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A friend and his wife... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
A friend and his wife are both over fifty years of age. They've been married over thirty
Suppose a chauffeur drives a... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Suppose a chauffeur drives a sleek limousine through the streets of New York with a
Olga was raised in the... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Olga was raised in the former Soviet Union. Her parents owned a contraband Bible,
For many years, Irvin has... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
For many years, Irvin has had a garden in his backyard. His wife will tell you that every
Amos' countrymen faced imminent disaster... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Amos' countrymen faced imminent disaster because of their disobedience. Few of his
Philosophy teachers swap stories about... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Philosophy teachers swap stories about the sophomore summarizing all of existence in
When I speak about First... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
When I speak about First Church, I usually say, "My church that I serve is First Church."
Winfred Grenfell was a medical... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Winfred Grenfell was a medical student in London when he responded to the invitation of
We are unsure of exactly... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
We are unsure of exactly what heresies or sub-Christian practices troubled the church at
Someone once asked a great... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Someone once asked a great man who had risen out of humble beginnings, "What did
Martha did what was expected... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Martha did what was expected of her, indeed, what most hostesses would have done if an
Betty is an amazing woman... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Betty is an amazing woman. When people hear all that she does for her church, they have
When discussing the Mary-Martha... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
When discussing the Mary-Martha incident with groups, I like to take polls. "How many
Did you know that there... -- John 20:1-2, 11-18 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
Did you know that there have been more than 900 burial caves from around the time of Jesus that have
Sometimes the choices we make... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
Sometimes the choices we make are not immediately recognized as correct.
What is the polite thing... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
What is the polite thing to do when one has a houseguest?
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-By-Day Guide to Ethical Living
According to a New... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
According to a New York Times article by Marlisle Simons, the world's radio astronomers are n
Jesus valued women and women... -- John 20:1-2, 11-18 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
Jesus valued women and women valued him.
A bereavement support group was... -- John 20:1-2, 11-18 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
A bereavement support group was talking about the hardest things they had done since their loved one
There is an extraordinary power... -- John 20:1-2, 11-18 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
There is an extraordinary power in the calling of someone by name.
A Yale psychology professor published... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
A Yale psychology professor published a study titled "The Psychological, Interpersonal and Social Ef
For 14 days last year... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
For 14 days last year, President Bill Clinton tried to mediate a peace settlement between Israeli Pr
At the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
At the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, along with the excitement of the grueling race, there are always so

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Jesus: The One Thing -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
For many in your congregation, the big story this week is certain to be the release this Saturday of

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Isaiah 11:1-10
Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
David Kalas
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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"Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom" by David O. Bales
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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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