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Power Play -- 1 Kings 19:1-4, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2019
Raw power is stunning, but rarely is it warm and personal in the way we think of strength.
Seeing beyond -- 1 Kings 19:1-4, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2016
In Morris West’s novel The Clowns of God, there’s a powerful scene where a father and his d
God frees us from fear -- 1 Kings 19:1-4, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
The scriptures for this Sunday are about fear and belonging.
Out of the dark; into the light -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Gary Thompson, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
Our story from 1 Kings relates what happened immediately after Elijah had his famous showdown with p
Learning hard lessons -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2007
Arthur Clutton-Brock, who was for many years an art critic for the London
Searching for truth in all the wrong places -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2001
Gods and goddesses are plentiful these days, luring adherents into strange expressions of faith.
God's word transforms -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1998
The lessons for today are quite disparate.
"Reclothe us in our rightful mind" -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1995
Once again the lectionary provides rich soil for homiletical gardening.
The unwelcome work of God -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
Doctors and dentists: They are the patron saints of unwelcome work.
Children of the Heavenly Father -- Zechariah 12:7-10, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C
I can remember as though it were yesterday the birth of our first son.
Those Other People -- 1 Kings 19:9-14, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 9:18-24 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
In all probability the worst sin most of us commit is the sin of imagining we, of all the people in
Whisper power -- 1 Kings 19:1-14, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
Were all the stories of the Bible of heroes who did not stumble, few of us could connect.

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Faith Outside the Box -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39, Psalm 42, Psalm 43 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2019
For June 23, 2019:
Where Is Your God? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2016
The news was stunning -- a deranged man calmly waited until last call at a packed gay nightclub in O
Who Watches The Watchers? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
One of the main themes in the lectionary scripture texts for Proper 7 is the importance of truth-tel
What Have You Done For Me Lately? -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament lesson addresses a problem that seems endemic to modern life -- burnout.
The Price Of Faith -- Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29, 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
The ongoing debate over how America ought to respond to what many consider a rising tide of illegal

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Family -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
"But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus y
Jesus lives in us -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2007
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no
All the same in Christ -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
Do you know what I have here? (Pour some of the marbles in your hand.) Marbles!
What's an heir? -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
Good morning! I have here with me a legal document called a
What we have in common -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
(Hold the paper up so the children can see it.) What do I have

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Big Rocks -- Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter -- 2000
Exegetical Aim: We must fill our lives with the important things first or the smaller things

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Proper 7 / Pentecost 5 / Ordinary Time 12 -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2009
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and fe

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 7 | OT 12 (2019) -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2019
1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 7 | OT 12 (2016) -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2016
1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 7 | OT 12 (2013) -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Scott A. Bryte, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a
The law is not our schoolmaster... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
The law is not our schoolmaster. It leads us to our teacher, who is Christ.
Humanity revels in polarization... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
Humanity revels in polarization.
NULL -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
As a beginning piano student, you get used to your teacher correcting you at every step.
NULL -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
An apocryphal story is told about an agnostic who found himself in trouble.
NULL -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
Illustrations1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a
Two parents disagreed about how... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2007
Two parents disagreed about how Linda should teach eighth grade Sunday school. One
I remember my uncle telling... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2007
I remember my uncle telling about going to an infant baptism in the Greek Orthodox
Carson McCullers, the writer, once... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2007
Carson McCullers, the writer, once observed, "It is a strange thing about the human race
There is an old legend... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2007
There is an old legend, of mysterious origin. It says that when God decided to create the
As a young boy, I... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2001
As a young boy, I had the privilege of having a hockey coach who came from the "old school," in othe
In Christ there are no... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2001
In Christ there are no longer slave or free, for we are all one in Christ.
Philip Becker's parents had him... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2001
Philip Becker's parents had him institutionalized at birth.
My wife and I are... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1998
My wife and I are inveterate "C-Span" watchers.
I suppose everyone goes through... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1998
I suppose everyone goes through phases in life as they grow and mature. I know of three in my life.
As Christians, we want to... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1998
As Christians, we want to take seriously Christ's desire for unity among fellow believers.
As part of the opening... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 1995
As part of the opening exercises at a youth retreat, the young people were asked to make a list of r
There is an old legend... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
There is an old legend, of mysterious origin.
The entertainer, Groucho Marx, once... -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
The entertainer, Groucho Marx, once sent a telegram to the exclusive Friar's Club in Hollywood, to w

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Faith Outside the Box -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39, Psalm 42, Psalm 43 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2019
For June 23, 2019:
Where Is Your God? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2016
The news was stunning -- a deranged man calmly waited until last call at a packed gay nightclub in O
Who Watches The Watchers? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
One of the main themes in the lectionary scripture texts for Proper 7 is the importance of truth-tel
What Have You Done For Me Lately? -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament lesson addresses a problem that seems endemic to modern life -- burnout.

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PROPER 7 -- 1 Kings 19:9-14, Psalm 43, Galatians 3:23-29 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

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Faith Outside the Box -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39, Psalm 42, Psalm 43 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2019
For June 23, 2019:
Where Is Your God? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2016
The news was stunning -- a deranged man calmly waited until last call at a packed gay nightclub in O
Who Watches The Watchers? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
One of the main themes in the lectionary scripture texts for Proper 7 is the importance of truth-tel
What Have You Done For Me Lately? -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament lesson addresses a problem that seems endemic to modern life -- burnout.
The Price Of Faith -- Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29, 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
The ongoing debate over how America ought to respond to what many consider a rising tide of illegal

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Proper 7/Pentecost 5/Ordinary Time 12 -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of freedom.
Proper 7 -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 7 -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a (C)
Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 | Pentecost 4 -- 1 Kings 19:9-14, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 9:18-24 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Proper 7 -- 1 Kings 19:9-14, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 9:18-24 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Faith Outside the Box -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39, Psalm 42, Psalm 43 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2019
For June 23, 2019:
Where Is Your God? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2016
The news was stunning -- a deranged man calmly waited until last call at a packed gay nightclub in O
Who Watches The Watchers? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
One of the main themes in the lectionary scripture texts for Proper 7 is the importance of truth-tel
What Have You Done For Me Lately? -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament lesson addresses a problem that seems endemic to modern life -- burnout.
The Price Of Faith -- Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29, 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
The ongoing debate over how America ought to respond to what many consider a rising tide of illegal

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Thicker Than Blood -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- April Yamasaki -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2009
In the classic movie, Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews plays a no-nonsense, yet delightful, nanny
God's Grammar -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- John Jamison -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2006
In the last reading from Paul's letter to the church at Galatia, he addressed the ongoing feud in th
A Whole New World -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2003
I knew that it was wrong.
Heirs According To The Promise -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Billy D. Strayhorn -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2000
As the lights in the movie theater dimmed, a young man loaded down with popcorn, cokes, and candy pa
A Sermon In Clay -- Genesis 2:4-7, Galatians 3:23-29 -- J. Will Ormond -- 1999
This sermon was prepared to be the last in a series of three sermons for the Columbia Forum duri

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A Sermon In Clay -- Genesis 2:4-7, Galatians 3:23-29 -- J. Will Ormond -- 1999
This sermon was prepared to be the last in a series of three sermons for the Columbia Forum durin

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All Of A Piece -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
Wearing a clerical collar is an interesting exercise, especially when out in the world.

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Gentle Whisper -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- John Fitzgerald -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2016
Contents "Gentle Whisper" by John Fitzgerald
End Of The Road -- Luke 8:26-39, 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Keith Hewitt, Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
Contents"End of the Road" by Keith Hewitt
When I Fall In Love… -- Luke 8:26-39, 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29 -- C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
Contents"When I Fall in Love…" by C. David McKirachan
Late For Her Own Funeral -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
A Story to Live By Late For Her Own Funeral
7 - 7-7-77 -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Scott Dalgarno, Bonnie Compton Hanson, Timothy F. Merrill, David E. Leininger -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "7 - 7-7-77" by Scott Dalgarno

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Our Family Inheritance -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2009
We speak of being "baptized into Christ." Baptized ... wanna fight? Let's talk about baptism.
Speaking Up For What's Right -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2006
As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
The Adoption Paradox -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2003
Our oldest daughter is adopted.
The Collapsing Circle -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Richard A. Jensen -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1994
Allan Nelson is a consultant to business operations throughout the world.
Proper 7 -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- John Steward -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
Some time ago there was a documentary on television about wildlife in their natural environment.

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Faith Outside the Box -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39, Psalm 42, Psalm 43 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2019
For June 23, 2019:
Where Is Your God? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2016
The news was stunning -- a deranged man calmly waited until last call at a packed gay nightclub in O
Who Watches The Watchers? -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2013
One of the main themes in the lectionary scripture texts for Proper 7 is the importance of truth-tel
What Have You Done For Me Lately? -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
This week's Old Testament lesson addresses a problem that seems endemic to modern life -- burnout.
The Price Of Faith -- Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29, 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C
The ongoing debate over how America ought to respond to what many consider a rising tide of illegal

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Proper 7 / Ordinary Time 12 / Pentecost 5 -- 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2009
Zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem.
Proper 7/Ordinary Time 12 -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Galatians 3:23-29Theme: Grow UpCall To Worship
Proper 7 -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2003
Theme: What Are You Doing Here?Call To Worship
Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 | Pentecost 5 (Second Reading) -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2000
Second Lesson: Galatians 3:23-29Theme: Before Faith Comes
Faithful to the voice of God -- Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29, 1 Kings 19:1-15a -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1997
First Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-15a Theme: Faithful to the voice of God
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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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Semphthenus, to my most esteemed elder sister, Alis, many greetings:

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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.
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Bill Thomas
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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:

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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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