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So often people find it... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1997
So often people find it entertaining to see a problem and to see it get worse.
What was his voice like... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
What was his voice like? Gentle? Commanding?
This story seems to be... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
This story seems to be filled with words like, astonished and amazed.
Not long ago, a farmer... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
Not long ago, a farmer was dreading his annual winter visit with his banker.
Many people in our society... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
Many people in our society have a fascination with evil spirits and the confusion and terror they ca
Occasionally you will find a... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
Occasionally you will find a race horse with blinders on.
If you avoid marriage, you... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
If you avoid marriage, you avoid encumbrances, and you can devote yourself to the Lord's work witho
You have all heard the... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
You have all heard the expression, "One man's junk is another man's treasure." If you don't believe
During 1992 at least 11... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
During 1992 at least 11 people perished while attempting to climb the slopes of Mount McKinley in Al
Little do we know how... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
Little do we know how our words will affect someone who hears them.
An old beer commercial shows... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
An old beer commercial shows a fellow looking into the camera saying, "When I have the friends ove
It is good to remember... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
It is good to remember how important our example may be to another person, both in positive and neg
Knowledge puffs up, but love... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." Paul is sharing his gospel in the epistle that love is
Our generation has been treated... -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
Our generation has been treated on several occasions to the kind of false prophet the writer of Deut
Comedian Pat Paulsen says, Bill... -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
Comedian Pat Paulsen says, "Bill Clinton worries me because he's only a heart-beat away from the pre
There was a crazy summer... -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
There was a crazy summer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; it was during the 1950s.
Preachers and prophets, prophets and... -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
Preachers and prophets, prophets and preachers; the Word comes through human agents.
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was influential... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was influential as a peacher at Trinity Church, Boston.
When people listened to Jesus... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
When people listened to Jesus speak, they recognized an inherent authority in his words: "He speaks
Bobby, as she was known... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
"Bobby," as she was known, was severely afflicted by the psychological condition described as "manic
Paul was a bachelor and... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
Paul was a bachelor and happily so in his undivided devotion to the Lord.
We can understand what Paul... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
We can understand what Paul was saying about a single person being able to be dedicated to the Lord
The church in Corinth was... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
The church in Corinth was living between the times -- between the time of this world and the coming
The brothers of Taize live... -- 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
The brothers of Taize live together under a common rule in order to make themselves more available i
Discussions of disasters and shortages... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
Discussions of disasters and shortages raises the interesting concept of "triage." This is the medic

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H. Burnham Kirkland
We come to your house this day, our Father, to open our hearts to you, to thank you for your loving-kindness, and to acknowledge our deep dependence upon you. We confess that we have not always loved you with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. We have made the little concerns of this earthly life so important that we have neglected your will for us. We have concentrated so intensely on schemes to get our own way, that we have forgotten your ways. We have allowed desire to lead us where we should have been led only by you.
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We have come together on this special day, to witness to the love of God in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a martyr to the faith, in the cause of justice. We come from different cultures, different religions, but all committed to the right for which Dr. King fought, of freedom for all people.
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And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God." And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him ...
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Having trouble sleeping through the night? You're not alone. Samuel did, too. Sometimes you hear a haunting phrase that sticks with you years later. I heard one like that from Gardner Taylor, that great African-American preacher who once held forth in the pulpit of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn. I don't even remember the sermon, which is all right -- we're not supposed to remember sermons anymore than we should remember meals; we're supposed to be fed and challenged by them at the moment. I don't remember what Gardner Taylor was preaching that night.
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I had lunch with a pastor of another congregation who wanted to welcome me to the community. We were old friends and had a great time together, reminiscing and catching up. That night, when we were talking together as a family about the things we'd done during the day, Brenda asked me how I knew him. Where had we crossed paths before?

"Well," I said, "his sister was my first girlfriend."

Of course, that got the attention of a few ears! "Daddy," said one of our daughters, "did you think a lot about girls when you were a teenager?" I had to admit that I did.
Recently, Rosa Parks was again in the news. You might remember her as the quiet, unassuming, middle-aged black woman with tired feet whose gentle protest on a bus in 1955 helped spark the Civil Rights Movement. This nationally-known figure had been living alone, in poor health, in near poverty, in inner-city Detroit. At age 82, a crack addict broke into her apartment. Rosa Parks was beaten and robbed.
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What can we reasonably expect from the church during troubling times such as pandemics, economic downturns and racial tension in many communities? Charles Taylor’s book entitled A Secular Age, as been oft quoted to suggest that since most western hemisphere people have lost a sense of the enchanted, supernatural or transcendent nature of any God, organized religion has outlived its usefulness. Among Taylor’s many claims, is most common action in society does not need an act of God or great chain of extraordinary events (192).
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Prom Night
by Keith Hewitt
1 Corinthians 6:1-20

Mark Randall, lost in the wailing guitar of Layla, almost missed the knock at his door. “C’mon in,” he said automatically, and reached for the volume on his record player, cranked it down a couple of notches. John Randall entered, hesitated, then closed the door behind himself and stood for a moment or two, head cocked slightly. “Is that that Clayton guy?”

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And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him.

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I used to be quite good at identifying people I'd met previously. There was a time when I could boast that I never forgot a face. But as time has gone on, that skill has diminished to the point of non-existence. I now often fail to recognise people I've met before, or worse, I sometimes identify a complete stranger as someone I know. Naming someone correctly is even more difficult. I may recognise the face or know the person quite well, but be unable to remember their name.

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