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Grace In The Midst Of Exasperation -- Romans 8:12-17 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2002
Spiritual storytelling (a.k.a.
The Amazing Holy Week Equation -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Passion Sunday - B -- 2002
One of the typical difficulties of days like today is connecting the ritual and annual stories of Pa
The Source -- Hebrews 5:5-10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2002
One of the most precious and indispensable needs you and I have is to be able to have at least one p
So Great A Love -- Ephesians 2:1-10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2002
Lent 4Ephesians 2:1-10So Great A Love
The Holiness Of The Sacred -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 2002
In the April 7, 1999, issue of The Upper Room, Merial Scott of South Dakota wrote the following:
Growing Faith -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2002
It's an old joke, but an insightful one: A man slipped off the edge of a cliff, and just before he f
Too Good To Miss -- 1 Peter 3:18-22 -- Paul E. Robinson -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2002
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Stop The Offerings! -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Good Friday - B -- 2002
Go with me to the year 1968, to the basement of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Silver Spri
Spelling Doesn't Count -- 1 John 5:9-13 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 2002
How many of you know what BASE jumping is?
The World's Still Point -- 1 John 5:1-6 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2002
Just this past week I received an e-mail from a gentleman I do not know.
Easy To Say; Hard To Do -- 1 John 4:7-21 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2002
"Love is a many splendored thing...." Or so we heard Don Cornwall and the Four Aces sing time and ag
Learning From The Spider -- 1 John 3:1-7 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Third Sunday of Easter - B -- 2002
I've always been amazed by spiders. I love to watch them spin their webs and catch their prey.
Training The Heart -- 1 John 3:16-24 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2002
Not long ago I heard about one more study done with rats.
Do You Hear What I Hear? -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Easter Day - B -- 2002
I'm a bird lover, and spring time is prime time to get excited about our feathered friends.
The Joy Of Shared Truth -- 1 John 1:1--2:2 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 2002
The chasm between the realities in which two different people live can be vast.
What It Takes To Do The Job -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2002
What is Job #1 in your life? We know what it is for Ford, right?
Height Advantage -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2002
One of the key inventions of the modern world is the geostationary or geosynchronous satellite, many
Traveling Forgotten Mountains -- Isaiah 49:8-16a -- Paul E. Robinson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1995
Larry Crabb has written a book called Moving Through Your Problems Toward Finding God.
From A Distance -- Exodus 24:12-18 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1995
Heroes are a part of the human experience.
Adjusting To The Light -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1995
Everyone knows the experience of dragging out of bed on a dark morning in January, stepping around t
Reversing The Flow -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Paul E. Robinson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
One of the greatest challenges of life is to stay in touch with reality and hold on to hope at the s
Daring To Trust The Roots -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
There is so much uncertainty in life that most of us look hard and long for as many "sure things" as
The Christmas Cactus -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
Christmas has a way of bringing back memories.
The Christmas Sign -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
Ever need a sign of hope? Ever need a sign that things are going to be all right?
The Right Child -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Paul E. Robinson -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1995
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" (Proverbs 25:11).
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