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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 will provide for... -- 2 Kings 4:42-44 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
God will provide for our needs. He did it for Elisha and his men.

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Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, 
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Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.) We have another story about Jesus today, are you ready? (Let them respond.)

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David has abused his position as king to murder a man and steal his wife. His greatest concern seems to have been keeping up appearances. Even he can see the injustice, however, when confronted by the prophet Nathan’s parable. Nathan reminds David of all God has done for him, but he has not lived a life worthy of his calling
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2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
David was certainly not the last powerful man to take sexual advantage of a woman. We think of Bill Clinton and Matt Lauer (and Donald Trump has indicated he would like to do it). Martin Luther says that such behavior is the essence of sin:

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“Seeing Your Sin” by Peter Andrew Smith
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Seeing Your Sins
by Peter Andrew Smith
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a

Sally watched Joe make his way toward the group of other preschoolers playing in the church hall. She started forward when he stumbled and looked like he was going to fall but stopped when he stayed upright. She stepped back as he laughed upon reaching his friends.

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Janice B. Scott
"Do you want a sandwich?" asked Tony's mum. Tony was eyeing the cake, but he thought it was unlikely his mother would let him have any cake until he'd eaten a sandwich or two.

"Oh, all right," he muttered, ungraciously. He reached across the picnic table for a ham sandwich. He removed the top layer of bread to check whether there was mustard on the ham. He didn't like mustard. The ham was clear, so Tony lifted it out of the bread and ate it. While his mother wasn't looking, he crumbled the bread and tossed it to the seagulls.

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The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers.
-- Ephesians 4:11

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William G. Carter
We had a very tasty meal. So when the tour guide said, "Let's load the bus and visit the site," I think I was near the front of the line. Lunch that day was pita bread and tilapia, a round thin fish that resembles a sunfish. Our destination was Tabgha, a spot on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is a couple of stones' throw from the ruins of Capernaum, at the bottom of the hill where Jesus gave the Beatitudes.

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