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The Problem of Authority -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Mark 1:21-28, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B
Every age has the problem of sorting out the true prophets from the charlatans.
Looking for a leader -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B
Leadership is a hot topic in business and society.

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You can spot them by... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1997
You can spot them by the way they talk. They know something about everybody.
This story seems to be... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
This story seems to be filled with words like, astonished and amazed.
Many people in our society... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1994
Many people in our society have a fascination with evil spirits and the confusion and terror they ca
Authority is the issue here... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
Authority is the issue here. It always is when dealing with the demonic. Who's the boss?
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was influential... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1991
Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was influential as a peacher at Trinity Church, Boston.
Jesus taught with authority, but... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B
Jesus taught with authority, but authority is a tough issue for many.
Person after person, whether a... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B
Person after person, whether a reporter, a rescuer, or a public official, describes the aftermath of
Tom Ehrich, in the On... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B
Tom Ehrich, in the On a Journey e-newsletter, writes about the distinction between power and
But Jesus rebuked him, saying... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent and come out of him" (Mark 1:25).
I was counseling a young... -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
I was counseling a young woman who had many severe problems.
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The Desert Fathers told of a father and a son who were traveling together. They came to the edge of a forest. Some of the bushes were loaded with berries. They looked so delicious that the son asked if they could stop for a while and pick berries.

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A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

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Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

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All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

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Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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