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Every once in a while... -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Every once in a while, someone of note says something that completely baffles most
Sometimes, people miss out because... -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Sometimes, people miss out because some past experience prevents them from taking
Kyle was disappointed that his... -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Kyle was disappointed that his dreams of becoming a Hollywood star would never come
What does one do when... -- 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
What does one do when the old patriarch or matriarch of the family or organization dies?
Every year at Christmas, a... -- 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
Every year at Christmas, a local funeral homes sends out a catalog, to all of the pastors in
In the movie, Because of... -- 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
In the movie, Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal, a preacher's daughter, finds herself
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose 100th birth... -- 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose 100th birth anniversary we celebrate this year, wrote in
In the summer of 2003... -- Ephesians 5:15-20 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
In the summer of 2003, there was a major power failure that affected large parts of the
When the persecution of Christians... -- Ephesians 5:15-20 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
When the persecution of Christians was at its peak in Rome, there were many people who
Being careful how we live... -- Ephesians 5:15-20 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
Being careful how we live as a people of God is one major theme of Ephesians. We are
Denise was hurt! She was... -- John 6:51-58 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
Denise was hurt! She was attending a church-affiliated college. She was very devout in
Nutritional requirement guidelines change from... -- John 6:51-58 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
Nutritional requirement guidelines change from time to time. Whether they're sponsored
In the days before yeast... -- John 6:51-58 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
In the days before yeast was available in foils packets at the supermarket, it had to be
Many of us have been... -- John 6:51-58 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
Many of us have been guilty of taking some pretty remarkable things for granted, simply
How far would we go... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
How far would we go to keep a promise? In 1999, a certain man went very far indeed.
People in the church knew... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
People in the church knew for several years that they had outgrown their building. A
One hot summer night, the... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
One hot summer night, the church council told the pastor that the giving was down,
It is a hot, summer... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
It is a hot, summer evening when the Christian education is meeting at a local church.
Medieval Times is a show... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Medieval Times is a show at various places around North America where those attending
It is a sad commentary... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
It is a sad commentary on our society that most police officers are required to wear some
Remember this scene from Miguel... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Remember this scene from Miguel de Cervantes' novel, Don Quixote?
I was talking to someone... -- John 6:56-69 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
I was talking to someone not long ago who said, "You know, I used to believe in God;
In view of the conditions... -- John 6:56-69 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
"In view of the conditions, which prevailed in the war department and in the Union
The youth fellowship set out... -- John 6:56-69 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
The youth fellowship set out for a week of short-term mission. They would work to fix
Unlike the selection of the... -- John 6:56-69 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Unlike the selection of the disciples in the synoptic books, John's disciples are weeded

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Frank Ramirez
The parable of the man who turns away the midnight caller? Ridiculous! The idea that God would find a way to restore a broken relationship with people who will not obey simple, life giving commands, is absurd. No. Ridiculous! The idea that someone would choose vain and empty philosophies and catch phrases after entering a relationship with the true and eternal God? Ridiculous!

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A Canadian alternative music group called Borg Queen had a song relevant to this text, lest we be too quick to condemn the prostitute Gomer. The lyrics tell us:

We all have a price someone will pay
Don’t give it away, Don’t give it away
You and me are a commodity
And we’re all whores in our own unique way.

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Arley K. Fadness
“Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (v. 1b)

Good morning children,

It's really wonderful to see you children. You appear happy and eager to be here.

I'm happy to be here too, and to share thoughts with you about prayer.

Can you tell me what you know about prayer? (children respond, don't be surprised at their answers) What else can you tell me about prayer? (children respond)

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“Is that a Knock at the Door?” by Keith Wagner
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Janice B. Scott
When Moira's husband was killed in a car crash at the age of 35, Moira was understandably devastated. For days she was in shock and hardly knew what she was doing. And since she'd kissed Mike goodbye as usual that morning, she couldn't believe that he was really dead, even though the police arrived at her place of work and told her. But Moira just couldn't take it in.

Then, as it eventually began to dawn on her that it really was true and that she'd never see Mike again, she felt utter, crushing despair. It was then that she began to bargain with God.

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J. Will Ormond
This sermon was prepared for and preached at a chapel service at Columbia Seminary at which the Lord's Supper was celebrated. The bread was three loaves in a basket on the Table. These loaves were broken at the time of the distribution of the elements. The Moores referred to lived next door to me at the time. Mrs. Moore was manager of the seminary dining hall.

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