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Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Why Ash Wednesday? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Advent Waiting Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship
Advent, Herod, and Liberty University Rich Villodas observes that Advent shows us two contrasting approaches to living: the way of Herod ("fearful, self-protective, violent strategies") and the way of Jesus (vulnerability, trust, and supernatural love). Resource type: Devotional | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Rich Villodas Love and Hate According to Martin Luther King Jr. This article is about a sermon from Martin Luther King Jr. giving three reasons not to hate. The three are, hate multiplies hate, hate distorts personality, and lastly because of love's redemptive power. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Mark Moore Finding Things to Love About Reformed People: An Anabaptist Dialogues with a Reformed This article addresses positive contributions of the Reformed tradition as seen from the lens of an Anabaptist: a positive engagement with culture, a commitment to reading the Bible, and the doctrine and ramifications of forensic atonement. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Self-esteem: Why? Why not? True self-esteem must lead "a person out of and not into self-enclosure" like secular culture would have it. This article offers critiques of such secular views of self-esteem, presenting a healthier, Christian alternative. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Cormac Burke Illustrations on Mixing the Gospel with Politics, Myopic Self-Love, Legalism, and Anti-heros There is material here to illustrate the folly of mixing politics with the gospel, the selfish myopia of self-love, why ignoring total depravity is dangerous, legalism, anti-heros, and the growing bias against noisy kids. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Matt Woodley Love Your Neighbor When Jesus said the greatest command was to love God, he made it clear it's just as important to love our neighbor. Together let's study Luke 10:25-37 and discuss what that really means. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Groundwork | Author: Scott Hoezee Full Text Hymns on Self-love Saviour, Thy dying lovePD
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Love's Profile In this sermon on 1 John 5:1-6, Arthur Landwehr explores the nature of love. Christian love, he argues, attends to both God and neighbor equally -- a pattern displayed in the life of Hugo's Jean Valjean. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection | Author: Arthur Landwehr Love in Action at Work and in the World This article reflects on narcissism from the perspective of 1 John 3:16-24, encouraging us reach out to someone in the workplace with an act of love. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Gary Klingsporn A Sunday Kind of Love When Olga Samples Davis lived in Africa, she learned that the Sabbath was not just a Sunday kind of love but an everyday, every minute consciousness of the presence of God. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Olga Samples Davis Self-denial and cross-bearing are not about being less happy Reflecting on Mark 8:27-38, David Lose writes that self-denial and cross-bearing are not about being less happy but about discovering the real and abundant life that comes in and through sacrificial love in service to another.... Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: In the Meantime | Author: David J. Lose Is the Holy Spirit the Love Between the Father and the Son? In this article, Derek Vreeland writes that when we pray as a church to be filled with the Holy Spirit we are asking God to enable us with a loving, missional spirit. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland Lent, the discovery of love Fr Columba Ryan preaches on making a new commitment to love for the season of Lent through the repentance and belief that makes the other--God and human--central, instead of the self. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Torch | Author: Columba Ryan Love Demands a Loving Response In this prayerful devotional on John 21:15-19, Walter Schu reflects on the nature of authentic love. True love is the gift of one’s entire self. Resource type: Devotional | Source: ePriest | Author: Walter Schu
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