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In February of 1997 the... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1998
In February of 1997 the Cairo Police arrested a family which had managed to save nearly $300,000 fro
It's not the church that's... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1998
It's not the church that's always asking for our money; it's the world!
Petitions for kings and all... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1998
Petitions "for kings and all who are in high positions" became the spiritual agenda for an elder in
Harry Chapin wrote a song... -- Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Harry Chapin wrote a song in the 1970s called "The Rock" about a huge rock that sat high above the t
While prayer seems often to... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
While prayer seems often to be a difficult task, one easily forgotten or ignored, Luther offers thes
My friend sat with tears... -- Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
My friend sat with tears in her eyes as she explained her experience in Rwanda.
Since the time of Cyrus... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Since the time of Cyrus, the Persian king who freed the Hebrew exiles, the Jewish community had pray
HarvestInvitation is... -- Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
HarvestInvitation is extended to participate,to join the feast already spread.
It had begun to snow... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
It had begun to snow early in the morning, and the pastor wondered if anyone would come to the midwe
At least every ten years... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
At least every ten years the famous fable of Robin Hood is remade into a new movie.
People need to realize that... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
People need to realize that every blessing a person enjoys whether it is material or spiritual, such
It was 2 a.m. when... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
It was 2 a.m. when the woman strode into the Emergency Room with the feverish child.
An Ethiopian artist, Alemayehu Bizuneh... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
An Ethiopian artist, Alemayehu Bizuneh, was losing his sight and was sent to a specialist in America
Occasionally Carl Sagan, the astronomist... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Occasionally Carl Sagan, the astronomist and space scientist at Cornell University, writes an articl
During the decade of the... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
During the decade of the 1930s Winston Churchill was one of the few people in England who saw the gr
The woman looked lovingly at... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
The woman looked lovingly at her granddaughter, Jenny. She enjoyed her visits.
In the mid-l9th century... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
In the mid-l9th century, Rev.
Greg Anderson, author of I... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Greg Anderson, author of The Triumphant Patient (Nelson Publishers, 1992), tells the story of
The story is told of... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
The story is told of a man who stole some money from a local variety store, got caught, arrested and
A minister had been selected... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
A minister had been selected to appear on a national television quiz show and for days before his ap
Leo Tolstoi, the great Russian... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Leo Tolstoi, the great Russian novelist, is celebrated as one of the very best novelists of all time
It never ceases to amaze... -- Proverbs 9:8-12 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
It never ceases to amaze me when two people listen to the same instructions and hear two completely
George Hunter tells the story... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
George Hunter tells the story of a young mother who went to see a counselor.
Jennifer was tired of saying... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Jennifer was tired of saying no to that which she really wanted to do.

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What If God Prayed For Us/u.s.? -- Amos 8:4-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
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Christopher Keating
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For August 16, 2020:
  • An Outsider’s Determined Push by Chris Keating — Jesus’ retort to the Syro-Phoenician woman catches us off guard, but will lead us to understand the depth of her great faith.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
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.

But it is a few months away. I may be looking forward to it, but that doesn’t mean that I am doing any grocery shopping for it yet. We all recognize that it would be premature for us to put the turkey in the oven this weekend in preparation for November’s Thanksgiving celebration.
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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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David O. Bales
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Howling Good News For Some
by David O. Bales
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.”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
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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Wayne Brouwer
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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