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Sometimes the Internet can be... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 1999
Sometimes the Internet can be like a black hole, drawing one in for hours at a time.
James Benedict, in a sermon... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 1998
James Benedict, in a sermon titled "What is Truth?" tells of a student whom a high school teacher de
King Cyrus of Persia held... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 1998
King Cyrus of Persia held a noble prince and his family prisoner.
How many times have we... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1994
How many times have we seen engraved on a portal on a college campus or quoted by a speaker the wor
Shelby Foote, in his narration... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1994
Shelby Foote, in his narration of The Civil War series of videos, talks of the state of the Negro s
Each year in New York... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Each year in New York City, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians sponsors the St.
Pastoral counseling is often perplexing... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C
Pastoral counseling is often perplexing.
On Reformation Sunday we read... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - A
On Reformation Sunday we read the familiar words of Jesus, "...
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A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

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