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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
Do you ever go to... -- Philemon 1: (2-9) 10-21 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Do you ever go to auction sales?
Gary Wills captioned his study... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Gary Wills captioned his study of the Kennedy family, The Kennedy Imprisonment: A Meditation on P
... if human suffering were... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
...
The woman leading a group... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The woman leading a group of seminary students on a weekend retreat asked them to meditate on the qu
In the first letter to... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
In the first letter to his young protege, Timothy, Paul focuses on the unique quality of mercy expre
Today if we mention racism... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Today if we mention racism and or discrimination in public, we hear comments like: "I didn't own sla
As a boy, he wanted... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
As a boy, he wanted to be a priest but, later, laziness and indifference kept him out of the seminar
Tourists in the Alps are... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Tourists in the Alps are cautioned at certain points by the guides not to yodel, sing, or even to sp
St. Francis of Assisi was... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
St. Francis of Assisi was once asked why and how he could accomplish so much.
Modern psychotherapy has grown up... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Modern psychotherapy has grown up a lot in the last twenty years or so.
Jesus never wished to gain... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Jesus never wished to gain disciples under false pretenses.
When Gordon Allport gave us... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
When Gordon Allport gave us his criteria for mature religion, he indicated that such religion is alw
On the outskirts of a... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
On the outskirts of a nearby town is an eyesore.
George was the type of... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
George was the type of fellow who was always an authority on everything and enjoyed letting others k
You shall love the Lord... -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
"You shall love the Lord your God ...
Earning Pens Eason's Oor.br... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
"Earning Pens Eason's Oor."
Ezekiel's picture of the watchman... -- Ezekiel 33:1-11 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Ezekiel's picture of the watchman giving warning to his people of impending danger, reminded me of t
The late Bishop Gerald Kennedy... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The late Bishop Gerald Kennedy told about a museum in Vienna where a piano Beethoven played is displ
What responsibility is placed on... -- Ezekie l 33:1-11 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
What responsibility is placed on the prophet's head!
The way of wisdom seems... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The way of wisdom seems out of touch with so many realities of today.
Jesus commanded his followers to... -- Ezekiel 33:1-11 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Jesus commanded his followers to "watch and pray." To be on watch is not a passive activity.
Back in the 1960s, Fuzzy... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Back in the 1960s, Fuzzy Thurston, a Valparaiso University graduate, was playing left guard for Vinc
In the book by Paul... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
In the book by Paul Reps, entitled Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, an example of wisdom is given
The baseball great Yogi Berra... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
The baseball great Yogi Berra is reputed to have said, "You can observe a lot just by watching."

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The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
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Mary Austin
George Reed
Katy Stenta
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
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!
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
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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Frank Ramirez
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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