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Is Your Faith Skybala? -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.
Faith Fight Club -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2006
But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, enduranc
Forgiveness In The Heart -- Luke 22:14--23:56 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2006
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.
Just A Little Bit Of Faith -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2006
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size
Who Packs Your Parachute? -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2006
As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him.
The Fisher King -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2006
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this wo
The Instruction Manual -- 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2006
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you lear
The Ragman -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Good Friday - C -- 2006
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, stru
The Forgiven -- Luke 18:9-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2006
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded
The Defeat Of Death -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Easter Day - C -- 2006
For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a
Better Not Get Gekko -- Luke 19:1-10 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2006
Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to t
The Goodness Of Doubt -- John 20:19-31 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
Are You My Husband? -- Luke 20:27-38 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2006
Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, "Te
Changing The World -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went u
The Church Is Not A Welfare State -- 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2006
Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers wh
Transformation -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over -- Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- All Saints Day - C -- 2006
As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me.
Saints In White Satin -- Revelation 7:9-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation,
Congregational Care -- James 5:13-20 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
Congregational Care
Listening To The Instructor -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2005
Listening To The Instructor
Make Straight The Toys R Us Line -- Isaiah 40:1-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
Make Straight The Toys R Us Line
We Are Family -- John 3:1-7 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday of Easter - B -- 2005
We Are Family
Linus Syndrome -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2005
Linus Syndrome
Garland, Gladness, And Glory -- Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
Garland, Gladness, And Glory
She Gave All She Had -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
She Gave All She Had
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