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On April 18, 1906, a... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2008
On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake rocked the city of San Francisco.
Time is told by death... -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
Time is told by death, who doubts it? But time is always halved -- for all we know, it is
There is nothing better than... -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
"There is nothing better than to be happy and do good...."
It was afternoon on New... -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
It was afternoon on New Year's Day. All of the out-of-town relatives had left and other
An elderly parishioner told her... -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
An elderly parishioner told her pastor this: In my lifetime I have seen my children born,
For Hebrew Christians, the sea... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
For Hebrew Christians, the sea was a continuing threat of chaos again seeping into (or
The home of God is... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
"The home of God is with mortals." Many churchgoers I know talk about going to heaven
Behold I make all things... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
"Behold I make all things new." Today we stand at the gate of a new year. God offers his
A wealthy Christian went along... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
A wealthy Christian went along on a trip to India, sponsored by an organization called
An Irish king was looking... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
An Irish king was looking for a successor who would love God and his fellow human
Cassie had been thinking about... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
Cassie had been thinking about returning to college to finish her degree for several
On the Canadian prairies, where... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2007
On the Canadian prairies, where pastureland is at a premium, the government set aside
On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2001
On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima, Japan, was the target for the first use of atomic weapons in history.
Annie was dying. Though it... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2001
Annie was dying.
When Marvin Hamlisch and Edward... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2001
When Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban wrote A Chorus Line, they created a musical about the
In a New York... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2001
In a New York Times article appearing on June 26, 1999, Dan Barney tells the story of a young
On January 21, 2000, I... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2001
On January 21, 2000, U.S.
You've probably seen them. I... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2001
You've probably seen them.
Some children drag home every... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2001
Some children drag home every stray cat and dog they find. My friend Dennis brought home drifters.
Last year at this time... -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2001
Last year at this time, there was much hype about Y2K.
Sending a representative is one... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
Sending a representative is one thing. Showing up in person is quite another.
Five doctors went duck hunting... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
Five doctors went duck hunting one day.
So, we finally have a... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
So, we finally have a name that we can call him.
John MacQuarrie is one of... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
John MacQuarrie is one of the great theologians and lecturers of the twentieth century.
After retirement, Neill Hamilton, a... -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
After retirement, Neill Hamilton, a former seminary professor from Drew University, and his wife mov

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In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” (vv. 14-16)

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David Kalas
At the beginning of his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, John Milton articulates a part of his task in writing as to “justify the ways of God to men.”1 That may be an ongoing task for us. Fallen humanity is like a perpetual adolescent, always questioning and challenging (and disobeying) the parent. And so there is a continual need for the ways of God to be explained and justified to human beings.
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Exodus 20:1-17
None of us are thieves. And so the commandment forbidding stealing does not condemn us! Oh, but it does if you have ever tried to cut a smart business deal, suckered someone to get them to buy your product, or failed to help those in need. Jonathan Edwards explained it this way in his exposition of dishonesty and theft:

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Janice B. Scott
There once was a report in "The Sunday Times" about the claims of Francis Crick to have located "the cells of our soul." Fifty years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson won a Nobel prize for their discovery of the DNA double helix, which has been responsible for huge leaps forward in health care and criminal detection.

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Elaine M. Ward
It was a new church for Sam. It was his grandmother's church, and because Sam loved his grandmother, he sat on the edge of the pew and tried hard to listen. "Are you saved?" the preacher asked from the pulpit far away. Sam remembered when he had saved pennies for a new plant for Mother on Mother's Day. "Maybe Mother saved pennies for me," Sam thought. The preacher continued, "Will you give your heart to Jesus?" Sam wondered where his heart was. But if Jesus needed Sam's heart he would be glad to give it.
Elizabeth Achtemeier
In this season of Lent, we are Sunday by Sunday approaching the foot of that executioner's cross on Golgotha. And I think that sometimes we wonder why it is necessary for us to make that journey. After all, it does not have a pleasant destination. To be sure, human beings often have a morbid curiosity about disasters. We flock to the site of an auto wreck, thereby holding up the traffic with our rubber--necking. Winston Churchill told of the time when a woman remarked on the crowd that had gathered to hear him speak.
Nancy Kraft
There are some people who have the gift of persuasion. If you've ever seen the Music Man, it's a gift that Professor Hill had as he sold musical instruments to all the kids in town by convincing everyone that they could make beautiful music by just thinking the notes. He was what you'd call a smooth talker, which is a valuable skill for a salesperson. There are also other professions where it helps to have strong verbal skills that can be used for persuasion. Take politicians, for example. Bill Clinton was known as a smooth talker.
David T. Ball
Jesus in the temple -- oh, didn't he show those money-changers who were desecrating the temple grounds with their money-grubbing business? Not to mention the mess that all the livestock were making! Out! Out! Out! He cleared them all out, those traders in things that didn't belong in God's house. And he had every right to do it, we tend to think. Serves them right, despoiling sacred space with their commerce -- profiting off of the desire of the faithful to do something pleasing to God. Exploitation. Good riddance!

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