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A truly beautiful mind -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Passion Sunday - B -- 2012
He was born in 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia, and still retains some of that West Virginia accent
I know my sheep -- Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
I was saddened beyond expression when the news reached me that a dear friend had taken his life.
It's a mystery -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
One of the most delightful movies I have seen in a while was Shakespeare in Love, which won t
Come and celebrate -- 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B -- 2012
I recently saw on a church sign the times listed there for their worship services.
To whom can we go? -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43, Ephesians 6:10-20, John 6:56-69 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2012
In this whole chapter of John Jesus has been trying to reveal that he is the source of life, real li
Why or who? -- Job 1:1; 2:1-10, Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12, Mark 10:2-16 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2012
The book of Job does not really give an answer to why good people suffer.
'And I mean to be one too' -- Ruth 1:1-18, Hebrews 9:11-14, Mark 12:28-34 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2012
Today is All Saints Sunday.
Choose each day -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
When my son was about four, he spotted my wedding ring on my finger and asked about it.
Nothing is impossible with God -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
What really stands out to me in this wonderful passage is what Gabriel says to Mary.
I believe in you -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2011
Most of us have heard many times in sermons and church school lessons, "Believe in God," "Have faith
Wait on the Lord -- Isaiah 40:21-31, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 2011
Do you like to wait? I don't. In fact, most of us hate to wait. You can see it most anywhere...
'My bad' -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2011
I like to listen to how teenagers talk, though I admit that sometimes I really don't understand what



I Have Seen The Lord! -- John 20:1-18 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
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Mary Magdala as the first witness to the resurrection.
Rock The Boat! -- John 21 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
Maybe I should not read the Bible just before I go to sleep at night. "Why?" you ask.
Even The Gentiles -- Acts 10 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
Peter K. Perry
Onesimus -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
Peter K. Perry
Herod -- The First Christmas Grinch -- Matthew 2:1-2, 8, 16-18 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- 2004
This works well if you have costumes but it's not necessary.
Leaving Egypt For Home -- Matthew 2:19-23 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
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Never Too Late -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
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My Name Is Levi -- Mark 2:13-17 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
Peter K. Perry

The tax collector Levi, who becomes Matthew, tells his story.
Kneeling Before Him -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
Pamela J. Tinnin
What Is Truth? -- John 18:28-38 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
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