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This is a true story... -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 1996
This is a true story about a family that had a fire break out in their home.
After you've eaten a TV... -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 1996
After you've eaten a TV dinner, what do you have left?
Well, then, why are so... -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 1996
"Well, then, why are so many people hungry?" A common question from people who question God's existe
Some congregations wonder why they... -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 1996
Some congregations wonder why they do not grow.
In my youth, I could... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
In my youth, I could often be found at a tent meeting or a revival.
Whenever I read in the... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Whenever I read in the book of Ecclesiastes, I am first struck by the apparently negative attitude K
A Franciscan monk was describing... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
A Franciscan monk was describing to an inquirer the merits of the various Catholic orders.
The word vanity is used... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
The word vanity is used thirty-one times in Ecclesiastes.
A young student asked an... -- 2 Kings 5:1-15ab -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
A young student asked an aging monk for advice on how to live a pure and holy life.
The Great Gatsby is... -- Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
The Great Gatsby is a novel depicting people obsessed by their desire to possess.
From The Rockbr... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
From "The Rock"The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven,
No one cares to be... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
No one cares to be a good servant these days it seems.
Newsweek ran an article... -- Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Newsweek ran an article few weeks ago that speaks to us about the courage to be.
There is no more difficult... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
There is no more difficult assurance than that something we have toiled to create will survive our l
Perhaps we could learn something... -- Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Perhaps we could learn something about keeping our minds fixed and focused from a great golfe
Hear the parable of two... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Hear the parable of two persons who saw the vanity of all existence.
Anecdote's and reminiscences about Napoleon... -- Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Anecdote's and reminiscences about Napoleon Bonaparte's character and manners are numerous.
Twice bornbr... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Twice bornTwice assuredTwice deadTwice risen
The ancient search for happiness... -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
The ancient search for happiness is an endeavor which continues in our day, in our lives.
This camera is out of... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
"This camera is out of focus," Mary said to her friend.
Following her husband's death, the... -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Following her husband's death, the older sister had decisions to make.
A person who sees her... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
A person who sees her life as satisfactorily defined by the society in which she lives will have no
A seed planted in the... -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
A seed planted in the ground "dies" to all intents and purposes.
Finding our treasure in God... -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Finding our treasure in God is the fount of all life and grace, for God gives us all in Christ.

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Striving -- Genesis 32:22-31, Isaiah 55:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
News of the nomination of Judge John Roberts for a seat on the Supreme Court has filled the news thi

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The Immediate Word

Bethany Peerbolte
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
Dean Feldmeyer
George Reed
Thomas Willadsen
For July 19, 2020:
  • Our Implicit Biases by Bethany Peerbolte — The world is striving. Much like Jacob we are learning our old ways of seeking security, power, and comfort were hurting those around us.
  • Second Thoughts: Let Us Step Over The Weeds In Our Lives by Ron Love — Where we once saw individuals trod through a patch of kudzu, we are now seeing them gently strolling through a field of wild flowers.

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Mark Ellingsen
The happy surprises of faith — a word we need in the midst of the despair and suspicions of others which have characterized 2020.

Genesis 28:10-19a
The First Lesson is the product of one of the four distinct oral traditions which gave rise to the first five books of the Bible. This account of Jacob’s dream of the ladder is likely the work of the 8th-century BC source designated as E, for its use of the Hebrew term Elohim to designate God. 
M Adryael Tong
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Genesis 28:10-19a
Joy in Minutiae
I love questions like, “ How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” I realize that speculative exegesis, like angelology, is not everybody’s cup of tea. It is so easy to dismiss these kinds of question as idle speculation that edifies nobody. But, for me, it is exactly these “idle questions about stuff that doesn’t matter” that have revealed some of the most earth-shaking and paradigm-shifting theological insights.

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Keith Hewitt
Peter Andrew Smith
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"The Invaders" by Keith Hewitt
"Surely The Lord Was In This Place" by Peter Andrew Smith

The Invaders
by Keith Hewitt
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

The suns were still high in the sky when Jessica Pike landed on the roof of the Colonial Administration Building, cut the engines, and waited for the rotors to stop. The parking attendant rolled up to her window and tapped on it, asked solicitously, “How can I help you this afternoon?”

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John Jamison
“Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ (v. 30)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Nobody liked Jennifer. She'd come from another country to join the class and it was difficult to understand what she said. And she had such odd ideas. Rosie discovered that instead of eating cereals from her bowl at breakfast time, Jennifer drank hot chocolate from her bowl - having first dipped her toast in it!

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Richard A. Jensen
Matthew 13 contains the parabolic ministry of Jesus as Matthew tells the story. The first three of these parables are seed parables. Last week's text was the Parable of the Sower who went out to sow the seed (Matthew 13:1-9 [10-23]). This week's appointed text is the parable of the one who sowed good seed in his field along with Jesus' explanation of the parable of the weeds (vv. 36-43). A few of the omitted verses (vv. 31-33) are appointed for next week.

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