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The Signs Of Summer -- Luke 21:25-36 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- 2003
The season of Advent is upon us, and with it is a spirit of heaviness.
The Hinge Of History -- Luke 3:1-6 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Henry Ford said that history is bunk; but history has gotten its revenge on the pioneer auto maker.
The Divine Opportunity -- Luke 3:7-18 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Opportunity comes with so many different faces that we often don't recognize it.
Songs Of The Season -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
No season of the year sings as well as Christmas.
Epiphany: Glory Beyond Our Expecting -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2003
In 1986 a relatively unknown basketball team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock defeated
Epiphany: A Faith To Work Miracles -- John 2:1-11 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2003
I consider it divine good fortune that we have a scripture lesson so early in the year which encoura
Epiphany: The Joy Of Fulfillment -- Luke 4:14-21 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2003
I've read some books where it seemed the author had no purpose in writing.
Epiphany: The Tragedy Of Rejection -- Luke 4:21-30 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2003
In the church, most of us think of Epiphany simply as a season on the church calendar, and sometimes
From Empty Nets To Full Lives -- Luke 5:1-11 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 2003
It's funny what experiences and phrases will stay with you from childhood.
God Communicates In Humanly Understandable Terms -- Luke 2:41-52 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2003
One Christmas morning, a young widow was doing her best to make Christmas happy for her two little b
Christmas And The New Family -- John 1:1-18 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2003
When Wilbur and Orville Wright completed their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec
Awake To Glory -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2003
Today we celebrate one of the most neglected passages in the Bible.
Music From Another Room -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- 2003
Introduction
The Signs of Summer -- Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
The season of Advent is upon us, and with it a spirit of heaviness.
Epiphany: The Tragedy of Rejection -- Luke 4:21-30 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1988
In the church, most of us think of Epiphany simply as a season on the church calendar, and sometimes
From Empty Nets to Full Lives -- Luke 5:1-11 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1988
It's funny what experiences and phrases will stay with you from childhood.
Awake to Glory -- Luke 9:28-36 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 1988
Today we celebrate one of the most neglected passages in the Bible.
The Hinge of History -- Luke 3:1-6 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Henry Ford said that history is bunk; but history has gotten its revenge on the pioneer auto maker.
The Divine Opportunity -- Luke 3:10-18 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Opportunity comes with so many different faces that we often don't recognize it.
Christmas and the New Family -- John 1.1-14 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1988
When Wilbur and Orville Wright completed their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec
Return to the New -- Luke 2:21 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- 1988
The shepherds in the Christmas story appeal to our sentiment, but the wise men appeal to our imagina
Epiphany: Glory Beyond Our Expecting -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 1988
Several years ago a relatively unknown basketball team from the University of Arkansas at Little Roc
Epiphany: A Faith to Work Miracles -- John 2:1-11 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1988
I consider it divine good fortune that we have a Scripture lesson so early in the year which encoura
Epiphany: The Joy of Fulfillment -- Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1988
I've read some books where it seemed the author had no purpose in writing.
Songs of the Season -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
No season of the year sings as well as Christmas.
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