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What Kindness Teaches -- Proverbs 31:10-31, James 3:13-18 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Power And Servanthood In Christian Leaders: "the First Will Be Last" -- Mark 9:30-37, James 3:13--4:3, 7-8a, Proverbs 31:10-31, Psalm 1 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Can a balance between power and servanthood be found?

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Some people think they're living... -- James 5:1-6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Some people think they're living when they're really not.
James' tirade against wealthy people... -- James 5:1-6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
James' tirade against wealthy people is an echo of the statement by Jesus, "It is easier for a camel
One observation is very clear... -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
One observation is very clear to me: Christians tend to be cliquish.
When I was a seminarian... -- Jeremiah 11:18-20 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
When I was a seminarian in the 1960s, there was much talk of "prophetic" ministry, of "putting yours
The student teacher had just... -- Jeremiah 11:18-20 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
The student teacher had just given a lecture to beginning math students.
The day dawned coldb... -- Jeremiah 11:18-20 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
The day dawned cold and gray along the rocky coast of Norway.
Jeremiah has spoken the word... -- Jeremiah 11:18-20 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Jeremiah has spoken the word of the Lord.
Joshua seemed somewhat jealous for... -- Numbers 11:25-29 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Joshua seemed somewhat jealous for Moses that Eldad and Medad, possessing a portion of God's Spirit,
Human nature hasn't changed since... -- Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Human nature hasn't changed since the Israelites were complaining about their tough times.
Moses must have rejoiced to... -- Numbers 11:25-29 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Moses must have rejoiced to hear that the power of God moved among the elders and that they p
There can be a terrible... -- Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
There can be a terrible loneliness to leadership. The burden can seem overwhelming.
Christians of earlier days took... -- James 4:13-17; 5:7-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Christians of earlier days took quite literally the urging of James, to attach the condition of the
Farmers are required to live... -- James 4:13-17; 5:7-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Farmers are required to live with an overall patient trust in a power beyond themselves, whet
James is really talking straight... -- James 4:13-17; 5:7-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
James is really talking straight to most of us when he says, "Anyone who knows the good he ou
The basketball player, number 11... -- James 4:13-17; 5:7-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
The basketball player, number 11, gunned up a long shot from deep in the corner.
In the first half of... -- James 5:1-6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
In the first half of this century, one man reigned as a type of king over an eastern Kentucky county
Considering the retribution that is... -- James 5:1-6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Considering the retribution that is coming to the wealthy and the corrosive effect riches have on th
We may resist God, question... -- Job 42:1-6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
We may resist God, question him, and argue with him; but eventually there comes a time of submission
It's one thing to know... -- Job 42:1-6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
It's one thing to know God, and quite another thing to know about God.
In a study done on... -- Job 42:1-6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
In a study done on ecstasy, the researcher found that one of the most important ecstasies consistent

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The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Katy Stenta
George Reed
Quantisha Mason-Doll
For September 26, 2021:
  • The Price of Admission by Tom Willadsen — Is the price of admission into the kingdom of God an arm and a leg? Or rather, a foot, hand and eye?
  • Second Thoughts: Why Pray? by Dean Feldmeyer — God answers prayer in God’s way, which, sometimes coincides with our desires — and sometimes doesn't.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Timothy B. Cargal
Note: Originally published in 2003.

StoryShare

John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Speaking Tender” by John Sumwalt
“The Tables are Turned” by Frank Ramirez


Speaking Tender
by John Sumwalt
Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20

If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck, and you were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42)

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John Jamison
Object: A saltshaker, a stone, glue, salt, and a knife to scrape the stone. For the salt stone, I used a stone about the size of an apple, but you can use any size large enough to show. Many of the original ones would have been bigger. To make our salt stone, cover the stone with glue and then roll it in a pan of salt. Repeat that a few times until there is a visible coating of salt over at least part of the stone, and let it dry.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Praxis, the pixie who changed colour according to his feelings, was a bright and healthy pink. He looked so good and so happy with himself that everyone who saw him couldn't help smiling. The fact was, he'd been chosen for a very important job.

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William W. Helland
Mark 9:38-50

Sue Anne Steffey Morrow
On a cold and dark March night during my first year at Princeton as assistant dean of the chapel, I left our little home on the edge of the campus to go back to my office. I had a lot of things to accomplish and imagined that the quiet and solitude of the office would be the best place to work. As I approached our office building, Murray-Dodge Hall, I was surprised to see that it was all lit up and I began to hear the sounds of a ruckus. I came through the door and into a lobby to the middle of an astonishing party, a celebration of some sort or another.
James R. Wilson
Call To Worship
Leader: Let all who would proclaim God's word gather now for worship!
People: For we live in a hostile world with many who would silence the Gospel.
Leader: And thus it has always been, as Satan would keep us from God's love.
People: But the Lord will not be defeated, and God's word will be heard.
Leader: Then let us commit our lives to proclaiming God's mercy and love.
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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