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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
On April 3, 2004, Freddy... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
On April 3, 2004, Freddy Adu, the fourteen-year-old soccer "phenom," made his professional debut in
George was a relatively new... -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
George was a relatively new member of the church.
The phenomenon of child prodigy... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
The phenomenon of child prodigy is most astonishing.
Being a Christian unfortunately does... -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Being a Christian unfortunately does not prohibit us from doing the wrong thing in the wrong manner.
All great kingdoms have been... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
All great kingdoms have been shaken, have tottered ,and have fallen: the long era of the pharaohs in
The image of the text... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
The image of the text is of God as an "all-consuming fire." One of the most interesting phenomena in
Delbert R. Hillers, professor at... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Delbert R.
The television commercial shows a... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
The television commercial shows a worried group of lawyers discussing their case.
Everyone has heard of it... -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Everyone has heard of it happening, maybe even witnessed one first hand -- a miraculous healing.
The dictator Nicolae Ceausescu of... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
The dictator Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania oppressed his people and told them that nothing could thre
One favorite living room sport... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
One favorite living room sport is try and rearrange history.
Operation Desert Shield, was undertaken... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Operation "Desert Shield," was undertaken to protect the border of Saudi Arabia from being breached
Entertainer Barbara Mandrell tells an... -- Isaiah 66:18-21 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Entertainer Barbara Mandrell tells an important true story with straight-in-the-eye conviction and p
There's a beautiful hedge along... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
There's a beautiful hedge along the back property line where we live, but it wasn't always beautiful
Among the most tragic incidents... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Among the most tragic incidents of World War II were the collaborations between occupied peoples and
An ancient legend is told... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
An ancient legend is told of a famous blacksmith who, having been arrested and chained in the castle
One who trusts will not... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
"One who trusts will not panic," says Isaiah, mouthpiece for God.
An ad from the '80s... -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
An ad from the '80s said about a financial firm, "When E. F.

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John Jamison
Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you today. Are you ready to hear it? (Let them respond.) Great! Here we go! Has anyone ever said something to you that didn’t make sense to you? (Let them respond.) After they said it, were you pretty confused about what they meant? (Let them respond.) Yes, I think that happens to all of us. But let me ask this: did Jesus ever say something that didn’t make sense to you or that was just really confusing and hard to understand? (Let them respond.) Well, that has happened to me.

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Christopher Keating
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For August 14, 2022:
  • Holy Heart Burn by Chris Keating. Jesus’ declaration that he comes to bring division and not peace is a harsh reminder of the kingdom’s disruption of our lives and world.
  • Wild Growth by Quantisha Mason-Doll. Based on Isaiah 5:1-7.
  • Sermon illustrations by Mary Austin, Tom Willadsen.

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Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
Charles Paul Conn wrote, in his book Make It Happen, about a church that lost her purpose. The story went something like this.

A preacher was in Atlanta, several years ago, and noticed in the restaurants section of the yellow pages, a place called Church of God Grill. The unusual name aroused his curiosity, so he dialed the number. A man answered with a cheery, “Hello! Church of God Grill!”
Mark J. Molldrem
Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

"But he's for family values!"

My parishioner could not believe that I didn't like the radio talk show. So what if the host's politics were reprehensible, his theology simplistic, and his biblical interpretation uncritical? The only thing that counted was family values!

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Peter Andrew Smith
Abbie walked through the door, threw her coat on the chair and crashed onto the couch. She grabbed for the remote and flipped through the channels on the television. Nothing caught her eye, so she turned it off. She picked up her phone and checked her message and social media. Nothing new. She tossed her phone on the table and slumped back.

“Why is this happening to me?” she muttered.

Linda yelled from the other room. “You back from work?”

“Yeah. I’m starving. Is there any of that pizza left?

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Tracey was afraid. They were all playing Truth or Dare, and Tracey didn't know which was worst. The dares were becoming more and more scary, and Tracey didn't want to be part of them. On the other hand, she was terrified of being required to reveal her innermost secrets, for she knew perfectly well all the others would laugh themselves silly.

"Your go, Tracey," announced James. "Truth or dare?"

Tracey hesitated. "Oh come on, Tracey!" cried the others. "What, you scared or something?"

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Rick McCracken-Bennett
I have to admit, this is not the Jesus I'm comfortable with. All this talk about bringing fire to the earth and that he can't wait until it's set ablaze. What kind of talk is that? Then there is the part about how households will become divided because of him. For goodness' sake, that's exactly opposite from the kind of community we're trying to build here.
Chrysanne Timm
This summer I decided to take up some simple vegetable gardening. I knew it would happen someday. It's in my blood. My dad has planted and tended summer gardens of various sizes my whole life. For several years, our family's garden filled the whole half acre second lot behind our home. We had strawberries, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, acorn squash, and even pumpkins.
Kirk R. Webster
In his colorful commentary on Hebrews, Thomas Long paints a picture of the historical setting surrounding this anonymous New Testament book.

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