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Rejoice? -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2004
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice." (v. 4)
A New Spiritual Birth -- John 3:1-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born o
Poor God! -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2004
Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to Go
Rag Pickers Of Juarez -- John 4:5-42 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,'
Pranky, Cranky Heart -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
He said to him, " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
Daniel -- John 9:1-41 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on t
Lessons In Humility -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2004
The greatest among you will be your servant.
God Is Our Security Guard -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (v.
The Perfect Opportunity -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2004
Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (v. 13)
Al Webster: The Gentle Giant -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2004
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God
Investing Talents -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2004
"For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to the
The Maiden Who Seeks Her Brothers -- Matthew 27:11-54 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
Grace For All -- Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28 (29-31) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A -- 2004
For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are n
It Only Takes A Spark -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2004
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
Yule Shoppers Clash -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their s
Fruit Punch, A Poppy Seed Muffin, And A Bar -- Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 2004
And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with
Hitting A Winner -- Genesis 25:19-34 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished.
The Fire Within -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
"I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me;
From Suffering To Hope -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2004
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance
Exodus House -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh -
Why Come To Earth? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to h
How Insignificant? -- Matthew 10:24-39 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2004
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Nothing Can Separate Us -- Romans 8:26-39 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2004
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Heroes And Villains -- Revelation 7:9-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- All Saints Day - A -- 2004
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they
King Thrushbeard -- Matthew 10:40-42 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2004
Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. (v.
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