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Commentary

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Defined by choices -- Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42, Psalm 13 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
Robert Maynard once told how he became a writer.
The grand national preach-off -- Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42, Psalm 13 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
Nowadays it is hard for any television viewer to avoid the reality show genre where "real
The sacrifice Isaac offered -- Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42, Psalm 13 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2002
Without question the story of "The Sacrifice of Isaac" is one of the most horrific in the whole Bibl

Children's sermon

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Sacrificing Our Children -- Genesis 22:1-14, Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Psalm 13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
The lectionary passage from the Hebrew scriptures this week provides us with a compelling story but
Bringing Your Dreams On The Altar -- Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
Everyone has a dream. That dream is, for them, the key to a better life.
Sacrifice And Service -- Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- Chris Ewing -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
As modern preachers choke over the choice Abraham faced and the God who asked it of him, a not dissi

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In The Presence Of God -- Psalm 13 -- Elaine M. Ward -- 2002
"But, Grandma, I gave all of my Halloween candy but the M and M's to Brad," she gulped between tears

Devotional

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Proper 8 / Pentecost 6 / OT 13 -- Psalm 13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2007
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?...-- Psalm 13:1
How Long, O LORD? -- Psalm 13 -- Robert G. Beckstrand -- 2007
How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long?

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Sacrificing Our Children -- Genesis 22:1-14, Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Psalm 13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
The lectionary passage from the Hebrew scriptures this week provides us with a compelling story but
Bringing Your Dreams On The Altar -- Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
Everyone has a dream. That dream is, for them, the key to a better life.
Sacrifice And Service -- Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- Chris Ewing -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
As modern preachers choke over the choice Abraham faced and the God who asked it of him, a not dissi

Preaching

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Sacrificing Our Children -- Genesis 22:1-14, Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Psalm 13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
The lectionary passage from the Hebrew scriptures this week provides us with a compelling story but
Bringing Your Dreams On The Altar -- Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
Everyone has a dream. That dream is, for them, the key to a better life.
Sacrifice And Service -- Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- Chris Ewing -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
As modern preachers choke over the choice Abraham faced and the God who asked it of him, a not dissi

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Psalm 13 -- Psalm 13 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Certainty is rarely to be trusted.
Proper 8/Pentecost 6/Ordinary Time 13 -- Psalm 13 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2006
This psalm is an individual lament with which almost every Christian can identify, for almost all of

Sermon

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Sacrificing Our Children -- Genesis 22:1-14, Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Psalm 13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
The lectionary passage from the Hebrew scriptures this week provides us with a compelling story but
Bringing Your Dreams On The Altar -- Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
Everyone has a dream. That dream is, for them, the key to a better life.
Sacrifice And Service -- Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- Chris Ewing -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
As modern preachers choke over the choice Abraham faced and the God who asked it of him, a not dissi

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Questions -- Psalm 13 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Charles Cammarata -- 2006
For a young woman following a brief illnessQuestions
We Weep For Our Children -- John 8:12, Psalm 13 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Charles Cammarata -- 2006
For a young man at ChristmasWe Weep For Our Children
When God Is The Problem -- Psalm 13 -- Robert G. Mccreight -- 1996
Introduction

Stories

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To Any Of These Little Ones -- Matthew 10:40-42, Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23, Psalm 13 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2014
Contents"To Any of These Little Ones" by Sandra Herrmann
Standardized Testing -- Matthew 10:40-42, Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23, Psalm 13 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
Contents"Standardized Testing" by C. David McKirachan
The Borrowed Book -- Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13 -- Argile Smith, Craig Kelly -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "The Borrowed Book" by Argile Smith
Who Is In Favor Of Child Sacrifice? -- Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
Contents What's Up This Week

Worship

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Sacrificing Our Children -- Genesis 22:1-14, Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Psalm 13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
The lectionary passage from the Hebrew scriptures this week provides us with a compelling story but
Bringing Your Dreams On The Altar -- Matthew 10:40-42, Romans 6:12-23, Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
Everyone has a dream. That dream is, for them, the key to a better life.
Sacrifice And Service -- Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- Chris Ewing -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
As modern preachers choke over the choice Abraham faced and the God who asked it of him, a not dissi

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Proper 8 -- Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2004
Proper 8Ordinary Time 13Pentecost 6Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13
Proper 8 -- Psalm 13 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
PROPER 8 -- Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIPRejoice in your salvation. Sing to God who has dealt bountifully with us.
Day Of Remembrance -- Psalm 13 -- Robert A. Allen -- 1991
All Dark: By the rivers of Babylon,All Light: there we sat down
God will provide -- Genesis 22:1-18, Psalm 13, Matthew 9:9-13 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: Behind this well-known story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his own son at G
PROPER 5 -- Psalm 13, Genesis 22:1-8, Matthew 9:9-13 -- Norman A. Beck -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 1986
All six of the texts selected for this occasion place emphasis on the importance of close personal r
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New & Featured This Week

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Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
George Reed
For July 21, 2019:
  • Teamwork by Tom Willadsen — The US Women’s Soccer Team dominated the competition in the World Cup, winning their second consecutive title. The team demonstrated a deep personal commitment to every player on the team —everyone was important. Could we reimagine the relationship between Mary and Martha as one of a team rather than adversaries?

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
Elizabeth Achtemeier said that one of the greatest errors of young preachers is their desire to tell people that it is very easy to know the will of God. It is so easy, she said, to preach in black and white, to declare either this or that, with no shades of gray in between.
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
R. Robert Cueni
Frank Ramirez
Amos 8:1-12
I’m a baseball fan and this is the middle of baseball season, so I thought this might be an appropriate and helpful story. An umpire named Babe Pinelli once called the legendary Babe Ruth out on strikes. When the crowd booed with disapproval at the call, Ruth turned to the umpire and angrily said, “There’s 40,000 people here who know that the last pitch was a ball, tomato head.”

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C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Here Comes da Judge” by C. David McKirachan
“A Little on Edge” by Frank Ramirez


Here Comes da Judge
by C. David McKirachan
Amos 8:1-12

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Arley K. Fadness
“...there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part....”(v. 42a)

Good morning boys and girls,

Well, how are you this morning? (children respond) If you ask me how I am I would say, “terrific.” I am “terrific” because __________________!

I am curious, who has a sister? (children respond) Who has more than one sister? (children respond) Who is a sister here this morning? (children respond)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
On our first visit to Malta many years ago, we stayed in the rural south of the island. At that time there were few hotels and those were situated farther north, in St Paul's Bay and Sliema. The south was agricultural country, where a friend of ours happened to have part share in a "villa". The "villa" turned out to be a small farm house.

Farming at the time was very primitive, with the farmer walking over his field behind a hand-held plough. All has now changed, of course, but then it was just like a throw-back to Biblical times in the Middle East.

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Constance Berg
The cabins at Mt. Carmel Bible Retreat are small. Most have two small rooms; some have one large great room. There is a tiny bathroom with a utility shower.

Inside each cabin is a double bed and a set of bunk beds, a dresser and a small rod to hang clothes. Linens are provided for a charge and some of us are very grateful to have a ceiling fan.

Our group of fourteen cabins is set along a little walkway. Each cabin is about ten feet apart and each row of seven faces the sidewalk.

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