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Professor Benjamin Bloom of the... -- Luke 18:1-8a -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Professor Benjamin Bloom of the University of Chicago recently led a group of researchers in a study
It is much easier to... -- Genesis 32:22-30 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
It is much easier to wrestle against a visible opponent than it is to wrestle with conscience.
The Dec. 15, 1982, edition... -- Exodus 17:8-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
The Dec.
You can't walk on water... -- Luke 18:1-8a -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
You can't walk on water because water gives.
I asked famed Southern Baptist... -- 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
I asked famed Southern Baptist teacher and author, Dr.
In Alfred Hitchcock's famous thriller... -- Micah 1:2; 2:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
In Alfred Hitchcock's famous thriller Rear Window, a man idly peering into apartment windows
Please read verses 10-13 before... -- 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Please read verses 10-13 before you get into this reading for today.
Norman Cousins wrote in the... -- Genesis 32:22-30 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Norman Cousins wrote in the Saturday Review, "What holds men back today is not the pressure o
While serving as an exchange... -- 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
While serving as an exchange minister on the Isle of Man during the summer of 1983, I had occasion t
The time is out of... -- Genesis 32:22-32 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
The time is out of joint; O cursed spite, That I was ever born to set it right! Shakespeare i
They ought always to pray... -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
"They ought always to pray and never lose heart." For many years I have received a Christmas letter
In John Osborne's play, Luther... -- Genesis 32:22-30 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
In John Osborne's play, Luther, the papal representative Cajetan comes to Luther to work out
God hears our prayers and... -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
God hears our prayers and answers in one of three ways: "yes," "no," or "not yet." But if we do not
It was more the brazenness... -- Genesis 32:22-30 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
It was more the brazenness of youth than wisdom which caused a young pastor to confront the fifty-ye
The pastoral concern of Luke... -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
The pastoral concern of Luke is clear, "losing heart." For two thousand years we have been praying,
Augustine struggled long and hard... -- Kings 5:14-17 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Augustine struggled long and hard against the pull of the world and the pull of the spirit.
The widow in today's parable... -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
The widow in today's parable is praised for her persistence in presenting her requests before an unj
Washing in the Jordan seven... -- 2 Kings 5:14-17 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Washing in the Jordan seven times seemed too simple to Namaan, the leper.
Promoting the desire and the... -- 2 Kings 5:14-17 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Promoting the desire and the expectation of something-for-nothing mentality: "At United we don't thi
We spend so much of... -- 2 Kings 5:14-17 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
We spend so much of life "waiting on the big thing to do" that we miss the whole opportunity of life
At funeral services for famed... -- Micah 1:2; 2:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
At funeral services for famed attorney Clarence Darrow, held on March 13, 1938, in Bond chapel at th
The young man was scared... -- Exodus 33:12-23 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
The young man was scared.
Gerard Manley Hopkins writes about... -- Exodus 33:12-23 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Gerard Manley Hopkins writes about the glory of God in his poem titled "God's Grandeur":
Looking directly at God would... -- Exodus 33:12-23 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Looking directly at God would have meant certain death for Moses.
Joe's mother loved to bake... -- Exodus 33:12-23 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Joe's mother loved to bake. Sometimes she would bake twelve dozen cookies at a time.

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For October 25, 2020:
  • The Law of the Lord and the Law of the Land by Mary Austin — It's clear that Amy Coney Barrett is serious about living “the law of the Lord” in her own life. It’s less clear how that might shape the law of the land if she serves on the Supreme Court.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1
David Coffin
In the 2010 dystopian movie entitled Book of Eli (starring Denzel Washington), the main character “Eli” is a drifter in a post-apocalyptic American desolate, violent wasteland. He finds comfort and solace in a unique book which he guards very closely. While scavenging food and other supplies, Eli reaches a village ruled by a mobster named “Carnegie.” A girl named “Solara” sees the precious book, which Eli carries that bears a Christian cross on the cover. Carnegie finds out about it, and desperately seeks to possess it.

StoryShare

C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Rules” by C. David McKirachan
“Accepting Reality” by C. David McKirachan
“Not Guilty” by Frank Ramirez


Rules
by C. David McKirachan
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 and Psalm 1

Children are highly overrated. Sometimes I wonder why my parents didn’t send me to boarding school. One such moment was when I asked why we had rules. If they invariably led to trouble, what good were they?

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John Jamison
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” (vv. 34-36)

Hi everyone! Today’s story is another one about Jesus and the Pharisees. Do you remember the Pharisees? (Let them answer.) They were the people who tried to trick Jesus about paying taxes because they wanted to make him look bad. Well, they are trying to do it again!

SermonStudio

Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
It's what God does, not what we do, that counts!

Collect of the Day
Addressing God the holy lawgiver and the salvation of His people, petitions are raised by the faithful to be renewed in His covenant of love and trained to care tenderly for all neighbors. Justification and Sanctification are emphasized.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
• A prayer for deliverance from national adversity, in the genre of a group lament.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Dominic Owl lived in a big, old oak tree, right in the middle of the wood. He hadn't lived there very long, because he was only a baby owl. He loved that big old oak tree, and best all he loved to perch on its broadest branch and watch his mother as she skimmed silently over the tree tops searching the ground for Dominic's next meal.

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