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In the beginning of this... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1998
In the beginning of this letter, Paul informed his readers that when he first came to Corinth he det
This text is one of... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1998
This text is one of the high-water marks of the New Testament's witness to the resurrection of Jesus
The butterfly has long been... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1998
The butterfly has long been a wonderful Christian symbol.
We have all probably met... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1998
We have all probably met a few people who know a lot about Jesus, but who don't believe in Jesus.
Everyone has probably seen commercials... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1998
Everyone has probably seen commercials for the U.S. Army.
Anyone who has watched Perry... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
Anyone who has watched Perry Mason, or Matlock or L.A.
Jack had graduated from high... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
"Jack" had graduated from high school and was now working full-time in the local grocery store where
The teacup was a lovely... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
The teacup was a lovely, fragile thing of bone china, pure milk white in the thickest parts and tran
Their faces look at us... -- Judges 6:11-24a -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
Their faces look at us longingly, hauntingly, from the pages of the Times, the women and children an
How can we ever forget... -- Judges 6:11-24a -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
How can we ever forget the heart-rending cry of the figure skating star, Nancy Kerrigan, "Why?
When Tom died suddenly, his... -- Judges 6:11-24a -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
When Tom died suddenly, his wife Sarah was shattered beyond belief.
A pastor approached his bishop... -- Judges 6:11-24a -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
A pastor approached his bishop with a question, "How do you know when it is time to move to another
When Moses asks God's name... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
When Moses asks God's name as Moses trembles before the burning bush, God says, "I AM who I AM.
If he had just stayed... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
"If he had just stayed dead!" someone once exclaimed about Jesus in a moment of frustration amidst t
Ask any parent. One of... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
Ask any parent.
The cry of unworthiness has... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
The cry of unworthiness has been uttered by many Biblical messengers: Moses, who said to God, "Who a
The opening night of the... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
The opening night of the concert was a tremendous success.
Daniel L. Schutte gave to... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
Daniel L.
Lyle Schaller issues a monthly... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
Lyle Schaller issues a monthly newsletter to keep the clergy of several denominations informed of so
People today are so inundated... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
People today are so inundated with bad news that they need Good News preaching to prevent despondenc
It had been over 30... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1995
It had been over 30 years, but Bill still remembered the night at church camp when one of the other
Sent by God on... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Sent by God on Mission!
One of the most famous... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
One of the most famous preachers of the 19th century was Charles H. Spurgeon.
In a small country church... -- Judges 6:11-24a -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
In a small country church they still tell the story of a pastor of bygone years.

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Netting A Dream -- Luke 5:1-11, Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13), Psalm 138 -- Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - 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)

The Immediate Word

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.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

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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