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Martha's labor pains had begun... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
Martha's labor pains had begun only an hour earlier. They were regular, twenty minutes apart.
A policeman in Cincinnati recently... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
A policeman in Cincinnati recently was arrested as a bank robber and narcotics distributor.
It was the custom in... -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
It was the custom in a particular church for the people to go to the chancel to place their money in
When we board an airplane... -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
When we board an airplane we think of that airplane as a single item; it is something that will carr
It wasn't easy being a... -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
It wasn't easy being a maverick, out of step with the cultural majority.
We were waiting in line... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
We were waiting in line at a large amusement park to ride a popular ride.
My theology professor in seminary... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
My theology professor in seminary inspired one of my sermons, a sermon which I titled, "Christ at t
Seldom do most worshippers sense... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
Seldom do most worshippers sense the presence of Christ when we are at worship.
It should have been an... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
It should have been an effective remedy for both of them, and Brandon had wrestled for years trying
It's become a familiar routine... -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
It's become a familiar routine, for many of us -- especially the parents of heavily programmed child
Everyone lives by rituals. From... -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Everyone lives by rituals. From how one brushes his or her teeth or how a man shaves ...
The pastor was wise and... -- Ecclesiastes 10: (7-11) 12-18 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The pastor was wise and did not multiply words.
One scholar suggests that our... -- Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
One scholar suggests that our text has to do with "the new accessibility of God's holiness." A sermo
One of the gifts of... -- Ecclesiastes 10: (7-11) 12-18 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
One of the gifts of the Spirit is wisdom. (1 Corinthians 12:8) This is a precious gift of God.
Wise people are ones who... -- Ecclesiastes 10: (7-11) 12-18 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Wise people are ones who know how to question as well as how to answer!
I never spoke with God... -- Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
I never spoke with GodNor visited in Heaven –
St. Paul, in this letter... -- Philemon 1:1-21 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
St.
Every year seniors in high... -- Hebrews 12:18-19 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Every year seniors in high school go through the long, rigorous process of getting enrolled in the c
When our Bible study class... -- Philemon 1: (2-9) 10-21 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
When our Bible study class discussed Philemon, there was a lot of sympathy for the man.
When the glass of milk... -- Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
When the glass of milk was spilled over the kitchen table for the third time in four nights, the lec
When the brilliant William Moon... -- Philemon 1:(2-9) 10-21 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
When the brilliant William Moon of England was at the height of his mental powers, his future looked
Paul Tillich points out in... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Paul Tillich points out in The Shaking of the Foundations the dimensions of spiritual depth.
Do you ever go to... -- Philemon 1: (2-9) 10-21 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Do you ever go to auction sales?
No matter how much wisdom... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
No matter how much wisdom and patience a parent has or no matter how much forbearance a child has, t

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Love Of Neighbor: Priceless -- Romans 13:8-14, Exodus 12:1-14, Matthew 18:15-20 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
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I love Thanksgiving. I cherish the traditions, I love the quality of family reunion, and I enjoy the food. I have hundreds of fond memories of Thanksgiving holidays past, and I look forward to the Thanksgiving that is a few months away.

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Genesis 45:1-5
This is a lesson about forgiveness. Martin Luther reminds us how Joseph’s forgiving actions were functions of God’s grace:

Therefore the Holy Spirit and grace are a medicine, so to speak, for nature – a medicine by which what had been ruined or destroyed in the original corruption through sin is set to right and restored. (Luther’s Works, Vol.8, p.16)

Elsewhere he makes the point in another, related way:

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Genesis 45:1-15  

“Calm down. Calm down. I know what’s going on,” the chief steward said. Beside him a handful of Joseph’s Egyptian servants stood outside the royal complex looking around nervously. Joseph, already acting strange this morning, without explanation had swept his arms toward his servants and shouted, “Everyone out. Everyone out.”

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In today's gospel reading, Jesus seemed reluctant to heal the Canaanite woman's daughter. He told her that he wasn't sent to help foreigners, but only his own people, the Chosen Race. The words sound unnecessarily harsh, but perhaps this is an interpretation unique to Matthew, for this story only appears in Matthew's gospel, which was written for Jews.

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As a seminary intern in St. Louis, Missouri, I was part of a Jewish-Christian Dialogue group. We were seeking to understand one another's traditions, work together for the good of our neighborhoods, and promote tolerance and respect in society. I had been invited into the group by a member of the church at which I was serving. She grew up Jewish, and in recent years had, in her words, "completed my faith" by gaining an understanding that Jesus is the Messiah foretold by the prophets of Israel.

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Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to eat? (let them answer) What is your favorite food? (let them answer) Do you know what a bird eats? (let them answer) Very good. They eat bugs, all kinds of bugs. Today, I brought with me this jar of bugs. They are pretty colorful, and in some ways they look almost good enough to eat. Have you ever eaten a bug? (let them answer) I wonder what a bug tastes like? Is there anyone here who is hungry enough to eat a bug? (let them answer)

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