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Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Sermon Series

By Mike Slaughter
I stood before our congregation in the fall of 2004 and said, “I want you to have a slim Christmas this year . . . and whatever you spend on your family, bring an equal… read more

Sermon: Freedom, Love, and Pain

By Carl L. Schenck
Preaching on Memorial Day weekend is difficult for preachers. A good many of those who attend American worship come with the expectation that the service will, in some way, focus… read more

Sermon Starter: Easter Sunday

By Susan Brown
Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18 In the beginning.  These are, arguably, the best known words in the Bible.  “In the… read more

Sermon: Named and Claimed

By J. Michael Lowry
Scripture: John 20:1-18 We have all walked “tomb-ward” like Mary, on a morning of defeat or despair or deep grief. Pick up the daily paper. Evidence that evil is… read more

Jesus' Mother

By Michael Williams
"When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, Woman, here is your son.' Then he said to the disciple, 'Here is your… read more

Sermon Starter for Ash Wednesday: Blood and Dust

By Jessica Miller Kelley
Last Ash Wednesday, I gave blood for the first time since before becoming pregnant with my daughter almost two years earlier. My father and his mother are/were big blood donors… read more
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