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Salvaging Our Lives -- Genesis 29:15-28 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 1998
If you have ever made an in-depth investigation of your family history, a genealogy, then you probab
The Honor Of A Limp -- Genesis 32:22-31 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 1998
Richard Sears was a young man when his father died, and so he had to go to work to support the famil
The Waste In Comparison -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 1998
Grandparents are some of the most well-balanced people on the face of the earth. They have to be.
God Sends Us Ahead -- Genesis 45:1-15 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1998
This is it. The moment we've all been waiting for.
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are! -- Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1998
Moses was a master of masquerade! He lived a good portion of his life in disguise.
Growing No Feathers -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1998
When Imelda Marcos was criticized for having 3,000 pairs of shoes in her closet, her excuse was: "Ev
Bloody Doorposts -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1998
When I was about twelve years of age I attended a state Boy Scout jamboree.
Going Through The Waters -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1998
I suppose when we hear this passage about the parting of the Reed Sea, many of us cannot help but re
The Rain Of Bread -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1998
There is nothing like heading out into the back country, carrying on your back everything you need t
It's Not Over When The Fat Lady Sings -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1998
Consider this list: a local restaurant under construction, a high school dropout, the cross-stitch I
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Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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