Apr 1, 2018
Who Played the Fool
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April 1, 2018. Easter and April Fools' Day fall on the same date this year. Some say we Christians are foolish to celebrate a man who came back from the dead. How believable is it after all? But Pastor Penny tells us that in this story it's Jesus who plays the fool. He allows himself to be arrested, doesn't speak for himself when given the opportunity, and while being crucified he prays forgiveness for those taunting him. Why does he do all this? For us. In playing the fool for us, Jesus took away our fear of death so that he can help us with life. *** [Keywords: 2018 April Fools April Fools' Day Chicago Christ Lutheran Church Christians Christians live differently Easter Sunday Easter card Eden Seminary God came to earth as human being Pastor Penny Holste Phyllis Tickle Prudential Building They thought I was dead absolute peace abused adult angry associated with Jesus badmouthed befriend unclean people began to breathe again begins here and goes into eternity better blowout body isn't thin enough born into poor family bumper sticker came back from the dead celebrate man chance to live normal life church historian city had no end comparison game contend with courage to take risks death is simply a portal do amazing things do not have to be afraid to die do you want to come eating enough authority enough friends enough money enough strength enough time enough years experience that death family far as I could see fears in life feel foolish for other people force free to live get married gift given on Easter give us life give word of love and forgiveness given opportunity go back and have my baby go to every town grades aren't good enough hard for us to believe sometimes too hard to make the jump have children he is with us he was silent heal blind man on the Sabbath here and eternally hold our lives up home how foolish in his defense ire isn't end of story it was for us job joke joke's on us just a different person keep us from caring kindness leave everything let himself be arrested let himself be crucified life that has no end look different made a difference in her life mission more open-minded most people believe in God near death experience never afraid to die again never see results of efforts new and better life new medication observation deck once the fear of death goes other fears other people's lives overshadowing true worship part of his mission performance play the fool played on them played the fool political view power and desire to help power to help us with life powerful pray forgiveness precious enough prevent miscarriages reminds us resume resurrection resuscitate revealed in complaints rub important religious leaders wrong way school self accusations sermon sexual orientation she said no sleeping speak differently speak for him stand up for people stop buying and selling in temple stopped breathing t-shirt taken away sting of death tallest building team three years on the road to give us something to her dying day tower tribute to loving savior tribute to God try to live as Christ lived tunnel turns us in unbelievable up from the dead voice asked her we don't want to be fooled while on the cross whole story you're not so afraid of live]
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  • Apr 1, 2018Who Played the Fool
    Apr 1, 2018
    Who Played the Fool
    Series: (All)
    April 1, 2018. Easter and April Fools' Day fall on the same date this year. Some say we Christians are foolish to celebrate a man who came back from the dead. How believable is it after all? But Pastor Penny tells us that in this story it's Jesus who plays the fool. He allows himself to be arrested, doesn't speak for himself when given the opportunity, and while being crucified he prays forgiveness for those taunting him. Why does he do all this? For us. In playing the fool for us, Jesus took away our fear of death so that he can help us with life. *** [Keywords: 2018 April Fools April Fools' Day Chicago Christ Lutheran Church Christians Christians live differently Easter Sunday Easter card Eden Seminary God came to earth as human being Pastor Penny Holste Phyllis Tickle Prudential Building They thought I was dead absolute peace abused adult angry associated with Jesus badmouthed befriend unclean people began to breathe again begins here and goes into eternity better blowout body isn't thin enough born into poor family bumper sticker came back from the dead celebrate man chance to live normal life church historian city had no end comparison game contend with courage to take risks death is simply a portal do amazing things do not have to be afraid to die do you want to come eating enough authority enough friends enough money enough strength enough time enough years experience that death family far as I could see fears in life feel foolish for other people force free to live get married gift given on Easter give us life give word of love and forgiveness given opportunity go back and have my baby go to every town grades aren't good enough hard for us to believe sometimes too hard to make the jump have children he is with us he was silent heal blind man on the Sabbath here and eternally hold our lives up home how foolish in his defense ire isn't end of story it was for us job joke joke's on us just a different person keep us from caring kindness leave everything let himself be arrested let himself be crucified life that has no end look different made a difference in her life mission more open-minded most people believe in God near death experience never afraid to die again never see results of efforts new and better life new medication observation deck once the fear of death goes other fears other people's lives overshadowing true worship part of his mission performance play the fool played on them played the fool political view power and desire to help power to help us with life powerful pray forgiveness precious enough prevent miscarriages reminds us resume resurrection resuscitate revealed in complaints rub important religious leaders wrong way school self accusations sermon sexual orientation she said no sleeping speak differently speak for him stand up for people stop buying and selling in temple stopped breathing t-shirt taken away sting of death tallest building team three years on the road to give us something to her dying day tower tribute to loving savior tribute to God try to live as Christ lived tunnel turns us in unbelievable up from the dead voice asked her we don't want to be fooled while on the cross whole story you're not so afraid of live]
  • Mar 25, 2018Break Down Our Prison Walls
    Mar 25, 2018
    Break Down Our Prison Walls
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    March 25, 2018. As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the adoring crowds shouted, "Hosanna!" On this Palm Sunday Pastor Penny preaches on that word, which means "save us." We not only need to be saved from our fears, we also need to be changed so that we can reach out beyond ourselves. *** [Keywords: Chief of Police Willoughby played by Woody Harrelson Christ Lutheran Church Easter Sunday dawns God leads us Greek word Hebrew Jesus has won Mildred Hayes played by Frances McDormand Palm Sunday Palm Sunday crowd Pastor Penny Holste Roman occupation Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri adoration affecting us alcohol led to violence be the kind of police detective you want to be believe in himself beyond their own lives break down our prison walls chief of police city comfortable consumed contribute to low level anxiety council met Tuesday country criticized crowds darkness daughter had been killed dealing with cancer dissolve like shadows of the night don't cry out for help don't look beyond don't want to be changed ecological future as a planet emerge from their prisons expression failed failure family fear of future fears fears tend to trap us focus on ourselves follow Jesus to Good Friday friend go beyond ourselves guilt had to look it up he would save them health issues here at the cross holy are you hopeful hosanna hunker down important messages impossible to improve lot in their lives jubilant keep us awake at night lack of money lashed out lead us leave Palm Sunday like to know lived up to father's expectations living with his mother make it all his responsibility meaning meant neighborhoods not doing his duty not free in their own country own prison of shame own schedules paralyze us parts of this country passionately desires perpetrator prevent it prone to violence publicly shamed him reached out retirement rigid social system rush to Easter satisfy our deepest desires save us saved from their poverty see clearly see other people selfishness sermon setting bombs in Austin shouting singing start loving people stop hating suffers with us and for us talk only to people they know tendency terrible price terrorism they felt trapped through his life and his death took words to heart trying new things trying to teach us turn us inward victory over death evil violence terror guilt shame violence violent movie want to be saved from our fears we will be changed what that word means when Jesus came why would they say that won't appreciate amazing gift world wrote in a letter you have it in you young police officer 2018]
  • Mar 18, 2018The Car Stuck In the Mud
    Mar 18, 2018
    The Car Stuck In the Mud
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    March 18, 2018. If we were witnesses of the crucifixion -- the blood, the violence, and the inhumanity of it -- would we be able to see the glory in it? Pastor Penny preaches today on how the world looks different to us once we realize that through the cross, Jesus bought us a life we wouldn't have had otherwise. *** [Keywords: 2018 Adult Forum African American woman Christ Lutheran Church God bless us that day God is there God is with us Gospel Greek speaking people Jeff Bezos Jesus is the one who pulls us out Jesus used the cross Jesus was famous Jesus' crucifixion Keith serving rural parish LeBron James Meryl Streep Muslim woman Pastor Penny Holste Pastor Regina Gray Wednesday Bible class admit failure after he was dead another town answer the call to die as we realize assumptions be my follower becomes evident big house big yard birthmark on their face blood bottom of the hill buy us into the family of God can't do it on our own car stuck in the mud caucasian group clearly see color of skin corn could we see glory country roads instead of highway cross becomes real cross bought us priceless gift deeper point did not sound like the Lord difference we see disciples discover amazing new thoughts and ideas doing miracles drive around that sign driving by in tractor each one of us entrusted to youth of congregation eternity everyone needs to be seen failure farmer fears for the Son of Man forgiveness gift themselves for others go into the mud go to college great guest on talk show has to die to produce hate he bought us a life higher paying job hijab hook up chain to bumper hopelessly stuck in the mud hour of glory identity ruined if a grain of wheat if they really want to see me if we were there important part inhumanity it had rained just raised Lazarus from the dead knew her parents needed her know real life know that we are forgiven leisurely Sunday afternoons lifelong friends lifted out from earth lifted up little engine that could looked very intently looks different makes a difference man who loved God so much marry meet someone my soul is troubled nervous next words he spoke not be torn apart not otherwise have had not something we can do not the person nothing less than imminent crucifixion of course open house our color differences out of the grave party pulled him out real estate agent reject parts of this life religious university request road closed see glory in my cross see her point see how it has touched my life see the world differently sell any product sermon set aside prejudice shame sheer will power showing houses sign society speaker speaking about death spent years caring for ailing husband standing in front of me stay at home mothers strengthened faith such a privilege suffer test the hour has come theology time for hobbies to be glorified touchstone truly see person turn away uncomfortable until you get to know them very divided world violence wake up in the morning we can't see her we know who we are we want to see Jesus weakness what wearing wheelchair who would want to follow him will draw all people to myself willing to die without saying anything worked world will never look the same again worship]
  • Mar 4, 2018Cleansing the Temple
    Mar 4, 2018
    Cleansing the Temple
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    March 4, 2018. The sermon today is on the story in John 2 of Jesus cleansing the temple. Did that system of animal butchering and sacrifice make people feel as though they were in the presence of God? And what about the people walled off from each other: women, gentiles, tax collectors? Does our temple need to be cleansed? Pastor Penny offers some thoughts on how we can be welcoming to everyone. *** [Keywords: 2018 Apostle’s Creed Christ Lutheran Church God always chosen God’s arms are always open God’s saving work Gospel Jerusalem Jesus came to draw all people to himself Jesus so angry John 2:13-22 Moses Passover festival Pastor Penny Holste Reuben access to God angry man with a whip animals running answers that will help us are we building walls assembly line slaughter ate beautiful stone house blood in basin building burning bush burnt offering butchering animals buy buy can’t critique the system can’t see the problems cause harm to innocent people changing money changing the money child children of Israel community complaining continuous progression couple dozen families court of the Israelites court of the gentile court of the lepers court of the women cow crushed its foot coworkers cows cured lepers cursing cut off designated didn’t look like him dishonest disparaging entire temple system does not attend church doves each with an animal entered the city gates explore the temple feeling fence in our yard few benches full of people gentiles glaring grandchild great commotion half shekel of Tyre have no meaning herd hymn of praise in presence of God inner sanctum inspected inspection of animals intermingled judged laughed layer after layer of ritual and commerce less able people less deserving less worthy life and death lost our income loved maimed mistake money for the next year musings no blemish no gentile should walk beyond this sign no religious loyalty no room for them no treat this year offer an additional different kind of worship service offer as sacrifices offering outer court outer courtyard outside of the system part of us parts separated people pour on altar priests from five important families priests required prostitutes purpose of the Passover relationship with God religious system ritual roast and eat animal sacrificial system second gate on the Lockwood side select few sell their cows selling sermon share with the world sheep shouting at people sidewalk between the gates sights signs sin committed skinned slaughtering and sacrificing smells soul searching sounds such a commotion talk to people tax collectors that picture of God that picture of church this animal can’t be sold this is a new time to the Lord treat for Reuben unblemished cows unclean coins under penalty of death walled off from God wanted to be close to the people went into the temple what does church mean to you women worship would pay well 10 miles 40 years in the wilderness]
  • Feb 25, 2018To Make a Hard Decision
    Feb 25, 2018
    To Make a Hard Decision
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    February 25, 2018. What are our lives worth? Our country today seems to be caught between conflicting values and beliefs. The topic of gun violence and what to do about it is in the news almost daily. It's a hard issue. In her sermon today, Pastor Penny tells us about how Jesus offers us guidance for making these kinds of hard decisions. *** [Keywords: 1937 Chevy coupe 2018 Carl Krebsbach Carla Krebsbach Christ Lutheran Church Garrison Keillor God has claimed for us Gospel Greek word psykhe Jesus is telling us Lake Wobegon Mark Mark 8:31-38 Messiah Minnesota NRA Olympics Pastor Penny Holste Peter about being caught abused against the Kingdom of God answer that question army tank be very careful believe his words believes bring into the world call of distress came out as gay caught between two emotions choice college friend conflicting values beliefs fears contradiction couldn't lie to the patients courage to follow him denial deny related to him deter him disciples dying of cancer experience faltered fictitious figure this one out first of three predictions follow him for making decisions for the good of others gave as gift give up our good gives in go one way or the other good storyteller greater cause gun ownership gun violence hard issue heard all the sides help friend help someone else high school senior his love and forgiveness hitch to pickup homecoming queen hope and health how much Jesus values our lives in return for their life jeopardize killed knitted leader less public arena lose themselves for my sake losing themselves losing your life and saving your life lost job friends family loves Jesus loves her father main street make money making fashion statement means self mental illness no more guns in school our country our lives are worth his life out of love for the giver overly powerful menace own personal safety parade police preserve the practice protect ourselves psyche public safety question Jesus asks rebukes religious leaders rise again sake of the Gospel save themselves scolds him scratchy ugly sweater sense septic tank sermon sewer backed up shame small doctor's office smells something strange so hard society kept him from revealing his true self solution soul searching sport stern and foreboding Gospel suffering and dying and rising teacher teachers should carry guns tell the patients thought throw up hands to lose herself to make a hard decision too much guns tow to dump tradition turns away from Jesus two selves unnecessary danger value of personal freedom values we hold waving and smiling we feel caught we find guidance what is a life worth whatever we decide will be arrested willing to deny ourselves workers with Jesus would not want Messiah to suffer wrong turn young athletes]
  • Feb 11, 2018Everything Changes
    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]
  • 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]
  • 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]