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Fasting -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- Robert F. Crowley -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Be About It -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A -- 1998
The Night Talker -- John 3:1-17 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
A Drink Of Water -- John 4:5-42 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
A Blind Man Sees -- John 9:1-38 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Sometimes the blind can see better than those who have sight.Summary
Talk Show II -- John 11:1-44 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
The Lord, The Holy Spirit -- Acts 2:1-11 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 1998
Theme: The baptism of the Holy Spirit for service.Summary:
AIDS -- Matthew 5:21-24, 27-30, 33-37 -- Robert F. Crowley -- 1998
ThemeBelievers stumble too. How does a believer handle that?Summary
The Sower And The Seed And So What -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
Showdown -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
Before The Wedding -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-49 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 1998
Feeding The 4999 -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 1998
Water Logged -- Matthew 14:22-33 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 1998
ThemeIf we just trust Jesus He will take care of our needs.Summary
Demonized -- Matthew 15:21-28 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1998
ThemeJesus has total control over the powers of darkness.Summary
Who Is God? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1998
Super Christian III -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1997
Alexander The Mediocre -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1997
ThemeIt is never pleasant to be humbled but it is necessary to be used by God.
The End -- Luke 21:25-31 -- Robert F. Crowley -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Theme The end times -- will we recognize them?Summary
Discipleship -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 1997
Theme What is the price of discipleship?Summary
The Prophet -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Sketch Practice -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 1997
ThemeWithout Jesus there will be no joy in any of our endeavors.
Airmail -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Waltzing With Coyotes -- Luke 6:27-38 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 1997
ThemeLoving your enemy is not as easy as it sounds.Summary
The Gift -- Acts 5:1-11 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Theme What are our motives as Christians? They are shown in how we give.
Reward Time -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1997
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