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Commentary

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Security -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 130 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
Some years ago, Newsweek magazine carried a little article about a fortune-tellers’ convent
Life-giving power -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- David Coffin -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015
One of the ongoing discussions within any denomination or non-denominational ministry is the use of
The great backdrop -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- David Kalas -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
If your inclination is to preach with an eye toward the national holiday that is just a few days awa
All in the family -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2000
Myrna and Robert Kysar are the co-authors of "Charting The Course." Myrna is pastor of Christ Lut
Blessed to be a blessing -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1997
Those who are preaching a series of sermons on the lessons from 1 and 2 Samuel will need to fill in
Life is precious -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
Concern, excitement, awe, wonder, relief, joy.
Fulfillment in spite of delay -- 2 Samuel 6:1-15, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1991
Our expectations may be ordered according to a plan scheduled over time.
From chills to thrills -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 130 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
There are words and phrases in our culture that are guaranteed to send chills up and down

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

The Scandal of Grace is That It’s for You -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Thomas Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
Crossing The Border Of Hope -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015

In this week’s epistle lesson, Paul encourages us to emulate “the generous act of our Lord Jes
Enduring Much Under Many Physicians -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
Healing -- especially for our bodies -- is a primary concern in our lives.
Null -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
A Passing Touch -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Carlos Wilton, Carter Shelley, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Summer evenings at the ballpark are a favorite way for many to celebrate the "national pastime" -- a

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Sharing with others -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Good morning, boys and girls.
Giving cheerfully -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Good morning! Every time we meet together for a church
Excel in your giving! -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Good morning! When the apostle Paul wrote to the
Giving with joy -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 8 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 130 -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2008
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places!

Drama

SermonStudio

Attitude -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Lori Lee Triplett -- 1993
Cast Of Characters
Narrator: male or female, any age
Cain: the older brother

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Proper 8 | OT 13 (2018) -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Ron Love -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 and Psalm 130
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 8 | OT 13 (2015) -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015
2 Samuel 1:1, 16-27
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 8 | OT 13 (2012) -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Julia Ward Howe, the composer of... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
Julia Ward Howe, the composer of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" once asked the abolitionist leade
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27... -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2009
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Many times we need to... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2009
Many times we need to be reminded of reasons.
Lily was never in the... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2009
Lily was never in the science fair, but she was a proud 4-H girl.
A beggar confronted a social... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2009
A beggar confronted a social worker and her welfare client as they walked together.
There's a little town in... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2003
There's a little town in northeast Ohio called Hanoverton, settled in the early 1800s by Protestants
Christ left the riches of... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2003
Christ left the riches of heaven in order to abide among us mortals here on earth.
Plenty ... abundance ... that our fruits... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2003
Plenty ... abundance ... "that our fruits may abound!"
Bostonian Tom White is the... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2003
Bostonian Tom White is the head of the J. F.
Alexander I, the Czar of... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2000
Alexander I, the Czar of Russia during and following Napoleon's unsuccessful invasion of his country
John Adams had to be... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2000
John Adams had to be strong and noble to accept second place twice as the first Vice President of th
The benevolent wealthy man wanted... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2000
The benevolent wealthy man wanted to share all that he had with the less fortunate.
Nathan sat quietly eating his... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2000
Nathan sat quietly eating his candy and enjoying each individual bite.
It is a strange thing... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1997
It is a strange thing, but those who canvass for charities report that the best givers are usually f
Several years ago Tom Peters... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1997
Several years ago Tom Peters wrote a book titled In Search of Excellence.
The main negotiating for an... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1997
The main negotiating for an end to the war in Bosnia occurred at the Wright Patterson Air Force Bas
A man put a note... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
A man put a note on a dollar bill and asked all who spent it to write down what it was spent for.
Paul is speaking of Christ... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- 1991
Paul is speaking of Christ: "Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his po
A dictum from the field... -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- 1991
A dictum from the field of interior design states that less is more.

The Immediate Word

The Scandal of Grace is That It’s for You -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Thomas Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
Crossing The Border Of Hope -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015

In this week’s epistle lesson, Paul encourages us to emulate “the generous act of our Lord Jes
Enduring Much Under Many Physicians -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
Healing -- especially for our bodies -- is a primary concern in our lives.

Preaching

The Immediate Word

The Scandal of Grace is That It’s for You -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Thomas Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
Crossing The Border Of Hope -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015

In this week’s epistle lesson, Paul encourages us to emulate “the generous act of our Lord Jes
Enduring Much Under Many Physicians -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
Healing -- especially for our bodies -- is a primary concern in our lives.
Null -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
A Passing Touch -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Carlos Wilton, Carter Shelley, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Summer evenings at the ballpark are a favorite way for many to celebrate the "national pastime" -- a

SermonStudio

Proper 8 / Pentecost 5 / Ordinary Time 13 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2011
Theme of the Day
God delivers: there are lots of reasons to be grateful!
Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2005
Revised Common
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

Proper 8 (C, E) -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 (C)
The power of God in Christ to deliver us from sickness and death -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: The power of God in Christ to deliver us from sickness and death.
Proper 8 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1993
In a battle with the Philistines King Saul and his sons lost
Proper 8 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1990
The Easter event continues to be the heart of the Sunday worship, when God's people celebrate Sunday
Proper 8 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1990
The Easter event continues to be the heart of the Sunday worship, when God's people celebrate Sunday
Proper 8, Pentecost 6, Ordinary Time 13 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Seasonal Theme

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The Scandal of Grace is That It’s for You -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Thomas Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
Crossing The Border Of Hope -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015

In this week’s epistle lesson, Paul encourages us to emulate “the generous act of our Lord Jes
Enduring Much Under Many Physicians -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
Healing -- especially for our bodies -- is a primary concern in our lives.
Null -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
A Passing Touch -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Carlos Wilton, Carter Shelley, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Summer evenings at the ballpark are a favorite way for many to celebrate the "national pastime" -- a

SermonStudio

Time For The Offering -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2008
We have been blessed at our church to have had student interns in ministry for many years from Colum
Are You A Taker Or A Giver? -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2005
It was quite a picture -- on the front of the New York Times magazine.
Grace In The Midst Of Limited Resources -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Glenn W. Mcdonald -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2002
Year after year Stumpy and Martha attended the fair in their home state, and every summer it was the

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Give Generously -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
In the early seventies, Ian (my husband) and I started a business together.

Stories

StoryShare

The Gift of Healing -- Mark 5:21-43, 1 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
Contents
“The Gift of Healing” by Keith Wagner
The Joy Of Giving -- Mark 5:21-43, 1 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Psalm 130 -- Keith Wagner, Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015
Contents
"The Joy of Giving" by Keith Wagner
How The Mighty Have Fallen -- Mark 5:21-43, 1 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Psalm 130 -- John E. Sumwalt, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
Contents
"How the Mighty Have Fallen" by John Sumwalt
God's Ledger -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Psalm 130 -- Craig Kelly, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2009
Contents
What's Up This Week
"God's Ledger" by Craig Kelly
Mid-Cemetery -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- David O. Bales, Terry Cain, Betty Lynn Schwab -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Contents
What's Up This Week

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You Can't Out Give Grace -- 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2005
You Can't Out Give Grace

Worship

The Immediate Word

The Scandal of Grace is That It’s for You -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Thomas Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
Crossing The Border Of Hope -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015

In this week’s epistle lesson, Paul encourages us to emulate “the generous act of our Lord Jes
Enduring Much Under Many Physicians -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
Healing -- especially for our bodies -- is a primary concern in our lives.
Null -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
A Passing Touch -- Mark 5:21-43, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Carlos Wilton, Carter Shelley, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Summer evenings at the ballpark are a favorite way for many to celebrate the "national pastime" -- a

SermonStudio

Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 4:26-34, Psalm 130 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
Lion Friendship -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
Leader: By what qualities do we measure a friendship as strong as lions?
Proper 8 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1996
Call To Worship
Leader: May the Lord's mercy and grace fall upon those who lead us!

New & Featured This Week

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
Bethany Peerbolte
Thomas Willadsen
Few things are more illustrative than a juicy, tightly phrased nugget of hyperbole or literary exaggeration. From Monty Python to Cicero, literature is filled with these leg-pulling and eye rolling tidbits. To wit:

You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o’clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down at the mill for 14 hours a day and when we got home, our Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!​” (Monty Python).

“Busier than a pig on ice.”

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C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Hoisted On Their Own Petard” by C. David McKirachan
“Who’s Responsible?” by C. David McKirachan
“Good for What?” by Frank Ramirez


Hoisted On Their Own Petard
by C. David McKirachan
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

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Arley K. Fadness
“Salt is good; (v. 50a)

Good morning boys and girls,

How are you this morning? Are you feeling sunny or cloudy? Stormy or balmy? Using weather talk how would you describe yourself. For me, I'm feeling _____________.

I have a question.

And I have some surprising good news. Are you ready? (children respond) The question is: have you ever eaten food without salt? Did you ever eat french fries without salt? Have you ever eaten potato chips without salt? Without salt food can be tasteless and unappetizing.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
The 14th Day of Adar, the feast of Purim, commemorates a time when the Jewish people were saved during the Persian Empire. Tribal genocide was proposed by Haman; his desire was to annihilate the whole nation of Israel. Esther, you will remember, was encouraged by Mordecai to stand up for her people with the king of Persia. Risking her life, Esther goes before the king and advocates for justice.

Frank Ramirez
Esther is not just the winner of a beauty contest. She, like us, has the potential to rise to the unexpected occasion! She turns out to be greater than we, and she, thought she was.

According to the most practical book of the New Testament, the letter of James, prayer is more than simply the channel for our hopes. Prayer is the practical avenue  for getting things done with God, and should be treated seriously. Prayer is more than you think.

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Janice B. Scott
The chairman of our local district council has just been ordained. For the first year he will be a deacon, then in a year's time should be ordained priest in accordance with Church of England tradition. In an article in the local paper he said, "One woman told me that she got a lot from my sermons and prayers because she felt like she was leaning on a garden gate talking to God."

That seems to me to be such a good description of prayer, to be leaning on a garden gate talking to God. It conjures up a feeling

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Steven E. Albertin
Several years ago at my previous congregation I remember a discussion I had with the church council. It was very revealing of the kind of distorted vision of ministry that is very much afoot in the church these days.

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