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Changed -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
Having outgrown its old and limiting facilities, a large church finally managed to build a magnifice
Choices -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
As parents, we want to influence our children.
Devil's advocate -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
It's an awful phrase, you know, when you stop to think about it: "Devil's advocate." Yet how often h
Embarrassing flesh -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- David Kalas -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
I recall a few weeks in elementary school when it was the height of hilarity to take
Plowed human furrows -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
Early in human history, people discovered that they could stir up soil, drop seeds in the stirred up
On sowing the word -- Isaiah 55:10-13, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
Perhaps the most humbling and, at the same time, thrilling moments of the liturgy occur for me when
The outcome is certain -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1996
Although they come at it from very different perspectives, the texts for this Sunday all speak to
Living in unsafe neighborhoods -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
We vacationed recently on Hilton Head Island.

Children's sermon

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Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “
Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.
How Firm Is Our Faith Foundation? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Because Jesus' parables have become so familiar, we need to think of new ways we can re-tell them so

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God's rules -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
So that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the f
Open your heart -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who
Filled with God's love -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Welcome back! I'm glad to see you again.
Somebody paid our fine! -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Good morning! I want to show you this document today. This
Host or hostile? -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Our God is so great and wonderful. Do you ever wonder why we
The Spirit's in you! -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you are hungry this
God's medicine -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. This morning, I brought with me some of the medicine I take.

Devotional

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Proper 10 / Pentecost 8 / OT 15 -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those w

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 (2017) -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
Genesis 25:19-34
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 (2014) -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
Genesis 25:19-34
We have only two choices... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
We have only two choices in life: be an egotistical sinner thinking only of ourselves -- even if we
The Holy Spirit gives us life... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
The Holy Spirit gives us life and peace according to Paul in this text.
If God is all powerful... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
If God is all powerful, can God make a rock so heavy that he can't lift it?"
NULL -- Genesis 25:19-24, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
Genesis 25:19-24
NULL -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
"Beautiful tyrant!" "Damned saint!" "Honorable villain!" "Feather of lead!" "Loving hate!" "Heavy li
NULL -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Ron Love -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
Albuquerque police office Trey Economidy received national attention when a posting to his Facebook
A suicide in London became... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
A suicide in London became famous. The man was John Ellis, who for a quarter century
Though few people give much... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Though few people give much daily thought to it, the judgment will be a fearsome
In Romans 8, the word... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
In Romans 8, the word "spirit" is used twenty times. It speaks of power. The Hebrew
Genesis 25:19-34 How... -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Genesis 25:19-34
Jeanine's talk with her pastor... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
Jeanine's talk with her pastor about her weakness in almost submitting to her boss's advances brough
In a dream one night... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
In a dream one night, a certain man saw himself approaching the gate of heaven.
Christians live in an odd... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
Christians live in an odd tension, with the promise of life "in the Spirit" counterbalanced with the
She heard the knock on... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
She heard the knock on the closed, locked door and looked out of the window to see who was knocking.
When it comes to hearing... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
When it comes to hearing, bats are amazing creatures.
Her father abused Barb. The... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
Her father abused Barb. The abuse began when she was ten years old.
On the popular television show... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
On the popular television show Promised Land, October 1, 1998, angels told both a woman who h
There are times as a... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
There are times as a pastor that I wish I was driving a cross-country bus on a one-way trip.
I recently visited in the... -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1996
I recently visited in the home of a family that had requested that their two daughters be baptized.

The Immediate Word

Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “
Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.

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The Immediate Word

Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “
Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.
How Firm Is Our Faith Foundation? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Because Jesus' parables have become so familiar, we need to think of new ways we can re-tell them so

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Proper 10 / Ordinary Time 15 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 25:19--34 (C)
Proper 10, Pentecost 8, Ordinary Time 15 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 25:19-34 (C)
The productivity of God's word -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 25:19--34 (C)
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Genesis 25:19-34 (C)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “
Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.
How Firm Is Our Faith Foundation? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Because Jesus' parables have become so familiar, we need to think of new ways we can re-tell them so

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Getting Off The Merry-Go-Round -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
Have you ever been stuck on a playground merry-go-round? You know how it goes.
No Longer Damned -- Romans 8:1-11 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
The text for today is Romans, chapter 8, verse 1: "Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who
Cheating The Reaper -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation ..." (v. 1 NIV). No condemnation! No condemnation?

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There Is No Condemnation! -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
I've always rather enjoyed word puzzles, from simple puzzles like filling in the missing letters

Stories

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Conflicts And Blessings -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Keith Wagner, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
Contents"Conflicts and Blessings" by Keith Wagner
Restoring The Birthright -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
Contents"Restoring the Birthright" by Frank Ramirez
Turning Dirt! -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Bryan Meadows, John E. Sumwalt, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Turning Dirt!" by Bryan Meadows
If You Have Ears To Hear -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "What Goes Around..."

Worship

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Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “
Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.
How Firm Is Our Faith Foundation? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Because Jesus' parables have become so familiar, we need to think of new ways we can re-tell them so

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Proper 10/Pentecost 8/Ordinary Time 15 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Isaiah 55:10-13, Romans 8:1-11 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
Confession And Forgiveness
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: On this midsummer's day, we gather as God's people
No Fair -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
Hymns
Proper 10 -- Romans 8:1-11 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
Theme: Life In The SpiritCall To Worship
Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Genesis 25:19-34Theme: Isaac and RebekahCall To Worship
PROPER 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
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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?

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


Here Comes da Judge
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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)

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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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