Apr 8, 2018
Resurrection As Relationship
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April 8, 2018. Christians are a diverse group, but we are all gathered together in the risen Lord's offer of peace, wholeness, and newness. For us, the resurrection is more an experience than something to be proved. Pastor Keith discusses this idea today, and suggests that maybe the resurrection is not about something to believe, but about the someone who makes believing possible. *** [Keywords: 2018 50th anniversary Acts Christ Lutheran Church Christians Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I've been to the mountaintop Jesus Jesus alive again Jesus has risen Memphis Pastor Keith Holste Psalm Thomas Upper Room abandoned after resurrection all gathered together all kinds of people all that we do all that we say all things in common assortment of people be held onto believed right away came to see caught up in the experience certain organization claiming private possessions close up come and see come close to someone come to give his life come together on Sunday common experience confused congregation criticized day of resurrection death and resurrection denied deserted different distance distinctive distribute as any had need diverse doors locked tight doubting early Christian community early disciples embrace Thomas emotions empty tomb excluded faith and action faith leader faith lived out fear fearful fearfully few hundred people saw Jesus alive after resurrection first day of the week foot of the altar forgive sins of any they are forgiven forgive the sins of any and they are forgiven free give life to us good and pleasant group of people heard in the voices of others held fast as well help the world to see highlights of speech hold fast hold fast or embrace impact on what we do in midst of us in terms of relationships indeed inspires join others joys and testimony kindred last decade lay possessions life abundantly life in faith lifestyle live boldly in the world live out this resurrection live simply live with hope living well enough loving style membership millions have come to follow him missed the point modeling moods more experience than proof mountaintop experience moved by resurrection needy newness next Sunday no proof for that nonviolently not judging not really accurate on the rolls or not one heart and one soul original Greek own encounter with Jesus own eyes passed on through those others peace peace be with you picture of resurrection community presents himself to us professor Sandra M. Schneiders questions reactions receive God's grace resurrection as relationship resurrection experienced in different ways retain the sins of any and they are retained risen from the dead rose to life seeing Jesus seeing something seen in lives sensible way to look at passage sermon share in community of faith shared style shunned skepticism someone who makes the believing possible something to believe spoken to them strive for fellowship struggled struggling takes away stress tell what they've seen three times he says together in unity translated two weeks urges us on violent death was killed watched him die way of life way to believing way to measure what we do in life we all gather we've seen Jesus weekly activities what John wants for all of us what he saw what we hold in common whether we see it who we are who we are today whole is larger than sum of its parts wholeness will make sense to you with God and one another witness word sin isn't there]
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  • Apr 8, 2018Resurrection As Relationship
    Apr 8, 2018
    Resurrection As Relationship
    Series: (All)
    April 8, 2018. Christians are a diverse group, but we are all gathered together in the risen Lord's offer of peace, wholeness, and newness. For us, the resurrection is more an experience than something to be proved. Pastor Keith discusses this idea today, and suggests that maybe the resurrection is not about something to believe, but about the someone who makes believing possible. *** [Keywords: 2018 50th anniversary Acts Christ Lutheran Church Christians Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I've been to the mountaintop Jesus Jesus alive again Jesus has risen Memphis Pastor Keith Holste Psalm Thomas Upper Room abandoned after resurrection all gathered together all kinds of people all that we do all that we say all things in common assortment of people be held onto believed right away came to see caught up in the experience certain organization claiming private possessions close up come and see come close to someone come to give his life come together on Sunday common experience confused congregation criticized day of resurrection death and resurrection denied deserted different distance distinctive distribute as any had need diverse doors locked tight doubting early Christian community early disciples embrace Thomas emotions empty tomb excluded faith and action faith leader faith lived out fear fearful fearfully few hundred people saw Jesus alive after resurrection first day of the week foot of the altar forgive sins of any they are forgiven forgive the sins of any and they are forgiven free give life to us good and pleasant group of people heard in the voices of others held fast as well help the world to see highlights of speech hold fast hold fast or embrace impact on what we do in midst of us in terms of relationships indeed inspires join others joys and testimony kindred last decade lay possessions life abundantly life in faith lifestyle live boldly in the world live out this resurrection live simply live with hope living well enough loving style membership millions have come to follow him missed the point modeling moods more experience than proof mountaintop experience moved by resurrection needy newness next Sunday no proof for that nonviolently not judging not really accurate on the rolls or not one heart and one soul original Greek own encounter with Jesus own eyes passed on through those others peace peace be with you picture of resurrection community presents himself to us professor Sandra M. Schneiders questions reactions receive God's grace resurrection as relationship resurrection experienced in different ways retain the sins of any and they are retained risen from the dead rose to life seeing Jesus seeing something seen in lives sensible way to look at passage sermon share in community of faith shared style shunned skepticism someone who makes the believing possible something to believe spoken to them strive for fellowship struggled struggling takes away stress tell what they've seen three times he says together in unity translated two weeks urges us on violent death was killed watched him die way of life way to believing way to measure what we do in life we all gather we've seen Jesus weekly activities what John wants for all of us what he saw what we hold in common whether we see it who we are who we are today whole is larger than sum of its parts wholeness will make sense to you with God and one another witness word sin isn't there]
  • Mar 11, 2018For God So Loved the World
    Mar 11, 2018
    For God So Loved the World
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    March 11, 2018. It may be the best-known verse in the Bible. "For God so loved the world..." (John 3:16). In his sermon today, Pastor Keith discusses how this verse applies not specifically to us, but to the whole world including us. Jesus calls us to love the world in the same way God does. God loves the world through us. *** [Keywords: 2018 Albert Einstein Christ Christ Lutheran Church Egyptians Exodus For God so loved the world God cares for us God loves me God loves now God loves the world God loves the world through people God loves the world through us God loves us Good News Gospel Greek word Israelites Jesus Jesus lives through us John 3:16 Moses New Testament Original Sin Pastor Keith Holste Red Sea Sunday School adopted other gods all the people in this world all the worlds that we are involved in always ancestors in the desert angry apply to ourselves or people around us as big as the world assurance back in time be God in places where we are best use of past best-known better future world better known in the world better present world bigger than loving you and me brings healing by our love called to love called to share the love of Jesus calls his audience celebrate children of Israel choose to go against God compassion completely selfless condemn the world cosmos creation cross die on a cross disdain do what you want doesn't spell out each one of us earthly time embarrassed ends hate eternity even though it doesn't present itself very well every place every time exceedingly great news faithful ones of God follow him forgot about God formulas forthcoming future get across gift of eternal life great verse of comfort handed down to us healed from deadly snake bites healing and wholeness healthy world help their situation home devotions how God works how we live ignoring God image from their past in the wilderness in time included in that world individuals injustice involved in this plan justice kept fresh in their memories kept the promise life experiences lifted up on a pole live in place live in present live in time live out our mission in time long time ago look at it more closely look back and remember look back to understand present look to past look up looked up looking in faith love and life love equality love our neighbors as ourselves love the world the same way that God does loved by God made a promise make changes make snake out of bronze mercy might be saved mission movements of planets noticing objects in space office on the cross one on one oppression organize other human beings our attachment our care parents part of the restoration of the world passage physicists place to change point to future posters prayed on their behalf predictions prepare ourselves professional football game promised land promises life everlasting reflect God's love reminds us of Good News repeated sake of others same salvation satisfy own desires saved self-centered sermon show the world shown us the way slavery snakebites so that whoever believes in him stationed to be in places ten plagues tendency that God gave his only begotten son time and space time given to us by God timeless timely way two stories connect up on a pole verse very early on in life wants to love warm feeling we happen to be in the world we respond in love we've been forgiven what God had done for them where we are whole Bible whole round ball in space will not perish but will have everlasting life work with others world world is better]
  • Feb 18, 2018Times of Testing
    Feb 18, 2018
    Times of Testing
    Series: (All)
    February 18, 2018. Lent reminds us that God always draws life from death. In his sermon today, Pastor Keith talks about the times of testing in our lives, just as Jesus was tested in the wilderness and on the cross. Jesus passed those tests, and we can take comfort knowing that he is with us as we endure our own struggles. *** [Keywords: 2018 30s 40 days Adam and Eve Christ Lutheran Church Elijah Gethsemane God always draws life from death God's reign God's rule Great Flood Holy Land I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right James Jesus is tested John John was arrested Judas Kingdom of God has come near Lent reminds us Lenten courage Lenten season Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Maundy Thursday Moses Mount Calvary Mount Transfiguration Noah Now I am afraid Pastor Keith Holste Peter Pharisees Roman authorities Satan TV Winter Olympics against others all that comes together all us sinners angels arrested assignment at our side forever at work and in our life athletes bad style balance baptized begin his ministry believe the Good News bodies and minds bow down bowed over kitchen table called follower of Jesus calls us to embrace can't face it alone challenges children of Israel coming down committed himself to God his father compassion and forgiveness contemplate our mortality contests coward crowds crucified cup of coffee decision descended descended the mountain difficult things ahead of him disappointed disciples doesn't deny our losses dramatic end of my powers endure evil spirits expression of life failed faith falls asleep fast as they can fears began to go garden getting up the mountain goes to Galilee governor hard journey hard practice head in my hands hope that we have been given human plight hung there in our lives in the race in this moment income indulgence injuries journey to Jerusalem jump lead him into temptation living in light looking for leadership love for our family major life tests make time to refocus mentally and spiritually prepare himself ministry most severe test move out of the picture moved forward new life will and can be given by God new trials no guide nothing left on the run one more time opportunities overwhelmed pass life's tests passed his test prayed aloud prepare himself presence of the divine present with Jesus priests promised the grace put on the line quiet assurance ready to face anything ready to give up realistic received the blessing reorganize resurrection rose from the dead route he needed to go route to Calvary scribes seems impossible sent to test sentenced to death sermon service to community skiers snowboarders sobering news and loss soldiers stand up for justice state of exhaustion stay awake suffered God's wrath suffering surrender to God takes on our trespasses teens temple tempt tempted him test tested to make the right decision themselves they too will falter three days later thrown into the wilderness thrown out time is fulfilled time of contest time of testing times of intense struggle tough journey ahead training training for years truth uncertainty disappeared went away to Galilee what he needed to do what we need to do wild beasts winning gold with Jesus who has passed the test with and before God with us work work together wrong decisions]
  • 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 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]
  • Nov 19, 2017Don’t Bury the Message
    Nov 19, 2017
    Don’t Bury the Message
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    November 19, 2017. Pastor Keith preaches on the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25. In the story, two servants invest the money from their master, and a third servant buries it. But is the parable really about money? What if it's about the gift of the Gospel? Jesus died and was buried, but he didn't stay buried. Likewise, the good news of the Gospel is for the whole world and is meant to be shared, not buried. *** [Keywords: American culture Annual Synod Bishop's Convocation Bishop Guy Erwin Christ Lutheran Church Christian Community Outreach Christian Service Committee For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son God loves the world Good News Hispanic neighborhood Homiletics Festival I'm going to let it shine Jesus the Christ Jodi McCarty John 3:16 Jonah Kingdom of God LA Last Supper Los Angeles Matt Miller Matthew 25:14-30 Minneapolis Mount Olivet Nineveh PMC Parable of the Talents Partership for a Missional Church Pastor David Lose Pastor Keith Holste Pastor Penny Reformation Send Me St. Louis Southwest California Synod Synod training event This Little Light of Mine Thrivent shirts abilities about Gospel actions always have to offer amended amount of money annual festival anxious attend attitude toward us begins path to cross believer best sermons bringing the Word broken buried it bury it other six days of the week came and died changes meaning of the story children singing city by city close and far coinage congregations cope and thrive country by country cranberry hymnals died and risen for us different kind of language disappointment of the land owner disciples don't bury don't let it be wasted don't waste it dwelling in the word dwelling in the world easier to excuse employed encouragement of one another enjoy only for ourselves explain sermons fair and just five million dollars five talents foreign gave millions gift of grace give away giving you immense gift of my life going to rise great gift God has given us grows exponentially held up as model hide it high expectations invest it invested investment would grow key learnings kicking and screaming king and people heeded his message last parable in Matthew leading edge lesson live generously live in service to God live in the world live through you live with you living through Jesus lonely love of God loving and warning Word of God major preachers men message picked up and shared message will thrive modern scholarship monetary term more than enough to go around more we share it more it grows multiplied many times over new edge not to bury one million dollars only a few dollars our times out in the open out in the world out of the grave people always need love plan poor pray priority of the Gospel programmed ways to get involved pure grace of God real worship happens Monday through Saturday receive Lord's Supper received immense gifts redeem your life repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand rich sake of life sake of the world sat down saved from destruction selfishness and fear sermon shade shape of our congregation shape the whole world shapes your life sinful sit on skews the story small amount so angry wanted to die so hot so little peace so much anxiety speech stay buried studied theology take the Gospel around to the world talents the assembly think to be shared with the world to hear the Word tree two million dollars two talents unhappy they converted very frustrated very substantial amounts way of living we assemble on Sunday what does that mean what's the big deal whole city with this message witness won't grow at all world changing gift worship your good your salvation 10 dollars 20 bucks 20 years of wages 50 bucks 100 pounds of silver 2000s 2017]
  • Oct 29, 2017It’s All About Grace
    Oct 29, 2017
    It’s All About Grace
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    October 29, 2017. This is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Martin Luther became disillusioned by some of the practices of the Catholic church of his day when he visited Rome, and came to understand that instead of needing to try to earn God's favor, we have already received that gift and it's by faith alone that we are saved. Pastor Keith talks about Luther's revelation, and about the changes that he made in the church afterward that we still keep today. *** [Keywords: 1510 1517 2017 500th anniversary Bible Christ Lutheran Church Christ emptied himself of his righteousness Christian is lord of all Christianity in Italy Christmas carol God came down God cares for us daily God first loved us God is indeed a loving God God provides me with food clothing family work God's gifts to be received Holy Communion Holy Spirit It's All About Grace Jesus John 8:31-36 Lake St. Louis Living Lord Lutheran Luther exhibit in Minneapolis Luther lived with demons Martin Luther Mead Center Pastor Keith Holste Paul Reformation Reformation Sunday Rome Scripture St. Louis Post Dispatch St. Peter's Cathedral age all around him always over our shoulder angry anxiety anxious assurance backward barely stand to look at bathed in the grace of God be reminded blatant disregard borne out in Jesus boss both at the same time briefly cannot assume our faith car care carry on our life's mission catching up to me catechism changed emphasis changed some wording climbing up ladder climbing up steps on knees clothe us with it collection of money coming to approach us from rear commend that to God community chest competition at work completely attentive to needs of all completely free of everything confident contributions created us with life daily and weekly danger debt depend on our performance devil didn't throw out order disillusioned doesn't pretend we're better than we are doing different things for God down to us in Jesus earn God's favor earn God's will earn my way out of purgatory enduring exchanging both piety and money figurative rearview mirror fill us with it for life for those who were needy freely and fully covered us over full of spirit gift for writing gift from cross gift to us going down road hands of poor headquarters of church's power structure health help the poor here to Denver here to Philadelphia his own discovery historically how this relationship starts how we think about God ideas about changing direction indulgence receptacles infant baptism just shall live by faith keeps us as one keeps us nervous kept kept ancient order kept many practices large volumes learn scripture let go of the fear light live in fear long arduous walk looking back love came down at Christmas time love of others love one near to us love the neighbor mantra met him head on mocked money where it counted much more Christ-like mystery new and changing thoughts one together one's own sin or relative or friend order for today order of worship our sins are no longer ours but Christ's overnight retreat people in group pious please God pouring out that love upon us praise and thanksgiving prayed every day promise promise of Jesus readily understood by the people realistic about state of us as human beings rearview mirror receive forgiveness receivers not doers redemption of Jesus Christ reformers reinforces relationship with God rich in divine grace to sinners righteousness of Christ is not Christ's but ours sanctity school see them in front of him sermon servant size of shipping or clothes trunk slot for coins still struggled with his faith stuff we do for God teacher thanksgiving theology that points upward there for us to receive with arms wide open things turned upside down think we're making progress threat through rearview mirror time in purgatory would be reduced tormented trip to Rome trust uncertainty up to God van in parking lot walked from Germany to Rome we are justified by God's grace as gift we are loved child of God we are the church Catholic we live by faith we use it today what to do for careers what we've been promised what's approaching us what's going to overtake get me with a superior wonderful exchange world today worried worry about written on front of van wrote hymns youth]
  • Oct 1, 2017Congregational DNA
    Oct 1, 2017
    Congregational DNA
    Series: (All)
    October 1, 2017. On this 120th anniversary of our congregation, Pastor Keith talks about where we've come from, the individual and congregational DNA that make us who we are today, and our shared path toward the future. *** [Keywords: 120 years ago 15% 1897 1917 1950s 1986 1996 20 years 20% 2017 76 years ago AELC American Lutheran Church Arden Mead Arthur Carl Piepkorn Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches Atalanta Ave. Board of Education of Webster Groves Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Christ Lutheran Church Cletus Romay Concordia Lutheran in Maplewood Concordia Seminary in Exile Creative Communications for the Parish DNA analysis DNA makeup Dr. Robert Bertram ELIM Eastern European English blood Ethelda Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Evangelical Lutherans in Mission Faith & Friends Community Day Fathers Day German lineage Interfaith Partnership Karl Wolf Ladue Larry Neeb Living Word Lutheran Church Luther Memorial Lutheran Church Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in America Lutheran Disaster Relief Lutheran Foundation Missouri in Perspective Mothers Day Mr. Fix It Old Orchard Pastor Keith Holste Pastor Mark Roock Reverend Bob Trautmann Richmond Heights Scandinavian Seminex Thelda United States Webster Groves a little different across the street adopted practice also glad amalgamations anniversary anything unique arrangement at altar as close to God's desire as possible assisting minister background baptism benevolence better fit our time body type build a good organ within this building building bridges came to this congregation catalyst character chasubles child of God church at large church year color of hair color of skin come together on Sunday morning congregational DNA connections within contemporary converted into home counseling current church body current membership determine how we will live different congregations ecumenical in spirit energies families family systems fellowship felt welcome few native Americans for the sake of the world four grandparents four strands fundraising generosity genuineness gift of life going into the future good DNA good qualities good sign for us grandparents gregarious help people who are in need high and proper liturgy history holding hands facing outward hurricane relief hymns immigrants inherited DNAs intangible keep in our character larger community larger metro area lead theologian lead writer leadership legacy living the Christian faith makes us who we are meaningful hymns mechanical engineer member and assisting pastor merged mission given from God mixes us movement moving forward multiracial music music was important near community new worship space next part of our history not locked into our past not of predecessor groups not stuck offering proceeds one holy Christian church organizations original design original life will our staff outside work parking lot pastor's home people were important pledging predispositions to certain illnesses projects some things proper traditional worship publisher reach out to community reborn in Christ receive who we are receiving the meal receiving the word redeemed life will rejoice renovate renting respected rewrite prayers sainted seasonal cantatas sermon several pastors share our common joys and challenges social aid spirit of Jesus stronger support tendencies test theme this building was built ties in with readings town of Webster Groves unity among Christians in worship up and down the street upgrades values we have received vast majority vestments we are who we are weaving faith and worship and daily live together welcoming to all what God gives us as individuals what's our makeup where we came from whittled down whoever we are world history worship prayers worship space worthwhile]
  • Sep 17, 2017A Place For Justice and Forgiveness
    Sep 17, 2017
    A Place For Justice and Forgiveness
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    September 17, 2017. Martin Luther underwent a conversion, from his earlier idea that the debt he owed God for all his sins was unachievable, to the realization that God was willing to forgive his sins due to his love of him and the world, and the sacrifice of Jesus. The understanding of this gift caused Martin Luther to begin to make changes in his life, focusing on the community and the needs of the world around him. Pastor Keith's sermon today is about the importance of this forgiveness and justice, and how instead of holding back the love we've been given, we can share it with others. *** [Keywords: 2017 Christ Lutheran Church Forgiveness With All Debt With God Day Galilee God covered it all God was willing to pay In the name of Jesus I bless you I forgive you I release you Jerusalem Jesus Jesus anticipated Jesus taught us to live by Jesus was willing to suffer Judah Lord's Prayer Luther's Small Catechism Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World Matthew 18:21-35 May McCarthy Old English Original Sin PBS film Pastor Keith Holste Reid Bartek accept the challenge angry another understanding about God anyone from my past as we forgive those baptized at font baptized ourselves bear a grudge before go to bed bestowed on us binds us blame ourselves both sides burden lifted called by a king can't get our heart to go there church complete forgiveness by God concept of community chest confessed nearly perpetually confessional conversion could never do enough could never pay it day of our baptism debt to God for sins deception dejected demands repayment of small debt didn't sleep well different role of God discipline do good badly doesn't work like that down drinking poison easier to serve ourselves eats at us equivalent to 150 years worth of wages eternal waterfall expecting other person to die faith fall asleep peacefully focus for our own health for the last time forgive hardly forgive one another forgive us our trespasses forgiven slave forgiven the debt forgiveness forth give free to experience free to forgive others fully graceful life generosity get to the point gets into your heart your soul gifts had come to him good and great gift good of all those struggling grace grandfather Pastor Jim grow into the promise gushing over us harbor unforgiving thoughts hard for us to live with good news hard to forgive hard to forgive ourselves harming people hatred haunt us help others his son Jesus hold back our love huge debt hurt his health i do so now i need to forgive image of being in cascading waterfall importance of forgiveness impossible to forgive in my present injury instead of looking up just keeps coming justice keeping people apart kept him up at night key to our life together kind learning experience let go life live their own lives live with sin living out the life looked around sideways lost sleep love for him love for world loved on main points make changes in his life make up for his sins mantra minor things money of community more difficulty need to forgive me neighbor never-ending no assurance of salvation no longer had debt no one could ever pay that much no reason to be selfish old style old way one more thing one understanding about God order of things other person in mind our feelings out of reach over and over again overwhelmingly overwhelms us payback payoff to God people around him place for forgiveness place for justice pleased with him plentiful promised pure before God reach out to other person repetitions resentment resist restored relationships retribution riled up role for forgiveness role for justice sacrifice of Jesus saying out loud scenes see needs of world self cleansing sermon servant in Parable sets us back sharing love sign of generosity silently sinful small matter of hurt feelings someone close to him spirit stepped away strong words struggle stuck study of Scripture takes away teaching way terrific promise thankful thanksgiving those who sin against us through the love of Jesus time out chair to see God to the end topic intersects treat others unachievable unbounding love understand unforgivable very short prayer warnings waters from above coming down we hurt ourselves we know better welcomed into Kingdom of God whatever way is best whether i remember them or not who trespass against us will take time willing to forgive wiped out worldly scale]
  • Aug 27, 2017Built on a Rock
    Aug 27, 2017
    Built on a Rock
    Series: (All)
    August 27, 2017. Pastor Keith's sermon today is on Matthew 16:13-20. Jesus tells Peter that his faith is the rock upon which he will build his church. Such faith is hard and immovable. But it is also tender and forgiving. Peter was assertive, and was an effective leader of the early church. And like Peter, Jesus has given us too the keys of the kingdom. We too have the ability to forgive one another, to be bold, and to speak up for our faith. *** [Keywords: 2017 5000 people Book of Acts Built on a Rock Caesarea Philippi Chosen One Christ Lutheran Church Easter Day Galilee God God and our neighbor Gospels Israel Jesus Jesus is my rock and that's how I roll Jesus on trial Jesus rose from the dead John Matthew 16:13-20 Messiah New Testament Pastor Keith Holste Paul didn't always agree Peter Peter said yes Peter's mother-in-law Roman emperor Sidon Son of the Living God St. Peters church in Rome Tyre ability to forgive one another able to use accent accepted advocates for the needs of others affirm after Jesus all these moods always count on always the first arrest assertive personality trait at that point band of followers bedrock behavior better all the time better place to live bold border with Syria bringing themselves to do these things care center care she needed challenge chief spokesperson for church church civility comfortable in our own skin community compensate complete oneness completely forgiving compliment conditions always vary confront head on congregation conversation correctly counts on us courtyard cover up cut off ear daughter delicate denied deny didn't resemble rock disciples distance do you love me earth elated employer encourage fair fairness faith brings us to do it faith in Jesus faith of Peter far north feel okay about ourselves final days firm footing firm place first one to act and speak fishing follower of Jesus forgave him forgave weeping Peter forgiven in Heaven forgiveness free and open society garden geography gift of vocal leadership gives us life good coach good of all goodness government leaders gravel great leader guilty hard objects have enough heads toward Jerusalem healed hold on to holds us hospital how they would be fed hurtful to others illegal image immovable imprisoned in his hands in the world with him interpret it was true jumped into water keys of the kingdom kindness king kingdom will be built leadership leading Christians led the church love loves us main city make a difference ministry miraculously released miracles most significant church in Christianity most vulnerable times nailed to the cross needed healing neighborhood new direction no catch not anxious not feeling good about ourselves not so good not worthy on our side other countries other places our rock people caring predicted promise protested question quick of tongue reading the Bible real strength reason receive us back receives us unto himself recognizable redeemed religion resurrection rock rock of faith rock of our being rock of our lives rock of the church roll with him roommate rulership of the world bestowed savior saying secure place shore shrine to Roman god Pan sins are forgiven slip soldiers sole ability solid rock speak for the Lord speaking and acting too quickly speaking up comes naturally stalwart and firm strong supporting sword talent tee shirts temple dedicated to Ceasar tender the rock thick and thin this Jesus trouble troubled unsure upon which to stand weeping what they need what to say when and how to speak out when to say it who do you say that I am willing to speak up with other people]