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Christ Already Reigns! -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2019
It is appropriate that the celebration of Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year
'Tis all my business here below -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- David Kalas -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
One day, Paul tells us, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
The kingliness of Christ -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
The year is 1925.
Politics and religion -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Luke 1:68-79 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
Once King George and Queen Elizabeth went to a London theater to see a Noel Coward/Gertrude Lawrence
A week to preach up -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Luke 1:68-79 -- David Kalas -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
I was still just a boy when I felt my call to the ministry. At the time, my father gave me a
King for a day -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2001
Each year, in communities across the country, high school students are given the opportunity to beco
The today show -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1998
Every morning as I prepare to leave the house, I have one eye keyed in on what I need to get done in
Realism -- 2 Samuel 5:1-5, John 12:9-19, Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A
All through this series of lessons I have been referring to realism as if all of us understood its m
Disputed election -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C
Now that election day is behind us again, we can get on with business as usual.
King -- Jeremiah 23:2-6, Colossians 1:11-20, John 12:9-19 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A
We throw the word "king" around loosely in the church.

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Shepherds Of Malfeasance -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2019
For November 24, 2019:
Like A Shepherd, Lead Us -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
On this final Sunday of the church year, all of the lectionary readings address the reign of Christ
When The Waters Roar And Foam -- Psalm 46, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
The typhoon that recently devastated the Philippines -- what some climate scientists are suggesti
Border Crossing -- Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
Carlos Wilton writes on the Colossians 1:13 text, "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and
All Things: Evolved Things? -- Colossians 1:11-20, Matthew 13:44-52 -- George L. Murphy
November 21 is Christ the King Sunday, the end of the church year, and the lectionary readings

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Centered -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
"He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (v. 17)
Our king -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (v. 17)
Jesus Christ the King -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C
Today is Christ the King Sunday. On this day we celebrate the majesty and power of Jesus Christ.
Rescued from the dark -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C
Good morning! Do you remember a time when there was a storm
Number one -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C
Good morning, boys and girls. In most schools this is the end or close to
The image of God -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C
Good morning! Today I want to show you something visible and
The real number one -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C
He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so tha

Devotional

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Christ The King / Proper 29 -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2009
... and in him all things hold together.-- Colossians 1:17b

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Sermon Illustrations for Christ the King (Proper 29) (2019) -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Frank Ramirez -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2019
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Sermon Illustrations for Christ the King / Proper 29 (2016) -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- R. Robert Cueni, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Frank Ramirez -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Sermon Illustrations for Christ the King / Proper 29 (2013) -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Paul is hinting... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Bob Ove -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
Paul is hinting that we have no excuse for not serving our Lord in whatever he gives us to do for hi
Paul encourages the... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
Paul encourages the Colossians to be strong, endure everything, and give thanks.
NULL -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
Jeremiah 23:1-6
NULL -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Craig Kelly -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
I sometimes think it is hard for us as Americans to really get our minds around the idea of Christ a
NULL -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Tim Smith -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
Sara remembers her parents insisting that she and her sister attend Sunday school and church each we
Many years ago, the Jansen... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
Many years ago, the Jansen family of Norway -- father and mother and two young
He is the image of... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
He is the image of the invisible God. The word used for "image" here is the same word
Cheryl and Sandy met at... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
Cheryl and Sandy met at work. They immediately hit it off, becoming the best of friends.
For many handymen and handy... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
For many handymen and handy-women, duct tape is what holds things together. Duct
If you find the poem... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2001
If you find the poem suggested in the commentary too violent, here is an alternative:
I am a white seminary... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2001
I am a white seminary student in the deep South but have a long northern Presbyterian tradition.
In this past year's Olympic... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2001
In this past year's Olympic games we were reminded of the extraordinary endurance of certain athlete
Despite all the soldiers who... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2001
Despite all the soldiers who have shed their blood on battlefields -- from the Mongol warriors to th
In July of 1997, the... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1998
In July of 1997, the television program 20/20 showed a dramatic rescue of a young person who
If you have ever been... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1998
If you have ever been to a paint store, then you have seen those charts of all the colors.
Buddha died. Muhammed died. The... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1998
Buddha died. Muhammed died. The Japanese emperor Hirohito died of cancer at the age of 87.
IlluminationAs morning wakes... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1995
IlluminationAs morning wakes the slumbering shades of night,
St. Therese of Lisieux, also... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1995
St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as "the little flower," became a Carmelite nun.

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Shepherds Of Malfeasance -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2019
For November 24, 2019:
Like A Shepherd, Lead Us -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
On this final Sunday of the church year, all of the lectionary readings address the reign of Christ
When The Waters Roar And Foam -- Psalm 46, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
The typhoon that recently devastated the Philippines -- what some climate scientists are suggesti
Border Crossing -- Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
Carlos Wilton writes on the Colossians 1:13 text, "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and

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CHRIST THE KING -- 2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 95, Colossians 1:11-20, John 12:9-19 -- B. David Hostetter -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

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The Immediate Word

Shepherds Of Malfeasance -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2019
For November 24, 2019:
Like A Shepherd, Lead Us -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
On this final Sunday of the church year, all of the lectionary readings address the reign of Christ
When The Waters Roar And Foam -- Psalm 46, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
The typhoon that recently devastated the Philippines -- what some climate scientists are suggesti
Border Crossing -- Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
Carlos Wilton writes on the Colossians 1:13 text, "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and
All Things: Evolved Things? -- Colossians 1:11-20, Matthew 13:44-52 -- George L. Murphy
November 21 is Christ the King Sunday, the end of the church year, and the lectionary readings

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Christ The King -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Carlos Wilton -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Christ The King -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2003
Theme For The DayChrist is our king and calls us to a loyal citizenship in his kingdom.
Christ The King -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Jeremiah 23:1-6 (C, E)
Christ The King -- 2 Samuel 5:1-5, Colossians 1:11-20, John 12:9-19 -- George M. Bass -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Christ The King -- 2 Samuel 5:1-5, Colossians 1:11-20, John 12:9-19 -- George M. Bass -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Christ The King -- 2 Samuel 5:1-5, Colossians 1:11-20, John 12:9-19 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Shepherds Of Malfeasance -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2019
For November 24, 2019:
Like A Shepherd, Lead Us -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
On this final Sunday of the church year, all of the lectionary readings address the reign of Christ
When The Waters Roar And Foam -- Psalm 46, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
The typhoon that recently devastated the Philippines -- what some climate scientists are suggesti
Border Crossing -- Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
Carlos Wilton writes on the Colossians 1:13 text, "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and
All Things: Evolved Things? -- Colossians 1:11-20, Matthew 13:44-52 -- George L. Murphy
November 21 is Christ the King Sunday, the end of the church year, and the lectionary readings

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This Is A King? -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Scott Suskovic -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2009
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in hea
When Christ Is King ... -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Donna E. Schaper -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2006
Many people don't like the theological language of Christ as king.
Our Christological Crisis -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Robert R. Kopp -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2000
Back in the mid to late 1980s, I was courted by a fledgling denomination.
'Rock Of Ages. Cleft For Me' -- Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 2, Colossians 1:11-20 -- Joe Barone -- 1995
A lot of times I don’t really listen to the songs we sing in worship.

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Family Likenesses -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C
It's very interesting to be in the local school when children and parents are there together.

Stories

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Who's The Boss? -- Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
Contents "Who's the Boss?" by C. David McKirachan
Growing Beyond Success -- Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Hewitt -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
Contents"Growing Beyond Success" by C. David McKirachan
Of Shepherds And Kings -- Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79 -- Larry Winebrenner -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
Contents "Of Shepherds and Kings" by Larry Winebrenner
What's The Stick For? -- Luke 23:33-43, Colossians 1:11-20, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- C. David Mckirachan, Timothy F. Merrill -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
Contents What's Up This Week "What's the Stick for?" by C. David McKirachan
Jesus Is Counting On Us -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1:11-20 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C
StoryShare Edited by John Sumwalt and Jo Perry-Sumwalt

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The Incomparable Christ -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- David E. Leininger -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2009
Life was difficult. It always was for prisoners. There were meager rations and hard labor.
Christ The President Sunday -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2003
We have arrived at the last Sunday of the church year.
Visions Of Christ -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- John E. Sumwalt, Linda Nafziger-meiser -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2003
In 1982-86, my husband and I lived in the Shenandoah Valley near Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Worship

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Shepherds Of Malfeasance -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2019
For November 24, 2019:
Like A Shepherd, Lead Us -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Psalm 46 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2016
On this final Sunday of the church year, all of the lectionary readings address the reign of Christ
When The Waters Roar And Foam -- Psalm 46, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79, Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
The typhoon that recently devastated the Philippines -- what some climate scientists are suggesti
Border Crossing -- Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- Carlos Wilton, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
Carlos Wilton writes on the Colossians 1:13 text, "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and
All Things: Evolved Things? -- Colossians 1:11-20, Matthew 13:44-52 -- George L. Murphy
November 21 is Christ the King Sunday, the end of the church year, and the lectionary readings

SermonStudio

Christ The King (Proper 29) / Ordinary Time 34 -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43, Luke 1:68-79 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2009
If we love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and strength,
Christ The King (Proper 29/Ordinary Time 34) -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Frank Ramirez -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Colossians 1:11-20Theme: Share In The Inheritance
Christ The King -- Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2003
Call To WorshipLeader: Let us praise the Lord, our God!
First Place In Everything -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2000
Second Lesson: Colossians 1:11-20Theme: First Place In Everything
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Thomas Willadsen
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Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
  • Second Thoughts: Letting the Sucker Do Its Work by Bethany Peerbolte — The line of Jesse is not dead. It has just enough energy to send up one more change for survival.

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Bill Thomas
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Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Isaiah 11:1-10
Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
David Kalas
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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David O. Bales
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"Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom" by David O. Bales
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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
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Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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