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God sensed our need and... -- John 1:1-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
God sensed our need and the word, God's self-expression, became flesh to assure us and to empower al
Reading Isaiah's recitation of the... -- Isaiah 63:7-9 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Reading Isaiah's recitation of the Lord's gracious acts, brought to mind the following poem by Charl
The Wisdom literature in the... -- Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
The Wisdom literature in the Bible shows deep concern for a topic equally timely today; how can pare
A customer was negotiating a... -- Isaiah 63:7-9 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
A customer was negotiating a price on a used car.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's letters to his... -- Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's letters to his parents while incarcerated in the Nazi prison reflect the spiri
Jane has a reputation for... -- Isaiah 63:7-9 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Jane has a reputation for her kindness.
Most of us so easily... -- Isaiah 61:10-62:3 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Most of us so easily forget.
The company was laying off... -- Isaiah 63:7-9 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
The company was "laying off" again, and a woman who had worked there for ten years was losing her jo
The tradition of Christmas in... -- Isaiah 61:10-62:3 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
The tradition of Christmas in this country is really a collection of many traditions wrapped up like
There are those who would... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
There are those who would strip Jesus of his humanity.
Several years ago, a very... -- Isaiah 61:10-62:3 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Several years ago, a very bright, precocious, five-year-old, having completed a year of kindergarten
A pastor in Ohio relates... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
A pastor in Ohio relates this story:
Judy seemed different, somehow -- even... -- Isaiah 61:10-62:3 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Judy seemed different, somehow -- even Mr. Haggarty, the boss noticed.
Pioneer of salvation ... br... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
... Pioneer of salvation ...
Christ is the perfect example... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Christ is the perfect example, of course, but even in the everyday world, there are times when suffe
Why did God use suffering... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Why did God use suffering to reveal the truth of his love to the world?
In the New Revised... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
In the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the inclusive language adds sisters to v.
It's funny the things we... -- Matthew 2:13-23 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
It's funny the things we remember from even stupid television shows.
There is an old story... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
There is an old story which tells of the end of time, when all the people of the world gathered befo
As refugees go, Joseph, Mary... -- Matthew 2:13-23 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
As refugees go, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus had it relatively easy.
For the one who sanctifies... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
"For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father.
There's an old story about... -- Matthew 2:13-23 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
There's an old story about a king, who one day received a visit from an angel.
A proud grandmother was showing... -- Galatians 4:4-7 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
A proud grandmother was showing off photos of her new grandchild at a church potluck.
As a fiercely independent man... -- Matthew 2:13-23 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
As a fiercely independent man, John didn't need help from anybody.
Art Linkletter tells about his... -- Galatians 4:4-7 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Art Linkletter tells about his all-time favorite religious encounter with a child.

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“...there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part....”(v. 42a)

Good morning boys and girls,

Well, how are you this morning? (children respond) If you ask me how I am I would say, “terrific.” I am “terrific” because __________________!

I am curious, who has a sister? (children respond) Who has more than one sister? (children respond) Who is a sister here this morning? (children respond)

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On our first visit to Malta many years ago, we stayed in the rural south of the island. At that time there were few hotels and those were situated farther north, in St Paul's Bay and Sliema. The south was agricultural country, where a friend of ours happened to have part share in a "villa". The "villa" turned out to be a small farm house.

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The cabins at Mt. Carmel Bible Retreat are small. Most have two small rooms; some have one large great room. There is a tiny bathroom with a utility shower.

Inside each cabin is a double bed and a set of bunk beds, a dresser and a small rod to hang clothes. Linens are provided for a charge and some of us are very grateful to have a ceiling fan.

Our group of fourteen cabins is set along a little walkway. Each cabin is about ten feet apart and each row of seven faces the sidewalk.

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