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Robert Frost, in a poem... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - C
Robert Frost, in a poem, speaks about the reasons God might have created humans.
Obtaining more and more of... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - C
Obtaining more and more of that which is supposed to make us feel secure often only increases our in
I give when I go... -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Ash Wednesday - C
"I give when I go!" That is the response too many church members make to a stewardship caller who is
A while back I read... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a -- Ash Wednesday - C
A while back I read a news account of a government worker who called for the demise of the position
Once we meet Jesus, we... -- Ash Wednesday - C
Once we meet Jesus, we become his ambassadors.
Bobby was invited to accompany... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 -- Ash Wednesday - C
Bobby was invited to accompany a schoolmate and his friend's father to a major league ball game.
Ash Wednesday is an important... -- Matthew 6:1-16, 16-18 -- Ash Wednesday - C
Ash Wednesday is an important red-letter day in the life of the church.
I don't know which came... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 -- Ash Wednesday - C
I don't know which came first, the chicken or the egg, but in this case it really doesn't mat
Merle Allison Johnson has told... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 -- Ash Wednesday - C
Merle Allison Johnson has told, in one of his books, about a ministers' coffee group, whose conversa
Rend your hearts and not... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-19 -- Ash Wednesday - C
"Rend your hearts and not your garments." The prophet calls for genuine, demonstrable repentance.
A Christian counselor was working... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-19 -- Ash Wednesday - C
A Christian counselor was working with a husband and wife who were having trouble.
All three readings today --but... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-19 -- Ash Wednesday - C
All three readings today --but especially the first reading in Joel --suggest that there are appropr
It's an old truism that... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-19 -- Ash Wednesday - C
It's an old truism that you get out of something only what you put into it.
God says to us, now... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - C
God says to us, "now is the acceptable time," and "now is the day of salvation." In a limited sense,
The ancient writer, Theophrastus, reminded... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - C
The ancient writer, Theophrastus, reminded the world 300 years before the birth of Jesus: "Time is t
X marks the... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - C
"X marks the spot." This saying may have come from old treasure maps --a crudely marked X ind
God continues to work in... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - C
God continues to work in surprising ways in the world.
In the ghetto of one... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - C
In the ghetto of one of our most economically depressed cities, an anonymous donor recently gave a g
We have it on good... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - C
We have it on good authority --from Jesus --that we will have our hearts where our riches are.
Doris is one of those... -- Matthew 6:1-8; 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - C
Doris is one of those people to whom this pastor feels very indebted.
A man was hired to... -- Joel 2:12-19 -- Ash Wednesday - C
A man was hired to paint a church.
The knight, in King Arthur's... -- Joel 2:12-19 -- Ash Wednesday - C
The knight, in King Arthur's day, when fully dressed, needed a strong, large horse to bear the weigh
The call to repentance is... -- Joel 2:12-19 -- Ash Wednesday - C
The call to repentance is hard to hear.
A member of the Episcopal... -- Joel 2:12-19 -- Ash Wednesday - C
A member of the Episcopal Church approached her priest and said, " Father, my dog died this morning
In 1990 Bill Moyer produced... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 (3-10) -- Ash Wednesday - C
In 1990 Bill Moyer produced a documentary on public television titled "Amazing Grace." Based upon th

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