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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.
David has sinned. He... -- 2 Samuel 12:15b-24 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
David has sinned. He had stolen the wife of Uriah the Hittite, and Uriah was dead.
Our high school wrestling team... -- Genesis 18:20-32 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Our high school wrestling team, together with coaphing staff, cheerleaders and chaperones, 28 people
The State of Ohio has... -- Genesis 18:20-32 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
The State of Ohio has fallen in line with several other states and passed a mandatory seat belt law.
It is not a... -- 2 Samuel 12:15b-24 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
"It is not a matter of mere theorizing or intellectual assent to certain facts.

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“...there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part....”(v. 42a)

Good morning boys and girls,

Well, how are you this morning? (children respond) If you ask me how I am I would say, “terrific.” I am “terrific” because __________________!

I am curious, who has a sister? (children respond) Who has more than one sister? (children respond) Who is a sister here this morning? (children respond)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
On our first visit to Malta many years ago, we stayed in the rural south of the island. At that time there were few hotels and those were situated farther north, in St Paul's Bay and Sliema. The south was agricultural country, where a friend of ours happened to have part share in a "villa". The "villa" turned out to be a small farm house.

Farming at the time was very primitive, with the farmer walking over his field behind a hand-held plough. All has now changed, of course, but then it was just like a throw-back to Biblical times in the Middle East.

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Constance Berg
The cabins at Mt. Carmel Bible Retreat are small. Most have two small rooms; some have one large great room. There is a tiny bathroom with a utility shower.

Inside each cabin is a double bed and a set of bunk beds, a dresser and a small rod to hang clothes. Linens are provided for a charge and some of us are very grateful to have a ceiling fan.

Our group of fourteen cabins is set along a little walkway. Each cabin is about ten feet apart and each row of seven faces the sidewalk.

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