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God's Investment Advice -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C
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In 1929, as the stock... -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
In 1929, as the stock market crash was at its worst, representatives of the richest banking
Myrtle was scheduled for open... -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
Myrtle was scheduled for open-heart surgery. There was a great deal of nervousness in
It was a homecoming to... -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
It was a homecoming to remember when the bus full of solders arrived as the high school
If you had known, in... -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
If you had known, in the year 2000, what would happen at the New York City World
Because of what Jesus has... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
Because of what Jesus has done for us, we aren't the same people. We have the
A very popular newscaster seemed... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
A very popular newscaster seemed to have everything he needed. His program was
Polls indicate that more than... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
Polls indicate that more than 50% of the work force do not enjoy their work. That would
I am richer than you... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
"I am richer than you are!" A poor man told a very rich individual. "That cannot be," the
In her book, 25 Windows... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
In her book, 25 Windows into the Soul, Joan Chittister tells the story of a Zen
When, in 1943, Jan Karski... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
When, in 1943, Jan Karski, a member of the Polish underground, stood before President
When we all get to... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
"When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" is the refrain of a
This text about the rich... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
This text about the rich man and Lazarus is swamped and smoked in controversy.
In Toronto, Cass Loma is... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2001
In Toronto, Cass Loma is a monument to greed and dissipation.
T-shirts are an interesting... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2001
T-shirts are an interesting barometer of societal values.
A moving van pulled up... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2001
A moving van pulled up in front of the gate of an upper-class section of a large Midwestern city.
I looked up from my... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2001
I looked up from my reading as Harry knocked on my door. "Pastor, have you got a minute?" he asked.
This text is reminiscent of... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2001
This text is reminiscent of a father who recently entered my office lamenting the struggles of commu
The distance between the rich... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2001
The distance between the rich and the poor may be financially great, but it can also be geographical
The December 7, 1998 issue... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2001
The December 7, 1998 issue of Time magazine pays tribute to some of the world's most influent
The apostle advises against the... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2001
The apostle advises against the love of money.
A recent soft drink commercial... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 1998
A recent soft drink commercial is very revealing of the attitudes of today's society.
We have brought nothing into... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 1998
"We have brought nothing into this world, so we can take nothing out of it either." Ever figure out
Headlines were made in the... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 1998
Headlines were made in the spring of 1997 when a Danish woman was arrested and put in a New York Cit
In a book titled I... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 1998
In a book titled The Great Fear in Latin America, the journalist John Gerassi tells of a conv

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Any Lazaruses On Your Front Porch? -- Luke 16:19-31, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15, Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 -- Thom M. Shuman, Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
This week's Immediate Word uses Luke 16:19-31 to tell how easy it is for most of us to think

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

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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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