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It Just Isn't fair -- Job 1:1, 2:1-10 -- John P. Rossing -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 1993
Job is a fascinating book.
Bugs -- Joel 2:21-27 -- John P. Rossing -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1993
The title of this Thanksgiving sermon is "Bugs." It's a sermon about bugs - in particular, about a b
Bold Talk Of Faith -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17 -- John P. Rossing -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1993
One of Gary Larson's The Far Side cartoons is called "God at his computer." It shows God with long w
'Because I'm God' -- Job 38:1-7 (34-41) -- John P. Rossing -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 1993
A mother is running errands, accompanied by her two small children.
Daring To Hope -- Job 42:1-6, 10-17 -- John P. Rossing -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 1993
Last time we checked in with Job, God had just dropped a bombshell.
A Faith, A Farm And A Family -- Ruth 1:1-18 -- John P. Rossing -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 1993
John Denver wrote a song 20 years ago about wanting to get away from the big city to a place in the
Hope For The Barren -- 1 Samuel 1:4-20 -- John P. Rossing -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B -- 1993
I heard recently about a couple who had tried for years to have a baby - gone to doctors, used all k
What Do We Hope for? -- Isaiah 25:6-9 -- John P. Rossing -- All Saints Day - B -- 1993
The theme that we hear over and over in these closing Sundays of the church year is hope.
The King And The Covenant -- 2 Samuel 23:1-7 -- John P. Rossing -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 1993
This is the last Sunday in the church year, and as typically happens at year's end, our attention is
God's Way Of Doing Things -- Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 -- John P. Rossing -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 1993
I know a couple who have on their wall a framed piece of needlework that someone gave them for a wed
The Only Way To Make Life Real -- John 15:12-17 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
August 13Florence Nightingale, 1910;Clara Maass, 1901; Renewers of Society
The Man Who Fell In Love With God -- Romans 13:11-14 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
August 28Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 430
The Language Of The Soul -- Psalm 98 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
July 28Johann Sebastian Bach, 1750;Heinrich Schutz, 1672;
Padre Of The Americas -- Matthew 28:16-20 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
July 17Bartolome de Las Casas, Missionary to the Indies, 1566
Christianity And Culture -- John 17:14-18 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
July 11Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, c. 540
"The Devil Was Overcome By Fools And Madmen" -- Romans 7:4-6 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
July 15Vladimir, First Christian Ruler of Russia, 1015Olga, Confessor, 969
God Changes Us And Uses Us -- Ruth 1:6-18, John 20:1-2, 11-18 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
July 22Saint Mary Magdalene
Unity and Particularity: Our Confession Of Faith -- Romans 3:21-28 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
June 25Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, 1530
The Cappadocian Fathers -- Colossians 2:1-7 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
June 14Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 379
Facts Complement Faith -- Psalm 8 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
May 24Nicolaus Copernicus, Teacher, 1542
Romance, Reform And Vision -- Luke 18:18-30 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
October 4Francis of Assisi, Renewer of the Church, 1226
Practicing The Christian Life -- 1 Peter 3:8-12 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
September 4Albert Schweitzer, Missionary to Africa, 1965
The Happy Dane -- Matthew 7:24-27 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
September 2Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig, Bishop,Renewer of the Church, 1872
God Comes To Us In The Lowly Things -- Luke 1:46b-55 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
August 15Mary, Mother of Our Lord
Citizens Of God's Kingdom -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- John P. Rossing -- 1992
All Saints' Day seems a proper day to conclude this series of commemorations of saints of the church
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