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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
Even apostles hate passing the hat -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 130 -- Timothy B. Cargal -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2003
If you are like most pastors, then you probably dread preaching the annual stewardship sermon or (ga
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.
God's kingdom and growth -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17, Mark 4:26-34 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1991
In the northern hemisphere, June is an ideal time to think of growing things.
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

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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

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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, 17-27Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places!

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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
David did not gloat over the victory over Saul... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
David did not gloat over the victory over Saul.
During the French Revolution the country was in economic chaos... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Ron Love -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2012
During the French Revolution the country was in economic chaos.
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
John Drinkwater’s play, Abraham Lincoln... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2009
John Drinkwater’s play, Abraham Lincoln, contains a memorable scene.
The news that Tom and... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2009
The news that Tom and Lori were expecting another child came as a surprise to both of them.
In February 2009, about the... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2009
In February 2009, about the time Barry Bonds was going to court to face perjury charges, Alex Rodriq
David invites nature into his... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2003
David invites nature into his grief over the death of Saul and Jonathan.
At one time or another... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
At one time or another the United States had been involved in wars against Great Britain, Japan, and
Loyalties to friends can be... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1994
Loyalties to friends can be difficult to maintain.
Just as Samuel lamented for... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- 1991
Just as Samuel lamented for Saul and Jonathan after their deaths on the battlefield of Mount Gilboa,
David was a man of... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- 1991
David was a man of faith and he was able to lament his friend's death without bitterness.
A middle-aged woman stood... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- 1991
A middle-aged woman stood in the shadows of the railroad platform.
There are two types of... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- 1991
There are two types of saints.
Saul and Jonathan, beloved and... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
"Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they
Ruth's friends were not sure... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Ruth's friends were not sure what would happen after her husband died. The couple was
As Israel would thrive as... -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
As Israel would thrive as a nation, King David remains mindful that this was with a price

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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

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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

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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 DayGod 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 -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2001
During the reign of Saul (ca.1020--1000 B.C.), Israel's principal enemies were the Philistines, thos
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 LESSONSLesson 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
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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

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Getting Through The Grief -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- William J. Carl, III -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2008
Getting through grief may be one of the hardest things we do as human beings.
Mourning Our Fallen Tormentors -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2005
Mourning Our Fallen Tormentors
The Light Shines In The Darkness, And The Darkness Cannot Overcome It -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Linda R. Forsberg -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2002
Lament. What a powerful biblical word. Lament.
For Crying Out Loud! -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1999
My dog really wasn't much of a dog, but he was my dog. His name was Jack II.
Lyrics For The Centuries -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Arthur H. Kolsti -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1996
When David received the report of the battlefield deaths of Saul and Jonathan, he expressed his sorr
Song Of Loss Song Of Hope -- 1 Samuel 18:1-5, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Charles Curley -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1993
David loved Jonathan and, from the day they met, David was loved in return, with a love which has vi
A Song Sung Blue -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Robert A. Noblett -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B -- 1990
Years ago, Neil Diamond wrote and recorded a song that became quite popular; it was entitled "Song S
Walking the Valley of the Lost -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Donald Zelle -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B -- 1987
David is lost! He had roamed the Judean wilderness with his band of soldiers.

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The Distress Of Death -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Surprisingly, most

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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
ContentsWhat'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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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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Theme: The Mighty Have Fallen. Are We Next? -- 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2005
Call To Worship (Psalm 117) One:
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 WorshipLeader: May the Lord's mercy and grace fall upon those who lead us!
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After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

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Recently, British researchers discovered that 42 percent of the church-goers in that country fall asleep during the sermon. The numbers may be astounding, but the habit is as old as Eutychus’s fatal nap in Acts 20.

Even the great eighteenth-century evangelist John Wesley noticed that a number of people in his congregation were fast asleep. Without a warning, he suddenly broke his train of homiletic thought, and yelled out at the top of his voice, “FIRE! FIRE!”
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On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played University of California in the Rose Bowl. In that game a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California, but became confused, however, and ran 65 yards in the wrong direction. One of his teammates outran him and tackled him at their own one-yard line. Cal attempted to punt on the next play, but Tech blocked the kick and scored a safety.

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Yes, God Speaks to Us Directly
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On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.” (v. 7)

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Janice B. Scott

One of the interesting features about this story of the calling of the first disciples, is that they all immediately left everything to follow Jesus. It was as though they instinctively knew where they would find life with a capital L.

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The prophet Jonah was commanded by God to go to Nineveh; Joel Fil‡rtiga was inspired to go to Paraguay. Jonah knew the journey and its destination would not be kind; Paraguay has not been kind to Joel Fil‡rtiga. Jonah obeyed God's call and went to Nineveh, even though he knew he it would be difficult; Joel Fil‡rtiga obeyed God's call and went to Paraguay, and his life would never be the same.
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Once upon a time, a diamond was born. He was nothing striking, but rather rough, like the rest of his family. He lived in the darkness and was very content to do just that. As a young diamond he heard tales of how some of his ancestors had left the darkness to a place of light, but that didn't concern him. One day he began to hear noise in the distance, and it came progressively closer. It was the sound of machinery with men talking and often yelling over the roar of the equipment. As time progressed, an opening was made in the cave where he lived.
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Leader: Let the redeemed of the Lord gather this day for worship!
People: We were once condemned by our sins and now we know the mercy of God.
Leader: God sent the prophets to call us back into God's will.
People: And God is true and faithful to all who hear and obey the Holy Word.
Leader: Let us proclaim the righteousness of the Lord for all the world to hear!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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