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  • Sermon Starters (Easter 6B)(2021)

    by Doug Bratt
    Frederick Buechner’s “Avarice” in his book, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith, may provide a properly provocative entrance ramp onto a proclamation of 1 John 5: “Avarice, greed, [lust], and so forth are all based on the mathematical truism that the more you get, the more you have. “The remark of Jesus that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) is based on the human truth that the more you give away in love, the more you are. It is not just for the sake of other people that Jesus tells us to give rather than get, but for our own sakes too.”
  • Easter 6B (2021)

    by Sherri Brown
  • Mind Blowing

    by Jim Chern
    having worked with college students for over a decade now, one (of many) joys has been seeing some of the most beautiful examples of sincere generosity that has been mind-blowing to me. Like when on a Midnight Run where we were bringing food, clothing, and toiletries to homeless men and women a couple of years ago in New York City and seeing the students hugging and praying with these strangers was beautiful itself… but even going beyond that, this one night in particular when we happened to be on a stop in Midtown Manhattan and by that point had run out of some supplies… which often happens… we have no idea how many people we’ll encounter and so the objective is to do the best we can. This one homeless man very patiently was standing on line as those before him were being shown what was still available in terms of coats, sweaters, boots. One of our students saw him standing there and went over and asked was there anything in particular that he was looking for, and he simply asked for new socks. Of all the things that we had left at that point, that was the one thing we were out of… At that, this one student said “give me a minute, just stay here” and then bolted before I could stop him and ask what he was doing, where he was going, reminding him we had a schedule to follow and blah blah blah – before a word was out of my mouth, the kid ran down to a department store that was still open and bought a package of socks for this person. I think this is the first time I’ve ever shared that story, I was just blown away on so many levels by the whole experience...
  • Born of God

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Easter 6B (2021)

    by Rhonda Crutcher
  • Exegesis (1 John 5:1-6)

    by Richard Donovan
  • What Faith Believes

    by Gary Neal Hansen
  • Easter 6B

    by Bill Loader
  • All We Need

    by Michael Ruffin

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  • Love Conquers

    by Nikki Hardeman
  • True Love

    Video with Eric Anderson
  • The Command to Love

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Easter 6B (2018)

    by Rhonda Crutcher
  • Easter 6B (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Easter 6B (2018)

    by Scott Hoezee
    In his Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis ponders this connection between being saved and being obedience/doing good and here are a few of his typically trenchant observations: “Only a bad person needs to repent; only a good person can repent perfectly. The worse you are the more you need it and the less you can do it . . . But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love him because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it . . . We might think that God wanted simply obedience to a set of rules; whereas what He really wants is people of a particular sort.”
  • Love That Motivates

    by Catherine Faith MacLean
  • Easter 6B (2018)

    by Alicia Myers
  • Victory Is Ours

    by Eleonore Stump

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