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  • Lesson 39: Preach A Refrain Series

    Contributed by I. Grant Spong on Apr 19, 2018

    Preaching a sermon that repeats a motto as a learning tool

    Lesson Goal Learn how to preach a sermon that repeats a motto. Lesson Intro Psalm 136 is a song with a repeating refrain, "for his steadfast love endures for ever." We can also preach a sermon with a repeating refrain. We already saw how the jewel or diamond sermon is one point tied together by more

  • The Easter Witness Of God's Love

    Contributed by Ryan Ferwerda on Apr 18, 2020

    What is Easter all about? What does Jesus' death and resurrection mean for our lives? These are the central questions of the seven-week Easter season. We may not be able to fully understand the meaning of these questions answers, but that does not stop us from bearing witness to those answers.

    What is Easter all about? What does Jesus’ death and resurrection mean for our lives? These are the questions that have been on my mind and heart this past week. Is Easter a one-day holiday in the spring where we simply gather with family for a nice meal, maybe exchange small gifts, hunting more

  • Can't See The Forrest For The Trees....

    Contributed by Thomas Wilson on Jul 15, 2008
    based on 2 ratings

    Sermon based on the high ideals of church but the realities are so often different.

    Preaching from the lectionary as I do has its limitations. After all, the there are various forms of lections, RC, Episcopalian but I have always used the Reformed Lectionary. It has its limitations and quite often we re-hash the old things of the past, years a, b and c come around so often that more

  • Giving Makes Your Brain Happy

    Contributed by Scott Carmer on Jan 6, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    New discoveries in neuro-science indicate that there is a "warm-glow" effect in our brains when we are generous. God has built into our brains a great way to feel happy - be generous.

    Giving Makes Your Brain Happy Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14 January 6, 2008 I don’t know about you, but I’m tired. December always leaves me exhausted and I look forward to January o that I can relax a little bit. Butt God has this interesting, and sometimes infuriating was of not letting me rest. I more

  • What A Contradiction!

    Contributed by Ronald Harbaugh on Dec 9, 2009
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    A Sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, Series C

    3rd Sunday in Advent, December 13, 2009 “Series C” Grace be unto you and peace, from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father, through the power of you Holy Spirit, open our hearts and minds to your Word, that we might hear your truth and prepare more

  • Maranatha

    Contributed by Chris Tiller on Dec 10, 2005
    based on 9 ratings

    This passage from Isaiah 64 gives us words to express our longing for God to come down and make the world right (and make us right).

    Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It’s the first Sunday of a new church year. Advent, as was said in the Lighting of the Candles, means coming. Advent signals the coming of Christmas. (Only 28 more shopping days left!) But even more so, Advent signals the coming of Christ. The season of more

  • Lesson 2: Preach A Text Series

    Contributed by I. Grant Spong on Feb 26, 2018
    based on 1 rating

    The Bible is the most important basis of preaching. How do we preach a text of Holy Scripture?

    What’s our Goal Let’s emphasize the importance of Bible-based preaching. What’s the Idea The modern idea that the Bible is not the Word of God but only contains the Word of God is very narrow and inadequate. Granted, there is no verse in the Bible which calls everything from Genesis to more

  • John - Full Of Christmas Cheer

    Contributed by Joseph Neil Adams on Jan 2, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    An advent message thinking about what John the baptist has to do with this season.

    Luke 1:3-18 The season of Christmas is upon us, but I wonder at what point did this realisation hit you? When you saw the decorations going up in shopping centres - something which always seems to happen way too early (i.e. October)? When you received your first card? In the Church Advent more

  • The "Performance Art" Of God

    Contributed by Carl Greene on Feb 27, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    A different look at the story of The Flood and Rainbow. How the rainbow reminds us of God’s grace restrains Him from doing what He COULD do, but chooses NOT to do. What we learn from the story about judgment and justice.

    Is there anyone here this morning who hasn’t at least heard something about Noah and The Flood? Is there anyone here this morning who hasn’t heard at least something about “Noah’s Ark?” I’m willing to bet that when you think about Noah and the flood, your mind usually goes directly to the “ark” more

  • Perfecting Love (Fifth Sunday Of Easter, Lectionary Year B)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Apr 27, 2021
    based on 4 ratings

    Tying the Gospel portion of the lectionary (John 15:1 - 8) to today’s text (I John 4:7 -21) we can draw the conclusion that if we are detached from the life giving vine that we are incomplete, insecure, dissatisfied and spiritually starving.

    PERFECTING LOVE Text: I John 4:7 - 21 1 John 4:7-21  Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (8) Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.  (9)  God's love was revealed among us in this way: more

  • Who Is He, And What Is He To You? Series

    Contributed by Delwyn Campbell on Sep 6, 2020
    based on 1 rating

    One weakness of Lectionary preaching is actually not a weakness of the lectionary, but of the preaching: When we forget that the passage for today is not an isolated piece of text...

    Who is He, and What is He to You? Rev. Delwyn Campbell / General / Joining Christ on His Mission / Matthew 16:13–20 My Favorite Illustrations A Child’s Only Knowledge of Jesus A Child’s Only Knowledge of Jesus In Vacation Bible School, A teacher asked a little boy who had little church more

  • Persecution Is Easier To Relate To Today Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 24, 2018

    We in the Church are under constant assault by politicians, so-called comedians and the mass media. Today we quite easily relate to the readings from the Lectionary. God almighty, come to our aid!

    Thursday after Christ the King 2018 There was a time in my on life that Fr. Richard Neuhaus called “the Catholic moment,” a time when being Catholic seemed to be the best thing in the world. We had a Catholic president, a pope, now a saint, who had called a Council at the Vatican with the task of more

  • Redemption Of The Faithful Remnant

    Contributed by Howard Gunter on Dec 14, 2018
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    Zephaniah delivers a prophecy of redemption to the faithful remnant of Israel, scattered by her enemies.

    December 16, 2018 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Redemption of the Faithful Remnant Folks, I read through the lectionary readings for today and honestly felt drawn from preparing yet another Christmas sermon. And then lo and behold, I read the Old Testament reading of Zephaniah 3:14-20. more

  • Almighty God, Creator Of Life And Love

    Contributed by Howard Gunter on May 25, 2019
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    A deeper understanding of God's love

    Weekend Message/Devotion May 26, 2019 Almighty God, Creator of Life and Love Sermon Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I stand before Your people, to deliver Your message. Though the words are mine and I prepared this message, I pray that this message is Your message in its entirety. I pray your more

  • Witnessing To The Culture Of Death Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 6, 2020

    We must work and pray, as St. Benedict told us to do. Work for the spread of the kingdom in our families and communities, and vote as a Christian must, for godly men and women who will resist the culture of death and legislate for life, peace, and goodness.

    Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Lent 2020 For our first reading today, I have chosen to begin earlier in the first chapter of Isaiah than the Lectionary suggests, and to add the verses the Lectionary omits. The Lenten readings take a great deal of the very long prophecies of Isaiah, but they omit more