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Salvation Serving -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 1998
When I was in high school, I had a bad case of acne. Many teenagers did then and many still do now.
The Marvelous Style Of Jesus: Truth And Love -- Matthew 22:1-14 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1998
Jesus' use of parables is his way of communicating a striking truth with significant love.
Discernment Is Better Than Keeping Your Guard -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1998
Over the course of one's life, one knows those persons/groups who think the worst of you and who are
Spiritual Armchairs vs. Mature Discipleship -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1998
In my divinity school days, I took a course on Søren Kierkegaard, the nineteenth century Danish theo
Authenticity vs. Showmanship -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 1998
Maybe both the best and the worst of us in humanity are far better preachers than we are doers and d
Terminally Distracted Or Decisively Prepared? -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1998
Case one: One can be diligent about meeting tasks in an orderly, thoughtful manner and yet be unthou
Entrustment Is Fruitful Where Gratitude Abounds -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 1998
My family and I enjoy watching professional as well as Final Four collegiate basketball.
Commitment One Way Or The Other -- John 8:31-36 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 1998
In this passage of John, claimed centuries later as a key passage for students of the Reformation, w
The Attitude Of Gratitude -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 1998
Whereas loving God and others may be the most important decision one will make in life, cultivating
Self-Sacrifice And Personal Suffering Reveal Life At Its Best -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- All Saints Day - A -- 1998
Could one of the greatest mysteries of life be connected to whether or not one truly appreciates and

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Spiritual Armchairs vs. Mature Discipleship -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Joseph M. Freeman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1998
In my divinity school days, I took a course on Søren Kierkegaard, the nineteenth century Danish theo
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