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God of the ages -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Psalm 27 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
Note: This installment by David Kalas is from 2004.
Your move -- Genesis 15:1-12 (17-18), Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Have you ever set across from someone during a game -- chess, checkers, or a board game -- and waite
Tears -- Genesis 15:1-12 (17-18), Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2012
"As luck would have it, providence was on my side!" wrote Samuel Butler. But what does that mean?
A tragic turn -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
For several years of our married life, my wife and I had jobs working with very different
Jesus is the sign of the times -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2001
In our consumer culture, advertising plays an extremely vital role.
Sacrificial love -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1998
The sacrificial love of God is the dominant theme for today's texts, providing a focal point for all
Trouble -- Genesis 15:1-12 , 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12 , 17-18 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Overcoming trouble provides the theme this week.
God of the ages -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
What is the relationship between the past, the present, and the future?

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

In God We (Sometimes) Trust -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For March 17, 2019:
Primary Fears -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, a group of Pharisees warn Jesus that he needs to leave the area in order
Citizens Of Heaven -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
A clear theme emerges from the lectionary texts for the Second Sunday in Lent -- how we deal with ou
'just As You Did It To The One Of The Least Of These' -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27 -- Carter Shelley -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Even though all of us at times experience life as a "vale of tears," we in the First World realize t
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
The good news is -- God is always with us even in our darkest hour.

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Stay in shape -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to
Monkey see, monkey do -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Good morning, boys and girls.
Simon says ... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
One of my favorite games is "Simon says." Have any of you
We have rules for a reason! -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
How many of you have rules at your house? (Raise hands.)
Stand firm! -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Good morning! We all know that God wants us to do what is

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A Lesson From Lettuce -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: a good head of lettuce and a spoiled head of lettuce (or some other produce)

Devotional

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Lent 2 -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2009
He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory .

Drama

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As Many As The Stars? -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Psalm 27 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
I love the movie Oh, God! Some may take issue with its theology, but George Burns as God is i
Citizenship -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Pamela Urfer -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1994
Cast: Two people of either gender, TERRY and CHRISLength:8 minutes

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Sermon Illustrations for Lent 2 (2019) -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 2 (2016) -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 2 (2013) -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2012
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
NULL -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2012
It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
NULL -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Bob Ove -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2012
Where is your citizenship? Day to day we think only of what we are going to do this day.
During WWII, Americans of Italian... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
During WWII, "Americans of Italian lineage" or "Americans of German lineage" weren't
Saint Paul wrote about modeling... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
Saint Paul wrote about "modeling" the faith. A billboard at a church that I saw one day
When Russell Conwell left Yale... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
When Russell Conwell left Yale to fight in the Civil War, a youthful admirer, Johnny
Paul wrote to a very... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
Paul wrote to a very troubled congregation. No earth-shaking problems but just little
Passage across international borders can... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2001
Passage across international borders can be an intimidating experience.
There is a childhood game... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2001
There is a childhood game called Simon Says.
The pastor told his confirmation... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2001
The pastor told his confirmation class that the only religion most people will experience is witness
As children many of us... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2001
As children many of us took great delight in playing Simon Says.
Aesop tells the story about... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1998
Aesop tells the story about a baby crab and his mother.
As I was packing to... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1998
As I was packing to move I thought about all the things I own and why I have them.
There was an article in... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1998
There was an article in the paper a few months ago about a man who has a terminal illness.
In The Days of... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1998
In The Days of Our Years, Pierre Van Paassen tells of a parish priest who was outraged at som
Although Albert Einstein did not... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1995
Although Albert Einstein did not invent the atomic bomb, his scientific genius provided theoretical
Spy stories may not be... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1995
Spy stories may not be on everyone's reading list.
A few years ago an... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
A few years ago an audiotape manufacturer ran a commercial with the question, "Is it live or is it M
The passage speaks of the... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
The passage speaks of the imitation of Christ.
In The Great Stone Face... -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
In The Great Stone Face by Nathaniel Hawthorne, we are told about an Indian legend which stat

The Immediate Word

In God We (Sometimes) Trust -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For March 17, 2019:
Primary Fears -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, a group of Pharisees warn Jesus that he needs to leave the area in order
Citizens Of Heaven -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
A clear theme emerges from the lectionary texts for the Second Sunday in Lent -- how we deal with ou

Prayer

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SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17, 18, Psalm 127, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSH1PCome seek his face ... Wait for the Lord ... Take courage ... Be strong.

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The Immediate Word

In God We (Sometimes) Trust -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For March 17, 2019:
Primary Fears -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, a group of Pharisees warn Jesus that he needs to leave the area in order
Citizens Of Heaven -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
A clear theme emerges from the lectionary texts for the Second Sunday in Lent -- how we deal with ou
'just As You Did It To The One Of The Least Of These' -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27 -- Carter Shelley -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Even though all of us at times experience life as a "vale of tears," we in the First World realize t
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
The good news is -- God is always with us even in our darkest hour.

SermonStudio

Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus and his disciples move toward Jerusalem and the cross.
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 15:1-12, 15-17, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 15:1-12, 15-17, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Lent 2 -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons
Lent 2 -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 9:28-36 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1985
The LessonsGenesis 15:1-12, 17-18 (C, RC)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

In God We (Sometimes) Trust -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For March 17, 2019:
Primary Fears -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, a group of Pharisees warn Jesus that he needs to leave the area in order
Citizens Of Heaven -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
A clear theme emerges from the lectionary texts for the Second Sunday in Lent -- how we deal with ou
'just As You Did It To The One Of The Least Of These' -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27 -- Carter Shelley -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Even though all of us at times experience life as a "vale of tears," we in the First World realize t
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
The good news is -- God is always with us even in our darkest hour.

SermonStudio

Enemies Of The Cross -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2009
Whenever I lead an inquiry class for those who want to learn more about my congregation and the fait
Standing Tall In The Lord -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
History records the expression, Athanasius contra mundum -- Athanasius against the world.
High-tension Wire -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
A two-lane state highway bisects the little town of Hemingford in western Nebraska.
Hold On! Your Life Is At Stake! -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
The names of the places -- Treblinka, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and all the rest -- remain seared into

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High-tension Wire -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
A two-lane state highway bisects the little town of Hemingford in western Nebraska.

The Village Shepherd

Is It Life-Threatening? -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
I have a story for you, and it may be quite a common story, which some of you will recognize in on

Stories

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Founded on a Dream -- Luke 13:31-35, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Psalm 27 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
Contents “Founded on a Dream” by C. David McKirachan
Living Our Beliefs -- Luke 13:31-35, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Psalm 27 -- Keith Wagner -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Contents "Living Our Beliefs" by Keith Wagner
Chasing Buzzards -- Luke 13:31-35, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Psalm 27 -- C. David Mckirachan, Richard A. Jensen -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
Contents"Chasing Buzzards" by C. David McKirachan
Stand Firm -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
A Story To Live By Stand Firm
As Clear As The Milky Way -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Scott Dalgarno, Argile Smith, Richard A. Jensen -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "As Clear As The Milky Way" by Scott Delgarno

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There Is Still Time -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Constance Berg -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed.

Worship

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In God We (Sometimes) Trust -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For March 17, 2019:
Primary Fears -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, a group of Pharisees warn Jesus that he needs to leave the area in order
Citizens Of Heaven -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
A clear theme emerges from the lectionary texts for the Second Sunday in Lent -- how we deal with ou
'just As You Did It To The One Of The Least Of These' -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27 -- Carter Shelley -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Even though all of us at times experience life as a "vale of tears," we in the First World realize t
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
The good news is -- God is always with us even in our darkest hour.

SermonStudio

Second Sunday In Lent -- Philippians 3:17--4:1 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Philippians 3:17--4:1Theme: Your Belly Or Your Life
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
Theme: Abram Put His Trust In The LordCall To Worship
Second Sunday in Lent -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18Theme: What Will You Give Me?
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:22-35 -- Heth H. Corl -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1976
First Lesson: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18Theme: Faith is belief in God's covenant promise
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  • An Outsider’s Determined Push by Chris Keating — Jesus’ retort to the Syro-Phoenician woman catches us off guard, but will lead us to understand the depth of her great faith.

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I love Thanksgiving. I cherish the traditions, I love the quality of family reunion, and I enjoy the food. I have hundreds of fond memories of Thanksgiving holidays past, and I look forward to the Thanksgiving that is a few months away.

But it is a few months away. I may be looking forward to it, but that doesn’t mean that I am doing any grocery shopping for it yet. We all recognize that it would be premature for us to put the turkey in the oven this weekend in preparation for November’s Thanksgiving celebration.
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Genesis 45:1-5
This is a lesson about forgiveness. Martin Luther reminds us how Joseph’s forgiving actions were functions of God’s grace:

Therefore the Holy Spirit and grace are a medicine, so to speak, for nature – a medicine by which what had been ruined or destroyed in the original corruption through sin is set to right and restored. (Luther’s Works, Vol.8, p.16)

Elsewhere he makes the point in another, related way:

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David O. Bales
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Howling Good News For Some
by David O. Bales
Genesis 45:1-15  

“Calm down. Calm down. I know what’s going on,” the chief steward said. Beside him a handful of Joseph’s Egyptian servants stood outside the royal complex looking around nervously. Joseph, already acting strange this morning, without explanation had swept his arms toward his servants and shouted, “Everyone out. Everyone out.”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
In today's gospel reading, Jesus seemed reluctant to heal the Canaanite woman's daughter. He told her that he wasn't sent to help foreigners, but only his own people, the Chosen Race. The words sound unnecessarily harsh, but perhaps this is an interpretation unique to Matthew, for this story only appears in Matthew's gospel, which was written for Jews.

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Wayne Brouwer
As a seminary intern in St. Louis, Missouri, I was part of a Jewish-Christian Dialogue group. We were seeking to understand one another's traditions, work together for the good of our neighborhoods, and promote tolerance and respect in society. I had been invited into the group by a member of the church at which I was serving. She grew up Jewish, and in recent years had, in her words, "completed my faith" by gaining an understanding that Jesus is the Messiah foretold by the prophets of Israel.

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Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to eat? (let them answer) What is your favorite food? (let them answer) Do you know what a bird eats? (let them answer) Very good. They eat bugs, all kinds of bugs. Today, I brought with me this jar of bugs. They are pretty colorful, and in some ways they look almost good enough to eat. Have you ever eaten a bug? (let them answer) I wonder what a bug tastes like? Is there anyone here who is hungry enough to eat a bug? (let them answer)

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