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The military equipment mentioned in... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
The military equipment mentioned in this reading sounds strange to us.
With my grandfather's death came... -- James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
With my grandfather's death came the breakup of the old family home place.
Benjamin Disraeli was one of... -- James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Benjamin Disraeli was one of England's greatest prime ministers during the last century.
James admonishes us to be... -- James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
James admonishes us to be "doers of the word." John Wesley had this for his rule of life:
Hugh Martin, in his book... -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Hugh Martin, in his book The Parables of the Gospels, teaches us about purity, when he relate
It is far too easy... -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
It is far too easy to become caught up in complex theological argument and miss the forest for the t
These passages help to illustrate... -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
These passages help to illustrate the fact that we cannot simply quote a Bible passage to solve our
The great screen-actress, Mary... -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
The great screen-actress, Mary Pickford, was once asked how she was able to maintain her poise and g
The time came for even... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
The time came for even the great King David to "go the way of all the earth" and die.
I spent several years in... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
I spent several years in graduate school studying with a man who became another father to me.
Reading this scripture, I wondered... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Reading this scripture, I wondered what fathers are teaching their sons these days: prepare for a po
I am about to go... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
"I am about to go the way of all the earth."-- King David (1 Kings 2:2)
If you have done much... -- Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
If you have done much traveling by car, you have come upon road signs that are clustered together on
A Sunday school teacher has... -- Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
A Sunday school teacher has kept a list of some mistaken ideas about religion her class has had over
Among the final things that... -- Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Among the final things that Moses said to his people was to urge them, strictly, to give heed to the
Admiral George W. Anderson, chief... -- Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Admiral George W.
A recent news story told... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
A recent news story told of the death of a youngster who had spent his life confined in a room-sized
How far would we go... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
How far would we go to keep a promise? In 1999, a certain man went very far indeed.
People in the church knew... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
People in the church knew for several years that they had outgrown their building. A
One hot summer night, the... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
One hot summer night, the church council told the pastor that the giving was down,
It is a hot, summer... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
It is a hot, summer evening when the Christian education is meeting at a local church.
Medieval Times is a show... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Medieval Times is a show at various places around North America where those attending
It is a sad commentary... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
It is a sad commentary on our society that most police officers are required to wear some

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A Long-Distance Marriage -- John 6:56-69, Ephesians 6:10-20, 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43, Psalm 84 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Despite a brief firefight this past weekend, it seems that the United Nations-brokered ceasefire in

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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
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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).

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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.

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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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