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The Church -- Acts 6:1-9 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
God And The State -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1998
ThemeHow do Christians ethically relate to their government?Summary
In My Father's House -- John 14:1-14 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
David The Giant Killer -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1998
ThemeKing David, the ancestor of the Messiah, Jesus, trusted God. Can we?
Creation -- Psalm 148 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
Theme The majesty of God's creation.Summary
In His Debt -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 1998
ThemeWhat is the motive behind our gifts to God?Summary
Everyman And Woman -- John 17:1-11 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
No Honeymoon -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1998
The Last Wise Man -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 1998
The Parable Of Big Business -- Matthew 25:14, 15, 19-29 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 1998
The Glory Of The Lord -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 1998
ThemeTo God be the glory.Summary
When -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- Robert F. Crowley -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 1998
ThemeWhen was it Jesus realized He was God?Summary
Fatherhood -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Robert F. Crowley -- 1998
ThemePeople get their idea of God from their relationship with their fathers.
Job Placement -- John 1:29-41 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1998
ThemeWorking for Jesus, as the disciples learned, takes humility.
House On Sand -- Matthew 7:21-27 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A -- 1998
To Climb A Mountain -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
Theme As the disciples learned, following Jesus is not easy, but it is rewarding.
Super Christian I -- Matthew 9:9-13 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 1998
You And The Law -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1998
The Bible Study -- Matthew 10:24-33 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 1998
Robin Hood? -- Matthew 5:21-24, 27-30, 33-37 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - A -- 1998
O. J. T. -- Matthew 10:34-42 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 1998
The Tooth Fairy -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1998
The Future Of The Church! A Speech By Barney Willis -- Matthew 11:25-30 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 1998
Servant And Two Masters -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1998
ThemeWe make a choice whom we will serve -- God or the world.Summary
Payday -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1998
ThemeGod's generosity to all.Summary
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