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We live in a day... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
We live in a day when even our friendliness and cordiality is highly structured.
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.
A survey of 1,001 persons... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A survey of 1,001 persons conducted by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University in 2002 revea
Of all the doctrines of... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Of all the doctrines of the church, the most difficult to portray is the Trinity.
Some folks would question... -- 2 Kings 4:42-44 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Some folks would question the use of God's miraculous power for supplying such an “everyday ne
Many moderns could not understand... -- Colossians 1:24-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Many moderns could not understand Paul's rejoicing in his suffering, or even understand the reality
This story about the... -- 2 Kings 4:42-44 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
This story about the prophet Elisha is the basic outline of the feeding of the 5,000 which is
To become matureI... -- Colossians 1:24-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
To become mature in life, in Christ, or in anything must mean more than just becoming
If you were born... -- 2 Kings 2:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
If you were born Protestant you may never have heard of “apostolic succession.” This is accept
Clergy people have a... -- 2 Kings 2:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Clergy people have a variety of attitudes about the way in which they should relate to former
After Ferdinand Marcos fled the... -- Colossians 1:21-29 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
After Ferdinand Marcos fled the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Mrs.
Fire was recognized early... -- 2 Kings 2:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
When Paul writes about having... -- Colossians 1:24-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
When Paul writes about having "Christ in you," it reminds me for good reason of the poetic prayer at
H. G. Wells once... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
H. G.
The bishop was visiting his... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The bishop was visiting his old friend, a pastor of a quiet little country church.
One evening, several years... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
One evening, several years ago, with no advanced warning, a husband curtly announced to his wi
It was the custom in... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
It was the custom in one of the churches I served to have an Easter sunrise service and breakfast.
I remember when 3... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
I remember when 3-D movies became the rage in the 1950s.
Last year I taught two... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Last year I taught two tandem courses on the Christian faith.
Paul spoke of the... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Paul spoke of the "breadth, length, height, and depth" of love, and the love of Christ which "
The strain of Give me... -- Ephesians 4:1-6 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The strain of "Give me liberty or give me death" plays prominently in our national life.
Legend has it that, in... -- Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Legend has it that, in 1865 on a Sunday monring, a fashionable church in Richmond, Virginia, was vis
When members of an orchestra... -- Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
When members of an orchestra assemble, each brings a different instrument to play.
Bread is the sustenance of... -- John 6:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Bread is the sustenance of life. It is the most basic and necessary need of physical man.

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Phabi and Nahum rode obediently behind Eliezer, tossed rhythmically side to side on their camels. They glanced to one another with knowing looks. Eliezer was mumbling again. “I suppose I could’ve told them the whole story. They were certainly interested. A display of wealth will do that, especially to a fellow like Laban.”

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When I was a boy, I heard a preacher remind his congregation about the true nature of the cross. He observed that we have turned the cross into both a lovely adornment in our sanctuaries and a piece of jewelry for our bodies. It is, for us, a smooth, attractive, gilded thing. But the original cross, he insisted, was nothing like that. The cross that Jesus bore -- and the cross, therefore, that we are invited to take up as his followers -- is harsh and heavy. It is rugged and bloody. It is heavy wood across the back, not silver or gold on a lapel or necklace.
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Here in England we're now well into the wedding season, in which many young couples will follow the age old tradition of plighting their troth. Some of them will do so here in Pulham St. Mary church, and several more here in our benefice in South Norfolk.

Although our country has the highest divorce rate in the whole of Europe and is second only to the United States in the world, and although many couples now live together outside marriage, nonetheless marriage is still a very popular institution.

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I think one of the best lessons I have learned in ministry is the lesson of win-win. Have you ever heard of win-win? In a world where win-lose situations seem to dominate our interactions, the discovery of the possibility of building scenarios where everyone can benefit, where everyone can, in effect, win, has been an incredible answer to prayer. In church, community, and family life it has been a powerful way forward on numerous occasions. Recently, an experience in negotiations in a sensitive church situation resulted in a win-win, and it was unbelievable.

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Good morning, boys and girls. Does anyone live on a farm or near a farm? (let them answer) What do farmers use today to plow fields and harvest the grain? (let them answer) That's right, tractors. Before farmers used tractors what did they use? (let them answer) That's right, horses. Did you know that farmers also used to use animals called oxen? These animals are like bulls that have horns and are very strong. They can pull a plow easily as long as they worked in pairs. If the oxen didn't work together, it was hard.

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