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One day my son came... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
One day my son came home from his baseball game with good news, "The coach selected me for an All St
An ancient legend tells about... -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
An ancient legend tells about the origin of humanity.
A group of clergy gathered... -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
A group of clergy gathered monthly for a meeting and lunch.
Six thousand feet above the... -- Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
Six thousand feet above the wooded hillside beyond the Pittsburgh airport USAir flight 427 was being
They say that experience is... -- Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
They say that experience is the best teacher. That was definitely true for two-year-old Jeffrey.
An elderly salesman had been... -- Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
An elderly salesman had been calling on businesses in the small towns of southwestern West Virginia.
This was the first Sunday... -- Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
This was the first Sunday since the fire that destroyed the church building.
Paul can't remember exactly how... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
Paul can't remember exactly how long he has been a resident of the convalescent center.
Marie decided she had been... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
Marie decided she had been the target of one too many pranks staged by the camp clown; it was time t
After returning from a week... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
After returning from a week-long sales conference, a woman in my congregation phoned me late one nig
Visit the testing area of... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
Visit the testing area of any manufacturing company and you will know whether to trust the products.
In his book People of... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
In his book People of the Lie, Scott Peck writes of a man who literally made a pact with the devil.
As children, and even as... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
As children, and even as adults, we love to frighten ourselves and one another.
In his Outline of History... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
In his Outline of History H. G.
After he was crowned king... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
After he was crowned king of England on Christmas Day in 1066, William the Conqueror began to issue
Mike was in his last... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
Mike was in his last year of Seminary.
One Sunday a minister was... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1995
One Sunday a minister was delivering a sermon on temptation, when he suddenly felt that the message
David and Linda Gilbert were... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
David and Linda Gilbert were in a panic. C.
Robert Andrews Millikan was a... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Robert Andrews Millikan was a U.S.
Lyle Alzado was once the... -- Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Lyle Alzado was once the terror of the National Football League.
There's a story out of... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
There's a story out of South Africa, from the last days of apartheid, about standing straight and ta
J.B. was Archibald... -- Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
J.B. was Archibald MacLeish's prizewinning play based on the biblical story of Job.
Every once in a while... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Every once in a while, network television takes a risk -- not very often, but it does happen.
Most folks who have been... -- Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Most folks who have been involved in athletics have heard the phrase, "No pain, no gain." The meanin

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Womb + Potential Medical Miracle + 2004 = Christian Debate Over Preservation Of Life And Stem-Cell Research -- Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 13:10-17, Psalm 71:1-6 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
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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.

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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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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
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“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.

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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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