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St. Paul used this passage... -- Genesis 15:1-6 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
St.
In the service for the... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
In the service for the Burial of the Dead in the Lutheran Book of Worship, the pastor invites
The story of the patriarch... -- Genesis 15:1-6 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
The story of the patriarch Abraham is one of the best biblical examples of faith, of trust when ther
It seems that on the... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
It seems that on the road to biblical economic justice there's a roadblock in the form of a large ro
An unknown author wrote these... -- Wisdom 18:6-9 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
An unknown author wrote these words about judgment:
Amusement parks offer rides that... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Amusement parks offer rides that operate by centrifugal force.
Man is based on hope... -- Wisdom 18:6-9 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
"Man is based on hope," wrote Thomas Carlyle.
It has only been in... -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
It has only been in the last few years that there has been a machine that can take a picture of an a
A leader in an Israeli... -- Wisdom 18:6-9 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
A leader in an Israeli pacifist organization told me recently he was embarrassed at the pride many J
Barbara Tuchman, in her brilliant... -- Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Barbara Tuchman, in her brilliant and best-selling history, The March of Folly, descri
In virtually every congregation there... -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
In virtually every congregation there are people who become obsessed with "last things" and immerse
Columnist Garry Wills confessed to... -- Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Columnist Garry Wills confessed to the editor of Harper's, "I read the New Testament every day, sinc
There was a rich lady... -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
There was a rich lady named Hetty Green who was called the Queen (some said "Witch") of Wall Street.
Its amazing how many of... -- Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Its amazing how many of them are still around.
Richard Foster, most noted for... -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Richard Foster, most noted for The Celebration of Discipline, has yet another volume Money
It's amazing how many of... -- Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
It's amazing how many of them are still around.
Once a week, Elliot wrote... -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Once a week, Elliot wrote a letter to the granddaughter he had helped raise, a granddaughter
In our machine age we... -- Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
In our machine age we have learned to rely very much on material things -- gadgets that type our let
In Lawrence Sargent Hill's novel... -- 2 Kings 13:14-20a -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
In Lawrence Sargent Hill's novel Stowaway there is a character named O'Hara.
In As I Lay Dying... -- 2 Kings 13:14-20a -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
In As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, the main character Addie Bundren lies in bed awaiting death.
In a word, Joseph was... -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
In a word, Joseph was betrayed by those whom he trusted. Is anything more devastating?
Brothers can be partners in... -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Brothers can be partners in making a mess out of things.
In every generation, there are... -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
In every generation, there are those who would kill the dreamers. John F.
Sibling rivalry has been around... -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Sibling rivalry has been around since Cain and Abel.
In the Spiderman movies that... -- Romans 10:5-15 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
In the Spiderman movies that have been so popular in recent days, the main character struggles with

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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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