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What Do The Voices Say? -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2006
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the
You Win Some -- You Lose Some -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2006
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town
Not Forsaken -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindi
Living The Lesson Of The Good Samaritan -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2006
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man w
Please Don't Amputate The Body -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, a
Lost In Jesus -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2006
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed
The Gift Of The Love -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2006
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a
Mrs. Tolle's Persistent Prayer -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2006
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at lea
Catching People -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 2006
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your n
And Yet The Stars Shined -- Psalm 107:1-9, 43 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2006
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Get Busy Living In Hope -- 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 2006
If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
The Faith Factor -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2006
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen....
Love Your Enemies -- Luke 6:27-38 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 2006
But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who c
Running With The Holy -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2006
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every
Songs Of Thanksgiving -- Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - C -- 2006
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your
Being Right Versus Doing Right -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2006
But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to
The Right Thing For The Right Reason -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2006
"Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no
Looking Past The Beautiful Blonde -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2006
"For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
Don't Give Up, Give In -- Luke 4:1-13 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wildern
Are You Smitten? -- Jeremiah 18:1-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2006
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Come, go down to the potter's house, and there I w
Beyond Belief -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am
Pigs Are Sheep Dogs, Too -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2006
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.
Second Chances -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for
The Un-taming Of The Shrewd -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2006
And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of
Ambassadors For Christ -- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everythi
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