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This passage tells of the... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
This passage tells of the strong mentor relationship between Elijah and his young protÈgÈ, Elisha.
Three blind mice. Unable to... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Three blind mice. Unable to see the turnpike rising up ahead on the horizon of tomorrow.
In 1939, when thousands of... -- 1 Kings 19:15-21 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In 1939, when thousands of English children were evacuated from London during the blitz, the authori
David had a dream... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
David had a dream which was left for his son Solomon to realize; he wanted to build a house fo
The prophet Elijah may have... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The prophet Elijah may have ended his career feeling as though he hadn't come close to finishing his
I broke the shackles and... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
"I broke the shackles and went to the field.
The question for discipleship is... -- 1 Kings 19:15-21 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The question for discipleship is a good one, "...
In the 2001 football season... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In the 2001 football season, Drew Bledsoe, then quarterback of the New England Patriots, took a vici
A six-year-old came... -- Mark 8:27-35 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
A six-year-old came home from school all excited about the magic new record player he had see
Elisha had to learn to... -- 1 Kings 19:15-21 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Elisha had to learn to let go so he could follow Elijah.
The passing of the mantel... -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The passing of the mantel from one generation to another, or from one hand to another, be it a proph
We often think of the... -- Mark 8:27-35 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
We often think of the verb to discipline as meaning to punish or penalize, which meaning is c
Agnes Sanford once told a... -- 1 Kings 17:17-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Agnes Sanford once told a story about herself that is strikingly similar to the experience of Elijah
What do you think of... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
What do you think of when you hear the word freedom?
It was Herbert Hoover who... -- Mark 8:27-35 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
It was Herbert Hoover who supposedly said "The business of America is business." Alfred P.
There is a very old... -- 1 Kings 17:17-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
There is a very old rabbinical tale too long for me to describe in detail.
The final scene of the... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The final scene of the movie, Cold Mountain, is a powerful one set around the dinner table on
Elijah passed on his mantle... -- 1 Kings 19:15-21 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Elijah passed on his mantle of leadership to Elisha. His garment has become a symbol for all time.
Give me a miracle! Today's... -- 1 Kings 17:17-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
"Give me a miracle!" Today's world is full of wholesale miracles, at least that is what some would h
William Penn lived and worked... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
William Penn lived and worked for the cause of freedom.
Elijah had to pay a... -- 1 Kings 19:15-21 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Elijah had to pay a price to heed the call to the prophetic task.
The preacher was reading from... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-18 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The preacher was reading from the fifth chapter of Galatians about Christ setting us free to serve o
My freshman English teacher in... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
My freshman English teacher in college was a tenured professor who was simply taking his turn to tea
Reginald H. Fuller* suggests that... -- 1 Kings 19:15-21 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
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About 20 years ago a... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-18 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
About 20 years ago a rather prophetic person suggested a significant change was coming in the nature

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