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It is a strange thing... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1997
It is a strange thing, but those who canvass for charities report that the best givers are usually f
Several years ago Tom Peters... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1997
Several years ago Tom Peters wrote a book titled In Search of Excellence.
The main negotiating for an... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1997
The main negotiating for an end to the war in Bosnia occurred at the Wright Patterson Air Force Bas
A man put a note... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
A man put a note on a dollar bill and asked all who spent it to write down what it was spent for.
There are those who say... -- Deuteronomy 15:7-11 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
There are those who say they do not read the Bible because it is a difficult book to understand.
My good friend Jim told... -- Deuteronomy 15:7-11 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
My good friend Jim told me this about himself.
A man applied for the... -- Deuteronomy 15:7-11 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
A man applied for the job of police commissioner in one of our larger cities.
John Wesley was a life... -- Deuteronomy 15:7-11 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
John Wesley was a life-long advocate of a doctrine known as Christian Perfection, for which he was o
During the summer of 1988... -- Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
During the summer of 1988, Americans watched news coverage of the raging forest fires in Yellowstone
When William Barclay's daughter was... -- Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
When William Barclay's daughter was 21 years old she was involved in a terrible yachting accident.
Having been a coward most... -- Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
Having been a coward most of her life, she had no difficulty whatever understanding the words from S
As the first game of... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
As the first game of the World Series was almost ready to start, a fan noticed that the seat next to
At one time or another... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
At one time or another the United States had been involved in wars against Great Britain, Japan, and
We are told that after... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
We are told that after Confederate General Robert E.
Loyalties to friends can be... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
Loyalties to friends can be difficult to maintain.
As Israel would thrive as... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
As Israel would thrive as a nation, King David remains mindful that this was with a price
In order for people to... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
In order for people to give, there must be people to receive. Being the "giver" is often
Paul quotes Exodus 16 when... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Paul quotes Exodus 16 when conducting his stewardship campaign: the one who had
Old Faith Church is a... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Old Faith Church is a struggling congregation in a transitional neighborhood. Many of
Paul's topic here is stewardship... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Paul's topic here is stewardship. He is encouraging the Corinthians to give generously to
The movie star, Marilyn Monroe... -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
The movie star, Marilyn Monroe, had a troubled upbringing, living in several different
Jason McAlwain, a senior in... -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Jason McAlwain, a senior in high school and the team manager, was permitted to dress
Bert moped around feeling depressed... -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Bert moped around feeling depressed. He wasn't sure why he felt the way he did but he
For Mark the evangelist, the... -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
For Mark the evangelist, the outsiders of the faith know exactly who Jesus is, while the

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Null -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
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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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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
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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