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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Fire was recognized early... -- 2 Kings 2:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
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.
H. G. Wells once... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
H. G.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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The Immediate Word

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.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

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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