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In St. Louis there is... -- Hosea 4:1-3; 5:15-6:6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
In St. Louis there is a place called the Magic House.
Many different cultures bid the... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Many different cultures bid the buyer to be aware of merchandisers eager to cheat them of their well
In verse 5 we read... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
In verse 5 we read, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
We kid ourselves. We think... -- Ephesians 2:4-10 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
We kid ourselves. We think we're doing God a favor.
After delineating the walk of... -- Ephesians 2:4-10 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
After delineating the walk of death in 2:1-3, Paul, in 2:4-10 pictures the walk of life.
The building of the church... -- Ephesians 2:4-10 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
The building of the church of Jesus Christ shall always be founded upon the truths of this Scripture
In this parable Jesus makes... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
In this parable Jesus makes a comment that, "the people of this world are much more shrewd in handli
When a leader of Polish... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
When a leader of Polish Solidarity and his family were thrown out of Poland and came to America, the
The custom of offering prayers... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
The custom of offering prayers for civil rulers is one of the most ancient traditions of Christian c
There is a fable, told... -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
There is a fable, told by the family therapist Idries Shah, of a stream, that ran from its source hi
The dishonest steward was a... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
The dishonest steward was a rascal with few redeeming qualities.
Bill was excited about staying... -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Bill was excited about staying with the Swisher family for the weekend.
How thankful we should be... -- Matthew 9:9-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
How thankful we should be that Jesus accepted Matthew and his motley crew, ate and drank with them,
Two men had argued for... -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Two men had argued for years.
An elderly woman wonders why... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
An elderly woman wonders why she is still here.
Helen Keller understood the relationship... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Helen Keller understood the relationship between the flesh and the Spirit: "The calamity of the blin
There is a silly story... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
There is a silly story about two neighbors. One was a Jew and the other a Catholic.
Paul calls us to live... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Paul calls us to live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel.
After working all day, Nancy... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
After working all day, Nancy would go home and work some more.
In the summer of 1969... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
In the summer of 1969, Scott accepted an offer of $80 to paint an entire two-story house.
Cars have the ability to... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Cars have the ability to tell when they are low on gas -- in most cars it's a little orange light th
Mrs. Severson, a ninety-plus... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Mrs. Severson, a ninety-plus-year-old member of the congregation needed her fence painted.
Living during times when food... -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Living during times when food is scarce is never a pleasant experience.
A Salvation Army magazine tells... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
A Salvation Army magazine tells the story of three American chaplains who were quartered in a German
It was an incredible story... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
It was an incredible story, but experience and character vouched for the pastor's truthfulness.

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The Immediate Word

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For September 27, 2020:
  • Not-So-Happy Campers by Chris Keating — As things heat up in the wilderness, God's people quarrel and grumble, wondering aloud "is the Lord among us or not?".

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David Kalas
The mirror on the wall gets a lot of looks. We are continually checking to see that our hair is right, that our teeth are clean, that our clothes are put together and put on in the most attractive way. We check the mirror in the bathroom, the mirror in the bedroom, the mirror in the car, perhaps a mirror in the bathroom at school or work, and we may even employ our phone as a mirror from time to time.

“Man looks at the outward appearance,” indeed (1 Samuel 16:7 NASB).
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Exodus 17:1-7
Americans want to make it on their own. As recently as in 2011 in a poll conducted by Pew Research Center it was indicated that 62% of Americans (as compared to less than 50% of western Europeans) believe that success in life is determined by factors we control. In fact, as this lesson makes clear, we are dependent on God for the good things we have. If we only depend on ourselves, we are asking for trouble and misery. Famed Puritan of the Colonial era, the great revivalist, Jonathan Edwards had it right:

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David O. Bales
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If It’s Worth Telling …
by David O. Bales
Psalm 25:1-9

“Let me tell you a story.”

“No, no, no. That’s not the way to start a story. Try again.”

“I’ve got a great story to tell you.”

“You’re still missing it badly.”

“But I just introduced the story.”

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John Jamison
“Which of the two did what his father wanted?” (v. 31)

Note: The instructions will explain who you are to be speaking too. Most of all, have fun with this!

Let’s have some fun this time and do some acting. And I think it is really going to take some good acting because I know that none of you ever behave like one of the children in this story behaves. This is a story Jesus told about a man and his two sons, so let’s begin by finding our actors for those roles. Don’t worry, I’ll help you know what to say and do.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Double Trouble was the smallest of the litter of puppies. He was also the most mischievous. When the old lady saw him, she couldn't resist the way his ears flopped over his face or the way his tail wagged incessantly.

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William E. Keeney
When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" 24Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

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