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In order for a door... -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
In order for a door to be opened, someone must have the key.
In the Wilderness of... -- Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
In the Wilderness of Sin, the Israelites made the mistake of measuring their life in terms of
One of the best... -- Ephesians 4:1-6 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
One of the best examples of a group working together for the benefit of everyone in the group
Oliver Wendell Holmes once... -- Ephesians 4:1-6 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Oliver Wendell Holmes once said that the power of the Gulf Stream would flow through an ordina
Since they share a... -- Ephesians 4:1-6 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Since they share a 2,000--mile border, it‚--ôs not strange that the South Amenican lands of Ch
Paul chooses strong and... -- Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Paul chooses strong and vivid words to picture the heathen way of life: "Having lost all sensi
When the Germans had... -- Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
When the Germans had surrendered and World War II had come to a close, General Dwight Eisenhow
Last summer a teenager... -- Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Last summer a teenager found the Lord; it was one of those shoutin' kind of experiences for hi
David continued to live... -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
David continued to live in the palace and to rule the land.
Two days before she died... -- Colossians 2:12-14 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Two days before she died in a fire, a nine-year-old girl wrote in a school essay, "My best friend is
Gary Dotson spent seven years... -- Colossians 2:12-14 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Gary Dotson spent seven years in prison for a crime which he did not commit.
In the 1983 movie A... -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
In the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, young Ralphie tries everything he can think of to get a
Some of the feeling and... -- Colossians 2:12-14 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Some of the feeling and meaning of this passage were expressed in one of the freedom songs of
When we are forgiven our... -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
When we are forgiven our trespasses, what is broken is made right and the perpetrator is made whole
During Great Britain's colonial rule... -- Colossians 2:12-14 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
During Great Britain's colonial rule in India, a British magistrate who was on duty there conducted
An October, 2003 Associated Press... -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
An October, 2003 Associated Press story tells of how many letters to God end up each year at an Isra

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For August 18, 2019:
  • Seeing the Signs, Taking the Steps by Mary Austin — Jesus tells the crowds listening to him to see the signs, and watch for change in the world. We can interpret the weather, but seeing change in our communal life is much harder.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
The Desert Fathers told of a father and a son who were traveling together. They came to the edge of a forest. Some of the bushes were loaded with berries. They looked so delicious that the son asked if they could stop for a while and pick berries.

The father was anxious to be on his way, but he saw the desire in his son’s eyes and agreed to stay there for a short while. The son was delighted. Together they searched the bushes for the biggest, plumpest, juiciest berries.
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Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 5:1-7
In the passage from Isaiah, God is the owner of the vineyard, which represents God's people. The coming destruction (verses 5-6) results from the people's failure to do what God "expected," and hoped for (verses 2, 4, 7). That is, the failure to enact and embody justice and righteousness invites catastrophe.

God’s judgment is just and would ultimately come for the recipients of the prophecy by means of the Assyrians (if the recipients were, as many suggest, the Northern Kingdom).

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Mind of Their Own” by Frank Ramirez


A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

CSSPlus

Arley K. Fadness
Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

(presenter removes and shows a candle on a candlestick)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

SermonStudio

Lee Ann Dunlap
Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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