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In verse 17, the writer... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
In verse 17, the writer of Ephesians speaks of Christ dwelling in our hearts. In The
There's an old story about... -- John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
There's an old story about a village that was planning a great celebration. The village
Jason recently completed the third... -- John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Jason recently completed the third grade. It was last spring that he learned that one of his
Summers have been difficult in... -- John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Summers have been difficult in terms of attendance for some congregations in a
Today's lesson reminds us that... -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Today's lesson reminds us that even the good guys sin. Well-intended leaders do stray
High profile arrests hardly seem... -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
High profile arrests hardly seem peculiar anymore. The fourth highest ranking member of
Neil was a man who... -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Neil was a man who despised waste. When it came to the wasteful company practice of
Writers as diverse as Dostoevsky... -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Writers as diverse as Dostoevsky, Kafka, Kierkegaard, and Tolstoy have discovered the
In many a home where... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
In many a home where children live, you can discover little penciled marks on a door
Sylvia was asked to serve... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Sylvia was asked to serve on a committee at her church. While she had reservations,
Don, the oldest member of... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Don, the oldest member of the church council, slammed his fists on the table one hot
In many twelve-step groups... -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
In many twelve-step groups, they make reference to a "hole in the soul." A person can be
When he was a boy... -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
When he was a boy, Joey thought the best thing ever would be to have a Dairy Queen ice
Bread is one of the... -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Bread is one of the most basic foods in most cultures. Bread is believed to have
The crowds sought out Jesus... -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
The crowds sought out Jesus because they wanted bread. What are we hungry for:
There's an old Hasidic Jewish... -- 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
There's an old Hasidic Jewish story about a rabbi who's walking through his village late
Anne returned to her hometown... -- 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Anne returned to her hometown for the first time in years; something she vowed she
In this season of the... -- 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
In this season of the church, the loving father named David reminds us that God as our
Chad and Teresa wanted to... -- Ephesians 4:25--5:2 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Chad and Teresa wanted to get married at Old Grace church because it had a beautiful
Most churches have at least... -- Ephesians 4:25--5:2 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Most churches have at least one member who believes it is his or her job to tell the pastor
The old adage says, Imitation... -- Ephesians 4:25--5:2 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
The old adage says, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Some birds are renowned
Anger seems enough, doesn't it... -- Ephesians 4:25--5:2 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Anger seems enough, doesn't it? Dad comes home, angry with his boss and yells at Mom.
We are involved now in... -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
"We are involved now in a profound failure of imagination. Most of us cannot imagine
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

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The Immediate Word

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For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
  • Second Thoughts: Letting the Sucker Do Its Work by Bethany Peerbolte — The line of Jesse is not dead. It has just enough energy to send up one more change for survival.

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Isaiah 11:1-10
Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
David Kalas
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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"Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom" by David O. Bales
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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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