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To Be Continued -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
Here is a remarkable story from World War II.
Forsaking All Others -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1999
Can you see the young boys running through the city of Jerusalem yelling, "Blow the trumpets!" and
Till Death Do Us -- Unite -- Isaiah 25:6-9 or Acts 10:34-43 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Easter Day - B -- 1999
Pastor: Christ is risen!People: He is risen, indeed!
Open Grave, Open Hearts -- Acts 4:32-35 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
As the Cadillac owner walked to his car, he saw a boy about ten years old staring intently through t
What Are You Looking At? -- Acts 3:12-19 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Third Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
We are living in the days of the apostles again.
No Apology -- Acts 4:5-12 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
Sometimes it just takes boldness!
Hear, Hear -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
A woman went to see a divorce lawyer.
Decisions, Decisions -- Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
Think of how many decisions you make in a day:
Held In His Arms -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Good Friday - B -- 1999
Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for collec
Arc Of The Covenant -- Genesis 9:8-17 -- Paul W. Kummer -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 1999
James Gilmour was a missionary to Mongolia and was asked to treat some wounded soldiers.
A New Name -- Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1999
What names did people call you as you were growing up?
Our Jealous Husband -- Exodus 20:1-17 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 1999
These are Ten Commandments that little children know to be true:
Just What The Doctor Ordered -- Numbers 21:4-9 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1999
A wealthy entrepreneur was consternated to find a fisherman sitting lazily beside his boat.
Something Old, Something New -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1999
It's amazing how fast things change.
Shameless Passion -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Paul W. Kummer -- Passion Sunday - B -- 1999
Today is Palm Sunday.
To Have And To Hold (Your Tongue) -- Acts 10:44-48 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1999
There once was a Roman Catholic priest, an Episcopalian rector, a Presbyterian minister, and a Luthe
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