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The greatest danger facing people... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The greatest danger facing people of faith, and the institution of the church which houses their his
Silence is the perfectest herald... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
"Silence is the perfectest herald of joy," Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.
What does it profit us... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
What does it profit us to gain the world and lose our lives, or to gain great fame and power, only t
Predictions are tricky business. They... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Predictions are tricky business.
Every Thanksgiving, Royce and Mary... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Every Thanksgiving, Royce and Mary made it a point to have a needy person or a couple to dinner.
The pleasure of pride is... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The pleasure of pride is like the pleasure of scratching.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
The Proverbs are filled with... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The Proverbs are filled with wisdom.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.

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