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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Personal testimony -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016
Victor Hugo called his masterpiece Les Miserables a religious work. So it is.
Audacious faith -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013
There are Sundays when we look at the lectionary readings and wonder how all three passages work tog
Family ties -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Psalm 85 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
Channing Pollack used to tell a devastating tale of something that happened to him as a young boy.
Grounds for divorce -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Psalm 85 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
The images of adultery and divorce may strike close to home for some of the people in
Fullness by any other name ... -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2001
"The whole experience was dirty, draining, and depressing." That's how George Stephanopoulos, in his
Staying on course -- Hosea 1:2-10, Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1995
Once a course is charted the necessity is to stay on it, especially in unfamiliar waters.
God I ain't -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Psalm 85 -- William H. Shepherd -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
The movie Rudy (1993) is about a football player who refuses to quit.

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Snakes And Scorpions -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray -- and, he sugg
When Scorpions Sting And Prayers Go Unanswered -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013

In this week’s gospel text, Jesus not only shares with us the Lord’s Prayer, he also offers an e

Jesus, Prayer, And Mtv's 'my Super Sweet Sixteen' -- Luke 11:1-13, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Kate Murphy, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament and gospel texts suggest that our relationship with God is like that of ch
Sin: A Public And Private Affair! -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
As recent headlines about scandalous conduct have reminded us, sin is a constant in human endeavors.
Hosea: The Movie! -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Introduction and Background

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 12 / Pentecost 10 / Ordinary Time 17 -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2009
Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits grea

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Proper 12 | OT 17 (2016) -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, R. Robert Cueni, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016
Hosea 1:2-10
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 12 | OT 17 (2013) -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem, Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013
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Prophets seldom have a kindly... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013
Prophets seldom have a kindly word to speak to the people.
It can be shocking sometimes... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013
It can be shocking sometimes what God asks us to do.
NULL -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
My name is unique.
NULL -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
"If you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk." We want our role models to practice what they pre
NULL -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
Illustrations

Hosea 1:2-10
I have the habit of... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
I have the habit of blaming God and others when my life becomes a complicated mess of
Hosea was not blessed with... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
Hosea was not blessed with the message of the love of Christ. He would have rejoiced to
Hosea has been a difficult... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
Hosea has been a difficult book for many believers. Why would God ask a prophet to
Judith had finally begun to... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1995
Judith had finally begun to realize that, for whatever reason, Daniel was not like her other childre
Every experience in life contains... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1995
Every experience in life contains invaluable lessons for living, even those which bring heartache an
As Hosea went to Gomer... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1995
As Hosea went to Gomer for matrimony joint,
A woman was considering making... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1995
A woman was considering making a major career change.
How can we tell the... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
How can we tell the difference between faithful and unfaithful servants?
Robert Downey, Jr., starred in... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Robert Downey, Jr., starred in the 1995 movie Restoration in which he played a young doctor i
Mahatma Gandhi was a man... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Mahatma Gandhi was a man who combated evil and oppression, not with sword, war, horses, or horsemen.

The Immediate Word

Snakes And Scorpions -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray -- and, he sugg
When Scorpions Sting And Prayers Go Unanswered -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013

In this week’s gospel text, Jesus not only shares with us the Lord’s Prayer, he also offers an e

Jesus, Prayer, And Mtv's 'my Super Sweet Sixteen' -- Luke 11:1-13, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Kate Murphy, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament and gospel texts suggest that our relationship with God is like that of ch
Sin: A Public And Private Affair! -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
As recent headlines about scandalous conduct have reminded us, sin is a constant in human endeavors.
Hosea: The Movie! -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Introduction and Background

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Snakes And Scorpions -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray -- and, he sugg
When Scorpions Sting And Prayers Go Unanswered -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013

In this week’s gospel text, Jesus not only shares with us the Lord’s Prayer, he also offers an e

Jesus, Prayer, And Mtv's 'my Super Sweet Sixteen' -- Luke 11:1-13, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Kate Murphy, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament and gospel texts suggest that our relationship with God is like that of ch
Sin: A Public And Private Affair! -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
As recent headlines about scandalous conduct have reminded us, sin is a constant in human endeavors.
Hosea: The Movie! -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Introduction and Background

SermonStudio

Proper 12/Pentecost 10/Ordinary Time 17 -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Proper 12 -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2003
We are a whoring nation, are we not?
Proper 12 -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Jesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 12 -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Hosea 1:2-10 (C)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Snakes And Scorpions -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray -- and, he sugg
When Scorpions Sting And Prayers Go Unanswered -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013

In this week’s gospel text, Jesus not only shares with us the Lord’s Prayer, he also offers an e

Jesus, Prayer, And Mtv's 'my Super Sweet Sixteen' -- Luke 11:1-13, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Kate Murphy, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament and gospel texts suggest that our relationship with God is like that of ch
Sin: A Public And Private Affair! -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
As recent headlines about scandalous conduct have reminded us, sin is a constant in human endeavors.
Hosea: The Movie! -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Introduction and Background

SermonStudio

A Marriage Made In Heaven -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Chrysanne Timm -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2009
This is wedding season, and with the privilege of presiding at the weddings of many couples over the
A "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong" Song -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Lee Ann Dunlap -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2006
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Knowing What IsTruly Important In Life -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2003
When she was a little girl her parents bought a cottage by the lake.
A Match Made In Heaven -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- John W. Wurster -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2000
I have a friend who wanted me to preach on this passage at his wedding.

Stories

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Call For Unity -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Psalm 85 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016
Contents
"Call for Unity" by Keith Wagner
What's A Mountweazel? -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Psalm 85 -- Frank Ramirez, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013
Contents
"What's a Mountweazel?" by Frank Ramirez
I Have Loved You… -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Psalm 85 -- Craig Kelly, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
Contents
"I Have Loved You..." by Craig Kelly
Reborn As God's Children -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Psalm 85 -- Frank R. Fisher, Ron Lavin -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Reborn As God's Children" by Frank R. Fisher
Buried With Him In Baptism -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Psalm 85 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C

A Story to Live By



Buried with Him in Baptism

SermonStudio

Trouble In The Parsonage -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2009
There once was a retreat attended by the clergy of a community for the purpose of establishing suppo
The Success Of Failure -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2003
Not long ago, Mariah Carey, 31, was released from her contract with EMI/Virgin Records after a serie

Worship

The Immediate Word

Snakes And Scorpions -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray -- and, he sugg
When Scorpions Sting And Prayers Go Unanswered -- Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2013

In this week’s gospel text, Jesus not only shares with us the Lord’s Prayer, he also offers an e

Jesus, Prayer, And Mtv's 'my Super Sweet Sixteen' -- Luke 11:1-13, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Kate Murphy, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament and gospel texts suggest that our relationship with God is like that of ch
Sin: A Public And Private Affair! -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
As recent headlines about scandalous conduct have reminded us, sin is a constant in human endeavors.
Hosea: The Movie! -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Introduction and Background

SermonStudio

Proper 12 / Ordinary Time 17 / Pentecost 10 -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13, Psalm 85 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2009
Zoos are no longer in people's good graces.
Religion faces the same problem.
Proper 12/Ordinary Time 17 -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Hosea 1:2-10

Theme: Children Of The Living God
Proper 12 -- Hosea 1:2-10, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11:1-13 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2003
First Lesson: Hosea 1:2-10
Theme: Children Of The Living God

Call To Worship
My People -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
"Not My People" (RSV) -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
Leader: The Lord is our salvation, and we will worship no other gods!

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Jeremiah 17:5-10
On Sunday, August 5, 2012, Garrett Reid killed himself in the dorm room at Lehigh University where the Philadelphia Eagles were holding training camp. Garrett is the oldest son of the Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. Garrett had a history of drug problems and even spent some time in prison on drug related charges. Andy Reid told the team’s owner that in this difficult situation he would continue to move forward, saying “I’m going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park.”
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Wayne Brouwer
There is a powerful scene in Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons. The story is that of Sir Thomas More, loyal subject of the English crown. King Henry VIII wants to change things to suit his own devious plans, so he requires all his nobles to swear an oath of allegiance which violates the conscience of Sir Thomas More before his God. Since he will not swear the oath, More is put in jail. His daughter Margaret comes to visit him. “Meg,” he calls her, with affection. She’s his pride and joy, the one who thinks his thoughts after him.

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“...for power came out of him and healed all of them.” (v. 19b)

Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

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A Messianic Message?
by David O. Bales
Luke 6:17-26

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We tend to think of Saints as special holy people who are perhaps not quite real. But in this reading, Jesus makes it clear that those who are very ordinary because they are poor, or hungry, or sad, or otherwise disadvantaged in some way, are especially blessed. This is a story about Casper, who spoke in fun but found his words were taken rather seriously.

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Cynthia E. Cowen
"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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