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Oh, That I Knew Where I Might Find Him -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2008
Then Job answered, "Today also is my complaint bitter." With those words, we go from the patience of
An Answer Out Of The Whirlwind -- Job 38:1-7 (34-41) -- Robert A. Hausman -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 2008
What does it mean to be great? That is the question our texts raise today.
All Is Restored? -- Job 42:1-6, 10-17 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2008
Our text brings us to the climax of the book of Job.
God Begins Anew -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2008
In some ways the Old Testament lesson today (Jeremiah 31:31-34) may seem rather strange for Reformat
Death Is Swallowed Up Forever -- Isaiah 25:6-9 -- Robert A. Hausman -- All Saints Day - B -- 2008
All Saints is a time to celebrate the victory over death we share with all the saints and our risen
Your God Shall Be My God -- Ruth 1:1-18 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2008
Like the short story that gave structure to the book of Job, so the book of Ruth is considered to be
Do Not Forget Your Servant -- 1 Samuel 1:4-20 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B -- 2008
How to have law and order without tyranny? That is the question.
Are You A King? -- 2 Samuel 23:1-7 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 2008
Are you the king of the Jews?
When Grace Dances -- Joel 2:21-27 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2008
The church has been given some fine texts for Thanksgiving but, like all texts, they require a conte
From Emptiness To Fullness -- Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 -- Robert A. Hausman -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 2008
Today, we learn from two women. The first is the woman we met last week, Ruth.

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