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Nobody is less important to... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Nobody is less important to God than anyone else.
A converted Chinese Christian explained... -- Mark 6:30-34 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A converted Chinese Christian explained why he chose the Galilean.
The annual meeting of the... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The annual meeting of the First Church was over and John was pleased that he had elected to be the m
John Lyttle was a 29... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
John Lyttle was a 29-year-old marathon runner in the best shape of his life when a drunk driver ende
Tradition! ... Tradition! goes a line... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
"Tradition! ...
One television ad featured a... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
One television ad featured a young boy who offers to help some children slightly older fixing a bike
If you have ever watched... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
If you have ever watched a spy movie, you likely witnessed a scene in which a secret message passed
The gracious hospitality of this... -- 2 Kings 4:8-17 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The gracious hospitality of this woman prompts the prophet Elisha to see possibilities in her life s
What is the one thing... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
What is "the one thing needed" in our lives?
A friend and his wife... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A friend and his wife are both over fifty years of age. They've been married for over thirty years.
Our churches have many like... -- 2 Kings 4:8-17 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Our churches have many like this woman and her husband.
In the early days of... -- 2 Kings 4:8-17 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
In the early days of television, there was a show called "The Millionaire." Each week the millionair
Czech-born American artist Albin... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Czech-born American artist Albin Polasek, born in Moravia, was for many years the head of the sculpt
During the sixties a group... -- 2 Kings 4:8-17 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
During the sixties a group of us were attending a session of the Ecumenical Institute in New Haven.
Elisha became the recipient of... -- 2 Kings 4:8-17 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Elisha became the recipient of a "wealthy" woman's kindness.
Mary illustrates the quality of... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Mary illustrates the quality of a disciplined devotion to paying attention.
When an American visited the... -- 2 Kings 4:8-17 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
When an American visited the German city of Munich, he had an unexpected encounter with Bavarian hos
Ray Gaylord pastored the Cascade... -- 2 Kings 4:8-17 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Ray Gaylord pastored the Cascade Christian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for more than 30 years.
Martha was so focused on... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Martha was so focused on her hospitality chores, that she became upset when her sister, Mary, was si
Henri Nouwen, in his excellent... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Henri Nouwen, in his excellent book Reaching Out, speaks of the movement from hostility to ho
Almeda Adams was the blind... -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Almeda Adams was the blind author of a book titled Seeing Europe Through Sightless Eyes.
Florida destroyed! Florida destroyed! That's... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
"Florida destroyed!
Abraham entertained the Lord for... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Abraham "entertained" the Lord for dinner and was unaware of it.
God takes what we can... -- John 6:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
God takes what we can offer and when we invest our faith in its use, he multiplies it.
The prophet sees the signs... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The prophet sees the signs of the coming famine and judgment.

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