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During 1995, we marked the... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
During 1995, we marked the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
To bear up under loss... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
"To bear up under loss, to fight the bits of grief, to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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.

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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 grew up in the church.  I was a preacher’s kid, and so I was in church every Sunday morning of my childhood and adolescent years.  And, many weeks, it was more than just Sunday morning!
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Frank Ramirez
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2 Samuel 11:1-15
It’s hard to deal with the fact, for some of us, that we can’t do everything we used to do. The young David slayed Goliath. The people sang how Saul killed his thousands and David his tens of thousands. The future king, anointed by Samuel, engages in one military adventure after another. When he finally enters Jerusalem, the new capital of a united kingdom, he unapologetically dances so vigorously ahead of the Ark of the Covenant that he earns the disdain of his wife Michal.

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John E. Sumwalt
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“The Measure of the Universe” by Frank Ramirez
“Dream for a Divided Nation” by John Sumwalt


The Measure of the Universe
by Frank Ramirez
Ephesians 3:14-21

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend…what is the breadth and length and height and depth…. (Ephesians 3:18)

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John Jamison
Object: A bag of croutons and a bag of goldfish crackers. Use the included instructions to create a “Miracle Sack” and follow the ‘script’ for the activity. Prepare the sack ahead of time, putting enough croutons and goldfish crackers in the Miracle Sack so you can give some to each child, and keeping the five croutons and 2 goldfish crackers out to show as you tell the story.


The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
It was nearly the week of the show and Christopher's heart was beating very fast. It was beating fast because he was feeling very anxious. Christopher's friend Rex spent a lot of time on his father's allotment and was always coming into school boasting about how big his carrots were, or how tall for his corn had grown, or how beautiful his sweet peas smelt.

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David O. Bales
"The wind was squealing through the rigging," Peter said. "We'd gotten the sail down and were doing our best to row into the wind. It was tougher than we'd faced for a long time -- especially at night. Half of us rowed, half bailed. We all prayed."

Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
We're all in the same boat!

Collect of the Day
It is noted that the gracious God has placed in the hearts of all a longing for the word of truth. Prayer is offered that the faithful may know Christ to be the bread of heaven and share this bread with the entire world. Justification, Sanctification, Evangelism, and perhaps Social Ethics receive attention.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 14
* A Psalm attributed to David; a condemnation of a cynical and unrighteous age.
Donna E. Schaper
David gets in trouble the way many other men get in trouble. Some women do also but often in a less adulterous way. Women get "twitterpated" by beauty but often think of themselves as the one who should become beautiful. I think of the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, which is the story of fascination with fashion -- the women are all hooked deeply on how they look, so deeply that they think a size six is too fat. David's issue is different but also connected: He takes the problem of his lust for Bathsheba into a conniving and deceitful way.

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