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Sermon for Lent 2
Humming Till The Music Returns: Second Lesson Sermons For Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Genuine Hope
Sermon by Nancy Kraft based on Romans 4:13-25 excerpted from Sermons on the Second Readings Series III, Cycle B (SermonStudio)
The season is upon us once again. Around this time every year we can expect the annual cycle to bring us to this special season when we are intentional about carving out extra time in our lives for that which is most important to us. It's not like other times of the here for the full sermon

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CSSPlus (Children's Sermon Service...Plus)Looking for heaven
Children's sermon based on Mark 8:31-38 from CSSPlus (Children's Sermon Service...Plus).
Object: eyeglasses, a magnifying glass, binoculars, a telescope
Good morning, boys and girls. Today we are going to look for something special. We don't have a long time so we will begin immediately. I am looking for heaven and I would like to have your help. Has anyone seen heaven? (let them answer) Now, I don't mean the sky; I mean heaven. Has anyone here seen heaven? (let them answer) Maybe it is my eyes....
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Chris Keating

Unprovable Hope

Mark 8:31-38; Romans 4:13-25; Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Hope seems so improbable this Lent.
     To those stuck in the grinding blizzards and chilling winds of winter, hope may feel like a promise of warmer days or plane tickets to Florida.
     To ever-faithful baseball fans, hope is the news that pitchers and catchers are getting to business in spring training. Every team still has a chance.
     Everyone is hoping against hope, even as we wash away the ashes from last week’s Ash Wednesday worship. But hope is more than the arrival of spring or the smell of grass on freshly washed baseball pants. Hope built on faith in God’s provision seems even more improbable -- especially in light of recent unrest and violence across the world.
     Last week, 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS on a bloody beach in Libya. In Nigeria, the militant Boko Haram group is suspected in bombing attacks near the Nigerian border, and in an uprising across the border at a Cameroonian military base. Hope seemed elusive in Europe too, where French President Francois Hollande decried growing acts of violence against Muslims and Jews as eroding the nation’s foundations.
     Hope isn’t easy -- as Peter discovers in his conversation with Jesus, or as Paul reminds us when he instructs the Romans to see Abraham as the heir of faith, who “hoping against hope,” believed he would become the progenitor of many nations.
     It all seems so improbable -- yet for that reason so much richer....
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An Incredible Blessing

When I was in the second grade, I won a Bible storybook by selling magazines. It was illustrated with colored pictures unlike the King James Bible from which my mother read our nightly bedtime stories. It was a significant improvement. I was very pleased.
     Bible bedtime stories are very formative. Mostly they teach us about God, his love, mercy, expectations, and blessing. They also teach us how to live. They even plant seeds.
     Our Bible story today is very familiar. It is the story of Abraham and Sarah depicting how they were chosen by God to be blessed in order that they might be a blessing. "Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father (and mother) of a multitude of nations ... I will make you exceedingly fruitful ... and give you the land of Canaan."
     Quite a blessing, isn't it? Life would never be the same for them. They soon left home on a mission trip that eventually changed them and the world.
     In our Judeo-Christian tradition, Abraham and Sarah have become the classic examples of faith. They recognized the voice of God. They understood the voice of God. They trusted in God's purpose for their lives and followed in faith and obedience....
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David Kalas


Remember when you first said to someone that you loved her? Remember how those words changed everything? You didn’t know if you should say it. You wanted to, but then again, you didn’t want to.
     But suddenly the words blustered out and smashed into the open space between you. They took over. They stopped the conversation. There was nothing more to be said. You just sat there and looked at one another. It was like time stood still. This is the moment! Make this moment last!...
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Frank Ramirez

How You Play The Game

Mark 8:31-38

Is there a household that doesn’t have a copy of the game Monopoly? Or maybe even two or three?
     It seems there is version for everyone’s taste -- the classic game, or one based on your state or favorite university, or built around a movie franchise. There are even unauthorized versions....
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Janice Scott

The Covenant

The Gentleman's Agreement is something which seems to have passed into history in the UK. Time was when two gentlemen could agree on some project, shake hands on it and thereafter know that both parties would regard the agreement as binding. But this is no longer the case....
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Cynthia Cowen

Save your life for eternity

The Point: Save your life in Jesus, and you shall have your life for eternity.

The Lesson: Welcome, girls and boys. Thank you for coming up to share in this time that together we might let Jesus teach us and encourage us as his family....
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