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In the movie Dances... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1998
In the movie Dances With Wolves Lieutenant John Dunbar experienced firsthand what it meant to
Great success stories often involve... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1998
Great success stories often involve a radical contrast between the "before and after" states.
On a trip to Alaska... -- Luke 21:10-19 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1998
On a trip to Alaska, Andrew Rogness says, "We talked with many people, especially one I'll never for
A test was conducted at... -- Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
A test was conducted at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Rosa Parks sat on the... -- Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
Rosa Parks sat on the only available seat when she entered the bus.
The declaration of Jesus that... -- Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
The declaration of Jesus that he had come to set the prisoners free would be welcome news to most of
Garry Wills developed a study... -- Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
Garry Wills developed a study of the colorful and influential Kennedy family titled The Kennedy Impr
The prophet has a positive... -- Isaiah 61:1-6 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
The prophet has a positive message for negative times for the nation of Israel.
The changes in South Africa... -- Isaiah 61:1-6 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
The changes in South Africa in the past four years have been nothing short of revolutionary.
A husband is seen at... -- Isaiah 61:1-6 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
A husband is seen at the gift counter of a department store, buying a ballpoint pen.
Popular among young ministries and... -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
Popular among young ministries and outdoor ministries as well as in corporate and educational settin
At Camp Ahus in Sweden... -- Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
At Camp Ahus in Sweden, a group of physically challenged, confirmation-age young people are mentored
The great Peter Marshall's Keeper... -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
The great Peter Marshall's Keeper of the Springs tells the story of a small town that decided it no
Sitting at the edge of... -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
Sitting at the edge of the rickety porch haphazardly attached to Mr.
The lumber truck backed into... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
The lumber truck backed into the doorway. Then the driver came to the door.
Most people are familiar with... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
Most people are familiar with the tale of the British ship, Bounty, and of its mutineers, Fletcher C
The mother began to straighten... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
The mother began to straighten her daughter's bedroom.
When I was a boy... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
When I was a boy in the 1950s, most of the calendars in our home had holidays printed in red, causin
Each of us have known... -- Isaiah 61:1-6 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
Each of us have known them in our past and know them in our present, those we might call oaks of rig
Can you identify with the... -- Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Can you identify with the people who began to cry when they heard what the law required?
The new policy manual had... -- Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
The new policy manual had just been distributed to all the employees one week earlier.
Today's high school is a... -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Today's high school is a fascinating entity.
Can you imagine? The entire... -- Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Can you imagine?
The people of Israel were... -- Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
The people of Israel were hearing the Word of God for what seemed like the first time.

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Interconnected And Interdependent For Good Or Ill -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Carter Shelley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

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Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
For January 23, 2022:
  • Coach Comes Calling by Dean Feldmeyer — In today’s Epistle lesson, when Paul speaks of gifts that are given to us by God, nowhere does he mention the word “privilege.”
  • Second Thoughts: A Healthy Body by Tom Willadsen — Imagine the whole church being able to act in coordination, as a healthy body, because everyone recognizes the collective, communal health depends on the responsible choices individuals make.

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David Kalas
I’ve attended a lot of NFL games over the years. I lived in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s, when the Browns were often fielding an exciting and competitive team. And now, for the past decade, I have been living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Packers have enjoyed a lot of winning seasons. And so, I’ve been fortunate to watch a lot of good football in person.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
In a comment which explains a lot of what is happening in contemporary America, the Greek philosopher Aristotle observed, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Mahatma Gandhi is said to have observed that “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Singer-songwriter Bono observed in a comment in accord with a Christian reading of this lesson (esp.vv.9-10): “To me a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor... it’s nothing.” The initiator of black theology James Cone made a similar comment: 

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Peter Andrew Smith
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands. “If you tell me as the senior minister that I need to wait to hold the session until later in the week, then that is what we’ll do.”

Pastor Luke frowned. “Jack told me you were adamant that you had to start on Tuesday night --otherwise nothing would work properly.”

“Well.” Carl rubbed his neck. “It would make things easier if we didn’t have to delay. I mean, we have the promotional material all done up for the rally and we are talking to speakers.”

“Yet it is not impossible for you to move to a different date?”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
When Jesus chose that particular passage from Isaiah, he went to the heart of his gospel - an option for the poor. But the existence of large numbers of poor keep comfortable people comfortable, so he was immediately marked out as a dangerous person with dangerous ideas. And he was eventually executed for his beliefs.

Today's story is about Oscar Romero, who suffered a similar fate when he too chose an option for the poor.

The Christian gospel is a dangerous gospel when it's truth is really heard.

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Stephen P. McCutchan
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
-- Psalm 19:14

Richard A. Jensen
It was to be "Spiritual Gift" Sunday in Corinth of old. After all it was no lesser an authority than Paul himself who had said of these people that they were, "... not lacking in any spiritual gift" (1 Corinthians 1:7). Not lacking indeed! They were abounding in spiritual gifts and once every year they gathered in their worship service to honor the greatest among them.
Mary S. Lautensleger
One of the more colorful eras of our country's past is the old Wild West. We can visualize cowboys chasing stagecoaches over rough, barren terrain, and sheriffs swaggering down dusty main streets. Towns sprang up virtually overnight around regions rich in natural resources such as lumber, borax, silver, and especially gold, the glitter that inflamed a continent.
Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III
Sweat swarmed and beaded the palms of his hands as his heart thumped and pulse escalated. Bulging eyes blinked rapidly as his face twitched. His brown, swollen hands rumbled nervously through the inside pocket of his urine-stained tweed overcoat. "I got to find a match," he said to himself. "I got to find a match." Again he jerked through every pocket of his pants, jacket, and shirt. Still no match.

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