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In the ancient world, it... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
In the ancient world, it was an amazing sight to see the great monuments erected.
Louisa May Alcott, author of... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, wrote a poem titled, "My Kingdom." It contains these line
Years ago a letter appeared... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
Years ago a letter appeared in Dear Abby written by a young lady who was having family problems.
A certain pastor had a... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
A certain pastor had a problem. There were two rival factions on his church council.
A computer programmer at Carnegie... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
A computer programmer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has come up with an alternative fo
She had found a job... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
She had found a job, and she certainly needed one!
Blockbuster author and movie director... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
Blockbuster author and movie director Michael Crichton, believe it or not, was in medical school wel
One day a hostess at... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
One day a hostess at a restaurant asked what I considered then a strange question.
Maribeth was used to being... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
Maribeth was used to being correct.
Technology makes it possible for... -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Technology makes it possible for us not to have to deal face-to-face with each other, but sometimes
In Our Lady of... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
In Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Zisner Hampton, we are told that "Searching too hard for
There is a story that... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
There is a story that preachers like to tell about a church down south where a disagreement in the c
Sarah arrived on the pastor's... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Sarah arrived on the pastor's doorstep in the middle of the night.
We've all had the experience... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
We've all had the experience of sitting in a darkened theater. Nothing seems quite so dark.
At a Christian preschool, three... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
At a Christian preschool, three- and four-year-olds fill the church three mornings a week.
A pastor in Ohio shared... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
A pastor in Ohio shared this story:
At a Boy Scout Troop... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
At a Boy Scout Troop meeting the scouts held elections.
Church members know how challenging... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Church members know how challenging it can be to live up to Paul's admonition, "let there be no disa
The call to follow Jesus... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
The call to follow Jesus comes to various people in various ways.
Jesus called; Simon and Andrew... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Jesus called; Simon and Andrew responded.
Joanne was taking Vioxx. It... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Joanne was taking Vioxx. It was making her feel better than she had for years.
Weekly the neighborhood kids would... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Weekly the neighborhood kids would get together for a hike.

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The Art And Sacrifice Of Unity -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Chris Ewing -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
"Why can't we all just get along?" This is one of the oldest pleas in the human -- and Christi

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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.”

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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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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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