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Charles Schulz of I... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1996
Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame and I began our ministry about
The text Martin had just... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1996
The text Martin had just read turned his thoughts to a television commercial he used to see for a pa
Living in the mountains gives... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1996
Living in the mountains gives one an opportunity to witness some beautiful sights.
Many times a myth is... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1996
Many times a myth is perpetuated as reality.
We all look for a... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1996
We all look for a forecast that we can trust.
The experience of three disciples... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
The experience of three disciples who saw Jesus changed on the mountaintop raises the age-old questi
Jesus' clothes became dazzling white... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Jesus' clothes became dazzling white.
What makes one investment wise... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
What makes one investment wise and another foolish?
We are known by our... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
We are known by our fruits.
The experience of three disciples... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
The experience of three disciples who saw Jesus changed on the mountaintop raises the age-old questi
Never underestimate what God can... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Never underestimate what God can do. God can bring about profound changes.
Rob's biggest birthday surprise occurred... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Rob's biggest birthday surprise occurred on his fortieth birthday.
Russell (Rusty) Schweickart was an... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Russell ("Rusty") Schweickart was an astronaut who flew the lunar module for the Apollo 9 mission.
The sight of the devouring... -- Exodus 24:12-18 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
The sight of the devouring fire must have been very impressive to those standing at the foot of Moun
Novelist Annie Dillard reflects on... -- Exodus 24:12-18 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Novelist Annie Dillard reflects on the meaning of experiences that reveal God's presence and power:
Many Christian writers often write... -- Exodus 24:12-18 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Many Christian writers often write of times of dryness in their walk with God.
This is a true story... -- Exodus 24:12-18 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
This is a true story.
The theme song of the... -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
The theme song of the Disney film Pocohantas is a song called "Colors Of The Wind." The song

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P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
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P: God calls us from our rebellion, from our bondage of sin to seek him and to delight in his ways. He calls us to fast in humility, to serve our neighbor, to share our bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into our houses. He calls free the bonds of the oppressed. Let us, therefore, examine our hearts in the light of his commands.

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