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Rowers And Rockers -- 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2003
One of the most difficult jobs in any church is the staff person, usually a secretary, who is assign
Too Peeved To Pray -- Galatians 1:1-12 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2003
Paul did not pray! I know that it is difficult to believe, but Paul did not pray.
The Power Of Story -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2003
Elie Wiesel relates this story.
Curtain Call -- Galatians 2:15-21 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2003
It was 1974 in the racially-troubled southern city of Birmingham.
A Whole New World -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2003
I knew that it was wrong.
What Does A Christian Look Like? -- Galatians 5:1, 13-23 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2003
One of my favorite stories about Abraham Lincoln emerges from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
Choosing Your Future -- Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2003
It was many years ago now, right after I had first started in the ministry that Sharlon and I travel
The Soul Afraid Of Dying -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Gary L. Carver -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2003
Fred Craddock tells a story set in the rural South during the Depression.
Gift-wrapped In Swaddling Cloths -- Titus 2:11-14 -- Robert S. Crilley, Dallas A. Brauninger, Gary L. Carver -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
When I was a kid, Christmas Eve was always the longest night of the entire year.
Enlightened Eyes -- Ephesians 1:11-23 -- Gary L. Carver -- All Saints Day - C -- 2003
It is a matter of perspective. It is a matter of how we choose to look at things.
God's Benefactors -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Robert S. Crilley, Dallas A. Brauninger, Gary L. Carver -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2003
Once when I returned home for a quick visit with my parents, an old friend unexpectedly dropped by t
The Power Of A Song -- Gary L. Carver -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2003
Paul Duke tells the story of a white man who during the racial turmoil of the 1960s visited the area
Free To Choose -- Robert S. Crilley, Dallas A. Brauninger, Gary L. Carver -- 2003
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Search For Serendipity -- Robert S. Crilley, Dallas A. Brauninger, Gary L. Carver -- 2003
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Smiling In The Dark -- Robert S. Crilley, Dallas A. Brauninger, Gary L. Carver -- 2003
There are those who give little of the much which they have -- and they give it for recognition and
A Slave To Mistaken Notions -- Romans 8:14-17 -- Gary L. Carver -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2003
Sally is Johnny's older sister by two years. They are staying with their grandma for the summer.
Praying With The Preacher -- Colossians 1:1-14 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2003
Sharlon and I returned recently from a brief trip to Tuscumbia, Alabama, where we served from 1978-1
The One Or One Of Many -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2003
It is the year 50 A.D. Two individuals run into each other on the street corner.
Calendars And Checkbooks -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2003
In seeking to create that teachable moment, the motivational speaker presented to his gathered stude
The Reason For The Rules -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2003
When I was eleven years old I was a baseball player. Well, not really.
Acting Like God Acts -- 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 -- Gary L. Carver -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - A -- 2001
My good friend, Tommy Garrison, tells the story of a minister who boarded an airplane.
Lone Rangers And Cookie Cutters -- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 -- Gary L. Carver -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2001
To be asked to speak or pray in public sent shivers of terror down his spine.
Something That Works -- Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28 (29-31) -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A -- 2001
Many years ago, a monk was sitting around reading his Bible. No big deal!
Acting On The Absurd -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 2001
In his stimulating book, The Dynamics Of Belief, the beloved former pastor of the First Bapti

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The Soul Afraid Of Dying -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Gary L. Carver -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2003
Fred Craddock tells a story set in the rural South during the Depression.

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