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You will remember the much... -- Jeremiah 18:1-11 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
You will remember the much-traveled story of the Oriental teacher who scooped up a grasshopper and c
The young man and young... -- Genesis 15:1-6 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
The young man and young woman were out walking hand in hand under the stars.
Abraham's greatness is revealed in... -- Genesis 15:1-6 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Abraham's greatness is revealed in that, as he looked at the stars of heaven, he could believe, with
Ben Johnson once commented, I... -- Genesis 15:1-6 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Ben Johnson once commented, "I was, I am afraid, weary of being at home and weary of being abroad.
Abram believed the promise of... -- Genesis 15:1-6 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Abram believed the promise of many descendents and he believed with patience!
A person who believes in... -- Genesis 15:1-6 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
A person who "believes in herself" is much more likely to succeed at whatever she undertakes than a
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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

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Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, 
“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (vv. 28-29)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.) We have another story about Jesus today, are you ready? (Let them respond.)

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There’s all this cool stuff and most times we can get exactly what we want, when we want it. During the pandemic there were shortages, however, which we took with ill grace.

David has abused his position as king to murder a man and steal his wife. His greatest concern seems to have been keeping up appearances. Even he can see the injustice, however, when confronted by the prophet Nathan’s parable. Nathan reminds David of all God has done for him, but he has not lived a life worthy of his calling
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2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
David was certainly not the last powerful man to take sexual advantage of a woman. We think of Bill Clinton and Matt Lauer (and Donald Trump has indicated he would like to do it). Martin Luther says that such behavior is the essence of sin:

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Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
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“Seeing Your Sin” by Peter Andrew Smith
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“It’s How You Speak the Truth” by David O. Bales
 

Seeing Your Sins
by Peter Andrew Smith
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a

Sally watched Joe make his way toward the group of other preschoolers playing in the church hall. She started forward when he stumbled and looked like he was going to fall but stopped when he stayed upright. She stepped back as he laughed upon reaching his friends.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
"Do you want a sandwich?" asked Tony's mum. Tony was eyeing the cake, but he thought it was unlikely his mother would let him have any cake until he'd eaten a sandwich or two.

"Oh, all right," he muttered, ungraciously. He reached across the picnic table for a ham sandwich. He removed the top layer of bread to check whether there was mustard on the ham. He didn't like mustard. The ham was clear, so Tony lifted it out of the bread and ate it. While his mother wasn't looking, he crumbled the bread and tossed it to the seagulls.

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Marti Kramer Suddarth
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The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers.
-- Ephesians 4:11

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Telling The Story
William G. Carter
We had a very tasty meal. So when the tour guide said, "Let's load the bus and visit the site," I think I was near the front of the line. Lunch that day was pita bread and tilapia, a round thin fish that resembles a sunfish. Our destination was Tabgha, a spot on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is a couple of stones' throw from the ruins of Capernaum, at the bottom of the hill where Jesus gave the Beatitudes.

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