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Saint Augustine described his conversion... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2000
Saint Augustine described his conversion to the Christian faith in this way: "I probed the hidden d
World War II ended; they... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2000
World War II ended; they were coming home, 1,000 marines on a troopship.
Over the doors of the... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2000
Over the doors of the library at the University of Oregon are inscribed Jesus' words, "You shall kno
There was a gas station... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2000
There was a gas station robbery in West Palm Beach, Florida, that ended with the attendant being mur
Jesus offers to set us... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 1999
Jesus offers to set us free, and it is a freedom that brings with it a deep, inner peace.
Carlo was frustrated. A black... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 1999
Carlo was frustrated.
The X-FilesI... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 1999
The X-Files has captured the fascination of many American television fans.
It is a tradition in... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 1998
It is a tradition in the Philippines that each year on Good Friday a number of people volunteer to b
In December of 1996, The... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 1998
In December of 1996, The Port St.
Jesus himself is our Truth... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
Jesus himself is our Truth.
A Wall Street Journal... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
A Wall Street Journal cartoon has an eager salesman standing by a computer, saying to an over
Men of Science Never Talk... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
"Men of Science Never Talk That Way" screamed the editorial headlines in the New York Times i
Free! That is what we... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1997
Free!
A certain man was out... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
A certain man was out in the woods, trying to cut down a large oak tree.
In this world the truth... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
In this world the truth is a slippery thing. But it is important.
Denial is a powerful force... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
Denial is a powerful force in our lives.
My friend tells the story... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
My friend tells the story of an aunt who has spent the better part of her retirement years fleshing
Harry Daniels was my friend... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1994
Harry Daniels was my friend from the time we met as next-door neighbors.
I once received too much... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1994
I once received too much change after making a purchase at a large department store.
(L)There... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1982
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(L)If... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1982
(L)"If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples ..."
(L)In... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1982
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L)One of... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1982
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(M, C)br... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1982
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(M, C)br... -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 1982
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Good morning girls and boys,

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