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Fishin' -- John 21:1-14 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Theme Know your Savior and do exactly what he tells you to do.Summary
Dives And Lazarus -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 1997
Doubters All -- John 10:22-30 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Theme Believe in Jesus.Summary
Faith -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 1997
ThemeWhat is the basis of faith?Summary
The Lord's Maid Servant -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Face-Lift -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 1997
Doubters All, Part II -- John 13:31-35 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Theme Trust Jesus.Summary
Prayer Power -- Luke 18:1-8a -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 1997
ThemePrayers have more power than we realize.Summary
Doubters All, Part III -- John 14:23-29 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Theme Love Jesus.Summary
Guilt And Shame -- Luke 18:9-14 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 1997
ThemeThere is plenty to be guilty about. We all are sinners.
Doubters All, Part IV -- John 17:20-26 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Theme Follow Jesus.Summary
Mr. Roberts Meets The Master -- Luke 19:1-10 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 1997
ThemeDo whatever it takes to get close to Jesus.Summary
Baptism -- Robert F. Crowley -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 1997
ThemeWhat is the worth of Baptism?Summary
Super Christian IV -- Luke 20:27-38 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 1997
ThemeYour ministry at home is more important than your ministry at church.
Wedding Wine -- John 2:1-11 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1997
ThemeWeddings and marriages need Jesus.Summary
Perseverance -- Luke 21:5-19 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 1997
ThemePersecution will come. How will we fare? With faith?Summary
The Body -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1997
The Thieves -- Luke 23:35-43 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1997
ThemeJesus, by his death on a cross, changes lives, no matter how bad.
Jesus? Where? -- Luke 4:21-32 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1997
Theme Why do we come to church?Summary
Charade Parables -- Luke 6:39-49 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1997
ThemeJesus' Parables can speak to us -- even though we mess things up.
A Fish Story -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1997
Theme What is so compelling about the words of Jesus that changes people's lives?
The Mystery -- Luke 7:1-10 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 1997
Theme Where does the faith for healing originate?Summary
The Rules -- Luke 6:17-26 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 1997
The Widow Of Nain -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 1997
ThemeDeath is conquered by Jesus.Summary
Cost Analysis -- Luke 6:27-38 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 1997
ThemeJesus asks so much of us, but he gave so much for us.
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