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  • Sermon Starters (Proper 10A)(2020)

    by Doug Bratt
    Albert Camus’ novel, The Fall, introduces its readers to a successful man named Jean-Baptiste. He says, “I was altogether in harmony with life; my company was in demand … to tell the truth, I looked upon myself as something of a superman.” A walk home through Paris’ streets one night, however, rattles his conceit. Just after Jean-Baptiste passes a young woman standing on a bridge, he hears her fall into the water. However, he doesn’t stop, even when he hears her call out for help. He simply returns to his home and refuses to report the incident to anyone. Afterwards, Jean-Baptiste wrestles with his failure to try to save the drowning woman...
  • Good Versus Evil

    by Craig Condon
    During a recent Olympic Games, the Huffington Post ran an article about the brain-training secrets of the athletes. Gold medal champions know how to train their minds like they train their bodies. Using mental exercises, they’ve learned to tune out distractions, reduce stress and focus on staying on top of their game. Using mental imagery, they visualize their performance in exacting detail, for studies have found that mental practice is almost as effective as physical training. Olympians meditate to calm themselves down. When they get into a “flow mindset,” they say they’re “in the zone.”...
  • Freedom in the Spirit

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Exegesis (Romans 8:1-11)

    by Richard Niell Donovan
  • Ordinary 15A (2020)

    by Emily Heath
  • Lent 5A (2020)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Lent 5A)(2020)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Back in Kindergarten, maybe you did a craft in school as a Christmas present for your parents. Perhaps it was a papier mâché ornament for the Christmas tree. Years later maybe you took another look at that ornament: it’s not round by a long shot but kind of funky-shaped. There are clumps of glue here and there and several places where your paintbrush failed to make contact, leaving bare spots where you can still read the classified section of the newspaper you used. But when you handed your folks that trinket, their eyes shined. They took the gold and crystal Saks Fifth Avenue tree ornament that Aunt Louis had bought in New York City and stuck it on the back of the tree so that your ornament could be front and center. “Do you like it, Daddy?” you maybe asked. “Honey, it’s just perfect.” When you are in your father’s love, that’s the kind of answer you always hear. “Do you love me, Father?” “Honey, you’re just perfect.” In Christ it will always be so.
  • Proper 10A (2020)

    by L. Ann Jervis
  • Proper 10A

    by Bill Loader
    always good insights!
  • Proper 10A (2020)

    by Stephanie Lobdell
  • Lent 5A (2020)

    by Elizabeth Shively
  • Lent 5A (2020)

    by Roland Tedder
  • Proper 10A

    by Bill Loader

Resources from 2017 to 2019

  • The Spirit and the Flesh

    by Dan Clendenin
  • In Christ's Spirit

    by Lori Cornell
  • Flesh and Spirit

    by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
  • Alternate Reality

    Video Starter by Nikki Hardeman
  • Lent 5A (2017)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Proper 10A (2017)

    by Scott Hoezee
    It isn’t a Christian movie and it is not about a character who seems to have much religion of any kind. Still, there is something so striking about the end of the movie American Beauty when the lead character—his voice coming from beyond the grave as it turned out—expresses a kind of gratitude for life that almost makes his heart burst like a balloon with too much air in it. Seems to me that sums up what Christians who know the love of Christ Jesus their Lord should feel at all times. I think it gives us much to ponder...
  • Proper 10A (2017)

    by Susan Pendleton Jones
    Several years ago some students in the congregation I was pastoring ordered black t-shirts and on the front of them were printed five bright white letters – L-O-S-E-R. On the back of the t-shirts was a quote from Jesus in Matthew’s gospel: “Those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Wow, I thought. These kids are willing to take a risk and wear these t-shirts not only at church but also at school. I was impressed, so I asked them about it. “We’re fine to be losers,” one of them said. “We don’t buy into what the world is saying: the materialism, the drugs, and the hookup culture of a lot of our peers. We feel ok letting people know we want to live differently. If they want to make fun of us, let them go ahead. We’re kinda proud of being losers.”...
  • Proper 10A (2017)

    by Israel Kamudzandu
  • Proper 10A (2017)

    by Stephanie Dyrness Lobdell
  • Spirit-Determined Life

    by Bruce Martin
  • Living in the Spirit of Life

    from Ministry Matters
    Scroll down the page for this resource.
  • Lent 5A (2017)

    by Edgardo Martinez Mitchell
  • Lent 5A (2017)

    by Gift Mtukwa
  • Lent 5A (2017)

    by Fay Rowland
  • No Foolin'

    by Michael Ruffin
  • Lent 5A (2017)

    by Elizabeth Shively

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