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When The Impossible Becomes Imminently Possible! -- John 6:1-21 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2008
He already had in mind what he was going to do.
-- John 6:6

Soul Bread! -- John 6:24-35 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2008
I am the bread of life.
Planning Your Way Out -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2008
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
-- John 6:47

When The Baker Becomes The Bread! -- John 6:51-58 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 2008
This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world ...
Tough Talk For Tentative Disciples -- John 6:56-69 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2008
This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?
-- John 6:60

The Heart Of The Matter Is The Heart! -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2008
These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
The Inconcealable Christ! -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2008
He could not keep his presence secret.
-- Mark 7:24

The Way Up Is Down! -- Mark 9:30-37 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 2008
Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the
Right-Handed Sinners! -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2008
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
-- Mark 9:44

This Gospel Is For Our Children -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2008
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to suc
The Great Inescapable Question Of Eternity -- Mark 8:27-38 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2008
Who do you say I am?
-- Mark 8:29

The Sacrament Of War And Peace! -- Genesis 14:18-20 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- 2000
As dawn awakened one August morning over a tiny French village called Pielo, its citizens were herde
Laughing In The Face Of Darkness! -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2000
A seminary student writing a term paper about confession of sin started to type, "When we confess, C
Plumb Line Prophecy -- Amos 7:7-17 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2000
Not many tourists to Washington, D.C., look for the Federal Bureau of Standards offices.
Make Up Your Mind! -- 1 Kings 18:20-39 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2000
Why hasn't Hollywood made this into a major motion picture epic?
Secondhand Religion -- 1 Kings 17:8-24 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2000
The life of Elijah is filled with fascinating experiences that help us to see God more clearly and l
Bad News From A Good Man! -- 1 Kings 21:1-21a -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2000
There are two facts we all need to remember before we can make any real sense out of life.
The Second Touch For The Out Of Touch! -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2000
There's an old legend that tells how God sent one of his angels to Satan with the message that all t
One Fired-Up Preacher! -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2000
Norval Christy was fifteen years old when he agreed with the Lord that everything he possessed was a
The ABC Gospel -- 2 Kings 5:1-14 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2000
Someone has called it ABC spirituality, meaning, "Anything But Christianity." In the search for reli
Once Before A Time! -- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2000
During a serious shortage of currency in Great Britain, thousands of people were starving and many w

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Tough Talk For Tentative Disciples -- John 6:56-69 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2008
This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?
-- John 6:60

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Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

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"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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