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Shaped by the Future -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
For our children, Christmas is in the distant future; for adults, Christmas is just over the fence.
Responding to What We Hear and see -- Matthew 11:2-12 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
In the semantics of the church, doubt has been a negative word.
Away with the Stable -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1989
If we could change some of our images of the Christmas story, it would mean more to us.
When God's Mind is Spoken -- John 1:1-18 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1989
I went to see him at the hospital where he was recuperating from a scary illness.
Submission -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 1989
Pete Maravich and Lily Laskin had something in common aside from the fact that they both died one da
The Called Ones -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1989
The Gospel lesson for today makes me want to fuss at Jesus.
Salt and Light -- Matthew 5:13-16 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1989
It's not easy to listen to Jesus tell us who we are and what we are to be in the world.
The Primacy of Human ReIationships -- Matthew 5:27-37 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1989
People being properly related to one another was important to Jesus.
Fog-Clearing Moments -- Matthew 7:1-13 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1989
Remember that fog we had last November? I had to venture into it early that Sunday morning.
Love Transcending Law and Custom -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
Joseph was in a bind! Mary, his betrothed, had become pregnant.
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Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

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Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
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