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Choose Your Belief -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Today's Wilderness Of Beliefs
The Faith Of The Creeds -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
What a Christian believes is expressed in the creeds. What is a creed?
The Holy Trinity -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Christians of all denominations love to sing Reginald Heber's "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty .
I Believe -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
When Vince Lombardi came to take over as coach of the Green Bay Packers, he held his first meeting w
God The Father -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
In the Apostles' Creed a Christian confesses, "I believe in God the Father Almighty." Many consider
God The Creator -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
A surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were arguing which profession was the oldest.
The Human Jesus -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Who is Jesus?
The Divine Christ -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Though it is important, it is not enough to say that Jesus was a fully human being.
Christ The Redeemer -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Some years ago a Japanese business executive living in South America was kidnapped.
The Christian's Unknown God -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Like the Greeks of Saint Paul's day, Christians today have an unknown God.
The Spirit And The Church -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
When we say in the Apostles' Creed, "I believe in the Holy Spirit," we confess our faith in "the hol
The Forgiveness Of Sins -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Years ago an evangelist, Dr.
The Word -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
The Means Of Grace
Holy Baptism -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Nature Of A Sacrament
Holy Communion -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Before going to the electric chair a criminal indicates what he would like for his last meal.
The Resurrection Of The Body -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
According to a traditional teaching in the Bible, Christ will return unexpectedly to earth, and all
The Life Everlasting -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
"If a man die, shall he live again?" (Job 14:14).
A Service Of Faith Renewal -- John R. Brokhoff -- 1999
Dear Friends in Christ: At an earlier time in our lives, we were received by grace into God's Kingdo

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All Saints' Sunday -- Revelation 7:9-17, 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- All Saints Day - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Revelation 7:9--17 (C); Revelation 7:2--4, 9--12 (RC)
Preaching From Matthew's Gospel -- John R. Brokhoff -- 2004
1. Matthew Is Featured In Cycle A Of The New Lectionary
Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany -- Micah 6:1-8, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A -- 2004
Fourth Sunday After The EpiphanyFourth Sunday In Ordinary Time
Christ The King -- Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Proper 28 -- Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Judges 4:1--7 (C)
Proper 6 -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 18:1--15 (C)
Corpus Christi Roman Catholic -- Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, John 6:51-58 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Deuteronomy 8:2--3, 14--16
Reformation Sunday -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Jeremiah 31:31--34 The promise of a new covenant.
The Transfiguration Of Our Lord -- Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 24:12--18 (C); Exodus 24:12 (13--14) 15--18 (E)
Proper 7 -- Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 21:8--21 (C)
The Easter Season -- John R. Brokhoff -- 2004
Easter is the old English adaptation of the pagan name, "Eastre," which was the name of a Teutonic g
First Sunday after Christmas Day -- Isaiah 63:7-9, Hebrews 2:10-18, Matthew 2:13-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 63:7--9 (C); Isaiah 61:10-62:3 (E)
Proper 8 -- Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 22:1--14 (C)
The Resurrection Of Our Lord -- Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18, Jeremiah 31:1-6 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Easter Day - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 10:34--43 (C, E); Acts 10:34, 37--43 (RC)
Proper 20 -- Exodus 16:2-15, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 16:2--15 (C)
Proper 9 -- Genesis 24:34-38, Romans 7:15-25a -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2004
Proper 9 (C, E)14th Sunday In Ordinary Time (RC)Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Second Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 22-32, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 2:14a, 22--32 (C, E)
Proper 16 -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 1:8-2:10 (C)
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 25:19--34 (C)
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Proper 18 -- Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 12:1--14 (C)
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 28:10--19a (C)
Fourth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 2:42--47 (C); Acts 2:14a, 36--41 (RC)
Proper 23 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 32:1-14 (C)
Proper 12 -- Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 29:15--28 (C)

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God's Promises, Promises! -- John 14:2-3 -- John R. Brokhoff, Charles Cammarata -- 2006
A funeral meditationGod's Promises, Promises!
What Ever Happened to Wisdom? -- Job 28:20-28 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 1990
Does gray hair bring wisdom or slower reflexes or both?
OK, God -- You Win! -- Job 42:1-6 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1990
Did you ever pick a fight with God?
Adam's Prime Rib -- Genesis 2:18-24 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 1990
When William Jennings Bryan went to the father of the young woman whom he loved to ask her hand in m
We All Sin -- So What? -- Genesis 3:9-19 (20-21) -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1990
One day a young skeptic knocked on the door of a rectory. A priest opened the door.
Stooping Is a Divine Posture -- Isaiah 23:7-12 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 1990
Long ago and far away there was a land that could have been called "the richest little country in th
Here They Come, Singing -- Jeremiah 31:7-9 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 1990
When six nations of eastern Europe were freed from the domination of totalitarian Communism in 1989,
Can We Love Too Much? -- Deuteronomy 6:1-9 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 1990
Can we love each other too much? How much is too much?
Forever and Ever -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 1990
On August 20, 1977, there was launched an 1819 pound space craft, Voyager 2, at Cape Canaveral.
Renewal of the New -- Jeremiah 31:31-32 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1990
"What's new?" is the question we often ask of a person whom we haven't seen for some time.
God's Great Final Day -- Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 1990
Those who do weekend sailing on a very wide body of water have a way of charting their course.
I Saw a New Heaven -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- All Saints Day - B -- 1990
Two ninety-five-year-old sisters died at the same time and went to Heaven.
God's Kind of King -- Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 1990
About three centuries ago, Spaniards besieged a small French town, St. Quentin.
Wisdom for the Living of These Days -- Proverbs 2:1-8 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 1990
Four men were in a plane: the president of the United States, a college professor, a preacher, and a
Read the Directions -- Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 1990
Late in the evening before his little son's birthday, a father was trying to put together a complica
Rent and Rebels -- Matthew 21:33-43 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 1989
Some time ago I paid a good price for a rosebush to be placed on our patio.
The Rejects and the Rejected -- Matthew 22:1-14 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1989
In 1971 the Shah of Iran gave a banquet in Persepolis in observance of the 2500th anniversary of the
The Wise and the Foolish -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1989
Today's parable is commonly known as the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.
Shepherds and Sheep -- John 10:1-10 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1989
It appears to be a gross anachronism to deal with shepherds and sheep in the last decade of the twen
Sand and Stone -- Matthew 7:21-29 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A -- 1989
Beachfront property runs the danger of being built on sand, for the beach naturally consists of sand
Weeds and Wheat -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1989
"This is a perplexing parable." This is George Buttrick's first sentence in the chapter discussing t
The Forgiven Forgive -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1989
In 1988 former Texas governor, John Connally, auctioned off his personal belongings ranging from sad
Hours and Wages -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1989
In 1988 my Seminary class celebrated its fiftieth reunion.
The Yes and No Sons -- Matthew 21:28-32 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1989
The parables are like mirrors. You can see yourself in them.
Sheep and Goats -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 1989
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats is the last parable in Series A of the Lectionary.
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He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

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