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Last month, Libby received a... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
Last month, Libby received a Christmas card from an older woman living in remote
Everyone knows the need to... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
Everyone knows the need to be prepared for emergencies. When such emergencies are
Who is Jesus? We learn... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
Who is Jesus? We learn a lot of Jesus' identity from what goes on here: He is "The Lamb
John the Baptist excelled in... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
John the Baptist excelled in two qualities that I lack, but want. First, John unflinchingly
God truly works in mysterious... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
God truly works in mysterious ways to call his servants. When Robert Moffat, the famous
Pastor Bill was struggling. His... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
Pastor Bill was struggling.
Before accepting my last call... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
Before accepting my last call, I had been an active member in a large community choir.
Here's an odd example of... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
Here's an odd example of grace:
St. Anselm described himself as... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
St. Anselm described himself as someone with faith seeking understanding.
A woman named Elizabeth was... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
A woman named Elizabeth was hospitalized for surgery, and was placed in a room with another patient.
When early Christian theologians used... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
When early Christian theologians used the image of a sacrificial lamb, such as was slaughtered at th
Maryanne Johns walked past a... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
Maryanne Johns walked past a church every day on her way to work.
A woman who greatly feared... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
A woman who greatly feared the water was so afraid that she would not accompany her husband on his b
I was invited to be... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
I was invited to be a part of a pastor's discovery weekend.
Leo Braudy, English professor at... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
Leo Braudy, English professor at the University of Southern California, comments: "I think we as an
A clergy colleague begins each... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
A clergy colleague begins each worship service with the words "Grace and peace to you from God our c
God is faithful, Paul reminds... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
God is faithful, Paul reminds us at the end of this passage.
In verse 29 John declares... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
In verse 29 John declares that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
They called her name. A... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
They called her name.
Carol, a nurse in a... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
Carol, a nurse in a large hospital, was on her lunch break.
For centuries prior to the... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
For centuries prior to the publication of the Encyclope'die in 1751, people believed in the
A college student was praying... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1996
A college student was praying in his room when one of his fellow students walked in.
One of the most misunderstood... -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1996
One of the most misunderstood words in the English language is the word saint.
Alex Longo was a first... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1996
Alex Longo was a first-grader in New Jersey.
Come and see. It's an... -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1996
"Come and see." It's an open house.

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What Kind Of Light? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
What Kind Of Light?Isaiah 49:1-7 By George Murphy

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Weakness Or Strength? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
The latest film version of "Tom Brown's Schooldays" was shown on television recently.
The Lamb Of God -- John 1:29-42 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
The Churches' Advertising Network nearly always comes under fire.
Friends For Christ -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
Over recent years there's been a sea change in the perception of how people come to Christianity

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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
Ron Love
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For August 16, 2020:
  • An Outsider’s Determined Push by Chris Keating — Jesus’ retort to the Syro-Phoenician woman catches us off guard, but will lead us to understand the depth of her great faith.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
I love Thanksgiving. I cherish the traditions, I love the quality of family reunion, and I enjoy the food. I have hundreds of fond memories of Thanksgiving holidays past, and I look forward to the Thanksgiving that is a few months away.

But it is a few months away. I may be looking forward to it, but that doesn’t mean that I am doing any grocery shopping for it yet. We all recognize that it would be premature for us to put the turkey in the oven this weekend in preparation for November’s Thanksgiving celebration.
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Genesis 45:1-5
This is a lesson about forgiveness. Martin Luther reminds us how Joseph’s forgiving actions were functions of God’s grace:

Therefore the Holy Spirit and grace are a medicine, so to speak, for nature – a medicine by which what had been ruined or destroyed in the original corruption through sin is set to right and restored. (Luther’s Works, Vol.8, p.16)

Elsewhere he makes the point in another, related way:

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David O. Bales
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“Howling Good News For Some” by David O. Bales
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Howling Good News For Some
by David O. Bales
Genesis 45:1-15  

“Calm down. Calm down. I know what’s going on,” the chief steward said. Beside him a handful of Joseph’s Egyptian servants stood outside the royal complex looking around nervously. Joseph, already acting strange this morning, without explanation had swept his arms toward his servants and shouted, “Everyone out. Everyone out.”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
In today's gospel reading, Jesus seemed reluctant to heal the Canaanite woman's daughter. He told her that he wasn't sent to help foreigners, but only his own people, the Chosen Race. The words sound unnecessarily harsh, but perhaps this is an interpretation unique to Matthew, for this story only appears in Matthew's gospel, which was written for Jews.

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Wayne Brouwer
As a seminary intern in St. Louis, Missouri, I was part of a Jewish-Christian Dialogue group. We were seeking to understand one another's traditions, work together for the good of our neighborhoods, and promote tolerance and respect in society. I had been invited into the group by a member of the church at which I was serving. She grew up Jewish, and in recent years had, in her words, "completed my faith" by gaining an understanding that Jesus is the Messiah foretold by the prophets of Israel.

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Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to eat? (let them answer) What is your favorite food? (let them answer) Do you know what a bird eats? (let them answer) Very good. They eat bugs, all kinds of bugs. Today, I brought with me this jar of bugs. They are pretty colorful, and in some ways they look almost good enough to eat. Have you ever eaten a bug? (let them answer) I wonder what a bug tastes like? Is there anyone here who is hungry enough to eat a bug? (let them answer)

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