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On the popular television program... -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
On the popular television program, "Star Trek the Next Generation," there is a character named, simp
Gloom settles over the... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Gloom settles over the scene as we read, "He could do no mighty work there," and, "He marveled
How many people in the... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
How many people in the history of the human race, once they have caught the vision of what their own
Harry Houdini, the famous magician... -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Harry Houdini, the famous magician, did not make contact from his grave as he had promised his frien
One summer some friends... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
One summer some friends and I were vacationing in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay.
In his hometown, when... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In his hometown, when Jesus began to stand out from the crowd, the neighbors said, "Isn't this
Nobody in his or her... -- Acts 12:1-11 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Nobody in his or her right mind becomes a messenger without first counting the cost.
Anthony Bloom in his helpful... -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Anthony Bloom in his helpful little book Beginning to Pray recalls his earlier years as a you
Booker T. Washington once... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Booker T.
The stage play (and film... -- Acts 12:1-11 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The stage play (and film version) of Camelot begins and ends with a discouraged, war-torn, gr
In his book,I... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In his book, The Salty Tang, Fred Speakman tells the story of a Mid-western grandmother.
Many hundreds of years ago... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Many hundreds of years ago, a young Chinese boy studied to become a Buddhist monk.
It is a natural... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
It is a natural human assumption that people are distrustful of others until proven otherwise.
Onesimus was a common name... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Onesimus was a common name for a slave during the New Testament period.
Sometimes the best intentions... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Sometimes the best intentions of human beings fall.
One of the most disgusting... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
One of the most disgusting signs of the ancient world was the symbol of the cross.
Lamentations is seldom used... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Lamentations is seldom used in any Lectionary except during Holy Week.
Freedom isn't a fragmentary expression... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Freedom isn't a fragmentary expression of life in the kingdom: it is kingdom living.
In the midst of... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In the midst of Jersualem's sufferings, Jeremiah offered hope to the people by speaking of the
The Corinthian Christians were dividing... -- 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The Corinthian Christians were dividing the Body as they elevated one gift over others.
She was dying, but... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
She was dying, but she wouldn't tell me.
Purity was of highest importance... -- 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Purity was of highest importance to the Jewish religion.
On one of the... -- Ezekiel 2:2-5 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
On one of the early episodes of the television program My Sister Sam, the gist of the s
In verse 19 we read... -- 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In verse 19 we read, "God traps the wise in their cleverness." But even in the way we sometimes trea
News came of the... -- Ezekiel 2:2-5 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
News came of the sudden passing of one of my beloved seminary professors.

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I’m a baseball fan and this is the middle of baseball season, so I thought this might be an appropriate and helpful story. An umpire named Babe Pinelli once called the legendary Babe Ruth out on strikes. When the crowd booed with disapproval at the call, Ruth turned to the umpire and angrily said, “There’s 40,000 people here who know that the last pitch was a ball, tomato head.”

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Here Comes da Judge
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“...there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part....”(v. 42a)

Good morning boys and girls,

Well, how are you this morning? (children respond) If you ask me how I am I would say, “terrific.” I am “terrific” because __________________!

I am curious, who has a sister? (children respond) Who has more than one sister? (children respond) Who is a sister here this morning? (children respond)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
On our first visit to Malta many years ago, we stayed in the rural south of the island. At that time there were few hotels and those were situated farther north, in St Paul's Bay and Sliema. The south was agricultural country, where a friend of ours happened to have part share in a "villa". The "villa" turned out to be a small farm house.

Farming at the time was very primitive, with the farmer walking over his field behind a hand-held plough. All has now changed, of course, but then it was just like a throw-back to Biblical times in the Middle East.

SermonStudio

Constance Berg
The cabins at Mt. Carmel Bible Retreat are small. Most have two small rooms; some have one large great room. There is a tiny bathroom with a utility shower.

Inside each cabin is a double bed and a set of bunk beds, a dresser and a small rod to hang clothes. Linens are provided for a charge and some of us are very grateful to have a ceiling fan.

Our group of fourteen cabins is set along a little walkway. Each cabin is about ten feet apart and each row of seven faces the sidewalk.

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