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  • Advent 1C (2018)

    by Michael Chan
  • Advent 1C (2018)

    by Ben Cremer
  • Testify to Love: Out on a Limb

    by Kathy Donley
    There’s a church in the Netherlands that has been holding a worship service for the past 800 hours. Bethel Church in the Hague is trying to protect a family from being deported. Dutch law forbids the police from entering a place of worship while a service is happening. The family fled Armenia in 2010 and have not been granted asylum. They now reside in an apartment within the church. The church has been holding continuous worship since October 26. People from across the country come in to keep the service going around the clock. “There are already more than 450 different priests, pastors, deacons, elders from around the country, every denomination, wanting to be put on the rotation to participate in this service,” Axel Wicke, Bethel’s pastor, said in an interview on Thursday. “Even from abroad we’ve gotten help — there have been sermons held in English, French and German,” he said. “It’s quite moving to us. I often see a pastor handing over the service to another pastor of another denomination who they would ordinarily not have anything to do with, liturgically.”...
  • Advent 1C (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Hope Against Hope

    by John Holbert
  • The Promise of the Messiah

    Podcast with Rolf Jacobson, Craig R. Koester and Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
  • Holding Onto Hope

    by Beth Johnston
  • Preaching Helps (Advent 1C)(2018)

    by Stan Mast
    When my wife and I moved into our condo 20 years ago, there was a stand of tall verdant trees lining our backyard. Over the years, those trees have died a branch at a time, until there was nothing left but skeletal trunks devoid of all branches and leaves. The last trunk fell in a windstorm last month and now lies across the boundary line. There is no way a new branch will grow out of that dead piece of wood and become the basis of a whole new forest. That’s how dead Israel looked to the false prophets of Jeremiah’s day. Only a prophet in touch with the living God could come up with the impossible promise of our text—“I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line.”
  • Sprouting Leaves

    by Kate Matthews
    includes several quotes
  • A Righteous Branch (Jeremiah)

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Anselm Kiefer chose a different mood. His two versions of Wurzel Jesse (Tree of Jesse) offer a visual that seems to speak more to the situation of Jeremiah than do the brightly-colored, often gilded medieval illustrations of this subject. Kiefer uses (above left) palm root fibers and photography on lead to create a composition of neutrals in tones that seem to speak more to the promise of the growth of a branch than actual growth of green leaves and twigs. The version on the right, created more than a decade later, includes several garments made of lead toward the top of the composition. The images do not seem to lend themselves to thoughts of growth...
  • God’s Hope

    by Marilyn Pagán-Banks
  • Fun with Hebrew

    by Steve Pankey
  • The Birth of Joy

    by Bruce Schoonmaker

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Resources from 2012 to 2014

  • What's Coming?

    by Rick Miles
  • Expecting Justice

    by John Allen
  • Advent 1C

    by Chris Ayers
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  • Embrace the Light

    by Dan Bollerud
  • Sprouting Branch

    by Dan Bollerud
  • Advent 1C (2006)

    by Stephen Cook
  • Beautiful Day

    by Stephen Cook
  • After the Chaos Ends

    by Amy Erickson
  • Life in Death

    from Faith Element
  • Advent 1C

    by Phil Heinze
  • The Eternal Promise

    by John Holbert
  • Shoots of Tomorrow

    by Mary Lautensleger
    In the parable of The Giving Tree, a young boy would gather his favorite tree’s leaves on mild autumn afternoons. He fashioned them into a crown for his head and played king of the forest. The tree was fun to climb, and he loved to eat its delicious apples. The boy enjoyed swinging from the tree’s branches, and discovered a shady resting place beneath those same branches on hot summer days. As the boy became a teenager, he visited the tree less frequently. He did stop by once to carve his initials, along with those of his girlfriend, on the apple tree’s trunk, framing them with a heart. As the boy matured and his interests changed, he found that he needed some spending money. So, he picked the tree’s luscious apples and sold them at the farmers’ market in town...
  • The New Branch

    by Nathan Nettleton
  • On Time

    by Larry Patten
  • Voices from Prison: Jeremiah

    by Beth Quick
    VBS takes an offering every day for a mission project each year, and this year the offering went to a scholarship fund for children whose parents are prisoners to attend camp. What a perfect connection for a week spent talking about forgiveness! The kids had been talking earlier in the week about Simon Peter, and how he denied even knowing Jesus, who had been his dear friend and teacher, right as Jesus was at his most vulnerable - arrested, on trial, about to be put to death. So I asked them to think about a story they knew - Frozen. How many of you have seen the movie Frozen with Anna and Elsa and the song you can never unlearn, “Let It Go”? At the climax of the movie, Anna is frozen, and a kiss from her beau does not, in fact, save her life as expected. It seems that hope is lost. And that’s where the movie ends, right? That’s what I asked the kids, and they groaned and yelled, “No, that’s not the end!” Of course, in the end, it is Anna’s sister Elsa who saves her with the true love of sisterhood, and they experience, naturally, a happily ever after. That worst part, when it seemed hope was gone, was not the end of the story. And Peter’s denial of Jesus, we learned, was not the end of the story...
  • Advent 1C (2012)

    by Melinda Quivik
  • Jeremiah

    by Emily Sylvester
  • Advent 1

    by Wesley White

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