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The Bible indicates that the... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
The Bible indicates that the call of God comes to those of all ages.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was proud... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was proud of his faithfulness to his country, as exemplified in his service
From the back of the... -- Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1995
From the back of the University Chapel, the wedding coordinator signals the organist that the bride
It is interesting that the... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
It is interesting that the "unclean spirit" recognized instinctively with whom it was dealing, while
Of all places, in the... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Of all places, in the church caring folk must meet each other with as clear a message as possible.
And they were astonished at... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as
Our world is more and... -- 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Our world is more and more one of "specialized languages." It is hard for the chemist to explain to
Have you ever watched the... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Have you ever watched the television program, "Name That Tune?" One portion of the program is when t
Remember those operator-assisted long... -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Remember those operator-assisted long distance phone calls?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa is an excellent example of the fact Jesus speaks in this tex
Love is the greatest virtue... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Love is the greatest virtue. Sometimes the best advocates of this biblical truth are the pagans.
The word Epiphany comes from... -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
The word "Epiphany" comes from a Greek word which means "to show, to reveal, to make manifest." Jesu
Jesus understood the difficulties of... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Jesus understood the difficulties of seeing those who are closest to us, or those whom we know so we
Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, in... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Dr.
The newspaper announcement said: The... -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
The newspaper announcement said: "The Clairvoyant Society meeting has been canceled until further no
One day during his great... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
One day during his great mission in London Evangelist Dwight L.
Lists of greatest things abound... -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Lists of greatest things abound, and everybody has their own.
I am neither a prophet... -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
"I am neither a prophet nor a prophet's son," my seminary liturgics professor liked to say when conf
When I was a boy... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
When I was a boy, I heard about people being tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.
My doctor told me I... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
My doctor told me I needed to lose weight. My first reaction? Who is he to tell me?
Trip him? Some hard lessons... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Trip him?
Most preachers have had the... -- Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Most preachers have had the experience of going to the congregation where they grew up and pr
Fred Rogers, the star of... -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Fred Rogers, the star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, was an ordained Presbyterian minister w
If you've ever driven in... -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
If you've ever driven in New England, you know the roads are narrow, hilly, winding and very busy.

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Over The Top And Over A Cliff -- Luke 4:21-30, Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- George L. Murphy -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - 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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