know God better
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  • You're Gonna Have To Serve Somebody

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2019
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    The Big Idea: Resurrection is the basis of our hope and the impetus behind our service to God

    "You may be an ambassador to England or France, You may like to gamble—you might like to dance. You may be the heavyweight champion of the world, You might be a socialite with a long string of pearls. But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed, You’re gonna have to serve ...read more

  • Finding Your Passion In Christ

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2019
     | 465 views

    The Big Idea: Intimacy with Christ changes our perspective

    Legend holds that near the end of the 19th Century, a Swedish Chemist and Industrialist named Alfred awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local paper. It read: “This great scientist, the inventor of dynamite, died yesterday. His innovation made it possible to efficiently kill more ...read more

  • A Faithful Defense

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2019
     | 265 views

    The Big Idea: God wants us to be faithful him in our words and actions, even in difficult situations.

    Of Christians put to death for their faith in the second century, perhaps no account is as striking as the story of Polycarp. Polycarp (A.D. 70-155) is bishop of Smyrna and a godly man who knows the apostle John personally. When urged by the Roman proconsul to renounce Christ, Polycarp responds ...read more

  • Pride And Prejudice

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2019
     | 356 views

    Two Things that Constrain Our Joy

    Legend holds that in 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Eliot received the unpretentious couple into his office and asked what he could do. After ...read more

  • Repent, And Never Give Up

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2019
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    Because God never gives up on us, we too must never give up

    From the archives of Winston Churchill’s life comes the report of a singular commencement address. After enduring a lengthy introduction, Churchill rises from his seat, walks to the podium and stares fixedly at his audience of new graduates. "Never give up!" he asserts solemnly. He ...read more

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  • A Lesson In Hope

    Contributed on Apr 1, 2017
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    They still tell the story at William and Mary College of daffy, magnificent President Ewell. For a century and a half, this prestigious Virginia school had been a leader among American universities. Then came the Civil War. In the hard days of reconstruction that followed, William and Mary went ...read more

  • Wishing Vs. Hoping

    Contributed on Dec 3, 2011
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     | 2,140 views

    WISHING VS. HOPING Eugene Peterson (Living the Message: Daily Help for Living the God-Centered Life) points out that what a lot of people call hope is in reality something different. It's wishing, not hoping: and wishing and hoping are not the same thing. "Wishing," Peterson says, "is ...read more

  • In The Year A.d. 303, The Roman Emperor ...

    Contributed on Oct 18, 2004
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    In the year A.D. 303, the Roman Emperor Diocletian issued a decree that he hoped would extinguish the spreading flames of Christianity. One of his primary objectives was the seizure and destruction of the Christian Scriptures. Later that year, officials enforced the decree in North Africa. ...read more

  • An Ancient Chassidic Parable Tells The Story Of ...

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2004
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    An ancient Chassidic parable tells the story of Yechiel, the young grandson of a Chassidic rabbi, who once played hide-and-seek with a friend. When it was his turn to hide, he found a great hiding place where he waited, somewhat impatiently, for his friend to find him. He waited and waited; it ...read more

  • The Scottish Preacher John Mcneill Liked To Tell ...

    Contributed on Feb 9, 2002
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    The Scottish preacher John McNeill liked to tell about an eagle that had been captured when it was quite young. The farmer who snared the bird put a restraint on it so it couldn’t fly, and then he turned it loose to roam in the barnyard. It wasn’t long till the eagle began to act like the ...read more