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  • An Extravagant Gesture

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 81 ratings

    Extravagant gestures are an appropriate - even necessary - expression of love.

    Do you know how much it cost? $15,000, that’s how much. And that’s just for the perfume! The bottle she broke was worth nearly that much on its own. I can’t see why Jesus was so upset with us for complaining about the waste. I mean, I saw his point later on, but how could we have known then? more

  • The Gestures Of Worship Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 23, 2011

    Profound bows, joining of hands for prayer, and striking our breast are all important adjuncts to our worship.

    Feast of St. James July 25, 2011 Spirit of the Liturgy Some of the apostles have paired feasts–Ss. Peter and Paul, Simon and Jude, Philip and James the Lesser. We would expect James and John, blood brothers, to be treated in this way, but they each have their own festival day. I think more

  • What About Your Gestures?

    Contributed by Scott Carmer on Aug 21, 2006
    based on 3 ratings

    The gestures of worship - lifting up holy hands in praise - must be in sync with the gestures of holy living.

    Gesture Theology Ephesians 5:15-20 August 20, 2006 I remember the very first sermon I ever preached. It was at License to Preach School down at DePauw University during the summer of 1972, between my freshman and sophomore years in college. I knew that I was headed for seminary by that time, more

  • The Liturgical Training Ground For Our Bodies Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 10, 2011

    Both spirit and body are trained in the liturgy for the Resurrection existence

    St. Anthony of Padua 13 June 2011 Spirit of the Liturgy The feast of San Antonio de Padua, patron of our city, leads us to focus on the deep humility of this amazing member of the then-young Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscans. It was not well known at the time that he was probably the more

  • #15 -- Blessings Series

    Contributed by Derek Melanson on Jan 16, 2007
    based on 14 ratings

    God blesses us by coming down to us, by ’kneeling’in a gesture of grace and salvation. In response we are to bless Him with praise and worship, commitment and service.

    “Songs for the Road #15: Blessing” Psalm 134 This is our last song for the road—we’ve reached the end of the journey. What does the end look like? The end looks like Psalm 134. And this Psalm really sums up what the Christian is all about in some ways. It summarizes God’s grace and our more

  • Hands Open Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Sep 21, 2008
    based on 2 ratings

    Hands open may be a handshake or a salute, signalling friendship or respect. Just as those gestures affirmed Saul, we also must approach others by leading them to safety and by affirming their potential.

    f I come toward you with an open hand, what does that mean? If I approach you from across the room with either one hand or both hands open, how would you interpret that? Well, of course, it would mean different things for different kinds of open hands. There is more than one way to be more

  • "How To Go From Dirtbag To Top-Notch" Series

    Contributed by Ken Harris on Mar 19, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that ONE OF GOD’S greatest acts of love is shown in how He forgives and welcomes the return home of his shameful and disgraceful children with open arms and loving gestures.

    18 March 2007 U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris Fort Ord Chapel Seaside, California BIG IDEA: One of God’s greatest act of love is His FORGIVENESS OF SINNERS. . References: Luke 15:1-32 (NIV); Psalm 32:1-11 (Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered more

  • Observations On Impatience

    Contributed by Mark Aarssen on Dec 2, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    Everywhere I look today I see it. Driving in to church this Wednesday I had a truck tailgate me all the way. I was doing the speed limit, even when I sped up the truck resumed the tailgating. I finally slowed down and the driver gave me a hand gesture. I

    Observations on Impatience/Anxious Fear Daniel 2:1-7 Philippians 4:4-7 We have all seen it at some point. We are in the grocery store and our ears are drawn to the shrill screams of a child having a full blown tantrum in the cookie isle. Arms are flailing, feet kicking and head more

  • Great Hope In Jesus Series

    Contributed by Patrick Nix on Oct 1, 2010

    “I feel so much better since I gave up hope!” The bumper-sticker shocked me. I couldn’t believe his cynicism – the blatant hopelessness now on display with every word and gesture. He was barely enduring life’s struggles – just surviving. This type of..

    “I feel so much better since I gave up hope!” The bumper-sticker shocked me. It disturbed me so deeply, I followed the truck and asked the man, “How do you live without hope?” I couldn’t believe his cynicism – the blatant hopelessness now on display with every word and gesture. He was barely more

  • Leaders & Martyrs Series

    Contributed by Sean Harder on Oct 25, 2013

    We have gotten so used to novelty in the church that a common response to this theme, was a rather sympathetic gesture inferring, “What, have you run out of good ideas?” Preaching and prayer just don’t seem that innovative and frankly to many, are the boring part of church.

    For the first few chapters of Acts we have heard about the beginnings and growth of the early church in Jerusalem after Pentecost. This was done almost exclusively through prayer and preaching. And Satan was working hardest through the religious leaders, not to stop miracles and such, but to stop more

  • Image And Perception: A Reading From Mark 7:31-37

    Contributed by Thomas Samuel on Dec 22, 2006
    based on 9 ratings

    The communicated images need both hearing and speaking aid in order to translate the composition of image and perception from one to the other.

    The world was shocked by the assassination of Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka. The media carried the news of Mr. Kadirgamar as “a hero of our times, who waged a relentless struggle against terrorism in all its forms, despite continues threats to his life; a national more

  • Perverse People Spread Strife Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on Oct 13, 2011
    based on 8 ratings

    The emphasis of the passage is on the dangers of perversity and the disastrous fate of its perpetrator. We here have a description of a person who deceives and stirs up strife & how to spot the scoundrel.

    PROVERBS 6: 12-15 PERVERSE PEOPLE SPREAD STRIFE [Genesis 37:29-35] What and how we communicate is important to God. There are those who are skilled in the methods of communication but deceitfully use their skills to spread slander and strife. This description is not a picture of a real more

  • The Reality Of The Trinity

    Contributed by Jay Winters on Jun 10, 2006
    based on 5 ratings

    Goal: To feel the reality of our sonship and call out "Abba/Daddy". Malady: We fear that God is a "dead beat dad." Means: Through the cross, we find the reality of the Trinity and our sonship through Christ. Trinity, Father’s Day, Sonship, Da Vinci Cod

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit – the Holy Three In One who grants us sonship that makes us cry out, “Abba, Father!” Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, What is your last name? What does it mean? My last name, Winters, was shortened when my relatives came to more

  • Ten Seconds That Changed The World Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 10, 2012

    Like the widow in the Gospel, little actions of doing good can attract the attention of the Lord, whose Word and grace can work miracles of healing, and can even heal our culture of death.

    32nd Sunday in Course 2012 Verbum Domini Ten Seconds Can Change the Course of the World On August 3, 1943, General George S. Patton entered a tent in a military hospital in Sicily to visit wounded soldiers. He had just been briefed by one of his commanders that malingering was thinning out more

  • Our Lady Of Lourdes

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jan 17, 2018
    based on 1 rating

    On February 11, 1858, Bernadette begged to be allowed to accompany her sister and friend to gather sticks to be used for firewood. She fell behind the other girls, and then “it” happened.

    Feb. 11 Lourdes On February 11, 1858, Bernadette begged to be allowed to accompany her sister and friend to gather sticks to be used for firewood. She fell behind the other girls, and then “it” happened. “I raised my head and looked towards the grotto. I saw a Lady dressed in white, wearing a more