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Goliath's size and strength was...

Goliath's size and strength was enormous compared to a small shepherd boy. The head alone of Goliath's spear weighed 16 pounds. Most mauls for breaking up cement today are 8 or 12 pounds. Imagine trying to throw a spear whose head alone weighed 16 pounds. Compare this to the stones David selected from the creek bed. Each one may have weighed eight ounces at most. How much can be done with how little!

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
"Building in Love" by Peter Andrew Smith
"A Prophet Whether You Like it Or Not" by Frank Ramirez

Building in Love
by Peter Andrew Smith
1 Corinthians 8:1-13

John slammed the door and stormed into the kitchen. He threw his book bag into the corner and flopped down in a kitchen chair.  His grandmother looked up from her recipe box.

“Did you have a bad day at school?”

“The worst.” John folded his arms. “I hate school.”


Arley K. Fadness
“They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the Scribes.” (v. 22)

Good morning girls and boys,

I am so delighted to see you on this Lord's day. Because you are here I know the day is already a beautiful day.  We get to worship God. We get to learn about Jesus.

How many of you have teachers? At school? At church? At other places? (name places you know the children are involved such as dance lessons, sports, etc.)

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Mary Austin
Ron Love
George Reed
A big theme running through all of this week’s lectionary texts is that of “authority” -- God tells us that he will raise up prophets with authority to speak God’s words, and Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue is described as “astounding” because he “taught them as one having authority.” In this installment of The Immediate Word, team member Dean Feldmeyer examines what characteristics give us authority when we speak -- and notes that one of the traditional sources of authority in our culture, the news media, has lost much of the authority it once commanded.

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Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
God calls forward prophets. In Deuteronomy the prophets are Moses and Joshua, but today God is still calling forth prophets. Who are the prophets in our midst, those empowered by God to preach and proclaim the message of God? These prophets may come from unlikely places: women marching for freedom and equal rights; the Black Lives Matter movement; the peace movement; those spending their lives nurturing the lives of those living on the streets; those seeking veterans benefits or rights for the poor and infirm, the elderly and disenfranchised.
Mark Ellingsen
As Epiphany season pertains to living the Christian life, these lessons direct us to consider a particular aspect of what the faithful do or follow -- prophecy and our need for prophetic authority or the authority of Jesus to get through life. We are called to hear the voice of Jesus and his prophets and to live prophetically ourselves in the midst of all the chaos and injustice that surround us.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
I recently watched a televised tribute to Dame Judi Dench, who really is an outstanding actress. She'd been selected for a special BAFTA award, so it was a glittering occasion gathering in the great from around the world.


Harold H. Lentz
They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

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