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Remaining faithful in captivity Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/narrative-lectionary/daniel-the-fiery-furnace/commentary-on-daniel-31-2-7-8-30 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Identity , Faithfulness , Perseverance Source: Working Preacher Commenting on the miraculous deliverance of the three exiles from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:1-30), Juliana Claassens sees the central issue as how one survives captivity and remains faithful amid threats to one's Jewish identity. Commentary on Genesis 28:10-19a Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-16/commentary-on-genesis-2810-19a-2 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Heaven , God's Presence , Promises of God, The , Grace Source: Working Preacher Julianna Claassens, in her commentary on Genesis 28:10-19a, notes the significance of God giving no words of condemnation despite Jacob’s previous actions and reflects on the unconditional promises God speaks to Jacob instead. Commentary on Isaiah 63:7-9 Scripture Meditation or Sermon by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/first-sunday-of-christmas/commentary-on-isaiah-637-9-4 Scripture Meditation or Sermon by Juliana Claassens Topics: God's oneness , Violence , God's Presence , God's Will Source: Working Preacher To speak about God’s deliverance in terms of God’s liberating presence offers us language at the beginning of this year to speak about a God who is with us, but not with us alone. To Heed Her Call Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/the-holy-trinity-3/commentary-on-proverbs-81-4-22-31-3 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Wisdom , Trinity , Creation , Commentary Source: Working Preacher In a commentary on Proverbs 8, we are encouraged to heed the call of Wisdom and be "her children." Wisdom is considered in relation to Christ, who is wisdom, and her role in bringing about life... God’s Grace Amidst Depravity Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/first-sunday-in-lent/commentary-on-genesis-215-17-31-7-4 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Lent , Lectionary , Depravity , Grace of God Source: Working Preacher This commentary on Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 considers some misinterpretations of the text, followed by the suggested preaching theme of human frailty and God’s grace amidst that depravity. Visions of Light Shining Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/third-sunday-after-epiphany/commentary-on-isaiah-91-4-3 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Darkness , Light , Preaching , Lectionary Source: Working Preacher This commentary on Isaiah 9:1-4 says preachers are to be proclaimers of visions of light shining in darkness, of finding joy in pain and sorrow, of enacting love in a context in which hatred reigns. Commentary on Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/narrative-lectionary/jeremiahs-temple-sermon-3/commentary-on-jeremiah-14-10-71-11-2 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Promises , God's Presence , Temple , Holiness Source: Working Preacher By reflecting on the call narrative of Jeremiah and his speech about the temple, this commentary reminds us of God's presence with his people but warns against using God and faith as our invincible shield. Commentary on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-11-3/commentary-on-2-samuel-1126-1210-13-15-2 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Confession , Violence , Commentary , Injustice Source: Working Preacher Perhaps Bathsheba’s silence in this text about the events that led her to this place is fitting given the fact that so many victims of sexual violence today are silent and silenced. Commentary on Genesis 2:18-24 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-27-2/commentary-on-genesis-218-24-4 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Women , Relationship , Love , Trust Source: Working Preacher This commentary on Genesis 2:18-24 emphasizes the importance of companionship between a man and woman and examines the nature of a loving and trusting relationship. Commentary on Genesis 22:1-14 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-13/commentary-on-genesis-221-14-2 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Faith , Promises , Providence , God's Provision Source: Working Preacher Genesis 22 is a story of life emerging from death; of redemption; of faith in the midst of extreme trauma. The text challenges us to look up and see God's goodness breaking into situations of despair. Free Food that Nourishes Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-18/commentary-on-isaiah-551-5-3 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Commentary , Exile , Prophets , Food Source: Working Preacher What does an offer of free food and drink mean in an empire where "nothing in life is free?" This commentary on Isaiah 55:1-5 explores the implications of embracing this message. Solomon and the Foriegner Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-09-3/commentary-on-1-kings-822-23-41-43 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Prayer , Lectionary , Commentary , Foreigner Source: Working Preacher This commentary on 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 pays special attention to Solomon's address to God and the people of Israel and his mention and treatment of the "foreigner." Following God into Uncertainty Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/second-sunday-in-lent/commentary-on-genesis-121-4a-4 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Blessing , Journey , Promises of God, The , Faith Source: Working Preacher In Genesis 12:1-4a one sees the uncertain beginnings of a family who find themselves at the threshold of a new tomorrow. This commentary on Genesis 12:1-4a explores God's call and Abraham's response. Water from the Rock Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/third-sunday-in-lent/commentary-on-exodus-171-7-7 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Lent , God's Provision , Commentary , Food Source: Working Preacher "In the biblical traditions, the wilderness is a space of depravity where people’s most basic needs are lacking." A Lenten commentary on Exodus 17:1-7 explores our deep needs and God's life-giving provision. A New Identity Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-16/commentary-on-isaiah-446-8-3 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Redemption , Identity , Trauma , Exile Source: Working Preacher Isaiah 44:6-8 seeks to reestablish a new identity for the broken exiles by reminding the exilic community that their own identity should be understood in relation to the character of God. Commentary on Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-31-2/commentary-on-deuteronomy-61-9-4 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: God's oneness , Commentary , Shema , God Source: Working Preacher This commentary talks about three ways that the Shema prayer can be misinterpreted. First, as prayer of conquest; second, that there are no other gods; and lastly, that it's connected to the prosperity gospel. (Deuteronomy 6:1-9) A Dangerous Book Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/narrative-lectionary/faith-as-a-way-of-life/commentary-on-habakkuk-11-4-22-4-317-19 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Juliana Claassens Topics: Lament , Longing , Suffering , Violence Source: Working Preacher Habakkuk has been banned for critiquing governments. In Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:17-19 can show why, crying out against injustice, begging for deliverance, and being promised it. But sometimes that deliverance can take decades to appear.