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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
Nobody is less important to... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Nobody is less important to God than anyone else.
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
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
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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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.
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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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