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It was the most difficult... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
It was the most difficult decision they had ever made.
Once upon a time in... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Once upon a time in a land far away, a king decided to become more informed about the everyday lives
Harold had been a hard... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Harold had been a hard-working and valued member of our church board for four years, always to be co
Today we are called to... -- John 6:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Today we are called to a new approach for an age--old problem.
My father was always a... -- John 6:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
My father was always a lover of good French toast.
A woman on a financial... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A woman on a financial advice show on talk radio said that she was two months behind in her mortgage
A housekeeper for a wealthy... -- Mark 6:45-52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A housekeeper for a wealthy family was the frequent confidant for the children in that home.
While we may know the... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
While we may know the rest of this story because we have read it before, this segment of scripture l
A young man of my... -- Mark 6:45-52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A young man of my acquaintance used to make a point of standing on the front porch of his house when
After being in my first... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
After being in my first parish for only a couple of weeks, my wife and I went to visit an elderly co
The stories are myriad. An... -- Mark 6:45-52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The stories are myriad. An individual has a near--death experience.
The quality of life is... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The quality of life is not a chronological matter.
Thomas Jefferson, who has mightily... -- Mark 6:45-52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Thomas Jefferson, who has mightily shaped the thinking of contemporary Americans, was a deist.
One church member will always... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
One church member will always be in my album of saints.
In a compilation of his... -- Colossians 1:21-29 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
In a compilation of his sermons titled Through the Year with Fulton Sheen (compiled and edite
A tragic newspaper story... -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A tragic newspaper story recently told of a group of friends who were in a boat on a lake when
Mentoring is an ancient but... -- Colossians 1:21-29 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Mentoring is an ancient but popular idea today.
In the spring of... -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
In the spring of 1987 a garbage scow left New York harbor, looking for a home.
A beautiful, young university student... -- Colossians 1:21-29 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A beautiful, young university student from a home of means, went to her professor with her problem.
David continues to function... -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
David continues to function as king, but the public David is no longer able to override, censo
Mahatma Gandhi was a man... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Mahatma Gandhi was a man who combated evil and oppression, not with sword, war, horses, or horsemen.
Bette Brown tells of a... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Bette Brown tells of a friend, whom we shall call Jeffrey, who decided to take his own life early on
The aged woman lived... -- 2 Kings 4:42-44 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The aged woman lived alone in a second-floor apartment.
Remember the film, It's a... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Remember the film, It's a Wonderful Life, about George Bailey, the small-town banker played b

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All Things -- Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 148 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
There is always some news about it, though it is not always on the front page.

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Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
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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Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
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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David O. Bales
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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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