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Let me share with you... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Let me share with you a phone call a pastor received from a young lady who wanted to get married.
Joachim Jeremias in his valuable... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Joachim Jeremias in his valuable book, Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus, told of the ostentation of th
In our little Free Methodist... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
In our little Free Methodist Church, long ago, Brother Parker was always the last to speak during t
Grace is counter-cultural. It... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Grace is counter-cultural. It was in Jesus' day; it is in our day.
It was a simple handshake... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
It was a simple handshake, but it was filled with so much meaning that millions of people watched v
It is both an honor... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
It is both an honor and challenge to serve as an ambassador, to represent a nation, an organization,
Shakespeare said, Repentance is the... -- Joel 2:12-18 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Shakespeare said, "Repentance is the heart's sorrow, and a clear life ensuing." American psycholo
John Newton, the writer of... -- Joel 2:12-18 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
John Newton, the writer of the favorite hymn, "Amazing Grace," was the son of a devout mother and a
In the movie, Flatliners, a... -- Joel 2:12-18 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
In the movie, Flatliners, a group of young medical students each in turn experiences an induced near
You would probably be hard... -- Joel 2:12-18 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
You would probably be hard pressed to name five products in your home that do not have warning label
In Washington, D.C., as in... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
In Washington, D.C., as in every capital city in the world, there are embassies representative of th
Dostoevski in his book, The... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
Dostoevski in his book, The Brothers Karamazov, presents the despicable Grand Inquisitor.
There is something unappealing about... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
There is something unappealing about the idea of repentance.
Blow the trumpet in Zion... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
"Blow the trumpet in Zion! Sound the alarm!" Repent; it's turn around time.
Recently a certain phone company... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
Recently a certain phone company aimed a major advertising campaign at its former customers who had
A leaded crystal bowl is... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
A leaded crystal bowl is a treasure to behold. The problem, of course, is repair.
At the heart of this... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
At the heart of this Scripture is the principle of humility.
Worship should be more than... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21<br> -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
"Worship should be more than a nod-to-God exercise."
A boy stopped with interest... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
A boy stopped with interest before the bronze plaque in the vestibule of a big downtown church.
The Baltimore Sun once carried... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
The Baltimore Sun once carried an editorial about a president-elect.
Little kids are good at... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
Little kids are good at "wheedling." That's when a kid uses one parent to get something from another
2 Corinthians 6:2 refers to... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
2 Corinthians 6:2 refers to not wasting God's grace.

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In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” (vv. 14-16)

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At the beginning of his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, John Milton articulates a part of his task in writing as to “justify the ways of God to men.”1 That may be an ongoing task for us. Fallen humanity is like a perpetual adolescent, always questioning and challenging (and disobeying) the parent. And so there is a continual need for the ways of God to be explained and justified to human beings.
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Exodus 20:1-17
None of us are thieves. And so the commandment forbidding stealing does not condemn us! Oh, but it does if you have ever tried to cut a smart business deal, suckered someone to get them to buy your product, or failed to help those in need. Jonathan Edwards explained it this way in his exposition of dishonesty and theft:

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Janice B. Scott
There once was a report in "The Sunday Times" about the claims of Francis Crick to have located "the cells of our soul." Fifty years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson won a Nobel prize for their discovery of the DNA double helix, which has been responsible for huge leaps forward in health care and criminal detection.

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Elaine M. Ward
It was a new church for Sam. It was his grandmother's church, and because Sam loved his grandmother, he sat on the edge of the pew and tried hard to listen. "Are you saved?" the preacher asked from the pulpit far away. Sam remembered when he had saved pennies for a new plant for Mother on Mother's Day. "Maybe Mother saved pennies for me," Sam thought. The preacher continued, "Will you give your heart to Jesus?" Sam wondered where his heart was. But if Jesus needed Sam's heart he would be glad to give it.
Elizabeth Achtemeier
In this season of Lent, we are Sunday by Sunday approaching the foot of that executioner's cross on Golgotha. And I think that sometimes we wonder why it is necessary for us to make that journey. After all, it does not have a pleasant destination. To be sure, human beings often have a morbid curiosity about disasters. We flock to the site of an auto wreck, thereby holding up the traffic with our rubber--necking. Winston Churchill told of the time when a woman remarked on the crowd that had gathered to hear him speak.
Nancy Kraft
There are some people who have the gift of persuasion. If you've ever seen the Music Man, it's a gift that Professor Hill had as he sold musical instruments to all the kids in town by convincing everyone that they could make beautiful music by just thinking the notes. He was what you'd call a smooth talker, which is a valuable skill for a salesperson. There are also other professions where it helps to have strong verbal skills that can be used for persuasion. Take politicians, for example. Bill Clinton was known as a smooth talker.
David T. Ball
Jesus in the temple -- oh, didn't he show those money-changers who were desecrating the temple grounds with their money-grubbing business? Not to mention the mess that all the livestock were making! Out! Out! Out! He cleared them all out, those traders in things that didn't belong in God's house. And he had every right to do it, we tend to think. Serves them right, despoiling sacred space with their commerce -- profiting off of the desire of the faithful to do something pleasing to God. Exploitation. Good riddance!

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