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Knowing Who God Really Is -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
The lessons for this Sunday share common themes regarding knowing God (how he is correctly known) an
Do I dare to preach this? -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- David Kalas -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
The preacher lives in a privileged place.
Religion and politics -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
"Politics are almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous!" said Winston Churchill.
Power on display -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22, Psalm 99 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
"Creation was the greatest of all revolutions," said G. K. Chesterton. When young Anne
The coin of God's realm -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
Consider the humble dollar bill, which despite the assault on it by the Susan B.
A taxing question -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
Will it ever end!

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What Belongs to God? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees scheme to trap Jesus with what in journalistic
Does Marriage Belong To Caesar? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
In a move that surprised some observers, last week the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals to l
The Green Room -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Exodus 33:12-23, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, Paul commends the Thessalonian Christians for their faith
What's Really Scary Is ... -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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Speak -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in ever
God's family -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you.... (v. 4)
Be imitators of the Lord -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Have you ever noticed how many of us like to do the same things?
Be a good example -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Good morning! I brought a few cards to show you today. Do
Thoughtful gift -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Good morning! When I get a nice present from someone, I
Pray for the church -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you say a prayer

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Christ Our Rescuer -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Exegetical Aim: To show that Jesus Christ rescues us from sin.

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Proper 24 / Pentecost 22 / OT 29 -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2007
For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you.

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 (2017) -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
Exodus 33:12-23
General U.S. Grant arrived... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
General U.S.
Paul did not travel alone most... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
Paul did not travel alone most of the time, but sometimes he left one of his friends behind and some
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 (2014) -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
Exodus 33:12-23
Amnesty International is an organization... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
Amnesty International is an organization that works to free prisoners of conscience around the world
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 (2011) -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
Exodus 33:12-23
Through darker times in our lives... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
Through darker times in our lives, the faiths of others can become invaluable.
Charles Darwin remains a controversial individual... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Ron Love -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
Charles Darwin remains a controversial individual because of his theory of evolution.
About twenty years ago, there'd... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
About twenty years ago, there'd been an attack in Jerusalem by Palestinians. The nightly
Paul often linked three great... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Paul often linked three great Christian qualities as he did here: "Your work of faith, labor
On a construction site, the... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
On a construction site, the workers had just placed explosives for a large explosion where
Exodus 33:12-23 If... -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Exodus 33:12-23
A Sunday school teacher was... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
A Sunday school teacher was highly regarded by those who attended his young adult class.
We were driving along a... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
We were driving along a country road one evening about 5:30.
Paul praised the Thessalonians for... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
Paul praised the Thessalonians for a labor of love.
The child looked up at... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
The child looked up at his teacher and asked, "How long have you been teaching?" The teacher sat dow
Charles Krauthammer, in Time... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
Charles Krauthammer, in Time, June 15, 1998, wrote that religion is no longer a conviction.
And so you became a... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
"And so you became a model (an example) to all the believers...." For Paul one of the most important
The apostle Paul wrote the... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
The apostle Paul wrote the church at Thessalonica and told them that God had chosen them to be his p
Several years ago National Geographic... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
Several years ago National Geographic magazine did a feature on the one hundredth anniversary of the
The best advertising is word... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
The best advertising is word of mouth. If you've ever run a business, you know this to be true.

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What Belongs to God? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees scheme to trap Jesus with what in journalistic
Does Marriage Belong To Caesar? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
In a move that surprised some observers, last week the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals to l
The Green Room -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Exodus 33:12-23, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, Paul commends the Thessalonian Christians for their faith
What's Really Scary Is ... -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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What Belongs to God? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees scheme to trap Jesus with what in journalistic
Does Marriage Belong To Caesar? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
In a move that surprised some observers, last week the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals to l
The Green Room -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Exodus 33:12-23, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, Paul commends the Thessalonian Christians for their faith
What's Really Scary Is ... -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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Proper 24 / Pentecost 22 / Ordinary Time 29 -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Rescued From The Wrath To Come -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- 2006
Paul, Silas and Timothy,
Proper 24 -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 33:12--23 (C)
Proper 24, Pentecost 22, Ordinary Time 29 -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-21 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Proper 24 -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 33:12-23 (C)
The rule of God -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Exodus 33:12--23 (C)
Proper 24 -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Exodus 33:12-23 (C)
Proper 24 -- Ruth 1:1-19a, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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What Belongs to God? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees scheme to trap Jesus with what in journalistic
Does Marriage Belong To Caesar? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
In a move that surprised some observers, last week the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals to l
The Green Room -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Exodus 33:12-23, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, Paul commends the Thessalonian Christians for their faith
What's Really Scary Is ... -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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What Can We Believe about the Bible? -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2010
The words that you have just heard read in our epistle lesson for today are probably the first words
The World According To Paul -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2007
Book clubs have become quite popular in recent years, largely due to Oprah Winfrey and her outstandi
Always? -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Richard C. Brand -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2004
Now there is a greeting that will knock you back a moment.
The Heart Of The Gospel -- Psalm 16, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Joe Barone -- 1995
It always humbles me to know that the earliest of Paul’s letters deals with the ministry.

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The Power Of God -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
The Alpha course raises strong emotions, not least amongst clergy.

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The Power Of God -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
The Alpha course raises strong emotions, not least amongst clergy.

Stories

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Wayward Child -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Psalm 99 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
Contents"Wayward Child" by Keith Hewitt "Coat Racks" by C. David McKirachan
Glorious -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Psalm 99 -- Craig Kelly, David O. Bales -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
Contents"Glorious" by Craig Kelly "All This Over a Coin?" by David O. Bales
We Are, None Of Us, Our Own -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Psalm 99 -- Scott Dalgarno, Timothy J. Smith -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week
Seeking God -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Psalm 99 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2005
Contents What's Up This Week Stories to Live By: "Seeking God"

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What Belongs to God? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees scheme to trap Jesus with what in journalistic
Does Marriage Belong To Caesar? -- Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2014
In a move that surprised some observers, last week the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals to l
The Green Room -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Exodus 33:12-23, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary epistle passage, Paul commends the Thessalonian Christians for their faith
What's Really Scary Is ... -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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Proper 24/Pentecost 22/Ordinary Time 29 -- Matthew 22:15-22, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2007
Litany Of Confession
Proper 24 -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: We gather in God's holy presence,
Love. Serve God. See God. Live. -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Psalm 99)
Proper 24 -- Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 9, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2004
HymnsIn The Rifted Rock I'm Resting (CBH526)
Proper 24 -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2001
Theme: An Example To OthersCall To Worship
Proper 24 -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Exodus 33:12-23Theme: InvisibleCall To Worship
PROPER 24 -- Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
A God for all -- Ruth 1:1-19a, Psalm 146, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The fact that the heroine of this story is not a Hebrew but a Moabite woman, and th
Love within the family -- Ruth 1:1-19a, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Heth H. Corl -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1986
Call to WorshipPastor:
PROPER 24 -- Ruth 1:1-19a, Psalm 146, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Norman A. Beck -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1986
Through the use of these texts we are guided to perceive God in universal terms, as the One who has

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Love. Serve God. See God. Live. -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Psalm 99)
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Elizabeth Achtemeier said that one of the greatest errors of young preachers is their desire to tell people that it is very easy to know the will of God. It is so easy, she said, to preach in black and white, to declare either this or that, with no shades of gray in between.
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I’m a baseball fan and this is the middle of baseball season, so I thought this might be an appropriate and helpful story. An umpire named Babe Pinelli once called the legendary Babe Ruth out on strikes. When the crowd booed with disapproval at the call, Ruth turned to the umpire and angrily said, “There’s 40,000 people here who know that the last pitch was a ball, tomato head.”

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Arley K. Fadness
“...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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Janice B. Scott
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.

Farming at the time was very primitive, with the farmer walking over his field behind a hand-held plough. All has now changed, of course, but then it was just like a throw-back to Biblical times in the Middle East.

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Constance Berg
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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