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Discomforting Words -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2019
Note: This installment was originally published in 2013.
Overflowing grace -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- David Kalas -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
When the apostle Paul wrote his first letter to Timothy, he shared in writing a part of his own pers
Discomforting words -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
Today's scriptures carry warnings that Christians of the 21st century really need to listen to.
Jilted in Jerusalem -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
If the lost is lost, it is not found. If it is found, it is no longer lost.
Changed -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
When one congregation finished its building project, the dedication team wanted to place
Jilted in Jerusalem -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2001
If the lost is lost, it is not found. If it is found, it is no longer lost.
God's initiative -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 1998
The First Reading for today is a bit hard to take -- few biblical passages are so apparently void of
But what if it is broken? -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- David Kalas -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Conventional wisdom says, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." That's fair advice.
Share the joy reach out and include -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord.

Children's sermon

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Ecological Jeremiad -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2019
For September 15, 2019:
Fully Pardoned -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Robin Lostetter -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lection from the Hebrew scriptures, the prophet Jeremiah -- communicating God’s judgm
No Rejoicing Yet -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus illustrates the concern God has for every one of us,
When Faithfulness Counts As Righteousness -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Whether we look to the headlines or in the particulars of our own experiences, life is full of diffi
No One Left Behind -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
There have been several recent news stories about people being lost, toward whom costly rescue effor
Back To Chaos? -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
This coming weekend is the third anniversary of one of the most traumatic events in the history of t

Devotional

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Proper 19 / Pentecost 17 / Ordinary Time 24 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2009
I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light.

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 (2019) -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2019
Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 (2016) -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 (2013) -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem, Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Phil Mickelson was so excited... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Ron Love -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
Phil Mickelson was so excited in winning the 2004 Masters that he jumped for joy -- a reaction captu
The text reminds us... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
The text reminds us how skilled we are in doing evil, in sinning.
It's usually a complaint... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
It's usually a complaint. It's usually said in frustration or resignation.
NULL -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
If you perform a Google search for Mount Vesuvius, you will be met with a variety of pictures of the
NULL -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Someone asked in an adult Sunday school class if there were prophets today.
NULL -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
At times we need to... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
At times we need to know that the Lord is a God of justice. When slumbering giants of
God promises to blow against... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
God promises to blow against the people of God like a desert wind. One desert wind that
Our Iceberg Is Melting, by... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
Our Iceberg Is Melting, by John Kotter is a delightful tale of penguins living on
For my people are foolish... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
"For my people are foolish, they do not know me; they are stupid children, they have no
The words of Jeremiah are... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
The words of Jeremiah are echoed in T. S.
Jeremiah's vision is of desolation... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Jeremiah's vision is of desolation far-surpassing any imagination. At 2 a.m.
On January 13, 2004, Timothy... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
On January 13, 2004, Timothy Spahr, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Nature never ceases to amaze... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Nature never ceases to amaze me.
A young girl was nagging... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
A young girl was nagging her mother to take her to the movies.
Marty was proud of his... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Marty was proud of his new home.
The prophet paints a very... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
The prophet paints a very dismal picture of the world and those who live in it. What's new?

The Immediate Word

Ecological Jeremiad -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2019
For September 15, 2019:
Fully Pardoned -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Robin Lostetter -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lection from the Hebrew scriptures, the prophet Jeremiah -- communicating God’s judgm
No Rejoicing Yet -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus illustrates the concern God has for every one of us,
When Faithfulness Counts As Righteousness -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Whether we look to the headlines or in the particulars of our own experiences, life is full of diffi
No One Left Behind -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
There have been several recent news stories about people being lost, toward whom costly rescue effor

Preaching

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Ecological Jeremiad -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2019
For September 15, 2019:
Fully Pardoned -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Robin Lostetter -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lection from the Hebrew scriptures, the prophet Jeremiah -- communicating God’s judgm
No Rejoicing Yet -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus illustrates the concern God has for every one of us,
When Faithfulness Counts As Righteousness -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Whether we look to the headlines or in the particulars of our own experiences, life is full of diffi
No One Left Behind -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
There have been several recent news stories about people being lost, toward whom costly rescue effor
Back To Chaos? -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
This coming weekend is the third anniversary of one of the most traumatic events in the history of t

SermonStudio

Proper 19/Pentecost 17/Ordinary Time 24 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day God always offers a special welcome to those who are lost.
Proper 19 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2003
"Now it is I who speak in judgment upon them" (v. 12).
Proper 19 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus' acts of compassion and his teaching ministry.
Proper 19 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 (C)

Sermon

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Ecological Jeremiad -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2019
For September 15, 2019:
Fully Pardoned -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Robin Lostetter -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lection from the Hebrew scriptures, the prophet Jeremiah -- communicating God’s judgm
No Rejoicing Yet -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus illustrates the concern God has for every one of us,
When Faithfulness Counts As Righteousness -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Whether we look to the headlines or in the particulars of our own experiences, life is full of diffi
No One Left Behind -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
There have been several recent news stories about people being lost, toward whom costly rescue effor
Back To Chaos? -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
This coming weekend is the third anniversary of one of the most traumatic events in the history of t

SermonStudio

From Life To Death To ... -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Chrysanne Timm -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2009
How many of you remember the movie Duck and Cover?
Actions Bring Consequences -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2003
Once upon a time an otter rushed before the king and cried out, "My lord, you are a king who loves j
'? yet' -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- John W. Wurster -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2000
Some of the hardest weeks of my life were spent in an intensive eight week Hebrew course at Princeto

Stories

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Come, Join The Party! -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Psalm 14 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
Contents "Come, Join the Party!" by Keith Wagner
The Amen Code -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Psalm 14 -- Frank Ramirez, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
Contents"The Amen Code" by Frank Ramirez "Gun Stories" by John Sumwalt
Lost And Found -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Psalm 14 -- Keith Hewitt -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Contents"Lost and Found" by Keith Hewitt
The Biggest Sinner -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- John E. Sumwalt, Sandra Herrmann, Fanny Lee Seville -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "The Biggest Sinner" by John Sumwalt
Until Found -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Contents A Story to Live By: "Until Found"

Worship

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Ecological Jeremiad -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2019
For September 15, 2019:
Fully Pardoned -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Robin Lostetter -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lection from the Hebrew scriptures, the prophet Jeremiah -- communicating God’s judgm
No Rejoicing Yet -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus illustrates the concern God has for every one of us,
When Faithfulness Counts As Righteousness -- Luke 15:1-10, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Whether we look to the headlines or in the particulars of our own experiences, life is full of diffi
No One Left Behind -- Luke 15:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, Psalm 14 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
There have been several recent news stories about people being lost, toward whom costly rescue effor
Back To Chaos? -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
This coming weekend is the third anniversary of one of the most traumatic events in the history of t

SermonStudio

Proper 19 / Ordinary Time 24 / Pentecost 17 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2009
If we love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and strength,
Proper 19/Ordinary Time 24 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28Theme: Disaster!
Proper 19 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2003
Theme: Stupid PeopleCall To Worship
Proper 19 | OT 24 -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Theme: Partial Ruin Call To Worship
Accountable to God -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Theme: Accountable to God
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It’s hard to deal with the fact, for some of us, that we can’t do everything we used to do. The young David slayed Goliath. The people sang how Saul killed his thousands and David his tens of thousands. The future king, anointed by Samuel, engages in one military adventure after another. When he finally enters Jerusalem, the new capital of a united kingdom, he unapologetically dances so vigorously ahead of the Ark of the Covenant that he earns the disdain of his wife Michal.

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Janice B. Scott
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"The wind was squealing through the rigging," Peter said. "We'd gotten the sail down and were doing our best to row into the wind. It was tougher than we'd faced for a long time -- especially at night. Half of us rowed, half bailed. We all prayed."

Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
We're all in the same boat!

Collect of the Day
It is noted that the gracious God has placed in the hearts of all a longing for the word of truth. Prayer is offered that the faithful may know Christ to be the bread of heaven and share this bread with the entire world. Justification, Sanctification, Evangelism, and perhaps Social Ethics receive attention.

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Psalm 14
* A Psalm attributed to David; a condemnation of a cynical and unrighteous age.
Donna E. Schaper
David gets in trouble the way many other men get in trouble. Some women do also but often in a less adulterous way. Women get "twitterpated" by beauty but often think of themselves as the one who should become beautiful. I think of the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, which is the story of fascination with fashion -- the women are all hooked deeply on how they look, so deeply that they think a size six is too fat. David's issue is different but also connected: He takes the problem of his lust for Bathsheba into a conniving and deceitful way.

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