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Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russia's great nineteenth... -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1997
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russia's great nineteenth century novelist, as a young man was cast into prison
I once read in a... -- 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
I once read in a letter from a UCC minister to his congregation that children are not learning to li
A woman was seated next... -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
A woman was seated next to a minister on an airplane during a storm.
We have the tendency to... -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
We have the tendency to act very differently under pressure.
Charlton Heston had to learn... -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
Charlton Heston had to learn something new for the 1967 movie, Counterpoint.
Every spring our local electric... -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
Every spring our local electric company sends out notices about kite flying safety: safety posters h
The story is told of... -- 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
The story is told of a lady who lived in a gloomy basement apartment.
When Big Al Miller was... -- 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
When "Big" Al Miller was 12 years old, he peddled the Detroit Free Press every day and he made his c
The movie JFK sparked a... -- 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
The movie JFK sparked a renewed interest in former President John F. Kennedy.
Paul's statement that those who... -- 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
Paul's statement that "those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for
Dr. Bernie Siegel has devoted... -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
Dr.
Paul reminded the Corinthians that... -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
Paul reminded the Corinthians that he had loved them and served them with everything that he had to
Jane had just gotten off... -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
Jane had just gotten off the phone with her daughter, Barbara, who had been up all night with the ne
Reader's Digest printed an article... -- Job 38:1, 8-11 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
Reader's Digest printed an article about the wonders that are present in just one square inch of hum
When Vince Lombardi took over... -- Job 38:1, 8-11 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
When Vince Lombardi took over as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, he inherited a team that had a
In ancient Babylon there was... -- Job 38:1, 8-11 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
In ancient Babylon there was a myth about creation resulting from the battle of the goddess Tiamat,
God responds to Job's questions... -- Job 38:1, 8-11 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
God responds to Job's questions, and here describes how the ocean came into being by a kind of cosmi
A few years ago Duke... -- 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
A few years ago Duke University made it to the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament.
Everybody who follows major league... -- 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
Everybody who follows major league baseball knows what kind of player Chris Sabo, third baseman for
On July 3, 1988, a... -- 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-39 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1994
On July 3, 1988, a pastor was at his family reunion.
Every once in a while... -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B
Every once in a while, in the world of photojournalism, there is an image that rises above
One day, a junior high... -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B
One day, a junior high boy told his grandfather that since he was confirmed, he might do
Melissa's life story made people... -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B
Melissa's life story made people in the nice, respectable church uncomfortable. She was
Twin sisters lived together, after... -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B
Twin sisters lived together, after their parents died, in the family home. They were
Sophie's husband drinks heavily. He... -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B
Sophie's husband drinks heavily. He creates havoc when he drinks too much. He has been

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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.
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Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
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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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“A David and Goliath Story” by Peter Andrew Smith
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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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