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Why Earthly Powers Need No Longer Enslave -- Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 -- Mark Ellingson -- All Saints Day - C -- 2000
This is a story written for people who had been or were about to be persecuted, if not enslaved.
Salvation Includes Social Justice -- Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Mark Ellingson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2000
On this last Sunday of the Church Year (we call it Christ the King Sunday) our attention is directed
Even Our Business Belongs To God! -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2000
The weekend is shot (almost).
When Life Gets Hard, Christian, Rebel! -- Lamentations 1:1-6 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2000
Jerusalem, the great capital, was in ruins. The Babylonians were in control.
In, But Not Of The World: A Spiritually Enriching, Liberating Experience -- Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2000
"What's important to me in my walk of faith is my relationship with God. Next comes my family.
Your Sins Are Remembered No More; You're Free! -- Jeremiah 31:27-34 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2000
Have you ever felt weighed down by your sins and shortcomings?
A Fresh Start! -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2000
Have you ever felt that you were absolutely at the end of your rope, left without hope?
Life's Not Always Fair: But God Will Straighten It Out! -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2000
Those of us who are old enough and socially concerned enough recall the 1960s with fondness.
Living Free -- Haggai 1:15b--2:9 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2000
Why are things not better in America?
A Vision Of Freedom -- Isaiah 65:17-25 -- Mark Ellingson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2000
Freedom is such a lovely word, a compelling image. What is freedom? How would you define it?
God's Gifts Are Free: Enjoy! -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Mark Ellingson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
Thanksgiving: How do we say thanks authentically and not lapse into the platitudes so often associat
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Proper 27 - OT 32 - Pentecost 22
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These scriptures remind us that a life worth living must be worthwhile. Meaning and purpose is found in what we do. Part of the new world envisioned in these scriptures includes the ways what we do gives us a sense of self-worth and value. This is true for us as Christians and as the church. We are saved by our faith in Jesus, not by our works, but our work in Christ is its own reward.

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Luke 21:5-19

“Repent for the end is near!” the wild looking man thrust a pamphlet into Vera’s hands. He then moved back to the edge of the sidewalk. “Stop wasting your time!”


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“Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am He!’” (v. 8a)

Hello children,

It is fun and exciting to see you today. I hope you are happy to be here. I have a special message to share with you from the Bible and particularly Jesus’ words.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Trevor was in trouble again. He had never been in trouble in year six, but now he was in year seven, everything had changed.

It seemed to start with the new school. Trevor had arrived on the first day proud and smart in his new school uniform, but one of the teachers had shouted at him for having his blazer unbuttoned. Trevor had stared in amazement, his mouth open. He couldn't believe anyone could be so stupid as to care whether or not he wore his blazer undone.

"Do your blazer up boy, don't stand there looking like a half-wit," the teacher had snarled.


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This text forms the last portion of the long judgment-salvation oracle that is contained in Isaiah 65. It comes from Israel's post-exilic period, when for the first time in the Old Testament, the Lord divides his covenant people into two groups, those who will be judged and those who will be saved. The difference between them is that one group has depended on the Lord for its life, while the other has not and has deliberately turned away from its Lord (cf. 65:1, 11-12). Trust, faith marks the way by which God's saving acts will be received.

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