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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
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.
George was a relatively new... -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
George was a relatively new member of the church.
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
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.
The phenomenon of child prodigy... -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
The phenomenon of child prodigy is most astonishing.
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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