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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me... (v. 34)

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Wayne Brouwer
Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Breaking Jesus’ Heart” by John Sumwalt
“Wade In the Water” by Frank Ramirez


Breaking Jesus’ Heart
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 22:23-31

For he did not despise or abhor
    the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
    but heard when I cried to him.
(Psalm 22:24)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.

The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.

"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"

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Russell F. Anderson
Theme For The Day: The road to God's kingdom is the way of obedience, suffering and death, the way of the cross. Christ calls us to take up our cross and follow him.


BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 17:1--7, 15--16 (C)
John W. Clarke
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.

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