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Faith for the Long Haul -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- David Coffin -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2019
It is getting toward the end of the summer, and a certain extended family is sitting out on the dec
Seen and unseen: what really matters! -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
Thanks to the ubiquitous presence of smartphones that double as cameras, we have become almost --
Trust -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
Some years ago, when Dick Shepard was the vicar of an Anglican parish in London, England, he had a d
The faith to let go -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Two of my children are still rather young, and so they remain for me live-in examples of childlike f
Law and order -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
I am somewhat of a hopeless addict to the NBC television series, Law and Order.
The goodness that roared -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2001
In the study of the martial arts, the student learns the difference between the good, the higher goo
Treasure in heaven -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1998
Today's lessons contrast the emptiness of religion with the substance of faith.
True grit -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1995
We are not used to being exhorted to endure in the face of frustration and delayed hopes.
Fear, faith and the future -- Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
"Fear" and "faith" are the words that ring through the lessons before us for this Sunday.
Good cop, bad cop -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
I do not watch a lot of entertainment television (most days none at all), but there is one televisio

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The Lady Ain't A Kook: Prophetic Challenges and Political Crusades -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2019
For August 11, 2019:
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
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This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
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Foundations -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
"For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God." (v.
Believing -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not
Do you have faith? -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
I need a volunteer to help me with today's lesson. I need to blindfold somebody.
Being certain -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Good morning! "Faith" is a word we use a lot here in church,
Assurance -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Good morning! This morning I want to do an exercise in faith.

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Watch And Be Ready! -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter -- 2000
Exegetical Aim: Conditioning God's children to be watchful and ready.
Plan For Heaven -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Wesley T. Runk
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Assurance -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Good morning! This morning I want to do an exercise in faith.

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Proper 14 / Pentecost 12 / Ordinary Time 19 -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 14 | OT 19 (2019) -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2019
Isaiah 1:1,10-20
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 14 | OT 19 (2016) -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 14 | OT 19 (2013) -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Scott A. Bryte, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
We can't see gravity... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
We can't see gravity, but we know it is there because we can see what it does. We can prove it.
The Seventh-Day Adventist... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Ron Love -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
The Seventh-Day Adventist denomination celebrated their 150th anniversary in May.
The text is all about faith... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
The text is all about faith. But we make too much of faith, according to Martin Luther.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
I recently got the opportunity to see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Heritage Centre in Re
Margaret Lee suffered from asthma... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Ron Love -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Margaret Lee suffered from asthma, so her husband, Sam Houston, the US Senator from Texas, decided t
Joanne had been away from the church for too many years... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Joanne had been away from the church for too many years.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 14 | OT 19 (2010) -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
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When we get our spiritual... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
When we get our spiritual house in order, we'll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at
The farm community was abuzz... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
The farm community was abuzz. One farmer told of a two-headed calf that one of his
A seminary requires all of... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
A seminary requires all of its students to travel to what is commonly referred to as a
How strong is your faith... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
How strong is your faith? "Firm and unshakable," you say. "It's intense and invincible."
Many immigrants were lured to... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2001
Many immigrants were lured to the Americas by the promise of free land, the prospect of wealth and j
Of the companies that were... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2001
Of the companies that were on the Fortune 500 list in 1955, 70 percent are now out of business.
A huge burial site lies... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2001
A huge burial site lies beneath the city of Paris in what was once an ancient stone quarry.
Different people like to travel... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2001
Different people like to travel in different ways.
Phyllis Diller, in her book... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1998
Phyllis Diller, in her book The Joys of Growing Old and How to Avoid Them, helps us laugh at
I live in Louisville, Kentucky... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1998
I live in Louisville, Kentucky, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby.
Faith is all or nothing... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1998
Faith is all or nothing. God wants our complete trust in him.
Bob had had a heart... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1995
Bob had had a heart attack, and it was bad: He had lost a good deal of muscle tone, and his blood pr

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The Lady Ain't A Kook: Prophetic Challenges and Political Crusades -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2019
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Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
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The Lady Ain't A Kook: Prophetic Challenges and Political Crusades -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2019
For August 11, 2019:
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
As you are no doubt aware if you read the business pages, there has been a bit of an ongoing soap op
Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
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Proper 14 / Ordinary Time 19 / Pentecost 9 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day In God's eyes, we are worth more than we could ever know.
Proper 14 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 14 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 (C)

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Proper 14 / Ordinary Time 19 / Pentecost 9 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day In God's eyes, we are worth more than we could ever know.

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The Lady Ain't A Kook: Prophetic Challenges and Political Crusades -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2019
For August 11, 2019:
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
As you are no doubt aware if you read the business pages, there has been a bit of an ongoing soap op
Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
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The Assurance Of Things Hoped For -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
In the movie, Cast Away, Tom Hanks' character, Chuck, is stranded on a desert island in the P
Where Have All The Heroes Gone? -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Clayton A. Lord Jr. -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
I want to talk about heroes today. We all have them.
Sustained By A Hope Unfulfilled -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2003
In his newest book, The Good Life, Peter Gomes tells of the two times he invited Billy Graham to spe
What Is Faith? -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Kirk R. Webster -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2000
Have you ever had to take a big risk, not knowing what the outcome would be?

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Where Are You Going? -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
I like to be well organised when preparing for a trip, especially when going on holiday.

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Think And Let Think -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- John E. Sumwalt, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
Contents "Think and Let Think" by John Sumwalt
Preaching Enhancing Drugs -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- John E. Sumwalt, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
Contents"Preaching Enhancing Drugs" by John Sumwalt
Confusing Selfishness And Obedience -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Larry Winebrenner -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Contents"Confusing Selfishness and Obedience" by Larry Winebrenner
Looking For The Best -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Fanny Lee Seville, C. David Mckirachan, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
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Uncompromising Faith -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an in

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The Faith Factor -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen....
"Will You Watch My Stuff?" -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2003
I was on the third leg of a five-part trip that had taken me from Denver to Dallas to Chicago to Cle
The Laughter Of Faith -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Richard A. Jensen -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1994
God called Sarah, too!
Proper 14 -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- John Steward -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
My good friend and former professor Dr.

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The Lady Ain't A Kook: Prophetic Challenges and Political Crusades -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2019
For August 11, 2019:
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
As you are no doubt aware if you read the business pages, there has been a bit of an ongoing soap op
Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
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Proper 14 / Ordinary Time 19 / Pentecost 12 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
Zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem.
I'm That Certain -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16Theme: I'm That Certain
Proper 14 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2003
Theme: How Paul Became An ApostleCall To Worship
Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20Theme: Required: Willingness And Obedience
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Object: Chairs for a short game of Musical Chairs. NOTE: You can use pillows or cushions if it is easier. You will want one seat for each child. However, if you have a large group of children, you can just have three or four take part in the actual game if you prefer. For more fun, talk with your music person to see if they will play the short pieces of music for your game of musical chairs.

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Clarence was always very particular, even as a fledging only just out of the nest. He happened to have been born with an especially large and beautifully radiant white bib, which he probably wouldn't have noticed if the large snowy owl, who kept a weather-eye on all the young birds, hadn't remarked to Clarence's mother, "Oh my! What a bootiful bib! You'll have some trouble keeping that clean with a young chick like that! But he'll sooon get into mischief, so it won't be white for long."

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What does it mean to be great? That is the question our texts raise today. "Great" is a wide-ranging word: You can have a great king, great skill, a great storm, a great number, great joy, or great fear. You can use it in its Greek form, mega -- as in megachurch; or in its Latin form, magna -- as in magnify. It can refer to physical form, size, or height. Pull yourself up, stand tall, like the cedars of Lebanon! Be great!

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Many of you may remember from your grade school days a novel by Mark Twain titled, The Prince and the Pauper. It has been adapted in various forms of Disney productions and even a few cartoon tales. The Twain story begins with two boys with identical features -- one a spoiled royal heir, and the other a street urchin surviving on his wits. By chance they meet. The pauper is enamored with the fineries of the palace, while the prince envies the pauper's freedom to come and go as he chooses.

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