November 29, 2015
Luke 21:25-36
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Jeremiah 33:14-16

A part of our preparation...

Second Sunday of Advent

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A part of our preparation for Christmas should include a word of joy. Some of you have been challenged to memorize scripture passages. In a home where it was a family tradition to memorize a weekly passage and recite it before the rest of the family, the verse, "Jesus wept," was a favorite because of its brevity. It is known as the shortest verse in the Bible. Then one day, the scholar of the family discovered that there was a shorter verse in the Greek language of the New Testament. First Thessalonians 5:16 has only two words, "Rejoice evermore," while John 5:16 in the Greek has three words.

Weeping certainly has its place. But we will surely attract more to the Christian way with love, joy, peace, faith, and hope. And there is a connection between the two verses. The basis for our rejoicing is that we have a loving, sympathetic companion who understands our weaknesses and failures,...

This Sermon Illustration A part of our preparation... is based on Matthew 3:1-12 and relates to Second Sunday of Advent of Cycle A of the lectionary. This Sermon Illustration on Matthew 3:1-12 is just one of over 15,000 Sermon Illustrations at SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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