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Have you ever had an outfit or a pair of jeans... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2011
Have you ever had an outfit or a pair of jeans that fit so well that they just felt natural to wear
When we look at someone else's wrongs or shortcomings... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2011
When we look at someone else's wrongs or shortcomings, it's easy to miss our own since we frequently
Imagine you're in middle school... -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2011
Imagine you're in middle school, sitting in detention when another student whispers to you, "I have
Most of us have heard the old saying... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2011
Most of us have heard the old saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This would drive me
Living in a desert nation... -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2011
Living in a desert nation, it would have been no news to Moses that you could get water from strikin
It can be tempting to look admiringly at some politicians... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2011
It can be tempting to look admiringly at some politicians for the amount of power they hold.
There usually isn't too much of a problem... -- Matthew 22:1-14 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
There usually isn't too much of a problem if someone cannot make it to a wedding for some good reaso
It's easy to see and condemn the impetuousness of the Israelites... -- Exodus 32:1-14 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
It's easy to see and condemn the impetuousness of the Israelites who with their own eyes had seen th
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.
One of the most famous riddles is that of the Sphinx... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
One of the most famous riddles is that of the Sphinx: "What creature goes on four legs in the mornin
Julie prayed daily for the persecuted church in North Korea... -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
Since high school, Julie prayed daily for the persecuted church in North Korea and over time her hea
In the popular game show To Tell the Truth... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2011
In the popular game show To Tell the Truth, a celebrity panel would ask questions to a group
NULL -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
In the television show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will is a ladies man who for years had no
NULL -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
Ten college friends were camped out in line for tickets to the concert of a lifetime.
NULL -- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2011
In Michal Ajvaz's The Other City, the protagonist discovers a hidden side of Prague when the
NULL -- Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
Growing up, Ken and Ryan fought as much as any brothers, and as is bound to happen, it would occasio
NULL -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
Sheep and goats graze together and all day long mix and mingle among themselves through the pasture
Two types of laws... -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 2011
We can think of two types of laws: external and internal.
America places an enormous emphasis on freedom... -- John 8:31-36 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 2011
Like many other nations, America places an enormous emphasis on freedom.
Imagine you were raised by wolves... -- 1 John 3:1-3 -- Brian Hohmeier -- All Saints Day - A -- 2011
Imagine you were raised by wolves. You can envision how different your behavior would be.
NULL -- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
Before the missionary Hudson Taylor made his famous first trip to China, he was a struggling medical
Israel received the Law... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Brian Hohmeier -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
When Israel received the Law, they began practicing what is called a strict purity code.
When parents leave their children home alone... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Brian Hohmeier -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
When parents leave their children home alone for the evening for the first time, this can be a subst
What's the most comforting thing you've been told... -- Isaiah 40:1-11 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
What's the most comforting thing you've been told when you feel like life is beating down on you, wh
After a woman had been driving all night through... -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Brian Hohmeier -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
After a woman had been driving all night through the desert, she was famished, parched, and exhauste

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