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Predictions are tricky business. They... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Predictions are tricky business.
There once was a man... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
There once was a man who was given the special gift of preaching by God.
Perhaps there has been no... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Perhaps there has been no more worthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize than Mother Teresa of India
There is a story of... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
There is a story of a proud woodpecker who was pecking away at an old, dead tree when the sky blacke
Somebody had to knock down... -- Ezekiel 19:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Somebody had to knock down this idea of a retributive justice that spans the generations.
Bob Uecker has probably made... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Bob Uecker has probably made more money as a baseball broadcaster and personality in commercials tha
Famed American humorist, Odgen Nash... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Famed American humorist, Odgen Nash, quipped, "Why did the Lord give us so much quickness of motion
Our text equates a treaty... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Our text equates a "treaty with death" with the lies and deceit and a firm and strong foundation wit
The ultimate way was established... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The ultimate way was established by our Lord upon the Cross.
When a people step outside... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
When a people step outside of their protective traditions and try to embrace others' actions and cus
I cannot vouch for the... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this particular illustration, but I know the principle it illustr
Typology is a very ancient... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Typology is a very ancient form of interpretation in which one takes the images that are used in the
The Proverbs are filled with... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The Proverbs are filled with wisdom.
A backpacker had been informed... -- Isaiah 28:14-22 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
A backpacker had been informed by a local "expert" hiker, a short, thin, and gaunt old man who had h
Protocol is the name given... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Protocol is the name given to ceremony and etiquette when heads of state travel to visit another hea
Stevens Danish, chairman of the... -- Hebrews 13:1-8 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Stevens Danish, chairman of the psychology department at Virginia Commonwealth University says, "By
In the Greek Orthodox Maundy... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
In the Greek Orthodox Maundy Thursday footwashing in Jerusalem, a large crowd of worshipers fills th
In traveling about the city... -- Hebrews 13:1-8 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
In traveling about the city or countryside most of us rely, often more than we realize, upon "landma
Aesop's fable, The Fox and... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Aesop's fable, "The Fox and the Crow," illustrates the folly of human pride.
Lisa Alther's novel Original Sins... -- Hebrews 13:1-8 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Lisa Alther's novel Original Sins is a tiresome recital of lurid descriptions of violence and
Humility means not taking ourselves... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Humility means not taking ourselves too seriously.
A Christian counselor was helping... -- Hebrews 13:1-8 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
A Christian counselor was helping a group of parents deal with the weighty matter of moral instructi
The opening verses in this... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The opening verses in this reading glorify the practice of humility.
Fear is an expectation of... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Fear is an expectation of evil.
The people of Israel always... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The people of Israel always looked back with pride to the glory their land had enjoyed in the days o

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“Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (v. 21b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I'm practically bursting with joy to see you in this hour. Know why? I get to show my love for you by telling a good news story from the Bible.

But first, what do I have here? (show series of objects) I want to know what is the purpose of, for example, a fly swatter? (children answer)
What is the purpose of a cup? (children answer)

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Keith Wagner
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“The Challenge to be Humble” by Keith Wagner
“Forgiveness Without Limits” by Keith Wagner


The Challenge to be Humble
by Keith Wagner
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

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Sandra Herrmann
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”

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Janice B. Scott
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.

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The church as the body of Christ is dynamic, unified, and organic.

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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
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