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The Paradox Of Death -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Richard E. Gribble -- Passion Sunday - B
The motion picture Patton, produced in 1970, won eight academy awards, including one for George C.
Obedience To God's Plan -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B
In a vast field that stretched as far as the eye could see, a great multitude of people milled about
Look Inside And Discover Life -- Numbers 21:4-9 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B
Oscar Wilde's short novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, written in the early part of the twentieth ce
Follow The Signs To God And Eternal Life -- Exodus 20:1-17 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Third Sunday in Lent - B
"Red, right, returning." "Even red nuns have odd black cans." To the mariner entering harbor from se
The Challenge Of God Brings Hope -- Genesis 9:8-17 -- Richard E. Gribble -- First Sunday in Lent - B
Carlo Rienzi, an attorney with no prior mission or court case, had never been tested.
Death Leads To Life -- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Good Friday - B
Long ago on a high mountaintop three trees were speaking about their future dreams.
It's Never Mission Impossible -- Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B
Many years ago one of the most popular shows on weekly television was Mission Impossible.
Transforming Our Mind To Christ -- Acts 8:26-40 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - B
Sir Launfal, a knight errant, methodically checked his list for the third time.
Resurrection Faith: Our Source For Accomplishment -- Acts 4:5-12 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B
Joshua and the Children, by Joseph Girzone, the second in a multi-volume series that describes the l
Teammates In The Cause Of The Lord -- Acts 4:32-3 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
"Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again.
Negotiating The Trials Of Life -- Acts 3:12-19 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Third Sunday of Easter - B
"In the seventh year of his reign, two days before his sixty-fifth birthday, in the presence of a fu
Jesus Brings Us To New Life -- Isaiah 25:6-9 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Easter Day - B
Pastor David Johnson was all prepared, he thought, for his Easter sermon.
Preparing For Our Homecoming -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Ash Wednesday - B
The idea of going home is experienced by various people in different ways, depending on circumstance
Witnesses To The Whole World -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Ascension of the Lord - B
A woman involved in a weekly Bible study made a significant discovery quite accidentally in her base
Have We Kept Our Contract With God? -- Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
One day a man went to his son's room and knocked on the door: "John, wake up, it is time for you to
Conversion To Impartiality -- Acts 10:44-48 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory.

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Conversion To Impartiality -- Acts 10:44-48 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory.
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They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
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When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!


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Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
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We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
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Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."


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“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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