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]
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  • Oct 29, 2017It’s All About Grace
    Oct 29, 2017
    It’s All About Grace
    Series: (All)
    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
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    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]
  • Aug 20, 2017Seeking Commonality
    Aug 20, 2017
    Seeking Commonality
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    August 20, 2017. In Matthew 15:10-28, Jesus tells the crowds that what goes into people's mouths does not defile them, but what comes out is what defiles them. Pastor Keith preaches on this text, and challenges us to examine how we deal with those around us who may be different from us. How can we seek commonality and begin to bridge the gaps with others in our communities? *** [Keywords: 2017 Abraham Lincoln Alton Illinois Bible scholars Canaanite women Christ Lutheran Church Confederate statues Crucial Conversations book DNA in common DNA test Father forgive them for they know not what they do Gettysburg Golgotha Gospel Harriet Tubman Jesus died Jesus hung on the cross Jewish rule Matthew 15 Pastor Bill Pyatt Pastor Keith Holste Pastor Mary Hellwig Penny Phoenicia Rahab Rosa Parks Ruth Sidon Susan B. Anthony Tamar Tyre Virginia about 2000 years ago abuzz accentuate differences acts affirmed against odds agree with me and with one another approach approaches toward others arguing as a person as he died authenticity bad portrait based on my history be the people Jesus called us to be better able bite my lip both cried bothering him bridging the gaps bring unity calling came to blows can be learned centuries challenges changed him chapters children's food church council civics comes forward coming from communicate completely ignored her confrontationally congresswomen context costly enterprise crumbs cultures darkness of three hours day when the earth turned dark death dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal deference to Jesus defied laws of the day demonstrations different differently colored skin disciples distance away doesn't come easily doesn't qualify done authentically during that darkness eclipse encounter work enemies evil eye facebook family makeup fears fellow human level female senators finding commonality for our inadequacies foreigner forlorn frenetic gathering gender genealogy give up previous unwillingness goal goes dark goes out of his way great is your faith group ourselves hard fights healed healing of relations heart his blood Canaanite too hold my tongue home hope for yourselves how to avoid how we love with one another how would you describe yourself how you speak with your mouth humble terms hung out in our own skin inclined to forget intense polarity interpret issues not new to our day just to get started kids kneels later times learning curve leaves the area less than three minutes life circumstances lights come back lights turned off like-minded people live and do creative things together live in a time longer look folks in their eyes looked down upon made us one with him making peace master's table meetings mercy mercy on daughter modern human view more open mother nationality negotiate neighbors on my block north not easy to achieve not enemies not friends not like the others not particularly skilled offended offending Pharisees on my street our oneness parted from her parts of the world pays no attention whatsoever peace with ourselves perceive their hearts persistence personality plaintive cry politics praises her faith prescientific times priority pugnacious pulled Jesus aside put on a cross racial sensitivity reach out reach out to others reflects religion respect and appreciation restorative justice risk sake of her daughter scares me scene of many deaths seek commonality self righteous send her away sent to house of Israel separate sermon shoo her away shouting socially engage others society somewhere from there speak stereotype stop to ask each other structured conversation surprised tape my own big mouth shut teasing woman along tell me in your own words tenderly explored terrible incident territory testing her faith that we might be forgiven think and feel those people throw it to the dogs tormented by demon touch his heart truce try to understand unclean uncomfortable in their own skin understanding urge values that are similar views wanted to be neighbors we are all equal week later what they're feeling what you desire what you put in your mouth what you're saying who you are wider national experience willing to learn willingness work work on myself yes you are you are the people you say you are]
  • Jul 23, 2017Life With God Will Prevail
    Jul 23, 2017
    Life With God Will Prevail
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    July 23, 2017. Pastor Keith preaches today on Matthew 13:24-43. Why is there tension in the world? Even Christian congregations are seldom at peace. There is the temptation for us to judge and divide, to decide who is in and who is out. But in Jesus' Parable of the Weeds, we are taught that it is God who will sort out the good seeds from the bad. God does not want us to suffer. Our tragedies are not part of God's plan. Sometimes it may be hard to keep up hope. But no matter how powerful our enemies seem, we must remember that life with God will prevail. *** [Keywords: 2017 Biblical Joshua Biblical story Brent Wood Christian congregations Epistles Exodus Friday God doesn't send bad things God doesn't send us more than we can bear God intended God is for the good God is in charge God suffers with them all God was killed in the form of Jesus God works for good in all things God's intention God's way will prevail Gospel Jerusalem Jesus Jewish authorities Jews in Babylon Joshua Wood Karen Wood Life With God Will Prevail Matthew 13:24-43 Moses Parable of the Tares Parable of the Weeds Pastor Keith Holste Paul Roman act against injustice act of God actions acts of judgement addiction robs loved one of full life anticipate any way shape or form anyone in need apocalyptic arrested back biting back stabbing bad things around us baptism baptized into the faith baptizing blame God bodies body of Jesus book of Daniel book of Revelation brokenness cancer returns care for neighbor challenges children of Isreal chose this name city of Jericho code language communities congregations corners correct things country deeds of goodness defeat depression sets in depth of evil and death desertion devil died on cross direction we can move with doesn't plant the weeds doesn't want evil for us doesn't want us to suffer don't worry draw us in emperor encapsulated encouraged evil force out there evil will be destroyed fight our battles forces gather us general idea goodness and will of God will prevail greatest weapon hands of God hard to keep the faith hard to keep up hope hole dug households how we can trust God insiders internal or external challenges is God with us judge and divide killed by Romans leads us in directions leave us humble life cut short life with God will prevail lions in den literature live with disruptions long long story loves us made the whole world make them wonder meaning more to think about most evil thing happened mounted and killed on a cross not alone oppressors our corner of the world our tragedies aren't part of God's plan outsiders parables part of God's plan part of fellowship piece of wood place our faith plan for world planting seeds of evil plants only the good seeds point of the parable powerful enemy promise reality of sin redeeming the world redemption resurrected life resurrection on Easter sake of good seldom completely at peace sermon sets us free shine like the sun sign of the cross signs of evil some tension in community sorting sowing stories or poems struggle suffered the height sufferings support those in need symbolized take heart take responsibility tease our minds temptation thousands or millions of refugees times are hard times are tough tough to be Christians trouble with one another trust it all to God turns back on those in need untimely death war we don't have everything figured out we're not first ones weed seeds who should be in who should be out with God in Jesus on cross won't know it's talking about them words of wisdom work against evil world of good and beauty]
  • Jun 25, 2017Truth To Power
    Jun 25, 2017
    Truth To Power
    Series: (All)
    June 25, 2017. When you're trying to spread a message to people who might disagree with you, how can do you do it effectively? In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus has some pretty severe things to say. Following him would have taken courage and faith. Pastor Keith's sermon today is on thinking outside the box, living the faith and sharing the message, even when it's not always easy. *** [Keywords: 2017 75 years Antioch Christian causes Christians put in jail Egypt God values us God's support Great Persecution Holy Land I'm right India Jerusalem Jesus knew Jewish John Luke Matthew 10:24-39 Pastor Keith Holste Roman Syria abuse accumulation of wealth and power alternative view always necessary apostle Paul astounded authorities better way big question marks bottom line bringing about change building community building relationship by my action calling followers challenge closeness contentious time context conversation cost him his life costly created and loved by God crown of creation demand demand high price demands of Jesus didn't receive very well directives disregard early Christianity encounters we have encouraging followers of Jesus even when not easy expect resistance facilitate fall back fall short filter follow Jesus forgiveness full meaning of Gospel future get across point of view good of the world great courage and faith hairs on our head hard to believe anyone followed Jesus hard to tell the truth hate help people think higher power hope hopeful graceful side how is this a way to love like Jesus loved how we approach things human beings are not expendable human system hurt our gains idea incur resistance indifference individual inside the box kept listening anyway laxity of faith life changing life is well lived life or death decision live by another standard living certain ways longevity losing track of teachings love of creation loving words major things message can be heard message was compromised more complex picture more friendly most effective way motivates need to move needs ignored new life is ours also normal economics not most effective not most important thing not natural human way not the way not to be exploited not to press message not well received objective one of four Gospels of Jesus our own country outside the box pawns peace and contentment people of God physical persecution plans we make plentiful powerful interest powers of the world pretty severe things promise pushback quality of love radical action received new life refused entry regular power structure religious character resisted sake of all same promise is for us self-serving sensitivity sermon served by what I'm doing share message of way of Jesus sharing small and ordinary things small group so intertwined social structures someone with whom we disagree sparrows speaking the truth speaking up for someone status quo strategy subjects of government suggestions for change take advantage of taken advantage of teachings of Jesus telling people off things we choose to do those who seek their lives for his sake will gain it those who seek their own lives will lose them to be a follower tough to be a Christian truth about himself truth telling truth to power very hard to hear way of world around them was not right way to describe Jesus we have that life weakening in the faith well-being what's in it for me what's in this for the sake of the world words not always easy to hear world needs to be reminded world view worldly values you're doing it wrong you're wrong]
  • Jun 4, 2017The Work of the Spirit is Showing
    Jun 4, 2017
    The Work of the Spirit is Showing
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    June 4, 2017. In the Gospel of John we don't hear about hundreds or thousands of people being converted all at once. Instead, we hear how the Spirit can work one person at a time. Pastor Keith's sermon today is about how we can open our doors and let go of grudges so that the Spirit can work through us, individually and in small groups, sharing the peace of Jesus. *** [Keywords: 1960s song 2017 Africa Archdiocese Archbishop Carlson Cathedral Basilica Chaifetz Arena Christians and Jews Delmar Easter Ethiopian Ferguson uprising Gethsemane I am the way Indiana Jesus Jesus asks for some water Jewish authorities John Lindell Luke version in Acts Minnesota Pastor Keith Holste Paul converted in a vision Peter boldly preached Philip Reverend Traci Blackmon SLU Saint Louis University Spirit alongside them St. Louis community Taizé Community of France acceptance act one on one affirmation and they'll know we are Christians by our love anoints them with the Spirit assurance assured of living presence blind bombings en masse book of Acts breath given to Adam breathes on them by our side change for the better church might be born comforts them coming of Spirit community meetings conflicted times courage different view disciples discussions alone distraught and fearful group doing the wash doorway due to fear enmity enters our room fear and anxiety and anger given back fill her water jars forgive like he did game plan gathered getting involved good of the world great sounds grudges die hard grudges we harbor hatred for Jesus having Christians jailed he calls us he is alive healing hear his voice heckled by audience hide behind closed doors hope huddled away hymns images of fire in their midst individual conversations influence inroads into communities killings in the community know his peace large group larger groups live side by side lots of people love him Massachusetts may one day be restored meditative style of music move on to new life my peace I give to you national responsibilites Nicodemus not using door on our behalf on our side one person at a time other townspeople our doors are shut paraclete peace would require forgiveness pilgrimage of trust place of division power of the Spirit prayer presence of God present him well to the world purported religious groups redesign their lives reevaluate our lives refuse to forgive people religious motivations resurrection scared sermon sermon of Peter sharing Gospel sister congregation small groups of people small ways to do things smaller groups social and religious groups of the city stream telling another person tells her about her life temple tend to grudges and differences things can be well in my life thought they were safe thousands converted truth two different kinds of Pentecost ups and downs of life walk of trust walks by us each step we are one in the spirit we have an Advocate we pray that all unity we will walk hand in hand went and got others weren't so welcome what do we do now? woman at the well women word of life word of mouth work of the spirit is showing work to understand one another yearlong process]
  • May 14, 2017Roots and Wings
    May 14, 2017
    Roots and Wings
    Series: (All)
    May 14, 2017. On this Mother's Day, Pastor Keith reminds us that the best gifts that parents can give their children are roots and wings. We strive to create strong relationships with our children, share our values with them, and give them a solid foundation to grow, mature, and eventually fly away on their own. It's the same thing as the church grows and changes. Jesus calls us not just to gather, but to be looking outward, to reach out as a congregation, to live actively in love and service to those around us. *** [Keywords: 2017 50 to 80 years later Christian groups Easter season Family Systems God is present Gospel of John Holy Communion I am the way the truth and the life Jerusalem Jesus is at the heart Jesus is present Jesus is with us in Holy Communion Jesus replies Judas Last Supper Martin Luther Mother's Day Pastor Keith Holste Thomas Virginia about him account of last meal actively in love and service adage after the resurrection all the disciples answering questions ascend to the Father before crucifixion being one with Him best gifts parents give children betray body and blood of Christ bread and wine bring Jesus to neighborhood around us call him Lord calls us to have wings can't huddle together change always brings complexity congregation connections we have days before Easter different beliefs different direction different philosophies direction that really matters following him discussed early days in Christian church early disciples facts not so important families eating together family leader family meal family values fellowship focus inwardly follow him for life foundation function well go along with him go out to all the world going someplace good balance good gifts good strong roots goodbyes grounded groups splitting off grow older hard questions hard tension hard time for them he and the Father are one he is about the Father he is the key hear the call heavy conversation not light holy meal how can we know the way how can we know the way to the Father issues plans dreams brought up keep probing last known gathering leader in church leaving the nest life without physical Jesus live in his name live on their own live their lives lively tension looking outward love our children mature may we be rooted in him meal table meals together mission in different ways places mission plan mom in family motivations move around a lot needing to leave them normal family transitions not just to gather on their own other theories our friend Jesus particularly hard meal persecuted persevere in hard situations phrase stuck with me questions aren't so important raised from the dead reaching out to others relationship with Jesus relationship with him roots and wings roots and wings seek sermon share values shared shares significant discussions skills and preparation smother solid base swayed easily symbols take him with us teach the faith temptation theologies things falling apart things hard to hear times getting tense to be a Christian to follow Jesus toppled trouble with Roman authorities trouble with the Jews varying opinions we don't know where you are going we receive him and God well prepared to live what do these things mean what was going on what we believe what's going on whats who has come before us whole world why is all this happening why is this happening why when where whys will not thrive young ones]
  • Apr 23, 2017By the Witness
    Apr 23, 2017
    By the Witness
    Series: (All)
    April 23, 2017. Pastor Keith preaches during this season of Easter on trusting the good news. When Jesus appeared to his disciples after the resurrection, he offered them peace and forgiveness, and gave them the power to forgive others in his name. Only a limited number of people saw the risen Christ, but millions have since come to believe. They have come to the faith not by proofs, but by the witness of those who trust in Jesus. *** [Keywords: Christ candle Christians Easter vigil God's church Gospel of John Greek word pistos Holy Spirit I am your way out I can observe I stand on this India Jesus brings life Jesus comes to us Jesus takes forward step John the writer Keith Holste Messiah Pastor Pentecost abuse and sin of world afraid of Jewish authorities after Jesus dies after the resurrection alive again all who believe argument articles of faith associate word believe assurance we need baptized people barricades bear that light of Christ behind closed doors believe word bodily book of signs brain matter breathe on us his breath breathes on them by the witness calls us to believe came to believe cerebral challenge to believe close the door cognitive brain come in my name come to faith coming to faith communities of people confront things that are hard corwardly creeds denying died on a cross different directions different sects difficult times disciples divine authority divisions in church earth elements of baptism erect escape rooms faith is possible fear factors fearfulness first Century first and second Sunday follow through with whole body font forgive others in his name forgiven before God forgiveness abound forgives them from the dead gathered in fear get out of here gift of baptism give up ourselves go tell the world about me good news of resurrection grieving groups hands with scars have life abundantly healed person hearing the words hearts hide history how to get out how we live our lives in the head in the mind interjects is this really the same person keep trouble away latitude life in his name life love serve in the name of Jesus limited number of people locked in locked or small space logical proofs looming problem lots of faith lots of ways people come to the faith made water into wine many new churches mentally convinced millions of people mind modern age more than evidence my lord and my god nails needed to be forgiven not by proofs not so sure observe offers his hands offers them peace out into world peace be with you peace be with you peace of mind peace with others physical evidence physical proof power of God proved the message of John provides life questions raised Lazarus recreation restoration resurrected Jesus risen Christ risen body of Jesus rose from the dead run away running away sacrifice safe rooms say the right words science guy season of Easter see his wounds self made prisions sermon seven signs shown to world shut the door sinfully sins and troubles of world something we can touch son of God stood among them story of Thomas strong supporter of Jesus suffered and died support take up arms to defend Jesus these things are written things we're afraid of through believing through wall of the room total peace touch his wounds translate trouble believing trust in him truth unfaithful things water of baptism we can receive wedding whole self wholeness whose we are will not be kept out won't believe words and testimony of believing Christians work of God wounds in your side and hands 40 days 2017]