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The English poet of the... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
The English poet of the Elizabethan era, John Donne, captures the complexity of our
It gives me hope when... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
It gives me hope when I hear the apostle Paul saying that he wants to do what's
We often forget the life... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
We often forget the life-and-death struggle our nation engaged in to reach Independence
Josh was a normal, inquisitive... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
Josh was a normal, inquisitive adolescent. He liked to explore, take risks, and push the
The Old Testament called God... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
The Old Testament called God a rock, knowing God wasn't granite; a
But to what will I... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
"But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces
Growing up in his father's... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
Growing up in his father's carpenter shop, Jesus knew how important it was to have
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, Romans 7:15-25a, Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
The Apostle Paul isn't the... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2002
The Apostle Paul isn't the only one who had difficulty matching his beliefs with his actions.
It seemed everything Julie did... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2002
It seemed everything Julie did turned out wrong.
A castaway, marooned on a... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2002
A castaway, marooned on a desert island, awoke one morning to see a ship in the bay and a boat putti
Anne suffers with migraine headaches... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2002
Anne suffers with migraine headaches that started when she was a teenager.
Erik had grown up in... -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2002
Erik had grown up in an unchurched family and had little exposure to the Christian message.
On Thursday evenings at our... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2002
On Thursday evenings at our church's summer camp, a "Galilean Service" takes place.
Knowing what is the right... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2002
Knowing what is the right thing to do and doing it are two different things, as Jeanine discovered w
A Russian soldier fell into... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2002
A Russian soldier fell into gambling debt.
John Fogerty, who was the... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 1999
John Fogerty, who was the writer, lead singer, and guitarist for the rock and roll group Creedence C
Our church hosts a Self... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 1999
Our church hosts a "Self-Esteem Support Group." The group is bound together by a common goal, which
A dangerous, but politically popular... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 1999
A dangerous, but politically popular, modern philosophy known as genetic determinism focuses its res
To punish myself I just... -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 1999
To punish myself I just turned around and counted the number of books on weight control that I have
People will always judge and... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 1999
People will always judge and criticize. It's a fact of human nature.
Children who listen to the... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 1999
Children who listen to the Lord are more in tune to understand God than the smartest adults who foll
A young woman had just... -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 1999
A young woman had just completed the long, arduous journey of becoming a surgeon.

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Illustrations For July 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, Romans 7:15-25a, Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Psalm 45:10-17 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
His Dad's Recliner
Upon Jesus' Shoulders -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, Romans 7:15-25a, Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Psalm 45:10-17 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
There is a misconception in today's world that Jesus' invitation to "all...

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When I was a boy, I heard a preacher remind his congregation about the true nature of the cross. He observed that we have turned the cross into both a lovely adornment in our sanctuaries and a piece of jewelry for our bodies. It is, for us, a smooth, attractive, gilded thing. But the original cross, he insisted, was nothing like that. The cross that Jesus bore -- and the cross, therefore, that we are invited to take up as his followers -- is harsh and heavy. It is rugged and bloody. It is heavy wood across the back, not silver or gold on a lapel or necklace.
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Here in England we're now well into the wedding season, in which many young couples will follow the age old tradition of plighting their troth. Some of them will do so here in Pulham St. Mary church, and several more here in our benefice in South Norfolk.

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I think one of the best lessons I have learned in ministry is the lesson of win-win. Have you ever heard of win-win? In a world where win-lose situations seem to dominate our interactions, the discovery of the possibility of building scenarios where everyone can benefit, where everyone can, in effect, win, has been an incredible answer to prayer. In church, community, and family life it has been a powerful way forward on numerous occasions. Recently, an experience in negotiations in a sensitive church situation resulted in a win-win, and it was unbelievable.

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Good morning, boys and girls. Does anyone live on a farm or near a farm? (let them answer) What do farmers use today to plow fields and harvest the grain? (let them answer) That's right, tractors. Before farmers used tractors what did they use? (let them answer) That's right, horses. Did you know that farmers also used to use animals called oxen? These animals are like bulls that have horns and are very strong. They can pull a plow easily as long as they worked in pairs. If the oxen didn't work together, it was hard.

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