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Some folks are impossible to... -- Acts 13:26-33a -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
Some folks are impossible to convince.
As children, Wendy and I... -- Acts 13:26-33a -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
As children, Wendy and I had been sure that nothing would ever separate us.
Sometimes it is awfully difficult... -- Acts 13:26-33a -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
Sometimes it is awfully difficult to "see" something when it is out of its accustomed place.
On his first missionary tour... -- Acts 13:26-33a -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
On his first missionary tour, Paul, with his companion Barnabas, was simply doing what the 1971 chil
A plenipotentiary is a diplomat... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
A plenipotentiary is a diplomat who acts with the full authority of the state.
Ancient Mediterranean society was based... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
Ancient Mediterranean society was based on the dual concepts of honor and shame.
Every so often all of... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
Every so often all of us open other people's mail by mistake.
About a year ago there... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
About a year ago there was an article in the paper on the Hubble telescope and a picture of space th
There was once a certain... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
There was once a certain monastery.
Scott Libby, former Conference Minister... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
Scott Libby, former Conference Minister of Nebraska, was asked to lead worship for a vacationing pas
In the movie Marvin's... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
In the movie Marvin's Room, two sisters are confronted with the task of taking care of an ail
They are free. They are... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
They are free. They are informative. They are practical. They can also be a dangerous diversion.
Drat! Marjorie thought. She'd done... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
"Drat!" Marjorie thought.
When the guilty verdict was... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
When the guilty verdict was rendered, the wife tearfully slumped in her courtroom chair.
Amos brought a basket of... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Amos brought a basket of fruit as an object lesson for the people of Israel: God is going bananas
Richard Gillett in The Human... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Richard Gillett in The Human Enterprise tells of a woman named Mary McDaniel.
In the liturgy for the... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
In the liturgy for the Eucharist we name ourselves as children of Abraham and Sarah.
There is a Hebrew proverb... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
There is a Hebrew proverb which reads, "A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great
We are limited as to... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
We are limited as to what we presently can know about the universe.
Back in Independence, Missouri, they... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Back in Independence, Missouri, they say that Harry Truman was a man of his word.
I shall never forget my... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
I shall never forget my Sunday school teacher when I was a 12-
At the wedding reception the... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
At the wedding reception the parents of the bride were receiving a great deal of teasing because the
Early in the Mexican-American... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Early in the Mexican-American War of the 1840s, a Pennsylvania Democratic representative introduced
Tom had lived a life... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Tom had lived a life that was almost too horrible to contemplate.
A young minister had been... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
A young minister had been invited to a rural church for a revival and he spent the night at the home

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The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
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For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
  • Second Thoughts: Letting the Sucker Do Its Work by Bethany Peerbolte — The line of Jesse is not dead. It has just enough energy to send up one more change for survival.

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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
"Prayer For Righteous Government" 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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