Feb 11, 2018
Everything Changes
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February 11, 2018. The Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain gave the disciples a glimpse of the love that God the Father had for his Son. They also saw Moses and Elijah, revered prophets who had mountaintop experiences of their own. Pastor Penny preaches today on this story, and on how when we come that close to God, the impossible becomes possible and everything changes. *** [Keywords: 2018 Christ Lutheran Church Elijah God is above all this God spoke to them God the Father God the Son God's voice Gospel Greek I will be with you to the end Israel James Jesus would have to suffer Jesus' baptism Jewish religion John Moses Mount Horeb Mount Sinai Pastor Penny Holste Peter Queen Jezebel This is my son the beloved Transfiguration Valentine's Day appearance babbling belonged beloved son brother Aaron build some shelters burdens of everything else came down from the mountain car change Jesus changed changes everything clearest way possible close to God cloud convey to us couldn't do before cowered in cave dazzling white demonstrating desert didn't hoard died for us disciples engagement rings enveloped event just for Jesus everything changes excitement experience face something he doesn't want to face family famous prophets fear first preset gleaming glimpse glitter glowing golden calf hear it hearing heavenly heavenly creature holy one of God how much better how much the father loves the son inevitably invited last words he heard light that we look to listen to him listening little girls princess dresses mountain mountaintop experience music station mutiny new cars news station normal situation on earth opportunity outrageous overwhelmed peace perfect way personal lives place full of joy and hope privileged problems of the world prolong experience put him to death quickly transported radio rejected relationship with God religious leaders reluctantly reminded revealed rise again on the third day rite ritual rose scolded Jesus second station see and hear and feel see something seems impossible becomes possible sermon serve others so impossible so long ago spills over spoken stormy time strange story suddenly suffered supposed to listen to take risks temptation ten commandments that close to God too frustrating too much too sad top of the mountain transform him turn off news channel uncomfortable very clear what seems impossible becomes possible what we're dealing with witness witnesses words]
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  • Feb 11, 2018Everything Changes
    Feb 11, 2018
    Everything Changes
    Series: (All)
    February 11, 2018. The Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain gave the disciples a glimpse of the love that God the Father had for his Son. They also saw Moses and Elijah, revered prophets who had mountaintop experiences of their own. Pastor Penny preaches today on this story, and on how when we come that close to God, the impossible becomes possible and everything changes. *** [Keywords: 2018 Christ Lutheran Church Elijah God is above all this God spoke to them God the Father God the Son God's voice Gospel Greek I will be with you to the end Israel James Jesus would have to suffer Jesus' baptism Jewish religion John Moses Mount Horeb Mount Sinai Pastor Penny Holste Peter Queen Jezebel This is my son the beloved Transfiguration Valentine's Day appearance babbling belonged beloved son brother Aaron build some shelters burdens of everything else came down from the mountain car change Jesus changed changes everything clearest way possible close to God cloud convey to us couldn't do before cowered in cave dazzling white demonstrating desert didn't hoard died for us disciples engagement rings enveloped event just for Jesus everything changes excitement experience face something he doesn't want to face family famous prophets fear first preset gleaming glimpse glitter glowing golden calf hear it hearing heavenly heavenly creature holy one of God how much better how much the father loves the son inevitably invited last words he heard light that we look to listen to him listening little girls princess dresses mountain mountaintop experience music station mutiny new cars news station normal situation on earth opportunity outrageous overwhelmed peace perfect way personal lives place full of joy and hope privileged problems of the world prolong experience put him to death quickly transported radio rejected relationship with God religious leaders reluctantly reminded revealed rise again on the third day rite ritual rose scolded Jesus second station see and hear and feel see something seems impossible becomes possible sermon serve others so impossible so long ago spills over spoken stormy time strange story suddenly suffered supposed to listen to take risks temptation ten commandments that close to God too frustrating too much too sad top of the mountain transform him turn off news channel uncomfortable very clear what seems impossible becomes possible what we're dealing with witness witnesses words]
  • Feb 4, 2018Rest and Renewal
    Feb 4, 2018
    Rest and Renewal
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    February 4, 2018. Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr talks today about the importance of rest and renewal. Just as Jesus knew that he couldn't heal everybody all the time and would seek out a quiet place for prayer, so too we need to remember that if we don't step back sometimes we run the risk of losing our connection with God. *** [Keywords: 2018 23 days in January Christ Lutheran Church Christ the Lord God has given us Gospel Jesus is there Jesus knew Lord's Supper Pastor Tom Schoenherr Rest and Renewal all kinds of problems all of them amazed aren't needed all the time autumn be in the presence of God being abused bless your day breaking down brings demon out can't afford to live can't heal everybody caring for other people centrality of sabbath chained to their beds children and women children killing children come for Jesus to heal them come together community of people conflicts conversation between land and water and the moon could have spent entire ministry being in one place death dealing demons deserted place difficult time dormant times draws us close to him draws us together early in the morning everybody come everyone is searching for you exhale face each day feels good fever for us and for all of those who need healing forgive our sin free them gathers us around the meal get a place to sleep gift of rest and renewal give us his body and blood go back and start healing again go out and come in go out to find Jesus goes to Simon Peter's house growing times has broken down he needs sabbath heady thing healed man possessed by demon healing into the night heart rests between each beat heavy hearts heavy thoughts here to care for us home hurting ignore that rhythm to our danger important that we breathe important to step back in our times of need infection inhale jobs keep in mind lifted out of the tomb lifted up on the cross lifts her up listen to God losing most important connection with God's rest and power lot going on lungs makes a difference in our lives man is healed midst of all the struggle mother-in-law is ill need for connection needs to rest neighbors new surprises night moving into morning not always needed for everything not sent offset our sabbath our time our world people who are broken people who come pray to God praying put an end reach out to us receive the healing remember resurrection retired rhythm to life run the risk school shootings seeking that silent place seniors living in vans and cars sent out into the world separate us from community sermon share she is healed sick sleep sleeping social fabric society spring step away still dark stories we have not shared struggles summer synagogue with disciples take the time to go to a place to listen takes her hand talk with God talks to Jesus tempted thinking we really are important tides time for prayer to pray troubles twice wake up waking we come here we don't stand up we had no idea we have forgotten we need to remember we really need you we so desperately need we're not aware whole town is gathered around door winter work your week]
  • Jan 28, 2018Authority From Within
    Jan 28, 2018
    Authority From Within
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    January 28, 2018. Mark tells us that Jesus began his ministry by teaching with authority in the synagogue. Some types of authority are granted by institutions. In Jesus' time the religious leaders and scribes wielded authority that depended upon years of study. But Jesus' authority came from within. He broke the rules. Pastor Penny preaches today on how Jesus took on the institutions of power in his mission to eradicate evil. *** [Keywords: 1964 2018 54 years ago Beatles British Invasion Capernaum Chicago Christ Lutheran Church Ferrari Ferris Bueller's Day Off Greek Heathrow Airport JFK Jesus began his ministry Mark 1:21-28 Michigan State New York City Pastor Penny Holste UK United Kingdom allowed his enemies always ones that help amazed any Jewish adult male could preach or teach asked to speak astounded at ease authorities authority given to us authorized by institution avoiding being caught begun teaching benefiting with things just as they are best selling band of all times book of Mark books came from within can never overpower us chairman of corporate board chapel cheering on chief of police church collarless black slim suits colleges comes from inside comes off looking pretty good country course of their day crowd dean of students death death can never have the final word description of Jesus destroy his own body on the cross destroying evil did not happen then didn't depend on years of study didn't have words to explain different dissonant harmony do not want to see it don't care what people think don't talk drive out an evil spirit evil is often embedded in institutions evil spirit evil will be transformed into good expense of the Holy Spirit films follow the rule for the good order fought for freedom four year theological degree freed the man fresh given that authority got word government hampering the spirit have you come to destroy us he had authority he was breaking their rules healed man on the Sabbath high school principal his mission his own image hone their skills hooky in her element institutions interacted with him keep his distance keeping rules leaders let's have communion look at our rules lovingly make a fool make heroes members might hurt some people military mop effect hair musical groups new no one invited Jesus no seminaries in early church only way to eradicate evil ordained minister our own wealth paled in comparison police popular power ideas preaching preside pretended to be sick protected abuse raised again from the dead rankle the religious leaders rationale reception religious institutions religious leaders rock group rule everyone understood rule not helping spirit rules might not be right sake of the institution savior scholars scribes secrecy sermon sightseeing spirit had a question stand up to controlling father stepped forward stepped out of nowhere strong reaction of people studied study for years suburban high school student synagogue taking on evil teaching tempted to protect threw the spirit out ultimate power of evil unclean person undergraduate in college upset very different walked to front walking up front welcome in synagogue what is evil why words flowed naturally work our way up young unassuming woman]
  • Jan 21, 2018Now Is the Opportune Time
    Jan 21, 2018
    Now Is the Opportune Time
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    January 21, 2018. When is it the right time? Today Pastor Penny talks about two kinds of time: the ordinary time that we measure, and God's time. Jesus' disciples lived and worked in ordinary time, but they began to see sparks of God's time in their lives when they started to understand who Jesus was. If we know what to look for, we can catch glimpses of God's time too. *** [Keywords: 2018 Andrew Bible stories Christ Lutheran Church Connections Daniel H. Pink English Fishers of Men Lutheran Church God is at work God was here to stay God's time Gospel Greek language James Jesus Jesus isn't here John John the Baptist Kingdom of God Kingdom of God has come near Kingdom of God is here Mark Ruff Passion Sunday Pastor Penny Holste Pastor Roger Ruff Peter When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing adoring crowds after hours allowing angelic figure another reason army at work bait beautician beauty shop began to understand beginning of his ministry beheaded believe it boat border with Mexico bus call to action call to us calling us can be a challenge catch child to begin taking piano lessons children chronology chronos clerk clients come near comes into our existence coming to dark tomb common laborers common people country county courthouse courage of truth telling craft criticism dangerous time dark ordinary times dead end at the cross details different economic backgrounds different kind of time different types of mood difficult don't feel very happy download dropping everything elderly eternal friendship with God expecting face Roman soldiers face a lot of danger face off faithfulness of public servant fearful women fed find valuable people fish for people fished as a team fisherman fishing business follow forever transformed forgave forgiven four fishermen gave up quite a bit genders given power to heal glimpses of God's time gone to Galilee good news had indeed come hair is washed curled healed hired fisherpeople honest how do you see God working here indiscriminately interviews job on the side kairos kind of down last session lawnmower blades learn to worship leave here feeling different lives of disciples long line look for a different job loved lower income march into Jerusalem meal meal together middle of the day more creative morning most alert navigate net new book not as sharp with details not easy now is the the opportune time occupying only for a few moments at a time openness of child's smile opportune time ordinary time our ministries overlaid owned boat palm parish in Texas participants path to ministry people on the margins perfect time of God perfume after someone has left the room places of work political persuasions proclamation raised up rally people reclaiming recovery period recreational fishing recruits regenerated religious leaders reminded restored restoring something retired man right time rocks of hatred same time second part of the day second thoughts secret to being successful seeing a light selling cars sermon sharpening saw blades slow so elusive something big sparks of God time speaking truth to power squirrely start having family strength stuck in traffic supporting the economy suspicious symbol of flowers take action taken over our temple taught a class thesis they would see God things that require analysis this is the opportune time thorns thoughtfulness of stranger throw in a landfill time is fulfilled time of danger time of day time we measure took everything trailer court transactions transparent trough two are together unveil new program verbal trumpet fanfare walks quietly to lake shore wasn't easy work way Jesus talked about it we don't see it we each have a ministry when you take everyone who Jesus really was whole new lift workshop written]
  • Jan 14, 2018Coming to Faith
    Jan 14, 2018
    Coming to Faith
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    January 14, 2018. Pastor Keith preaches on Jesus' followers Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael, and the organic way Christians come together and stay together in the faith. *** [Keywords: 2018 Andrew Christ Lutheran Church Epiphany Gospel Gospel writer of John I am here taking a stand Jacob changed name John the Baptist Martin Luther King Jr. Nathanael Nazareth Pastor Keith Holste Peter Philip Stride Toward Freedom book Syria adult in the faith alternative appearing a coward appreciate baptized as a child be firm about be firm in the faith becomes reality being in relationship with God best news they know body of people borderland boyhood home bring God's goodness to the world brother build up one another call of Jesus can't face it alone changes his attitude church clear away the things that get in the way closer closer to home clutter in our minds come and see him too come together comes to faith coming to faith contemplating corrupt religious center courage had gone creating a new Israel cup of coffee sitting untouched decides to go to Galilee different kind of direction different personality different perspective different way of life difficulty dynamic easier it is edified by one another education encouraged to know espouses purity of heart experienced presence of the divine eyes of faith faith has helped us faith is shaped family background far away from power center fears began to go fig tree find out too find resources followers of Jesus four men talking together from another angle gathering of these people get further away from the authorities given by God good word of Jesus great things God does in our world grew up grow in the faith grow the faith growing into it hands minds hearts open he was someone special head in hands hearing about it hears the call of Jesus here's an Israelite in whom there is no deceit holiday weekend hubbub of Temple in a dream in home informally inner voice interesting experience intrigued by Jesus invite others invited to church invites others to come just getting acquainted killed near Jerusalem king of Israel kitchen table live it out in our lives lives looking to me for leadership means gift of God meditation meet the challenges model of faith money move out of the picture named had changed nature nearby town of Bethsaida need strength new believer new creation of Israel new kind of faith no one right place where truth is found not alone not friendly to religion or Christianity nothing left noticed under the tree observe those who have struggled older person one reaches another one tells another ongoing involved process open ourselves organic activity our faith is with us passions pick him out from the crowd picture of faith power power to change lives practiced in Jerusalem prayed to God preaching against the establishment precious thing prestige previous prejudices private meditation privilege process proclaimed qualities quality of life quiet quiet place of nature rabbi ready to be converted ready to face anything ready to give up ready to let go receives his faith as a gift reminder reputation and power resists invitation responsive right roots safer place to be saw angels ascending and descending say what I need to say see clearly seen under a tree sermon share feelings share thoughts showing forth of God snapped into focus snippet son of God speaks of goodness springing up stand up for justice start his ministry stay together staying with faith study study groups survived hard times sustained take problem to God tell me about how you see him in your life tells different truth they too will falter those in authority thoughts times of challenge traditional faith capital trickery truth turn off his filters twists and turns two people follow him uncertainty disappeared understand understanding our faith very different from traditional religion vision in the kitchen vivid in my memory wasn't eager at all way with people of Jesus ways of contemplation what I believe is right what our faith means what this Jesus means to us what turned Nathanael without strength and courage witness wonderful vision workplace worship]
  • Dec 31, 2017The Witness of Simeon
    Dec 31, 2017
    The Witness of Simeon
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    December 31, 2017. As Mary and Joseph entered the temple for the presentation of baby Jesus, they met a man named Simeon. Being led by the Holy Spirit, he believed he had seen the Messiah and that his life was complete. Pastor Penny preaches today on this story and how we believe God's words for the same reason that Simeon did, because of God's beautiful promise and the difference he makes in our lives. *** [Keywords: 10th 2017 8 day old baby Bethlehem Christ Lutheran Church Christmas Egyptian families God gives God is busy delivering us God is fighting for us God is part of everyday life God is with us God keeps his promises God loves the child God makes a difference in our lives God would save the world God's help Holy Spirit of God Jerusalem Jewish families Nazareth Pastor Penny Holste Simeon Witness of Simeon able to see sun again after school activities after woman had baby already won the victory armies as much as we are able ask for strength baptism baptized barriers believed God's promise believed words of God birthday bread and wine of communion bring animal to be sacrificed caregiver challenges chief defender child owned by God children we've been given chosen people cloud of despair lifts comes from loving God community of believers countries of the world devotions died don't think we can pray too much end of the day entered the temple family and friends father said aren't you glad you prayed felt his life was complete five year old boy food and people sitting around table for us and for the whole world forgive someone freed by God's grace freeing us from selfishness from Abraham to Isaiah gathering of people giving this child to God got tired of praying greet the day with prayer of thanks guarantee you'll get one had been slaves in Egypt had that experience hard to find time has to be true he saw the Messiah heard a voice heard voice of God hearts are soft how could he believe if I die right now I'll die a happy person illness inclusive indicated keep these rituals led him to the temple life is sacred little baby looked at him loss maybe in dream missiles mother went to hospital my eyes have now seen your salvation mystery of the presence of God need to fight to keep religious rites and rituals as part of our life now my life is complete observed oldest child born only a God of love opening ourselves up opposition in our lives own people pigeons or turtle doves pray every day for two months pray for courage pray for hope pray too little prayers before bedtime presentation of firstborn son presented firstborn problem is on the other side protecting themselves quickly quit praying religious practices remind the Jews reminded reminder to us rite of purification same reason we do save the Jews saw a vision say prayer before you eat self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ sermon she had twins sing sit down and eat together slowly some event is over son said aren't you glad I quit when I did? spared succeed in something sword piercing our hearts tariffs temple in Jerusalem tenth plague theme throughout the Bible this is the one to what is not known told Simeon too beautiful a thing to be thought up by people too poor two little boys two rites or religious rituals using them to save the whole world very old ritual very poor but pious couple walked 60 miles walked up to Jesus water of baptism we are made children of God we are not alone we are receiving salvation we can face these things wedding weekends what had he seen when it was over wide open eyes without fear worked so hard to achieve would bring light even to the gentiles would like a little brother would not die before he saw the Messiah yes God is saving them]
  • Dec 24, 2017A Little Bit of Heaven
    Dec 24, 2017
    A Little Bit of Heaven
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    December 24, 2017. Where is Jesus now? How can we trust in him if we can't see him? In her sermon this Christmas Eve, Pastor Penny tells us that indeed we can see Jesus. He shows us a little bit of Heaven very quietly, sometimes only one or two people at a time. In this season of gift giving, we stop to celebrate the real gift we've been given: the joy, forgiveness, and life we have through Christ. *** [Keywords: 20 years 2017 Christ Lutheran Church Christ is in this world Father Greg Boyle God is in this world Heaven Heaven on earth Homeboy Industries I would trust in Jesus Japanese Americans Jesus came to earth Jesus is in this world LA area Los Angeles Mary Minneapolis Pastor Penny Holste Roman government Simon the shepherd Sunday dinner WWII West coast World War II broke out act of love all these divisions almost everyone does always wondered as Jesus grew back on drugs back to prison bakery be healthy be successful beautiful wrapping on a gift because Jesus came being born into a certain segment of society birth brought Heaven to earth built barriers burden of responsibilities cared for carry on with our lives celebrate Christmas class divisions college come and see Jesus come back when you're ready come to dinner confidence controls in our lives controls on them controls were gone in Heaven created pathway of forgiveness death desire for power and fame didn't work with everyone the first time difficult life every Christmas ex gang members ex offenders expectations fail to show up fancy box of dried fruit forgiveness free of barriers freedom friends friends in California funeral gift given to us as a gift great aunt and best friend greed guilt he is still here heavy taxes herded into camps hit wall home if I could just see him impossible rules insisted that all people are valuable into this world invitation irresistible culture of tenderness joy knows their backgrounds life life after this life like to throw those burdens off little bit of Heaven little control over politics little look into what Heaven is like lived in great poverty lives before their death long ago long time ago look good lot of controversy love of God loves these men made enemies motto need to experience needed healing needed more than a job never could earn never married nice story not ready yet nothing stops a bullet like a job number of years later on our shoulders others ourselves pathway to God places of employment protected put him to gruesome death quietly quietly waiting for war to end real gift real present regret religious leaders restaurant rose from the dead sanctuary selfishness sense of joy separated them from God's love sermon shared sharing some things never change sometimes one or two people at a time son of God stay young surprising change sympathize take shelter in their home their health these many years later time to be with family to Bethlehem turn on the news two young women unravelling upstairs very abusive backgrounds vulnerable baby wake up in morning way they looked we have seen we love you weight of trauma weren't resilient what we learn from Jesus where is Jesus now? who were these people whole world controlled willing to do this women working not with force world's demands]
  • Dec 24, 2017Mightiness Hidden Beneath Lowliness
    Dec 24, 2017
    Mightiness Hidden Beneath Lowliness
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    December 24, 2017. Faith is a big part of the nativity picture. Pastor Keith's sermon this Christmas Eve is on the simple, pure heart of Mary. *** [Keywords: 14 years old 2017 40 families 500th anniversary of the Reformation Angel of God Anne Caiaphas daughter Catholic church Christ Christ Lutheran Church Christian history Christmas Eve Elizabeth Galilee God still acts God's regard Hebrew Holy Spirit shall come upon you I won't even have her Israel Jerusalem Jesus Jews Joachim John the Baptist Joseph Martin Luther Mary Mary and Joseph Mary's parents Miriam Nazareth Pastor Keith Holste Roman empire Samson St. Bernard Syria against all reason all generations shall call me blessed amazing person angel Gabriel angel coming to Mary apparently spoiled woman appointed chores babe nursing at Mary's breast baby be present in the world beggar believed conceived belongs to all people betrothed bride bitter mar blessedness bridegroom bright lights bring all things to pass built house cattle cave center of our attention circumstances of birth common sense against it could not prove it court proceedings derision devotion disturbed downtrodden dugout enduring faith engaged to marry execution on cross experience expose her extreme poverty faith is such a big part of the nativity picture fear not to take Mary to be your wife feeds whole world flesh and blood flocks fourteen from bad to worse girl glitter godless man goodness of the prince graciousness handle difficult situation heart hidden beneath branches high station holy virgin honor hopeless housework humility husband incredible faith of Mary infant of lowly birth instrument to God's plan just a dream just man kept the secret last Sunday in Advent letter of the law live faithfully live out struggles loose woman low estate of handmaiden low status lowest state lowliest maiden marvelous things were announced meditation menial tasks mightiness hidden beneath lowliness mighty reach of faith milks the cows model Christian monasteries mother of God mother of the most high naming children no end of his kingdom nourished by this food obviate rumor orphan our love is tested overcame sin death world hell devil overwhelming gifts and graces perpetual joy plain man poor power of God powerfully present powerless on the cross praying pregnant princess privately prophet Isaiah public example put to shame reassured redemption of Israel remote town renewed in heart renounce her revered richness and goodness savior is given scripture sermon servant severe trial she believed shepherds showiness simple pure heart small town solace for human kind son of God special person stoned story strength lies below weakness suffer the shame take her to wife that I should bear a king this is how God operates this season this son of God is ours three miracles took pity transformed troubled trusted in God trusting God's hand under the tree unlikely means unto us a child is born utter bitterness virgin virgin birth trifle walked away from situation who am I little worm whom God chose with child woman]
  • Dec 6, 2017Be Present
    Dec 6, 2017
    Be Present
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    December 6, 2017. Instead of spending all our time buying presents, Pastor Penny urges us in this Advent mid-week service to set aside space to be present for one another, as Christ is coming to be present with us. *** [Keywords: 2017 Adam and Eve heard the sound Advent mid-week service Christ Lutheran church Christmas Christmas Eve Emmanuel Genesis 3 God being with us God is with us God's desire to be with us Gospel of Matthew I don't want to buy presents I want to be present Jesus' birth story Lo I am with you to the end of the age Old Testament Pastor Penny Holste adultery amazing beginning to Jesus' life angels another man another religion ascended to Heaven be bothered be present for one another became with us believe God is present with us betrothal and marriage beyond ethnic divisions boy's family brought shame business man always on the go buy those presents children in teens coats considered husband and wife consummate marriage countercultural courage customs demonstrate for children don't live together each smile escorts her back to his family family of our own family tree feel God's presence finely wrapped gifts fit the pattern foreshadows ministry of Jesus fourteen full of challenge girl's family give money gives us comfort going online got together great hunter grew week by week heart of our faith hints how amazing it is in our lives inclusive family insider info kid who couldn't wait killed love of God is experienced make space men and women message for adults most beautiful passage next to no thought not born of a human pajamas patriarchal physical way piles under our tree pillar of smoke by day and fire by night popular script practical promise prophets publicly shame her pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable quietly sign bill of divorce rainbow raised again realizing something important redefines family runs to mall separated sermon shameful shook each present shopping shrinking moments together sign certificate squeal of joy stalk the aisles stereotype stoned by her family suffered sweaters they are married thirteen time is not slowing down time of the evening breeze too busy toys truly with us in a human way twelve unique promise venture guesses video clip visions walking in the Garden wasn't until Jesus what a gift it is to be present for each other what each child wanted what it means to be present for one another wife young man]
  • Dec 3, 2017Staying Awake
    Dec 3, 2017
    Staying Awake

    December 3, 2017. This Advent we start hearing from the Gospel of Mark. We don't really know who wrote it, but after an interview skit with the "author" that gives some context and background, Pastor Penny relates our burdens today with the burdens of Mark's community in his time. We can be tempted to hide, or to follow the wrong voice. But instead we come to church, to hear the voice of Jesus telling us to stay awake.

    *** [Keywords: 2018 66 AD Book of Mark Christ Lutheran Church Gospel Gospel according to Mark I am here now I came I will come again Jerusalem Jesus of Nazareth Jesus' words are as appropriate to us as they were to Marks' community Jews John Katie Ciorba Luke Mark 13:24-37 Matthew Pastor Penny Holste Roman Roman General Titus Spirit took me Steve McCarty Washington about your life abuse acute illness problems acts of strangers acts of violence all we can see ancestral home animosity instead of partnership appear after he was raised on Easter author background beginning of something better believed God left them best selling book bloodshed burned temple to the ground cell phone chained to list of things we have to do chapter 13 checking things off church clarify collaborated communion wafer community of Jews community of Mark concern corruption counteract crushed dealing with describe details devastated dialogue doggedly driving don't give up hope don't let my life get in the way of my words end of their way of life ending of the book enjoying this season exercise exploited fear fighting amongst themselves first day of new church year flattering four years held upper hand friends giving up guilt hardship is relative hated the Romans he is there with us as well he's almost here hear different voice instead we come here just as well keep alert listen to wrong voices long awaited Jewish messiah loneliness look for me lose hope lost center of their political and economic world movie moving forward need to get done new attack on Rome next year not a catchy title not seeing things around us one point of view ongoing health issues out of the way people perfect place to start plagiarized positions of authority price of being first probing questions pseudonym ran them out of Jerusalem read the book reading real name religious leaders revolted sacked Jerusalem sermon show so you can see me some gave up sports stars falling started at the end starting to forget starved them out stay awake stone building straightforward strength I give you suffering sun and moon going dark surround taken ideas and even whole sections for their books taste the wine taxation temptation to follow wrong voice that direction this Advent this Christmas this is how I care for you thought we could trust took people away as slaves trying to hide turn on music turning on news two or three of us gathered tyranny of to do list unseasonably warm days waiting to see Jesus we all have our own burdens we change them with our love we don't kill our enemies we don't know who wrote it we should not be sleepwalkers where did you live why I wrote the book words of encouragement words of our real leader writings of the prophets wrote everything down wrote for group of Christians your new book]