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Why Ash Wednesday? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Advent Confession Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Nathan Nettleton
Evil Inside of Us John van de Laar talks about the need to recognize evil in our hearts in order for us to be agents of healing to the world. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar The Good and Evil Angels This late 18th / early 19th century painting by William Blake depicts good and evil angels. Resource type: Image | Source: tate.org.uk | Author: William Blake Jesus’ Power Over Evil This devotional on Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Mark 1:21-28, and 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 reminds us that Jesus already won the victory over evil and no matter how challenging our world is, we are to never lose hope. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Connect! Sunday Reflection | Author: Douglas Sousa Posture in the Face of Evil This sermon starter and commentary on Psalm 71:1-6 considers our posture in the face of evil, with particular reference to power and salvation. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: A Plain Account Overcoming Evil With Good A worship planning guide including hymns, prayers, reflections, and more. The theme is the call to confront evil, based on Revised Common Lectionary Scriptures: Psalms 119 and 149, Ezekiel 33:7-11, Matthew 18:15-20, and Romans 13:8-14. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar Jerusalem and the Valley of Jehoshaphat from the Hill of Evil Counsel This 19th century painting by Thomas Seddon depicts a landscape view south of Jerusalem, showing the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Christ’s anguish before the Crucifixion. Resource type: Image | Source: tate.org.uk | Author: Thomas Seddon Evil and Kneeling This article by Fr. Brian Mullady answers two specific questions regarding the Catholic position on the problem of evil and kneeling as the proper way to receive communion. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Fr. Brian Mullady, OP Evil Doesn't Win Asserting that evil does not win, this article by Andy Stoddard on Romans 8:28 shows how God used the murder of Stoddard's mother to give Stoddard safety, life, and faith. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Andy Stoddard Full Text Hymns on Evil The world is very evilPD
No Evil Shall Befall TheePD
God of Grace and God of GloryPD
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The Noonday Devil This Catholic article considers three areas of temptations for priesthood (chastity, obedience, and faith), calling them the "Noon Day Devil" from Psalm 91:6. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Fr. William P. Clark, OMI Evil in Film This sermon illustration looks at several film depictions of evil and darkness, suggesting that only by gazing into the dark do we thirst for Light and finally recognize it for what and how it is. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Roy Anker Finding Christ in the Beggar, Finding Christ in the Chalice This Catholic article reflects on poverty and hospitality from John Chrysostom's words, "If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice." Resource type: Image | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Ann R. Morrill Film Leaves Audience Without Explanation for Evil This illustration highlights that there is no explanation for evil. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Stanley Hauerwas Solzhenitsyn Locates Evil A quote by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn appropriate for Proverbs 20:9, Matthew 12:34, and Psalm 58:2. "...the line dividing good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties...but right through every human heart." Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn Why Does God Allow Suffering and Evil in the World? What is the best response to questions of suffering and evil? A rational theological system? Or a person who is willing to make space in their life for the brokenness of the world? Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: Mike Wagenman Fascination with Evil This sermon illustration gives examples of how people have been fascinated with the Antichrist and the evils that will attend the last days, perhaps much more than with Christ (Philippians 4:8, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today Intrigue of Evil "In imaginary works it is difficult to make virtuous characters as believable and attractive as bad characters," says James R. Edwards. He offers an illustration of how "human nature stands closer to evil than to good."... Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: James R. Edwards
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