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The First Marriage -- Genesis 2:18-24 -- James Mckarns, Anthology -- 1994
In the midst of a strange and beautiful world, the first man stood in awe, looking about at the new
To The Father's House -- 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10, John 14:1-6 -- James Mckarns, Anthology -- 1994
The first scripture reading we heard today was written by Paul and sent, in the form of a letter, to

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Stone Drunk And Naked -- Genesis 9 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The gallon wine jug was lying uncorked, on its side, drained dry by the bleary-eyed sailor stretched
Good-bye, Hagar -- Genesis 16-21 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
"Send that Egyptian woman and her boy from my sight," Sarah demanded of her husband, Abraham.
The Saga Of Sodom -- Genesis 19 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
Abraham's favorite nephew was Lot, the son of his brother, Haran, who had died at an early age, leav
Right Bed, Wrong Woman -- Genesis 29 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The first glimmer of the softly breaking dawn peeked through the partially opened cottage window and
The Low Blow -- Genesis 34 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
"Get your filthy hands off me, you ugly creep!" She kicked frantically and flailed her delicate arms
The Smart Ass -- Numbers 22 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
Nestled in the foothills of the Abarim Mountains, on the eastern side of the Dead Sea, there lived a
Caught With His Pants Down -- 1 Samuel 24 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The day King Saul granted young David permission to battle Goliath, David's popularity skyrocketed,
The Witch's Seance -- 1 Samuel 28 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
King Saul and three of his most trusted army officers finally reached the little mountain village of
Oh, Susanna! -- Daniel 13 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The Babylonians stormed the ancient city of Jerusalem in the year 587 BC and destroyed it.
Watch Out For The Birds -- Tobit 1-12 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
He sat on a wobbly stool outside his small frame house, staring absentmindedly at the dusty road.
Dressed To Kill -- Judith 12-13 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The small community of Bethulia had forgotten how truly beautiful Judith was.
The "Big E" Does It All -- 1 Maccabees 6 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
Eleazar, totally caught up in the unrelenting fury and maddening violence, was fighting with reckles
No Dogs Allowed -- Matthew 15 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
One day, Jesus and the faithful twelve decided they needed a few days of rest and a change of scener
Sleeping Through The Sermon -- Acts 20 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
"Eutychus, you get in the house this very moment!" his spirited mother impatiently shouted to the el
A Change Of Venue -- Acts 23 -- James Mckarns -- 2009
The apostle Paul traveled thousands of miles on land and sea, preaching the message of Jesus, establ
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Sam was the envy of all his friends. His dad was a farmer, so he drove a tractor. On rare occasions Sam was allowed to sit in the tractor cab and even help drive.

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The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ.
-- Mark 1:1a

The four gospels each have very different ways of introducing the story about Jesus. Matthew begins his gospel with a long genealogy, tracing Jesus' lineage -- "son of David, son of Abraham" (Matthew 1:1-16) from the time of Abraham through fourteen generations, through the line of Mary's husband, Joseph, all the way to Jesus.

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