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This passage talks about the... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1997
This passage talks about the natural effects of being in love with God.
A father and son were... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1997
A father and son were testing the springtime winds with a brand-new kite.
Our passage is one of... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1997
Our passage is one of the first references to singing in the context of Christian worship.
Love and forgiveness are beautiful... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1997
Love and forgiveness are beautiful ideas, until someone wounds us deeply.
A young pastor, appointed to... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1990
A young pastor, appointed to an old, inactive church, soon discovered why the membership was rapidly
One of the most colorful... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1990
One of the most colorful characters in literature is Zorba the Greek.
John H. Withers, an Irish... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1990
John H. Withers, an Irish Presbyterian, said in a sermon on "Stress and Strain":
Trevor Ferrell began helping people... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1990
Trevor Ferrell began helping people on the streets of Philadelphia when he was 11 years old.
In a sample litany included... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
In a sample litany included in the book Battered Women by Joy Bussert, a battered woman says:
In Psalm 73:11, the scoffers... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
In Psalm 73:11, the scoffers say: "How can God know?
How does one allow the... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
How does one allow the Word of Christ to dwell in you richly?
Shortly before the outset of... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Shortly before the outset of World War II, while on his morning ride through Copenhagen, Denmark's k
Have you had to return... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Have you had to return or exchange any of the clothes you received for Christmas this year?
Unexpected trips are hard. Motels... -- Colossians 3:12-21 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Unexpected trips are hard.
St. Paul's letters never lack... -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
St.
At one of our local... -- Colossians 3:12-21 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
At one of our local grade schools several boys in the third grade were continually fighting on the p
Jesus was crowned with glory... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Jesus was "crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death." Our Lord's willin
A mother scolded her young... -- Colossians 3:12-21 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
A mother scolded her young son about his behavior.
Martin Luther liked to emphasize... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Martin Luther liked to emphasize that "since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he him
In the world of practical... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
In the world of practical affairs, the mother of Phillips Brooks showed herself eminently sane and w
Seldom can one live through... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Seldom can one live through Christmas without experiencing some surprises.
The vocation of the adult... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
The vocation of the adult is often foreshadowed in the interests of the child.
Literature and legend are full... -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Literature and legend are full of stories about kings and princes who adopted a disguise and circula
The good physician Luke is... -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
The good physician Luke is the only gospel writer who tells us the story of Jesus' first visit to th

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What Child Is This? -- Matthew 2:13-18, Luke 2:41-52 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
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Mary Austin
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For August 18, 2019:
  • Seeing the Signs, Taking the Steps by Mary Austin — Jesus tells the crowds listening to him to see the signs, and watch for change in the world. We can interpret the weather, but seeing change in our communal life is much harder.

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Wayne Brouwer
The Desert Fathers told of a father and a son who were traveling together. They came to the edge of a forest. Some of the bushes were loaded with berries. They looked so delicious that the son asked if they could stop for a while and pick berries.

The father was anxious to be on his way, but he saw the desire in his son’s eyes and agreed to stay there for a short while. The son was delighted. Together they searched the bushes for the biggest, plumpest, juiciest berries.
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Isaiah 5:1-7
In the passage from Isaiah, God is the owner of the vineyard, which represents God's people. The coming destruction (verses 5-6) results from the people's failure to do what God "expected," and hoped for (verses 2, 4, 7). That is, the failure to enact and embody justice and righteousness invites catastrophe.

God’s judgment is just and would ultimately come for the recipients of the prophecy by means of the Assyrians (if the recipients were, as many suggest, the Northern Kingdom).

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
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“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Mind of Their Own” by Frank Ramirez


A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

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Arley K. Fadness
Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

(presenter removes and shows a candle on a candlestick)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

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Lee Ann Dunlap
Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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