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All Creation Yawns -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Frank Luchsinger -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
It is early morning, one sleeper turns to the other, an eye half opened, "Do you know what time it
Welcoming Christ -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
For his sixth grade year his family moved to the new community.
Be Patient -- James 5:7-10 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
Not long ago I encountered the father of five boys.
Designated Son Of God -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
"Descended from David ...
Moving At The Speed Of Light: At The Jordan -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Frank Luchsinger -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 1998
Peter had long practiced a religion which required the separation of Jews and Gentiles, and followin
Moving At The Speed Of Light: In Corinth Or Cana? -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1998
It is hard to know what more can be said about marriage. Weddings are stressors.
Moving At The Speed Of Light: Nazareth: Family Ties -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
When I was a child and my mother started thinking out loud about "going home," she meant driving to
Moving At The Speed Of Light: Jerusalem: What Word Would You Say? -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A -- 1998
"For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing," asserts Paul in First Corinthians.
Moving At The Speed Of Light: Athens: Unknown Apostles -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Frank Luchsinger -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1998
How many people are helpful to us in a given stretch of time?
Moving At The Speed Of Light: On The Mountain -- Peter 1:16-21 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1998
Peter went to the mountain with Jesus.
We Know Exactly How You Feel, Jesus -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- Frank Luchsinger -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A -- 1998
Oh, Christmas has come and gone, but its scent lingers: spiced cider, evergreen, bayberry candles,
Just In Time -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1998
A plane flies through the night.
Hoofs, Paws, And Christmas Pause -- Titus 2:11-14 -- Frank Luchsinger -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1998
"The grace of God has appeared ... training us ...
A Time To Hear Hope Calling -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
Huckle the Cat and his school teacher Miss Honey the Bear, Bananas Gorilla, Captain Salty, Pig Will
Love Is Your Disguise -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1998
The pastor of a village church has been given a high honor to judge the costume contest.
A Time Of Tests, Trials, And An Echo Of Rejoicing -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
I don't test well. I know the material, but I'm not sure I gave that impression on the test.
A Time To Be Born Anew -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
A man comes to Jesus by night, a ruler of the Jews; his name is Nicodemus.
A Time To See Through Suffering -- 1 Peter 2:19-25 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
"Oh, that had to hurt!" one brother said, looking down at the other sprawled on the backyard grass.
A Time To Build Another Story On A Stone House -- 1 Peter 2:2-10 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
There was much excitement in the summer of '64 at Tell Makor in Israel.
A Time To Come Along, Bravely -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
The waiting room is adequate but nothing fancy; magazines dog-eared and out of date, a few toys for
A Time to Answer: Where Do You Live? -- 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
Where do you live? It's a question we ask sometimes. Where's your home? Where are you from?
The Day God Forgot -- Hewbrews 10:16-25 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Good Friday - A -- 1998
Two boys are racing their bicycles.
A Bigger Peace -- Romans 5:12-19 -- Frank Luchsinger -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
There is only one cupcake left and there are two little girls. "I want the bigger piece!
Inherit The World -- Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
"The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come throug
Enter Your Pax Word A Lenten Lexicon -- Romans 5:1-11 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
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