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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

An Upside-Down World -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2018
Søren Kierkegaard once wrote of a strange break‑in at a large store in his native Denmark where the
Beyond consumerism -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
I know a mother who remembers an embarrassing moment that happened when she went with her daughter’s
Have I thought enough? -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- David Kalas -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
The award-winning 1968 movie A Man for All Seasons portrays a portion of the real-life story
Going public -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2006
Each of these texts sends us into a different sector of our lives and asks us to
Tell me all about it -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2003
I came home from school one day really feeling down. It had been a bad day.
Seeking and being sought -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1997
Some of us have been around long enough to remember a campaign launched by Campus Crusade for Christ
Running scared -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1994
Whether by the choice of the designers of the lectionary or by coincidence, fear is operative in eac
Hide and seek -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Hide and seek may be a child's game, but we adults spend a lot of time playing our own version of it

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Giving Things Up -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2018
Anger, Anguish, And Faith's Vanishing Act -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
Last Thursday it happened again -- another in a long line of violent outbursts, leaving multiple vic
Wealth: Boon Or Bane? -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
Most people in our society look forward to retirement -- and one of the main attractions is the free
Can You Handle The Truth? -- Mark 10:17-31, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher:

The Forgiveness Heard Round The World -- Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
This week's The Immediate Word is written by Barbara Jurgensen.

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Bold or quiet? -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2006
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may
Tried and true -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you know what a battery is? (let them answer) Very good!
Hold fast and don't let go! -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Good morning! I want to read to you a statement about what
Even little me! -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Today I brought a little, tiny seed to make a point. See
God is alive -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought some beautiful autumn

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 23 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2008
Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Drama

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The Hotel And Restaurant -- Hebrews 1:1-4, Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Lori Lee Triplett -- 1993
Cast Of Characters
Peter: the maitre d' hotel, middle-aged or older

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 (2018) -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Ron Love -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2018
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 (2015) -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 (2012) -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Mark Ellingsen, Richard A. Hasler, Cynthia E. Cowen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
NULL -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
The history of swords is fascinating, spanning thousands of years and a multitude of cultures.
NULL -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Ron Love -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
Great Britain's richest woman was American-born Eva Rausing.
NULL -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
If Jesus was tempted in every way such as we are, then he can understand our temptations.
NULL -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
As a church youth director, Ardi received lots of flyers in her mailbox.
Many commentators agree that Hebrews... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2006
Many commentators agree that Hebrews is written to a tired congregation who grows
Marlo Thomas wrote The Right... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2006
Marlo Thomas wrote The Right Words at the Right Time, that tells how one
The world breaks everyone, wrote... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2006
"The world breaks everyone," wrote Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell To Arms,
I grew up in a... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2003
I grew up in a household that contained many Bibles.
As a young adult, I... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2003
As a young adult, I had my tonsils removed.
About two years ago, U.S... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2003
About two years ago, U.S. Representative Floyd D. Spence from South Carolina died.
Research is being conducted in... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2003
Research is being conducted in many places (Emory University in Atlanta, the Wadsworth Center of the
God's willingness to sympathize with... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2000
God's willingness to sympathize with us in our weakness can teach us to do so on behalf of others.
It is not usual for... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1997
It is not usual for soldiers to assess their commanding officers, but they nevertheless do so in the
There was a certain church... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1997
There was a certain church member who was very pleased with how the pastor of his congregation preac
The late Peter Taylor Forsythe... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1994
The late Peter Taylor Forsythe was called the Karl Barth of English Congregationalism.
By the time I was... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1994
By the time I was eight or ten years old, my mother would send me to the nearby grocery store to get
Throughout the scriptures Christians are... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1994
Throughout the scriptures Christians are warned about judging. The judgment of people can be wrong.
The student chaplain entered the... -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1994
The student chaplain entered the room with trepidation.

The Immediate Word

Giving Things Up -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2018
Anger, Anguish, And Faith's Vanishing Act -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
Last Thursday it happened again -- another in a long line of violent outbursts, leaving multiple vic
Wealth: Boon Or Bane? -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
Most people in our society look forward to retirement -- and one of the main attractions is the free
Can You Handle The Truth? -- Mark 10:17-31, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher:

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Giving Things Up -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2018
Anger, Anguish, And Faith's Vanishing Act -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
Last Thursday it happened again -- another in a long line of violent outbursts, leaving multiple vic
Wealth: Boon Or Bane? -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
Most people in our society look forward to retirement -- and one of the main attractions is the free
Can You Handle The Truth? -- Mark 10:17-31, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher:

The Forgiveness Heard Round The World -- Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
This week's The Immediate Word is written by Barbara Jurgensen.

SermonStudio

Proper 23 / Pentecost 20 / Ordinary Time 28 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2011
Theme of the Day
Taking sin seriously.

Collect of the Day
Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17 or Amos 5:6-7, 10-15, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2005
Revised Common
Job 23:1-9, 16-17 or Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Proper 23 (C, E) -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Job 23:1-9, 16-17 (C)
The difficulty of entering the kingdom of heaven when material things have a hold on you. -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: The difficulty of entering the kingdom of heaven when material things have a hol
Proper 23 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1993
In Job 23, Job responds to Eliphaz, one of Job's supposed
Proper 23 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1990
It is critical, at this juncture of the church year, to remember that the lectionary and the church
Proper 23 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1990
It is critical, at this juncture of the church year, to remember that the lectionary and the church
Proper 23, Pentecost 21, Ordinary Time 28 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Seasonal Theme

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Giving Things Up -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2018
Anger, Anguish, And Faith's Vanishing Act -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
Last Thursday it happened again -- another in a long line of violent outbursts, leaving multiple vic
Wealth: Boon Or Bane? -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
Most people in our society look forward to retirement -- and one of the main attractions is the free
Can You Handle The Truth? -- Mark 10:17-31, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher:

The Forgiveness Heard Round The World -- Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
This week's The Immediate Word is written by Barbara Jurgensen.

The Village Shepherd

Judgment Day -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
I was watching yet another television programme on near-death

SermonStudio

Praying In Boldness And Faith -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Patrick J. Rooney -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2008
It is the holiest of days.
Like A Child -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Lee Ann Dunlap -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2005
Angela was still a pre-schooler the Christmas Grandpa Harvey got her the red Radio Flyer wagon, and
Laid Bare, Laid Out, And Laid Back -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Harold C. Warlick, Jr. -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2002
Today's sermon to the Hebrews hits close to home for us in contemporary America.

Stories

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Peter's Everything -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16 -- David O. Bales -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2018
Contents
"Peter’s Everything" by David O. Bales
God's Word Cuts Deep -- Mark 10:17-31, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Psalm 22:1-15 -- John Fitzgerald, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
Contents
"God?s Word Cuts Deep" by John Fitzgerald
Threading The Needle -- Mark 10:17-31, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
Contents
"Threading the Needle" by Frank Ramirez
The Fire -- Mark 10:17-31, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Keith Hewitt, Larry Winebrenner, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2009
Contents
What's Up This Week
"The Fire" by Keith Hewitt
A Triumph Of The Spirit -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Contents
Talking To God -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 26 -- Rick Mccracken-bennett, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Contents
What's Up This Week

Worship

The Immediate Word

Giving Things Up -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2018
Anger, Anguish, And Faith's Vanishing Act -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
Last Thursday it happened again -- another in a long line of violent outbursts, leaving multiple vic
Wealth: Boon Or Bane? -- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Psalm 22:1-15 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2012
Most people in our society look forward to retirement -- and one of the main attractions is the free
Can You Handle The Truth? -- Mark 10:17-31, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher:

The Forgiveness Heard Round The World -- Hebrews 4:12-16, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
This week's The Immediate Word is written by Barbara Jurgensen.

SermonStudio

Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2005
First Lesson: Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Theme: And Another Thing, Lord ...
Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
Where On Earth Are You? -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
Leader: Where are you when we need you, God?
Proper 23 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1996
Call To Worship
PROPER 23 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31, Psalm 22:1-15 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP
Be satisfied with God's love when morning breaks and sing for joy

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Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 -- Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2005
First Lesson: Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Theme: And Another Thing, Lord ...

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
For October 14, 2018:
  • Giving Things Up by Mary Austin -- Does it cost more to follow Jesus or not to follow? The wealthy man has the same question for Jesus that we all have -- what do we need to give up to follow along?

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David O. Bales
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"Peter’s Everything" by David O. Bales
"Confidence Corrective" by David O. Bales


Peter’s Everything
by David O. Bales
Mark 10:17-31

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Cynthia E. Cowen
“...for God all things are possible.” (v. 27b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I am really happy to see you this morning. And I have a story from the Bible that is most interesting. This story has something to say to you and to me too. So listen up!

It's a story about a rich man who wanted to follow Jesus.

This fellow asked Jesus questions about how to follow him.  The man did everything right. He obeyed the commandments. And he was rich. He owned a lot of stuff. 

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Wayne Brouwer
Søren Kierkegaard once wrote of a strange break‑in at a large store in his native Denmark where the thieves didn’t remove anything. When clerks opened up in the morning, all the merchandise was still there. Instead of stealing the goods, the thieves had stolen value. They had switched all the price tags, so that the worth of each item had no relation to its price: a diamond necklace valued at $2; a pair of leather shoes for 50¢; a pencil selling for $75, and a baby’s rattle with $5,000 on the sticker.
Bob Ove
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
How often in the troubles of our lives do we fail to perceive the presence of God? We look, as Job did, to the right and to the left, and we do not feel God or see God. Yet, it may be that we are looking outside for the presence of God, rather than internally. Job is discouraged. He cannot feel the presence of God. He looks forward and backward, but not inward.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
I was watching yet another television programme on near-death experiences. They are rather fascinating, not least because Christianity has been telling the world for the last 2,000 years that we live on in a new kind of life after death, yet these programmes make it sound as if this incredible thought is new.

In this particular programme, all but one of those who had "died" had found it a very enriching experience. They all described a feeling of such love and peace suffusing them that they didn't want to return

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Cathy A. Ammlung
Before there was Harry Potter, there was Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit. In J. R. R. Tolkien's wise fantasy, this short, hairy-footed resident of the Shire in Middle-Earth was a well-to-do bachelor and country squire. Comfortable and conventional, but just a touch bored with life, he nevertheless was shocked when the mysterious wizard, Gandalf, knocked on his door one spring morning and requested his services as (of all things) a thief. The clever, nimble-fingered hobbit was just the person to help a struggling band of dwarves reclaim their treasure from a greedy dragon.

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