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The best advertising is word... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
The best advertising is word of mouth. If you've ever run a business, you know this to be true.
One of the real pleasures... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
One of the real pleasures in life is watching children imitate their parents or other adults.
A Sunday School teacher was... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
A Sunday School teacher was speaking with her fifth grade class about the power of God.
John Bunyon, in his powerful... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
John Bunyon, in his powerful allegory, Pilgrim's Progress, connects spiritual peace with a vision of
Paul's ability to accept whatever... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
Paul's ability to accept whatever life brought to him, can be achieved by anyone.
Some really good things happened... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
"Some really good things happened at that meeting," Jennifer thought to herself as she was driving h
Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin were both baptized and probably to some extent both believed that God
A professor in a course... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
A professor in a course on Old Testament history always gave the same final exam.
Caesar's own image was on... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
Caesar's own image was on the coin. The money belonged to Caesar and Caesar's government.
Christians should always live uneasily... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Christians should always live uneasily with empire, which constantly threatens to become idolatrous
One day, the Lord went... -- Micah 1:2; 2:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
One day, the Lord went for a walk in heaven. He took everyone with him except Peter.
Every year, around April 15... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Every year, around April 15, there are stories on the radio and television from people who have come
Over the last few years... -- Micah 1:2; 2:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Over the last few years there have been at least two movies to receive critical acclaim in their por
The pastor should intentionally seek... -- 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
"The pastor should intentionally seek spiritual care about the responsibilities of the office.
How long will the Lord... -- Habakkuk 1:1-3, 2:1-4 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
How long will the Lord endure evil?
Once upon a time, a... -- 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Once upon a time, a very important theologian from a very important seminary met another very
Habakkuk's lament is that the... -- Habakkuk 1:1-3, 2:1-4 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Habakkuk's lament is that the Lord does not seem to be governing the world wisely or well.
Some time ago, a twenty... -- 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Some time ago, a twenty-four-year-old student, Vido Mati of Barcelona, Spain, was writing his thesis
We wrestle with the Incomprehensible... -- Genesis 32:22-30 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
We wrestle with the Incomprehensible One who has revealed himself to us; yet he is still mystery bey
It is usually my nose... -- 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
It is usually my nose, not my ears, that sometimes itches during a church service, more often than n
One of the conditions that... -- Genesis 32:22-30 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
One of the conditions that causes the most wrestling with God is an over-dependence upon feelings.
A woman felt she had... -- Luke 18:1-8a -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
A woman felt she had a legitimate grievance against a photographic company.
In the story of Jacob... -- Genesis 32:22-30 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
In the story of Jacob wrestling at the Jabbok, Jacob readily tells his adversary his own name, but t
A modern example of vindication... -- Luke 18:1-8a -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
A modern example of vindication was reported in the May 30th edition of Jet Magazine which fo

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What's Really Scary Is ... -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
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“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. (vv. 14-16)


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David Coffin
Easter is a season of new life and that which guides the church into new life. All three texts point in this direction. What congregation or church leader is not in need of new ideas and directions for life in the history or their ministry?
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 4:5-12
I ran across, what sounds to me, like an old legend. It’s a good story, though, and I think it is worth looking at.

Back in the days when the Old West was being settled, a lot of people made their way over the Oregon Trail. When they got to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, they found a stream that was too wide to cross by just stepping over it. To get across, they "two-stepped" across by using an ugly lump sticking up out of the water in the middle of the stream as a step.

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Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
Contents
“Trusting in God” by Peter Andrew Smith
“The Power of a Name” by David O. Bales
“Through A Dark Valley Toward the Table Of An Enemy” by David O. Bales


Trusting in God
by Peter Andrew Smith
1 John 3:16-24

Jane handed Mary a cup of coffee. “Is anyone else around?”

Mary shook her head. “No, Ken and Pastor Mark headed off to their meeting so it’s just the two of us at the church until they get back.”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. If you want to know him, listen to his voice today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we fail to hear your voice.
Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, sometimes we wilfully ignore your voice.
Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, sometimes we wander far from the fold.
Lord, have mercy.


Reading:
John 10:11-18

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Donna E. Schaper
What does this shepherd possibly mean? He says he has the power to put his life down and to pick it up again! It is almost like he is saying we can stop breathing whenever we want -- and then begin breathing again. How dare we believe this promise?
Paul W. Kummer
Sometimes it just takes boldness!

"Tell me what my dreams mean," bellowed the king. "And I want to know what the dream was, too! It was so terrifying that I can't remember it! Tell me now! If you don't, O wise men of Babylon, I will have all of you killed."

That's the report Daniel heard in his prison cell as henchmen came to fulfill the king's earnest decree. "Wait, there's a God in heaven who reveals mysteries," delays Daniel, and with boldness in God and with confidence that God gives dreams meanings, Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar about the future.
Paul E. Robinson
Not long ago I heard about one more study done with rats. This particular study seemed to indicate that the amount of stress experienced by baby rats in their first ten days set their bodies for the rest of their lives as to how the rats would react to stressful situations. As I recall, there are at least two factors at work. First of all, in a stressful situation a chemical is produced that triggers the stress response throughout the body.

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