Stories Connecting Scripture to Everyday Life
Timothy E. Healy

The word "homily" comes from the Greek word meaning conversation. The stories in Tales For The Masses: Stories Connecting Scripture To Everyday Life largely contain dialogue - realistic conversations between family members, co-workers and neighbors of all ages. Here is a new collection of previously unpublished stories that connect Scripture to contemporary, everyday life. Tim writes for the parishioner who's wondering "Why should I listen to you?" by imparting stories to which the parishioner can easily relate. Someone may ask you, "Who told you about me, anyway?" after hearing a homily or sermon with one of these stories in it. In this way, the Scripture message can be seen as relevant to all generations. In this book, author Tim Healy provides homilists and educators material they can use for their own reflection, to help people connect Scripture with what goes on in normal life, and to get people excited about worship because its relevance has been made transparent.

A Christmas Pageant
Judy Gattis-Smith

Three Elderly Wisemen is simple to produce, has lines that are easy to learn and, through a Bible story, deals with real issues seniors face. This play considers the wisemen as "senior citizens" with the same characteristics as senior citizens today. The running time is about one hour and at least fourteen characters are included. The play can also be done as a Readers Theater without costumes, props, or scenery. In this case, the narrator would set the scene, inviting the audience to use their imaginations.

Volume 1 & 2 — 26 Sermons Based on the Gospel of Luke
Robert Blair
Luke Alive, Volume 1 & 2 guides ministers through our deepest of Christian fears and desires, and offers satisfying answers based firmly in scripture. It is a must-have volume for pastors seeking to answer direct questions with plain language, whether from the pulpit or the living room couch.

13 sermons based on the Gospel of Luke
Robert Blair
"Do you feel as though God favors you? That He is on your side? That He is always with you?"

These are the questions Robert Blair asks in the first of 13 sermons in Luke Alive, Volume 1. They cut straight to the Christian heart. They address our greatest fear: that we might not be good enough for God.That we might not enjoy his favor.

Blair does not stop short at dismissing our fears with a casual overview of grace. He addresses where they come from, a natural drive to earn favor, to work toward something we can never fully attain ourselves. The Gospel of Luke shows us what we can "earn" with our actions and what we can't.

In Mary, the Mother of Jesus we have an image of what it means to be chosen, to be given the Lord's favor. In Jesus' proclamation of the year of the Lord's favor at Nazareth we see that, favored as we may be, there is a kind of favor we can earn when we seize the opportunity. In the story of Jesus and his disciples picking grain on the Sabbath we learn that we do not earn favor by following rules.

That's when it gets really exciting.

Luke Alive guides ministers through our deepest of Christian fears and desires, and offers satisfying answers based firmly in scripture. It is a must-have volume for pastors seeking to answer direct questions with plain language, whether from the pulpit or the living room couch.

13 Sermons Based on the Gospel of Luke
Robert Blair
Luke Alive guides ministers through the deepest of Christian fears and desires, and offers satisfying answers based firmly in scripture. It is a must-have volume for pastors seeking to answer direct questions with plain language, whether from the pulpit or the living room couch.

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Resources for Passion Sunday through Easter
Rolland R. Reece, William H. Shepherd, Jr., Maurice A. Fetty, Gary William Bell, Donald William Dotterer
The books in this package can make your Holy Week planning easier and more complete. With all the activity (and stress) that comes with preparing for the most important day of the year, give yourself a boost with these proven, field-tested resources. You'll be glad you got the help.

60-Second Stories That Speak of Life and Faith
Gary L. Carver
Great for sermon illustrations, Carver’s one-minute messages remind us what it means to follow God and to understand what Jesus’ sacrifice means for each of us.

Reflections on the Songs of Ascents in the Psalms for Lent and Easter
William G. Carter
Perfect for use during Lent and Easter, William G. Carter's reflections accentuate the advice that the Psalms of Ascent offer to those searching for the path to God.

Reflections On the Message of James
Wayne Brouwer
Wayne Brouwer’s devotional and theological reflections on James’ epistle are rich in illustrations and are great for Bible study.

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Sermons for the Season After Pentecost Based on Gospel Texts
William G. Carter, Steven Molin
These Gospel sermons are great for illustrations and will generate new ideas for your own sermons. This package is a great way to start off your sermon writing for the rest of Cycle A.