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This story must be told... -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
This story must be told.
Of the many interesting facts... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Of the many interesting facts of Naaman's story, surely not to be overlooked is the place of the Isr
In his book Witnessing for... -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
In his book Witnessing for Peace, Munib Younan (Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Jesus' disciples of today are... -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Jesus' disciples of today are no different than his disciples of yesteryear.
I am well aware that... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
I am well aware that most of the folks in my congregation are pleased as can be that our church make
The biosphere is the relatively... -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
The biosphere is the relatively thin zone of the earth's environment that supplies those characteris
The whole advertising business depends... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
The whole advertising business depends on the fact that so many of us are like Naaman.
Jerry was an outstanding basketball... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Jerry was an outstanding basketball player.
Clay Aiken did not win... -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Clay Aiken did not win the American Idol talent competition on television, but he is successf
Leprosy in all of its... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Leprosy in all of its varieties, was the most dreaded disease in biblical days.
I am presently on... -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
I am presently on a diet.
As most sixteen-year-old... -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
As most sixteen-year-old boys, I anxiously looked forward to getting my license and being able to dr
The North-Georgia Conference of... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
The North-Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church convened for its annual meeting in Atlanta in 1
We live in a... -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
We live in a hungry world.
Clara loved to give gifts... -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Clara loved to give gifts.
In Steven Spielberg's powerful film... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
In Steven Spielberg's powerful film version of The Color Purple, a brutalized black woman stu
Many of the things... -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Many of the things that we do unconsciously, or perhaps it would be better to say without t
This passage contains the account... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
This passage contains the account of how pride almost kept Naaman, powerful commander of the victori
The story of Abraham's interceding... -- Genesis 18:20-32 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
The story of Abraham's interceding with God on behalf of the righteous people in ancient Sodom broug
Leslie Weatherhead has reminded... -- 2 Samuel 12:15b-24 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Leslie Weatherhead has reminded us that a skeptic could formulate a list of charges against Go
When a new pastor arrived... -- Genesis 18:20-32 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
When a new pastor arrived at a small rural parish, she found the church's self-image was fragile.
He came to my door... -- Genesis 18:20-32 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
He came to my door to visit on behalf of his sectarian outlook.
There are actually two... -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
There are actually two kinds of bread: material -- helps us from without inwards; and spiritua
When the great Rabbi Israel... -- Genesis 18:20-32 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
When the great Rabbi Israel Baal Shem-Tov saw misfortune threatening the Jews, it was his custom to
Hagar the Horrible and Lucky... -- Genesis 18:20-32 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Hagar the Horrible and Lucky Eddie were standing at the front door of a barricaded castle.

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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Ron Love
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For October 20, 2019:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Frank Ramirez
God’s persistence results in changing the basics of the covenant — sour grapes and written on the heart. Paul calls for us to be persistent in faithfulness, in holding to the truth in a confusing world. Jesus calls us to be as persistent approaching a just and loving God in prayer. If a woman with no power can persist in pestering an unjust judge until justice is done, won’t it be more likely that God will respond to our prayers?

Jeremiah 31:27-34
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Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 31:27-34
A 2018 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 61% of Americans believe in a God who judges them based on what they have done. This was in line with an earlier Baylor University poll finding 47.4% of Americans have an angry god. Most of us have not really heard the word of this lesson about a New Covenant with a God who will remember our sin no more (v.34).

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Arley K. Fadness
“Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray and not lose heart.” (v. 1)

Good morning girls and boys,

I am so glad to see you this morning. Are you ready to hear my children’s message today? (children respond)  Ears and hearts open?

Let’s suppose you want to use your neighbor’s bicycle for an errand. Your neighbor is selfish and sometimes a bully. But you keep on asking and asking. Finally he/she relents and says, “Okay you have been bugging and bugging me, you may use my bicycle.”

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Peter Andrew Smith
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“Written On Our Hearts” by Peter Andrew Smith


Written On Our Hearts
by Peter Andrew Smith
Jeremiah 31:27-34

“Okay guys, good practice.” Coach blew the whistle and waved at the players to gather around him. “You’re starting to really come along. Chapel service is in thirty minutes so you’ve got time to get yourself a drink or a snack after hitting the showers.”

The players cheered and headed off the field to get ready for the next activity.

“Hey Coach?” Johnson asked.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Anyone who has suffered any sort of trauma in life will know what it is to have bad dreams. Nightmares often start early in life so that quite small children can be deeply disturbed by them. Sometimes they seem to occur for no reason, but at other times they follow a traumatic experience, or are the result of some worry or anxiety.

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J. Will Ormond
This sermon is a retelling in a contemporary setting of the Parable of the Widow and the Judge. The harsh character of the Judge is exaggerated. The imaginary law clerk is made especially wimpish to highlight the arrogance of the Judge.

The Widow, as in the original parable, is the strongest character in the drama, although outwardly she appears to be the weakest.

This sermon emphasizes the biblical theme of the reversal of roles, and the triumph of faithfulness over human power.


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