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The Rev. Susan Sparks

Check Your Weapons at the Door

John 13:34-35

5th Sunday of Easter - Year C

April 24, 2016

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)


About four years ago, my husband Toby and I were on a motorcycle trip riding through Yellowstone National Park. Somewhere near Yellowstone Lake, I had an unfortunate collision with a bug at 70mph. I will spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say that the collision required a visit to the local hospital in Cody, Wyoming, just outside the west entrance of the park. As we entered the hospital, we noticed a big sign on the front door: "Check Your Weapons at the Door."

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Bishop Kenneth Carter

We Are Yet Alive!

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

1st Sunday of Advent - Year C

November 29, 2015

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

I've lived in a number of states, traveled throughout the world, and met more people than I can count. My wife has been engaged in mission work in Haiti and other countries; one of our daughters lived for a few years China and studied in Japan. I've done language study by immersion in Costa Rica, and I've preached in Liberia and Zimbabwe. The call to ministry has taken me, in ways I could never have imagined, to the ends of the earth.

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Other Recent Content About Encouragement

The Rev. Amy Gearhart Transcript

November 17, 2013

Words and a Wisdom

The Rev. Amy Gearhart (UMC)

In power and poverty, privilege and pain, even as we endure persecution and the pain and complexity of our modern world, these are the places where Jesus sets his table, where he grants us the words and wisdom of a kingdom vision that welcomes our neighbors and our enemies, where Jesus comes to be our welcomed guest.
The Rev. John Gunn

Sincere Compliment

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

A sincere compliment that is deserved, has a great moral value. It helps and encourages one to be told that his efforts are approved and appreciated. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn tells of how Paul used compliments in his ministry to others.

The Rev. John Gunn

Discovery of Others

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

"When someone discovers a man or helps him to discover himself, it's more important than when the astronomers discover a new star in the Heavens." writes The Rev. John R Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts Article

July 16, 2009

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts: An Encouraging Word Makes a Difference

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Lane Butts (UMC)

Dr. Thomas Lane Butts offers an inspiring post on the impact of encouragement in our lives.
The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson Article

April 30, 2009

Old Friends

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

I’m talking today about friends – old friends. You know the kind – those old friends whom you haven’t seen or spoken to for some time, but when you do see each other, or talk again, you pick up right where you left off – without skipping a beat.