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It is estimated that each... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1998
It is estimated that each year Americans gamble more than $330 billion.
Snoopy, of PeanutsI... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1998
Snoopy, of Peanuts fame, bat clenched between his jaws, readies himself for the pitch.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
In the mid-l9th century... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
In the mid-l9th century, Rev.
One of the most brilliant... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
One of the most brilliant men I've ever met was also the epitome of lost causes and dashed hopes.
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 pastor in a small... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
A pastor in a small town once remarked that people would often stop him in the street or in the stor
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
The assignment for the fifth... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
The assignment for the fifth graders was to write an essay about making the world a better place in

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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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Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Katy Stenta
For October 9, 2022:
  • Water is Life by Tom Willadsen. Water can destroy. Without water humanity is destroyed.
  • Second Thoughts: Shawshank Babylon by Dean Feldmeyer. “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” Andy Dufresne in Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.

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Wayne Brouwer
In 1637, Eilenburg, Saxony, was surrounded by the dark night of the soul. Europe was at war. Eilenburg was tossed back and forth by the armies. Three times during that year it was attacked and severely damaged. When the armies left, refugees poured in by the thousands. Diseases ran rampant. Food was scarce.

There was only one pastor in the city, a fellow named Martin Rinkart. His journal for 1637 indicates that he conducted over 4,500 funerals that year, sometimes as many as forty or fifty a day. Life was a constant death, and each morning stank of disaster.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12

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Frank Ramirez
John E. Sumwalt
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Band of Brothers
by Frank Ramirez
Luke 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. (v. 11)

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John Jamison
Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have another story for you today. Are you ready? (Let them respond.) Great!

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Praxis the pixie was in trouble again. In fact, Praxis was rarely out of trouble. It had all started when he'd begun to be himself. You see, Praxis changed colour when he felt strongly about anything, and so for quite a while he'd tried very hard to be good. But it hadn't worked, for instead of being just one colour, blue or yellow or green or pink or purple or red, he'd become a rainbow of blotches and spots, stripes and circles, all different colours. It had been very embarrassing. So now Praxis was just himself, and that meant he wasn't always good.

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Stephen P. McCutchan
Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.
-- Psalm 66:5

Schuyler Rhodes
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (v. 10). "Perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18). These two powerful statements reveal for us the inadequacies of the translation process of the English language. These two juxtaposing passages reveal only a tiny fraction of the contradictions and conflicts found within our holy Word. No wonder people have trouble reading and understanding.
Dallas A. Brauninger
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Donna E. Schaper
I went to the store to buy a new pair of blue jeans. The clerk asked if I wanted slim fit, easy fit, or relaxed fit, regular or faded, stone washed or acid washed, button fly or regular fly ... and that's when I started to sputter. Can't I just have a pair of blue jeans, size fourteen? Then I went to the grocery store and found 85 varieties of crackers, 285 kinds of cookies, and thirteen different kinds of raspberry jelly. Can't I just get a cookie and a cracker and a bottle of jelly any more?

R. Kevin Mohr
In a scene from the romantic comedy, While You Were Sleeping, "Ox" Callaghan is waxing eloquent at the breakfast table one morning about those rare moments in life when everything seems to be going just right and falling into place. "In that one minute," he says, "you have peace." But his son, Jack, who is Ox's partner in the family business, has finally decided it is time to break the news to his dad that he wants out to start his own business, and so he bursts his father's bubble, saying, "Pop, this isn't that minute."1

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