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Volume 22, Part 1, Series B
November 27, 2011–February 19, 2012


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The Psalms as Homiletical Resource—Dean O. Wenthe

Children’s Messages: One Pastor’s Story about Telling Stories for Children—Mark D. Barz

Excerpts from Reflections on Children’s Sermons/Messages

From the Editor
Pastors Conference
Ideas for Illustrating
Book Review
Sermon Studies

Advent 1, 1 Corinthians 1:3–9

  Ready and Waiting . . . Waiting and Ready—Mark D. Barz

Advent 2, 2 Peter 3:8–14

  Advent Patience, Perish, Passing Advent People, Promise, Peace—Mark D. Barz

Advent 3, 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24


Dos, Don’ts, and Done—Robert F. Rossow

Advent 4, Romans 16:25–27

  Soli Deo Gloria —Robert F. Rossow

Christmas Day, John 1:1–14 (15–18)

  The Great Surprise: The Word among Us—Peter F. Gregory

Circumcision and Name of Jesus, Luke 2:21

  Beginning with Bloodshed—Peter F. Gregory
Epiphany 1: The Baptism of Our Lord, Romans 6:1–11
  The New Life of the Baptized—Jeffrey E. Sippy

Epiphany 2, 1 Corinthians 6:12–20

  What Will You Do with the Body?—John T. Pless

Epiphany 3, Mark 1:14–20

  The Decisive Time for Turning—Glenn A. Nielsen

Epiphany 4, Mark 1:21–28

  An Unexpected Salvation—James G. Bushur

Epiphany 5, Mark 1:29–39

  Out of the Desolate Places Comes Our Eternal Destiny—Glenn A. Nielsen

Epiphany 6, Mark 1:40–45

  When Jesus Touches You, Jesus Heals You—Jeffrey E. Sippy

The Transfiguration of Our Lord, 2 Kings 2:1–12

  Enter Jesus—Reginald C. Quirk
Special Sermons

Advent Midweek–Christmas Day Series

  Wait, Pray, and Live by Faith: Waiting with the Old Testament Church—Timothy C. J. Quill

1. Advent Midweek 1: Waiting with Prayer, Isaiah 64:1–9
2. Advent Midweek 2: Waiting with Comfort, Isaiah 40:1–11
3. Advent Midweek 3: Waiting with Joy, Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
4. Advent Midweek 4: Waiting with Worship, 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16

First Sunday in Advent:


A Sermon Celebrating the Faith of Jan Kilian in the 200th Year of His Birth, Isaiah 64:1–9
We Are All Your People!—David Zersen

Christmas Eve, Isaiah 7:14

  God with Us—Reginald C. Quirk

New Year’s Eve, Romans 8:31b–39

  What’s Your Resolution?—Thomas R. Johnson

The Epiphany of Our Lord, Matthew 2:1–12

  Epiphany Melodrama—Reginald C. Quirk

Third Sunday after the Epiphany:

  Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Jonah 3
Our Relenting God—James I. Lamb

A Christmas Wedding Sermon, Isaiah 61:10

  A Beautiful Illustration—Carl C. Fickenscher II
Children's Messages
All Children's Messages

Advent 1–2—Mark D. Barz
Advent 3–4, Epiphany 2, 4—Ruth Geisler
Christmas Eve—Carl C. Fickenscher II
Christmas Day, New Year’s Day—Peter F. Gregory
Epiphany 1, 6—Jeffrey E. Sippy
Epiphany 3, 5—Glenn A. Nielsen
Transfiguration—Reginald C. Quirk

Suggested Hymns
All Suggested Hymns
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