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An Old Testament professor who... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
An Old Testament professor who had been a refugee prior to WWII shared this story with his class abo
Elizabeth O'Connor of the Church... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Elizabeth O'Connor of the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C.
Reverend Johnson showed up early... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Reverend Johnson showed up early in the office for his first day as the minister of Third Presbyteri
Fedor Dostoevsky, in the I... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Fedor Dostoevsky, in the Brothers Karamazov, tells of "The Grand Inquisitor." Jesus returns u
Maney Hill Primary School in... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Maney Hill Primary School in England recently held their school sports day without any parents in at
Henry David Thoreau once refused... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Henry David Thoreau once refused to pay a state tax as a protest against slavery and against our cou
Peace at any cost. That's... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
"Peace at any cost." That's the motto the woman I was counseling had adopted for her life.
During my day-to-day... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
During my day-to-day parish ministry I am often amazed by the all encompassing presence of God.
Vendetta is the only... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
"Vendetta" is the only Corsican word which has passed unchanged into the dictionaries of most
Chapter 23 is a dark... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Chapter 23 is a dark chapter. Verse 14 refers to (false) prophets committing adultery.
One of Pat Conroy's early... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
One of Pat Conroy's early books, The Water is Wide, tells the story of a young schoolteacher
How can the Prince of... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
How can the Prince of Peace cause such divisions in a family? The same way love -- of all things!
The prophet Jeremiah didn't want... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
The prophet Jeremiah didn't want to speak publicly, in part because he didn't really think himself a
Neil Diamond sings Love On... -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Neil Diamond sings "Love On The Rocks." Reba McEntire sings "Till You Love Me." The Oakridge Boys si
Stephen Pressfield's historical novel, Gates... -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Stephen Pressfield's historical novel, Gates of Fire, tells the story of the Battle of Thermo
Columnist Thomas Bray tells about... -- Isaiah :1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Columnist Thomas Bray tells about a speech to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco given by Michae
The best-laid plans ... often... -- Isaiah :1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
The best-laid plans ... often do not turn out as we expected.
The place was a suburb... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
The place was a suburb of Detroit. The speaker: Nobel Prize-winning novelist Elie Wiesel.
Immortality is not a Christian... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Immortality is not a Christian concept.
Vince Lombardi in Run To... -- Hebrews 12:1-7 (8-10) 11-14 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Vince Lombardi in Run To Daylight wrote a chapter on running backs that contains a lesson on keeping
Jeremiah is one of the... -- Jeremiah 2O:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Jeremiah is one of the most fascinating of the Hebrew prophets.
Who is the enemy? From... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C
Who is the enemy? From whom do we pray for deliverance, for God's defenses, for justice?

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For August 18, 2019:
  • Seeing the Signs, Taking the Steps by Mary Austin — Jesus tells the crowds listening to him to see the signs, and watch for change in the world. We can interpret the weather, but seeing change in our communal life is much harder.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
The Desert Fathers told of a father and a son who were traveling together. They came to the edge of a forest. Some of the bushes were loaded with berries. They looked so delicious that the son asked if they could stop for a while and pick berries.

The father was anxious to be on his way, but he saw the desire in his son’s eyes and agreed to stay there for a short while. The son was delighted. Together they searched the bushes for the biggest, plumpest, juiciest berries.
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Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 5:1-7
In the passage from Isaiah, God is the owner of the vineyard, which represents God's people. The coming destruction (verses 5-6) results from the people's failure to do what God "expected," and hoped for (verses 2, 4, 7). That is, the failure to enact and embody justice and righteousness invites catastrophe.

God’s judgment is just and would ultimately come for the recipients of the prophecy by means of the Assyrians (if the recipients were, as many suggest, the Northern Kingdom).

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Mind of Their Own” by Frank Ramirez


A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

CSSPlus

Arley K. Fadness
Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

(presenter removes and shows a candle on a candlestick)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

SermonStudio

Lee Ann Dunlap
Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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