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Sermon helps for Proper 13 | OT 18
Sandra Herrmann of Emphasis What does it take to be God's person?
Commentary by Sandra Herrmann based on 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35 from Emphasis Preaching Journal
Whether we are high-born or low, rich or poor, male or female, working for ourselves or others -- human beings stand before God equally. Jesus taught that if we have much, much will be required of us. If we have little, like the widow paying her late husbandís temple tax with a mite, we do what we can for the kingdom of here for the full sermon

Children's Sermon for Proper 13 | OT 18

Ping-Pong Words: And 30 More Children's SermonsLike A Potato
Children's sermon by Marti Kramer Suddarth based on Ephesians 4:1-16 excerpted from Ping-Pong Words: And 30 More Children's Sermons (SermonStudio).
Materials Needed
Three potatoes
Card stock printed with scripture reference and verse
Telling The Story
I'd like to show you something. Does anyone know what this is? (Show a potato. Let the children answer.) That's right. It's a potato! I love potatoes! Potatoes taste good. They're full of vitamins and minerals that help us stay healthy, and there are many different ways we can cook potatoes.
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Mary Austin

Promises, Promises

Mark 6:14-29
The start of the 2016 presidential campaign has me thinking about promises. Candidates are promising to repeal Obamacare (Republicans), raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour (Bernie Sanders), regain control of the oil hubs held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria (Donald Trump), and restore the middle class (everyone). Campaigns are built around the things politicians promise to do -- and our willingness to believe them.
      As King Herod found out, some promises should never be made. Promises, once made, have a life of their own -- and keeping them costs more than we anticipate. Other pledges are impossible to keep. In politics, keeping promises is rarely up to just one person -- and sometimes the success of keeping a promise involves uncomfortable bargains with other people. King Herod reminds us of the cost of making a promise, and the pain of keeping it....
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Grace In The Midst Of Guilt And Shame

At the begining of his ministry Jesus had a chance to impress the people he grew up with. According to Luke, chapter 4, Jesus was invited to stand up and read the Bible in his hometown synagogue of Nazareth. And why not? He was the latest sensation. His reputation as a teacher was starting to get around. He was the local kid who had made good. There must have been smiles and gentle ribbing as Jesus got up to read the Scriptures on that Saturday morning a long time ago. "Remember when he was just a child, helping Joseph around the carpenter's shop? Wow, look at him now."...
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David Kalas

A pair of kings, but not two of a kind

The Old Testament historian of the divided monarchy era had a simple method for evaluating the kings. Either they did (e.g., 1 Kings 15:24) or they did not (e.g., 2 Kings 16:2) live and reign like David. David was neither a perfect man nor a faultless king; yet he emerges in the Old Testament as a gold standard for monarchs. He is the one against which all subsequent rulers are measured.
      Sports fans recognize certain figures who are so accomplished that they become the benchmark, the one to whom everyone else is compared. No one, for example, says that this basketball player or that one is better than Michael Jordan was. The question is simply whether a player is good enough to be compared, to be mentioned in the same sentence with Jordan....
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C. David McKirachan

But Honey...

2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19

In his book on the Apostles? Creed, William Barkley says that faith is personal, but it?s not private. That my friends is a fine line, and fine lines tend to cause cuts, paper and razor. Often the enthusiasm and ecstasy of an experience of the imminence of our Lord leads not only to misunderstanding, but to division and downright ugliness....
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Janice Scott

I'm not afraid...

Andrew was hanging about on the age of the group, as usual. He hadn't many friends at this new school, even though he was already in his second term. The boys were playing their favourite game of "truth or dare", but nobody had invited Andrew to join in...
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Cynthia Cowen

Telling About Jesus

Object: A list of the names/titles of Jesus (Can Google the names/titles of Jesus)
The Point: Who do you think Jesus is? Your answer can be life transforming.
The Lesson: †Thank you boys and girls for coming forward to share this time with me. I did some searching this week and made a list of the many names and titles of Jesus. There are over 200 names and titles that refer to Jesus in the Bible....
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