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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 candidates had granted four... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
The candidates had granted four interviews while touring three different industrial sites during a b
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
On September 20, 1986, well... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
On September 20, 1986, well-known jockey Bill Shoemaker rode "Spectacular Bid" in the Woodward Stake
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
Who, given a chance, would... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Who, given a chance, would not be a monarch and "stand in the place of the great?" But, dreaming asi
Recently the public was invited... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Recently the public was invited to send financial contributions to the President of the United State
Semantitheraphy, that specialized school of... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Semantitheraphy, that specialized school of counseling which puts extra emphasis on the inner-relate
After the end of the... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
After the end of the Falkland Islands war, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher asked Robert Run
God never forgets anything? Even... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
God never forgets anything?
Thomas Wesu's story in some... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Thomas Wesu's story in some ways parallels Jesus' parable about the unrighteous steward, using quest
What does it mean to... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
What does it mean to break the Sabbath law?
Jamie, fifteen, had never been... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Jamie, fifteen, had never been partnered with 58-year-old Mr.
In one of the most... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
In one of the most trenchant insights into the nature of prophetic protest, Walter Brueggemann chara
The Hungarian novelist, Ferenc Molnar... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
The Hungarian novelist, Ferenc Molnar, allowed his love of money to rob him of the joys of generosit
Abraham Lincoln told this story... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Abraham Lincoln told this story about a king who wanted to go hunting.
There's a story of Henry... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
There's a story of Henry Ford, inventor of the automobile, that's strikingly similar to this tale of
When Sarge, the dog of... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
When Sarge, the dog of Kathleen Eickwort of Ocala, Florida, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma
The local Roman Catholic priest... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
The local Roman Catholic priest of the largest parish in the county tells that for several years his
Nearly a century ago, in... -- Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Nearly a century ago, in a mental institution outside Boston, a young girl known as "Little Annie" w
Like Israel in captivity, African... -- Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Like Israel in captivity, African-Americans felt crushed, a people crying out in a strange land.
No one is immune to... -- Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
No one is immune to the kind of dismay and discouragement that Jeremiah expressed -- not even Mother
Emma by all standards was... -- Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Emma by all standards was a good mother.
The missionary was prepared to... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
The missionary was prepared to baptize the class of converts into the faith.
True mediators are of rare... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
True mediators are of rare noe in the world.

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The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Katy Stenta
George Reed
Quantisha Mason-Doll
For June 20, 2021:
  • Underdog? by Tom Willadsen — It’s a more satisfying story if we don’t consider what David brought to the fight, but the outcome was never really in doubt.
  • A Non-Anxious Presence by Dean Feldmeyer — An anxious world longs for non-anxious leaders to help us discover the solutions to our problems.

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John Jamison
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

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Frank Ramirez
Appearances are deceiving. Goliath looks unconquerable, and the young shepherd boy who says thanks but no thanks to the king’s armor, is pretty confident that five smooth stones will be enough to change the world.

So it is that the Apostle Paul reminds us we don’t see anyone from a human view anymore. We see them through God’s eyes.
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4, 11, 19-23) 32-49
We like underdogs, which is why we like the story of David and Goliath. About David’s improbable victory John Wesley wrote:

Thus does God often do great things for His people by the weak things of the world. (Commentary On the Bible, p.189)   

The world needs Davids — people who take on the powerful and the social consensus even if it does not seem that they have a chance. The playwright George Bernard Shaw explained why the world needs such people like David:

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Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
Contents
“A David and Goliath Story” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Re-crossing Galilee Lake” by David O. Bales
“Seminar: Working Together In Him” by David O. Bales

A David and Goliath Story
by Peter Andrew Smith
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49

Laura took some vegetables out of the bag to chop. “So, I hear you are in a bit of trouble at school.”

“Who told you that, Auntie?” Joan asked.

“Your mother. She wanted me to see if there is anything I could do.”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
The first thing Jack saw when he walked into church on the Sunday morning was a bright red octopus. It seemed an odd animal to be in church, but Jack's heart lifted in anticipation, for with an octopus in the offing and a bright red one at that, surely the preacher would have an exciting talk this morning.

Of course it was only a paper octopus, but nonetheless it filled Jack's mind with thoughts of the sea and strange sea creatures and coral reefs and snorkelling and all those things you never usually thought about in church.

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Kristin Borsgard Wee
Just a short time ago, a young homemaker and mother sat in my office telling me how she was feeling about her life. She said she felt she was adrift in a tiny boat in the middle of a great and surging ocean. How she had gotten into that boat and where she was going was a mystery to her. All she could see were the huge waves towering over her frail, little boat, threatening at any moment to swamp it and sink it, to swallow her up forever.

Stan Purdum
The United Methodists came out with their most recent hymnbook in 1989. Three years before that, while the hymnal committee was deciding which hymns from the previous book would be included in the new one and which would be deleted, they concluded that "Onward Christian Soldiers" should be omitted. The committee voted to delete it, feeling that the hymn was overly militaristic and thus was inconsistent with the church's goal of eradicating war and establishing world peace. The announcement of this decision, however, made in mid-May 1986, launched a great brouhaha in the church.

Glenn W. Mcdonald
In the year 2000 Forbes Magazine featured a special edition on a single topic that it called "the biggest issue of our age -- time." The editors wrote, "We've beaten, or at least stymied, most of humanity's monsters: disease, climate, geography, and memory. But time still defeats us. Lately its victories seem more complete than ever. Those timesaving inventions of the last half-century have somehow turned on us. We now hold cell phone meetings in traffic jams, and 24-7 has become the most terrifying phrase in modern life."

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