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Paul warned the people at... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Paul warned the people at Corinth and Galatia not to devour each other. That can be a
A man named Augustine, walking... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
A man named Augustine, walking through a slave market in ancient Rome, saw a group
Imagine that you are going... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Imagine that you are going fishing. You put on your waders, fill your pail with bait, get
It has been said that... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
It has been said that hotel restaurants are lonely places late at night. Business people
A story from high school... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
A story from high school: When Brian returned for his sophomore year, he was bigger
The prehistoric passage tomb of... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
The prehistoric passage tomb of Newgrange, in Ireland, is a mysterious and fascinating
As I stood in the... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
As I stood in the underground tunnel connecting the terminals at the Detroit airport, a
Lauren recalls her freshman English... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Lauren recalls her freshman English literature class. It was the first time she heard the
Julie grew up in a... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Julie grew up in a large city; she didn't really know about darkness. David grew up on the
Charles Ferrell, a retired pastor... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
Charles Ferrell, a retired pastor, writes of his youth:
Don't answer that! the teenager... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
"Don't answer that!" the teenager yelled as she scrambled to where the phone was ringing.
Technology makes it possible for... -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
Technology makes it possible for us not to have to deal face-to-face with each other, but sometimes
Another conflict situation! thought Glenn... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
"Another conflict situation!" thought Glenn. "That's all I seem to work on these days."
As a teenager I had... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
As a teenager I had several operations that together forced me to take three months away from school
There was a wonderful church... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
There was a wonderful church, on fire for the Lord, spiritually strengthened by revival services and
Humorist Lewis Grizzard recalls a... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
Humorist Lewis Grizzard recalls a dispute in a church in his hometown of Moreland, Georgia.
Repentance means to turn around... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
Repentance means to turn around.
The Master had taught his... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
The Master had taught his disciples to dance and said, "Follow me." Immediately they left their depr
My friend pastors in a... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
My friend pastors in a mainline denomination.
I love humankind! It's people... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
"I love humankind!
Christ offers us a unity... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
Christ offers us a unity of spirit that is crucial to our well-being.
Whenever you are close to... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
Whenever you are close to the ocean, it isn't very hard to find a listing of high tide and low tide.
The following story was told... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
The following story was told as part of a Palliative Care Volunteer Training Course.
Six job-seekers in Lyon... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
Six job-seekers in Lyon, France, where unemployment reached 12.7 percent (a post-World War II high),
Drugs, gang shootings, and teenage... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
Drugs, gang shootings, and teenage sex are as common as the absence of food on the table for most me

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From Darkness To Light -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
The British weather is renowned for its diversity and therefore is always a good conversation starte
Follow My Leader? -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
There are always difficulties in Christian ministry, at whichever level you're involved in it, f

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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.

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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.
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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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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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