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The text of the old... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
The text of the old hymn, "Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken," by Henry F.
Americans are accustomed to thinking... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
Americans are accustomed to thinking of the jihad movement as something overseas, inspired among fai
How often we would like... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
How often we would like to refuse to admit or even deny that suffering is the way of life, not only
The Flying Wallendas have been... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
The Flying Wallendas have been one of the world's most amazing aerialist acts.
Thomas Fleming, well-known author... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
Thomas Fleming, well-known author and historian, knows what it is to believe and hope, even when the
When Nellie arrived at Kasisi... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
When Nellie arrived at Kasisi Orphanage in Zambia in 1993, there was little hope of her survival.
The Gospel brings freedom, while... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2003
The Gospel brings freedom, while the Law can suffocate us.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a British... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a British poet, critic, and philosopher, was once out riding near his home
There's an old campfire story... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
There's an old campfire story about an Indian chief.
It costs something to be... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
It costs something to be a follower of Jesus. It is not easy and therefore it is not for everybody.
Sometimes suffering is necessary to... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
Sometimes suffering is necessary to reach the desired goal.
For John the Baptist, baptism... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
For John the Baptist, baptism symbolized repentance.
A man went through life... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
A man went through life thinking that he was living the right way.
It was the birthday of... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
It was the birthday of a 95-year-old woman.
Glynn Wolfe passed away in... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
Glynn Wolfe passed away in 1997 at the age of 88.
How those words had stung... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1997
How those words had stung Peter when Jesus spoke to him, "Get behind me, Satan.
It is quite evident from... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1997
It is quite evident from the way Jesus speaks about the cost of discipleship that his Way requires a
During the Whitsuntide vacation in... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1997
During the Whitsuntide vacation in 1896 a young university student awakens at his home in Gunsbach i
A fever to gain the... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1997
A fever to "gain the whole world is early caught.
It is true that those... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1997
It is true that those who are the risk takers by acting on faith and little certainty have often loo
Don`t be afraid. I... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1997
"Don`t be afraid. I`ll catch you.
Every morning there was a... -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1997
Every morning there was a group of women who attended the 6 a.m. mass at a certain church.
Billy Graham told the following... -- Mark 8:31-39 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
Billy Graham told the following story in New York in 1992.
French General Philippe Morillon, in... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
French General Philippe Morillon, in his role as commander of the U.N.
If the kingdom is to... -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1994
If the kingdom is to come, changes must be made.

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Our Crosses into Victories -- Mark 8:34-35 -- Edward R. Mangelsdorf -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 1975
At first the words Our Lord speaks to usseem like very hard words:
Have We Kept Our Contract With God? -- Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
One day a man went to his son's room and knocked on the door: "John, wake up, it is time for you to

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Take Up Whose Cross? -- Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38 -- George L. Murphy -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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The Harvest Loaf -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
Call to Worship: Jesus said, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny
The Covenant -- Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
The Gentleman's Agreement is
What Is Truth? -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
Soon after I arrived as a relatively inexperienced priest in a previous parish, I was called out
The God Of Faith -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
There was an interesting drama series on television recently about a family who had given up convent

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John Jamison
In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” (vv. 14-16)

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David Kalas
At the beginning of his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, John Milton articulates a part of his task in writing as to “justify the ways of God to men.”1 That may be an ongoing task for us. Fallen humanity is like a perpetual adolescent, always questioning and challenging (and disobeying) the parent. And so there is a continual need for the ways of God to be explained and justified to human beings.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Exodus 20:1-17
None of us are thieves. And so the commandment forbidding stealing does not condemn us! Oh, but it does if you have ever tried to cut a smart business deal, suckered someone to get them to buy your product, or failed to help those in need. Jonathan Edwards explained it this way in his exposition of dishonesty and theft:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
There once was a report in "The Sunday Times" about the claims of Francis Crick to have located "the cells of our soul." Fifty years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson won a Nobel prize for their discovery of the DNA double helix, which has been responsible for huge leaps forward in health care and criminal detection.

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Elaine M. Ward
It was a new church for Sam. It was his grandmother's church, and because Sam loved his grandmother, he sat on the edge of the pew and tried hard to listen. "Are you saved?" the preacher asked from the pulpit far away. Sam remembered when he had saved pennies for a new plant for Mother on Mother's Day. "Maybe Mother saved pennies for me," Sam thought. The preacher continued, "Will you give your heart to Jesus?" Sam wondered where his heart was. But if Jesus needed Sam's heart he would be glad to give it.
Elizabeth Achtemeier
In this season of Lent, we are Sunday by Sunday approaching the foot of that executioner's cross on Golgotha. And I think that sometimes we wonder why it is necessary for us to make that journey. After all, it does not have a pleasant destination. To be sure, human beings often have a morbid curiosity about disasters. We flock to the site of an auto wreck, thereby holding up the traffic with our rubber--necking. Winston Churchill told of the time when a woman remarked on the crowd that had gathered to hear him speak.
Nancy Kraft
There are some people who have the gift of persuasion. If you've ever seen the Music Man, it's a gift that Professor Hill had as he sold musical instruments to all the kids in town by convincing everyone that they could make beautiful music by just thinking the notes. He was what you'd call a smooth talker, which is a valuable skill for a salesperson. There are also other professions where it helps to have strong verbal skills that can be used for persuasion. Take politicians, for example. Bill Clinton was known as a smooth talker.
David T. Ball
Jesus in the temple -- oh, didn't he show those money-changers who were desecrating the temple grounds with their money-grubbing business? Not to mention the mess that all the livestock were making! Out! Out! Out! He cleared them all out, those traders in things that didn't belong in God's house. And he had every right to do it, we tend to think. Serves them right, despoiling sacred space with their commerce -- profiting off of the desire of the faithful to do something pleasing to God. Exploitation. Good riddance!

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