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Seen and unseen: what really matters! -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
Thanks to the ubiquitous presence of smartphones that double as cameras, we have become almost --
Trust -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
Some years ago, when Dick Shepard was the vicar of an Anglican parish in London, England, he had a d
The faith to let go -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Two of my children are still rather young, and so they remain for me live-in examples of childlike f
Law and order -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
I am somewhat of a hopeless addict to the NBC television series, Law and Order.
The goodness that roared -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2001
In the study of the martial arts, the student learns the difference between the good, the higher goo
Treasure in heaven -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1998
Today's lessons contrast the emptiness of religion with the substance of faith.
True grit -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1995
We are not used to being exhorted to endure in the face of frustration and delayed hopes.

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Constructing A Platform For Justice -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
The news cycle during the past two weeks has been dominated by the political conventions -- gatherin
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus picks up right where he left off last week by conti

The Unnamed 72 -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
This week's texts all have a common theme -- a call to a life of faith, and a forthright discussion
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
As you are no doubt aware if you read the business pages, there has been a bit of an ongoing soap op
Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

Devotional

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Proper 14 / Pentecost 12 / Ordinary Time 19 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
... even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 14 | OT 19 (2016) -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 14 | OT 19 (2013) -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Scott A. Bryte, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
The opener appears to be... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
The opener appears to be an introduction to the whole book, as Isaiah's life of prophecy appears to
"Hands, hands, fingers, thumb... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
"Hands, hands, fingers, thumb; dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum!" Dr.
NULL -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Thomas Costain's history, The Three Edwards, focuses on the life of a fourteenth-century duke
NULL -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Have you ever been in a bad argument with someone?
NULL -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Illustrations

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Many Christians play at religion... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
Many Christians play at religion, prancing along the shores of the great ocean of God and
After leading the fourth worship... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
After leading the fourth worship service of the day, I was tired, hungry, grouchy, and
In 1956, in the little... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
In 1956, in the little town of Crestline, California, in an area popular for camping, a new
Much of today's church has... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
Much of today's church has been affected one way or another with worship wars. Perhaps
The parents knew the process... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1995
The parents knew the process by heart. They had followed it often already.
Throughout Western culture there is... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1995
Throughout Western culture there is much talk and not a little frustration with the state of the Chr
The African Lion Safari is... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1995
The African Lion Safari is a wildlife park near Hamilton, Ontario.
When Isaiah speaks for God... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1995
When Isaiah speaks for God in crying out against Judah for false rituals of worship, is he not also
Jacob's uncle was a trickster... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Jacob's uncle was a trickster.
Control, Alt, Delete. Anybody who's... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
"Control, Alt, Delete." Anybody who's used an IBM--compatible computer ---- along with one of the Wi
God's disgust with his people's... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
God's disgust with his people's filthy deeds was later mirrored by the disgust U.S.
Principal Gubbins called substitute teacher... -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Principal Gubbins called substitute teacher Denise Roberts into his office.

The Immediate Word

Constructing A Platform For Justice -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
The news cycle during the past two weeks has been dominated by the political conventions -- gatherin
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus picks up right where he left off last week by conti

The Unnamed 72 -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
This week's texts all have a common theme -- a call to a life of faith, and a forthright discussion
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
As you are no doubt aware if you read the business pages, there has been a bit of an ongoing soap op
Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Constructing A Platform For Justice -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
The news cycle during the past two weeks has been dominated by the political conventions -- gatherin
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus picks up right where he left off last week by conti

The Unnamed 72 -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
This week's texts all have a common theme -- a call to a life of faith, and a forthright discussion
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
As you are no doubt aware if you read the business pages, there has been a bit of an ongoing soap op
Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Proper 14/Pentecost 12/Ordinary Time 19 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
In God's eyes, we are worth more than we could ever know.
Proper 14 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2003
In the popular piety that so dominates American religious life, there is the saying that "God hears
Proper 14 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Jesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 14 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 (C)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Constructing A Platform For Justice -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
The news cycle during the past two weeks has been dominated by the political conventions -- gatherin
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus picks up right where he left off last week by conti

The Unnamed 72 -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
This week's texts all have a common theme -- a call to a life of faith, and a forthright discussion
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
As you are no doubt aware if you read the business pages, there has been a bit of an ongoing soap op
Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

What God Expects From Worship -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Chrysanne Timm -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
I heard it again at a meeting last week ... a comment about the length of the worship service.
Star-spangled Justice -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Lee Ann Dunlap -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
In just a few more weeks we will be winding down the official summer season.
Conversion To The Lord -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2003
"I'd sell my soul to play for the Washington Senators." Joe Hardy, the protagonist in the popular Br
True Or False? -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- John W. Wurster -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2000
"Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom.

Stories

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Think And Let Think -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- John E. Sumwalt, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
Contents
"Think and Let Think" by John Sumwalt
Preaching Enhancing Drugs -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- John E. Sumwalt, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013
Contents
"Preaching Enhancing Drugs" by John Sumwalt
Confusing Selfishness And Obedience -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Larry Winebrenner -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
Contents
"Confusing Selfishness and Obedience" by Larry Winebrenner
Looking For The Best -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Fanny Lee Seville, C. David Mckirachan, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
What's Up This Week
Uncompromising Faith -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an in

SermonStudio

Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
Religion and politics -- in years past we were told those were two subjects that were not good for p

Worship

The Immediate Word

Constructing A Platform For Justice -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
The news cycle during the past two weeks has been dominated by the political conventions -- gatherin
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2013

In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus picks up right where he left off last week by conti

The Unnamed 72 -- Luke 12:32-40, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Genesis 15:1-6 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
This week's texts all have a common theme -- a call to a life of faith, and a forthright discussion
Enduring Purses -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Paul Bresnahan, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
As you are no doubt aware if you read the business pages, there has been a bit of an ongoing soap op
Free Sermon Illustrations For August 8, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
This week's text from the book of Hebrews speaks of Abraham and Sarah as people of strong faith, peo
Religion And Politics -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

Proper 14 / Ordinary Time 19 / Pentecost 12 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40, Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
Zoos are no longer in people's good graces.
Religion faces the same problem.
Proper 14/Ordinary Time 19 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

Theme: Seek Justice, Defend The Cause
Proper 14 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2003
Theme: How Paul Became An Apostle

Call To Worship
Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 -- Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Theme: Required: Willingness And Obedience
Compassion not sacrifice -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1997
Call To Worship

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Bethany Peerbolte
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Frank Ramirez
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Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Jeremiah 17:5-10
On Sunday, August 5, 2012, Garrett Reid killed himself in the dorm room at Lehigh University where the Philadelphia Eagles were holding training camp. Garrett is the oldest son of the Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. Garrett had a history of drug problems and even spent some time in prison on drug related charges. Andy Reid told the team’s owner that in this difficult situation he would continue to move forward, saying “I’m going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park.”
Ron L.

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Wayne Brouwer
There is a powerful scene in Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons. The story is that of Sir Thomas More, loyal subject of the English crown. King Henry VIII wants to change things to suit his own devious plans, so he requires all his nobles to swear an oath of allegiance which violates the conscience of Sir Thomas More before his God. Since he will not swear the oath, More is put in jail. His daughter Margaret comes to visit him. “Meg,” he calls her, with affection. She’s his pride and joy, the one who thinks his thoughts after him.

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“...for power came out of him and healed all of them.” (v. 19b)

Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

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David O. Bales
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“A Messianic Message?” by David O. Bales
“Blissful? Agnosticism” by David O. Bales


A Messianic Message?
by David O. Bales
Luke 6:17-26

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We tend to think of Saints as special holy people who are perhaps not quite real. But in this reading, Jesus makes it clear that those who are very ordinary because they are poor, or hungry, or sad, or otherwise disadvantaged in some way, are especially blessed. This is a story about Casper, who spoke in fun but found his words were taken rather seriously.

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Cynthia E. Cowen
"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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