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The Bread Of Life -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2005
The Bread Of Life
Carpe Kairos -- Ephesians 5:15-20 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 2005
Carpe Kairos
Protected For Battle -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2005
Protected For Battle
Breaking With Tradition -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2005
Breaking With Tradition
Paying With Love -- James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2005
My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord
Taming The Tongue -- James 3:1-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2005
Taming The Tongue
The Path Of Happy Living -- Psalm 1 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 2005
The Path Of Happy Living
Don't Hang Up When The Call Comes -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew h
WWJD -- Micah 6:1-8 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A -- 2004
"With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high?
Little Faith -- Matthew 14:22-33 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2004
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why d
An Act Of Obedience -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 2004
"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.
The Power Of Persistence -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2004
Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith!
Choose Life -- Deuteronomy 30:15-20 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - A -- 2004
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, b
The Ungrateful Mouse -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2004
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly tha
An Enemy Loved -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2004
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say t
Healing In The Heartland -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2004
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (v. 21)
The Lord Provides -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2004
"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we we
Paying With Love -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2004
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the
Out Of The Minds Of Babes -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 2004
When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
Forgiving Enough -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2004
Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how ofte
Simpson -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Good Friday - A -- 2004
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.
Walk The Walk -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2004
"What do you think?
Making Mistakes -- Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and
Who's Pressing On? -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2004
For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that

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A Taste Of The Good Life -- Psalm 34:1-10 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2005
O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
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John Jamison
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
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When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

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Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!


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Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
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John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."


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“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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