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We often fantasize about being... -- Judges 6:11-24a -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
We often fantasize about being in the company of someone great, but when it finally happens, strange
How many of us could... -- Judges 6:11-24a -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
How many of us could ask with Gideon, "If the Lord is with us, how do these bad things happen to us?
Colleen had worked extremely hard... -- Judges 6:11-24a -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Colleen had worked extremely hard to complete the requirements to apply for physical therapy school.
Remember the old story of... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Remember the old story of a man sitting on a dock with a fishing pole and his line in the water and
Life can change in the... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Life can change in the flash of a moment.
Luke's description of a fish... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Luke's description of a fish catch so big as to break nets, also strains the imagination.
Mark Twain once went to... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Mark Twain once went to borrow a certain book from a neighbor.
Not every message can be... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Not every message can be complimentary and encouraging.
In Isaiah's call there is... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
In Isaiah's call there is a rite of purification, when the burning coal is touched to his lips and h
Among the exciting events to... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Among the exciting events to watch in track are the sprint relay races.
Credentials are important. When George... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Credentials are important.
John Ellis, a historian at... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
John Ellis, a historian at Mount Holyoke College, has lied about his role as a soldier in Vietnam an
Think back to any recent... -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Think back to any recent political election and you can probably remember insults and innuendos and
Fishing for people is common... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Fishing for people is common both in the church and out.
Sometimes, like the disciples, we... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Sometimes, like the disciples, we discover we have more than we thought we had.
Catching people -- for good instead... -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Catching people -- for good instead of for evil -- sometimes begins with catching them off guard.

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Called To A Strange Life -- Luke 5:1-11, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13), Psalm 138 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
We have many questions that need answers. We wrestle with these questions every day.

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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.

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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