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Weddings are joyous times as... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
Weddings are joyous times as family and friends gather to celebrate. In addition to family
Every conscientious host dreads it... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
Every conscientious host dreads it happening. What could be worse than running out of
The musical West Side... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
The musical West Side Story is one of the classics of the American musical theater.
Clifton Fadiman reports in Anecdotes... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
Clifton Fadiman reports in Anecdotes how Frank Costello, racketeer, amazed people with his ability t
One Sunday morning a little... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
One Sunday morning a little boy commented, "I like it when we have bread and medicine at church." Af
When I was growing up... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
When I was growing up, my mother made bread once a week. Bread day was a day of great expectation.
In one of Aesop's fables... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
In one of Aesop's fables, the mighty lion, king of beasts, learns the value of the variety of gifts
Paul speaks of the dependence... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
Paul speaks of the dependence of the multiplicity of spiritual gifts and their dependence on the one
Normally I love teaching Confirmation... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
Normally I love teaching Confirmation class.
One of the most successful... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
One of the most successful executives of the last century was Sam Walton.
Frederick Speakman had the following... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
Frederick Speakman had the following incident related to him by the chaplain of the University of Ed
There are many navigation dams... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
There are many navigation dams on the Mississippi which the Army Corps of Engineers has built in an
Promise Keepers was a grassroots... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
Promise Keepers was a grassroots effort started by Colorado University football coach Bill McCartney
Alcoholism tends to run in... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
Alcoholism tends to run in some families.
A couple appeared before the... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
A couple appeared before the judge. In a few minutes, he would legalize their divorce.
A congregation in a small... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
A congregation in a small town was proud of its youth group and the spiritual progress of many of th
In the mid-1980s, Billy... -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
In the mid-1980s, Billy Graham addressed an energetic group of young people considering missions.
As any pastor knows, things... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
As any pastor knows, things can go wrong at weddings, especially when too much alcohol is involved.
One of the most magnificent... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
One of the most magnificent paintings of a miracle performed by Christ hangs in the Louvre in Paris.
The indwelling of the Holy... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit within believers, with the bestowing of spiritual gifts, has promp
Every week at our church... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
Every week at our church we devote a portion of our service to the wee ones in our congregation.
There is an old I... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
There is an old Peanuts cartoon where the children are all lying on a grassy hillside looking
The church is utterly dependent... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
The church is utterly dependent on the gifts and the working of the Holy Spirit.
The changing of the water... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
The changing of the water into the wine is a wonderful miracle.
One of the landmarks in... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
One of the landmarks in London is a life-size statue of Lord Nelson, who was a hero of the British n

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The Marriage Covenant -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Britney Spears can now claim the shortest marriage on record.
Gifts, Gifts, Gifts? -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Once Christmas is over, internet auction companies start to do quite a lot of business, as c
Do You Want Water Or Wine? -- John 2:1-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
One of the best things about a wedding is that the whole family meets together under really happ

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John Jamison
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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David Kalas
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:

The Village Shepherd

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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