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If You Don't Forgive


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"If You Don’t Forgive" by David O. Bales
"Being Ready" by David O. Bales
"Yielding to God" by Keith Wagner
"Healing for those who Suffer" by Keith Wagner

If You Don’t Forgive
by David O. Bales
Matthew 18:21-35

Monday at lunch Phil made sure to sit by the factory’s new hire Milo. He knew what it was like to be new to a job or group and Milo was pleased for the company. Five minutes into their lunch break their mutual unbelief popped up in their conversation.

Moses: Prepared

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"Moses: Prepared" by David O. Bales
"Re-call" by David O. Bales
"The Goose Story" by John Fitzgerald

Moses: Prepared
by David O. Bales
Exodus 3:1-15

Jesus And Religious Know-It-Alls

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"Jesus And Religious Know-It-Alls" by David O. Bales
"Pauls’ Innards" by David O. Bales
"A Little Bit of Heaven" by Keith Wagner
"A Glimpse of Hope" by Keith Wagner

Jesus And Religious Know-It-Alls
by David O. Bales
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

The Mayor's Wife

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What's Up This Week
"The Mayor's Wife" by David O. Bales
"Being Forgiven" by Frank R. Fisher
"Twice Forgiven" by Constance Berg


What's Up This Week

The Inexplicable Molly

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What's Up This Week
"The Inexplicable Molly" by Scott Dalgarno
"Seeing Is Believing" by Argile Smith
"The Eyes of the Heart Enlightened" by David O. Bales
"Worth the Wait" by John S. Smylie


What's Up This Week

The Inexplicable Molly

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What's Up This Week
"The Inexplicable Molly" by Scott Dalgarno
"Seeing Is Believing" by Argile Smith
"The Eyes of the Heart Enlightened" by David O. Bales
"Worth the Wait" by John S. Smylie


What's Up This Week

X Games

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What's Up This Week
"X Games" by John S. Smylie
"The Ugliest Man In The World" by David O. Bales


What's Up This Week
We often say, "You can't go home again" -- but in this week's gospel passage, Jesus refutes that well-worn adage with a powerful story about a prodigal son and a loving father who is overjoyed at his son's return. In this week's featured story, "X Games," John Smylie updates this familiar parable to a very contemporary setting that almost any parent can identify with.

Is It True?

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What's Up This Week
"Is It True?" by David Leininger
"Rich And Poor Alike?" by David O. Bales


What's Up This Week
How do we know what to believe? We hear so many different stories every day. We must look inside ourselves. Everyone must look into their own heart. What does your heart believe? We must let go of ourselves and let our heart lead us. The wellness of our soul has a lot to do with the wellness of our heart.


Is It True?
David Leininger
1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Follow The Star

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What's Up This Week
"Follow The Star" by David Leininger
"The Chief Magi's Son" by David O. Bales
"Getting A Second Opinion" by Terry Cain
"God's Secret Plan" by Terry Cain
"Willy The Preacher" by Rick McCracken-Bennett
"It Would Make A Great Movie" by Rick McCracken-Bennett
"Into The Jordan" by Frank Fisher

What's Up This Week

Follow The Star

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What's Up This Week
"Follow The Star" by David Leininger
"The Chief Magi's Son" by David O. Bales
"Getting A Second Opinion" by Terry Cain
"God's Secret Plan" by Terry Cain
"Willy The Preacher" by Rick McCracken-Bennett
"It Would Make A Great Movie" by Rick McCracken-Bennett
"Into The Jordan" by Frank Fisher

What's Up This Week

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
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"Redefining Fair" by Peter Andrew Smith
"How Great Thou Art!" by John Fitzgerald

Redefining Fair
by Peter Andrew Smith
Matthew 20:1-16

“Are you boys finished with your chores yet?” Linda called out from the kitchen.

Paul put two full bags of plastic containers next to the garage door. “I finished everything and Joey is almost done.”

The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells a parable that at first glance seems antithetical to modern sensibilities. A vineyard owner is hiring day laborers to work in his fields, and early in the day he hires several workers at the usual going daily rate. Later in the day, the owner sees additional workers still standing at their gathering place, hoping for even a small job, and he tells them to go to the vineyard as well. Yet at the end of the day, the workers who labored for only a few hours receive a full day’s earnings.

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Arley K. Fadness
...I chose to give to this last the same as I give to you...so the last will be first and the first will be last. (v. 14b, 16)

Good morning boys and girls,

It's so fun to see you here at church and especially to see you come up and sit and visit with me. Thanks for listening. How are you? You look wonderful and happy.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Exodus 16:2-15
“God will provide.” We’ve all heard that expression. Probably we’ve said it a few times too. Those are the easy parts, hearing it and saying it. Trusting that he will can be a different matter. I read the following story in a missionary magazine, and thought it would be a great way to illustrate this passage.
David Kalas
I heard a story once of a custodian who worked at a certain university. Among his responsibilities, he emptied the wastebaskets in the administration building where the president of the university had his office. The school underwent a change in presidents during this custodian’s time there, and he found that his experience of his job changed. “I didn’t mind emptying Dr. Wilson’s garbage,” he remarked, referring to the former president.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Recently I noticed in the media that the government are planning to give each teenager in England a gift of up to 10,000 pounds on reaching the age of eighteen. My first reaction was one of horror, imagining what most teenagers of my acquaintance would do with that kind of money!

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Jerry L. Schmalenberger
So this fellow up in Sonoma County, not far from wine-growing Napa County, anxiously watched the weather forecast. Heavy rains of November were on the way across the Pacific. The grapes were mature and ready for harvest. Having no regular work crew, he went in to the union hall to get day laborers to do the picking. They agreed to work for ten dollars per hour. But the work didn't go fast enough and the sky was darkening with black clouds. Several times during the day he added more and more workers until the harvest was safely in the winery's barn.

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