Oct 15, 2017
Are We Missing the Party?
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October 15, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches on the Parable of the Marriage of the King's Son. The text can be interpreted as a warning. We enjoy the rich food and beverage of forgiveness. We hear comforting words at church. We know the joy of God who loves us. But is it possible we are missing the party? *** [Keywords: Christ Lutheran Church God does God has given us God will Good Shepherd Holy Spirit is speaking to us I can stop now I can't take it any longer Jake Jesus Jesus has invited us Matthew 22:1-14 Parable of the Great Banquet Parable of the Marriage of the King's Son Parable of the Wedding Feast Pastor Penny Holste Scripture University of North Carolina accused advanced placement courses affront another activity another class appeared without a robe arrive at wedding article at the party back aches bathe completely beverage of forgiveness bound to cross bride's father brought to table came down from place of honor at head table can never say I've done enough celebrate with our whole lives his party center of our lives child of God you are sealed with the Holy Spirit and blessed with the cross of Christ forever clink of glasses come to God daily come to his party comes to wedding contempt for king convince us counselors in high schools create a strong positive response cross country dealing with fears deep insult deep insult destroys them don't have strength to fight against them don't realize drink too much driven by these fears eat too much embarrass the host enjoy rich food enjoying the party enjoying the party afterwards eyes of couple failed to honor the king fear of failure feel like world is changing first dance frosting goal getting into college of choice going back to the bar guests had robe haunt us he gave his robe to us head of our tables headaches hear in baptism heard comforting words honor God by giving him space in our lives host provide ignore abuse and kill the messengers ignore our health ignore our spiritual life ignore very people we love ignoring ignoring honored couple in the room jeans jeans-clad loner jewelry glittering joy of God who loves us junior in high school king invites important people laughter life was impossible listen to God daily long white robe expected love lower grade man by himself name each of his fears nearly one third not wearing robe nothing more he could do on the floor other Christian readings our hopes our regrets our thanks patched tunic piling his plate with food pride refusing to go to school reissues invitation reputation and honor robe of righteousness same fears savory meat second part see beautiful candles sermon sighs and applause sights and sounds skipped the wedding smell burning smug lazy man someone who also was silent sound of music speech stomach aches stomachaches stronger than our fears students suffering from anxiety talks with other Christians tee shirt teens and adults tell God our fears these feelings they don't come this friend this new identity traveling club trick is to believe those words two parts valley of the shadow of death violence in these parables warning to us was he really at the party we all at times have anxiety we are in the room literally we have to do better we have to do more we might be missing the party wedding wedding cake wedding couple weeping and gnashing of teeth wine is served without robe words of absolution words of the Bible words we need to tell ourselves work in our lives worth more than money you are forgiven in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit 2017]
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  • Oct 15, 2017Are We Missing the Party?
    Oct 15, 2017
    Are We Missing the Party?
    Series: (All)
    October 15, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches on the Parable of the Marriage of the King's Son. The text can be interpreted as a warning. We enjoy the rich food and beverage of forgiveness. We hear comforting words at church. We know the joy of God who loves us. But is it possible we are missing the party? *** [Keywords: Christ Lutheran Church God does God has given us God will Good Shepherd Holy Spirit is speaking to us I can stop now I can't take it any longer Jake Jesus Jesus has invited us Matthew 22:1-14 Parable of the Great Banquet Parable of the Marriage of the King's Son Parable of the Wedding Feast Pastor Penny Holste Scripture University of North Carolina accused advanced placement courses affront another activity another class appeared without a robe arrive at wedding article at the party back aches bathe completely beverage of forgiveness bound to cross bride's father brought to table came down from place of honor at head table can never say I've done enough celebrate with our whole lives his party center of our lives child of God you are sealed with the Holy Spirit and blessed with the cross of Christ forever clink of glasses come to God daily come to his party comes to wedding contempt for king convince us counselors in high schools create a strong positive response cross country dealing with fears deep insult deep insult destroys them don't have strength to fight against them don't realize drink too much driven by these fears eat too much embarrass the host enjoy rich food enjoying the party enjoying the party afterwards eyes of couple failed to honor the king fear of failure feel like world is changing first dance frosting goal getting into college of choice going back to the bar guests had robe haunt us he gave his robe to us head of our tables headaches hear in baptism heard comforting words honor God by giving him space in our lives host provide ignore abuse and kill the messengers ignore our health ignore our spiritual life ignore very people we love ignoring ignoring honored couple in the room jeans jeans-clad loner jewelry glittering joy of God who loves us junior in high school king invites important people laughter life was impossible listen to God daily long white robe expected love lower grade man by himself name each of his fears nearly one third not wearing robe nothing more he could do on the floor other Christian readings our hopes our regrets our thanks patched tunic piling his plate with food pride refusing to go to school reissues invitation reputation and honor robe of righteousness same fears savory meat second part see beautiful candles sermon sighs and applause sights and sounds skipped the wedding smell burning smug lazy man someone who also was silent sound of music speech stomach aches stomachaches stronger than our fears students suffering from anxiety talks with other Christians tee shirt teens and adults tell God our fears these feelings they don't come this friend this new identity traveling club trick is to believe those words two parts valley of the shadow of death violence in these parables warning to us was he really at the party we all at times have anxiety we are in the room literally we have to do better we have to do more we might be missing the party wedding wedding cake wedding couple weeping and gnashing of teeth wine is served without robe words of absolution words of the Bible words we need to tell ourselves work in our lives worth more than money you are forgiven in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit 2017]
  • Oct 8, 2017Absorb and Transform
    Oct 8, 2017
    Absorb and Transform
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    October 8, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches on Matthew 21:33-46. Jesus was warning the religious leaders in his day not to push God out of the picture. He's warning us too. We feel that we own ourselves, our time, and our energy. While God is important, he is one among many loyalties we have. But Jesus wants to be the keystone in our lives. Rather than repaying violence with violence, Jesus would have us absorb anger and injustice done to us, as he absorbed it and transformed it on the cross. *** [Keywords: African American community American DNA Blake Snyder Christ Lutheran Church God is far greater than this story God is for Sunday God is important God is our owner God wants me to God wants something for us God who loves us I don't really like kindergarten Jesus asks the crowd Jesus transformed violence on cross Jesus wasn't conventional Mary Matthew 21:33-46 Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen Parable of the Wicked Tenants Pastor Penny Holste Stephen Paddock Who owns you? absentee landlord absorb and transform anger absorbed violence absorbs and transforms violence all parts of our lives allows us to stand before God and justice for all because of Christ by anyone or anything childlike way come nicely together based on him compartmentalize completely removed all the guilt and shame of our sin conventional wisdom cornerstone customary wisdom daughter decisions divisions don't see God's love easy easy for us to push God out of picture energy faith family faults us feel we deserve to get it five years for vines to start producing grapes for us and our world forget from our failures grapes are ours ground without weeds health hear in Isaiah hear the hurt hear the words husband's killer if we could see Jesus in a position in our lives injustice interview with Elizabeth Snyder it interferes with my schedule job just wants produce for himself justice and righteousness keystone killed on duty kindergarten knew what was best for them late to school leisure liberty listen to each other live in hope lives locks other stones in place loyalties through week met with teacher not appreciated at times not comfortable thought not following him not like owner not respecting God as ultimate authority not seeing God as our owner not very happy story nurture young plants one nation under God with liberty one thing faithful to among so many only thinking of himself only violence our owner our time our vineyard owner wasn't around perceived injury picks up a stone plant transforms carbon dioxide to nutrients pledge preach to us preserved for us proclaim to us produce pulpit pushed God out of picture put to miserable death removed despair responsibilites school see it in our country sent her out every morning sermon shooter in Las Vegas story made it down story told by Jesus talked to neighbor talks to lady tenants thank goodness we have an owner their lives were theirs there is a God who is above all think of God thought belonged to them through Holy Spirit time took so many innocent lives top of arch transformed violence ultimate authority understanding of Jesus understanding we live with vineyard violence against him violence begets violence violence for violence violent and selfish violent time walked three blocks to school walked to school walks along want to be warning here for us as well warning to religious leaders we are given the power we are good we are perfect we are worthy we deserve it we do not want to be owned we know what we need we know what's best we own ourselves we think we know what's best for us wedge shape what do you think will happen what we buy what will happen to us widow wife of police officer with whom we do not agree workers workers working to be able to forgive 2017]
  • Sep 24, 2017Where Is the Fairness?
    Sep 24, 2017
    Where Is the Fairness?
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    September 24, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches today on the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, from Matthew 20. Sometimes life doesn't feel fair. We might try to be the best Christians, the best family members, the best citizens. So shouldn't we be rewarded more than people who don't? If the reward is the same no matter what we do, where is the fairness? But if we step back and look at our lives through God's eyes, we realize that we've already received the reward. We have a calling, a purpose. God sought us out to bless us and empower us to be a blessing to others. *** [Keywords: 2017 African American Christ Lutheran Church God does things that are not fair God doesn't remove them God finds us God is like the landowner God sends the rain on the just and the unjust alike Google Maps I own two guns Jesus earned reward Jesus won Kingdom of God Matthew 20:1-16 Parable helps us Parable of the Generous Employer Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard Pastor Penny Holste Peter the disciple Protestant work ethic Stockley trial aerial view of home all the responsibilities in life already received it angry approach this story arrogant be a blessing to others best Christians we can be best citizens best family members better off bless us and empower us bothered by story called them friends cars caucasian change of heart character in story child we hold closeup view compared themselves comparing never brings us joy completely at the mercy confidence constantly notice couldn't see it criminal all his life dangerous day laborers death bed decision of the landowner deserve die painful death difficult unfair world dish we wash dismiss this story doesn't feel fair don't know how to stop don't want to suggest down to earth drastically cut drudgery drug dealer early risers email we send equal pay for equal work everyone is cared for everything he does everything looks different fair salary feed their families feel it isn't fair feel pretty satisfied felt so much better finds them fisherman food stamps forget about unfairness friend excels gathered his friends get what we really need gives us a gift gives us what we need go home going to get gun good Christians grace of Christ greed heavy lifting honest how fair is it iPhone X if the reward is the same no matter what you do injustice invite you over for dinner jobs joyfully latecomers level playing field life full of love lifted up to new life like your house little dot makes them an offer makes us bitter making messes means minorities neighbor's house no different no economic usefulness no job no land not what we deserve office one who loves it our homes own home paper we write pay someone perfectly happy pleasure of God preferential hiring prevalence of guns in city privilege purpose racism reason for being remodeled resentful respond to armed robbery reward of eternal life reward was already given to them roof over their heads salvation same problem with God same wage satellite view saved school seeing the whole city seeking us out selfishness sermon shouldn't there be something more for us side by side with Christ slaves something extra start with same opportunities sufferings take on new meaning tax collectors than for people who don't the big picture there at the break of dawn thief on the cross through the eyes to be saved today you will be with me in paradise trapped trees tricky story try to be unavoidable unfairness verdict very poor wage way we look at the story we have a calling we talk we've given up everything to follow you were no different what is our reward where is the fairness where is the justice whole new light why don't I succeed wish I had the money with us in this challenging life women word we speak work hard worked all day worked for only one hour working within it works all day in the heat you should only be paid if you work zoom out]
  • Sep 10, 2017Back Into the Fold
    Sep 10, 2017
    Back Into the Fold
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    September 10, 2017. In Matthew 18, Jesus offers a four-point plan for combating evil in the congregation, the last step of which is to treat offenders as gentiles or tax collectors. Times are different and the plan doesn't seem to apply to us today. But Pastor Penny asks us what we can take away from it. She points out that Jesus' method of dealing with gentiles and tax collectors was to befriend them, to bring them back into the fold. We are all troublemakers of one sort or another. But Jesus died so that we don't have to be removed from his community. *** [Keywords: 1970s 2017 Cast Away movie Christ Lutheran Church Christian communities everywhere God Jesus Jews Matthew 18:15-20 Pastor Penny Holste Tom Hanks accessbile air conditioned homes anger angry answer any congregation at all appreciate it architects ashamed back into eternal joy back into the fold baptism brought build the kingdom call someone causes separation champion of justice and kindness change people's behavior cheater children of Israel chosen to follow Jesus coat of righteousness colleage combat combat evil in congregation community constantly befriend them convince troublemaker crave community daughter dear friend defend defended the man desperate for community desserter dialog didn't stay long died dieting disciples and followers disowned by families doesn't listen doesn't stick to diet earbuds earphones emojis emotion excommunicate face the people far deeper fill in the floor find different congregation four point plan front porches funeral gay given out of love grandparents grew up in hard hard work having been transformed he is with us hear it in voice hurt very communities hurtful hurting inclination individualism intact jokes leave in a huff less appreciation of community light in refrigerator lose weight keeps finding me love them back meant to have midnight snacks meeting of members met in people's homes middle class society much more equal music new family no ordained leader non believer not easy thing to do not get involved not my problem not welcome one or two other people one sort or another open to criticism open to returning ostracized our own our society out of line paints face on volleyball pastor planning precious protect quiter refuge rejoin community rely on his help reminds us remodel of Mead Center removed from his community school see what they lost self sufficiency selfish desires sense responsibility sent away separate ourselves sermon serving in small town several feet below ground level shared support and love shared wisdom small social media some people cared something mean something we miss stand up against staying with plan step four 4 step one 1 step three 3 step two 2 stop making trouble synagogues system take away from Gospel talk on phone talk privately tax collector tearing apart tell whole congregation texting things happen in community transformed treat as gentile troublemaker try to hurt others ugly words uncomfortable unfairness unfriend use here today wanted to fire washed ashore washed our sins away washed out to sea we are all troublemakers we need and love what a gift where they belong where to put the ramp whole point words or actions work as intended today workplace writer of Matthew wrongdoer is important]
  • Sep 3, 2017Our True Identity
    Sep 3, 2017
    Our True Identity
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    September 3, 2017. We don't want to hear bad news, especially if it involves sacrifice. In today's Gospel, Jesus had bad news for his disciples. Peter did not understand and became a stumbling block to Jesus' mission. But Peter's true identity had yet to be revealed. What should our identity be? Pastor Penny challenges us to reexamine deeply held values and swallow our pride. As our self-made identity becomes whittled away by tragedy and our experiences, we discover our true identity, given to us by God. *** [Keywords: 1 in 1000 year storm 2017 Christ Lutheran Church Christian Ferguson Foster Friess GOP mega donor God created us God has given us God is not happy God is with us God would put in place Gospel Gospel reminds us Greek Hurricane Ida Jesus Jesus asked a question Jesus did Jesus makes promise Jesus recreated us Jesus' right hand man Kingdom of God Pastor Penny Holste Peter believed that Return to Civility campaign Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal TV Three Passion Predictions ability to care for people advertisement approval of God arranged to meet avoid be raised belief in forgiveness black Democrat build in flood plain built there anyway call each other friend called Peter Satan can't buy our lives cars child children of God claimed to be the Messiah comfortable being single confused about what we should strive for in life conqueror controversial counselor create real Kingdom of God created and molded ourselves deeply held opinions destiny didn't understand Jesus' mission disciples discover something don't want to hear bad news don't want to lose our lives drive out Romans from Israel every fifteen years everything is moving experience tragedies experiences flew into St. Louis flood flood gates forces molding it found common bond friends gave his life getting ill getting older gives us power to work with him go against popular opionon go away hair hard and long has been there all the time identity image in flux independence innate value job knowledge lawns leaders learned listened looked up losing someone you love lost her husband loving other people meeting in church military leader mold our lives to meet those expectations multi millionaire narrowly missed Houston never find out who we really are new temporal kingdom not brought on by God not easy to follow Jesus not ever taken away from us not if it requires sacrifice not someone who died other was friend others before ourselves our identity outer appearance outside of the world part of God's kingdom peel away outer image of ourselves people around us personal interest in Messiahship pick up on signals political figure political views professed protect our identity raise money reexamine deeply held values reflected understanding of society rock rocks in our lives same person you were same words to Peter as with Satan scolded Jesus sea walls seawalls second look self giving Savior self made identity selfies sense of freedom sermon shaped and worked so hard on social media something to hang onto spiritual leader spouse stores story strength to carry it out strive to make it happen stumbling block success suffer and kill him suffer the consequences swallow our pride talked tempting those who lose their life for my sake will find it took Peter aside tragedies true identity true identity is safe values warning went out to lunch what we look like what will you give in return for your life? white Republican whittled away wilderness wrong kind of Messiah you're not ready]
  • Aug 6, 2017The Good Life
    Aug 6, 2017
    The Good Life
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    August 6, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches today on the Gospel story of Jesus feeding the multitude. His disciples saw only a deserted place, but Jesus saw something different. He had compassion on the people, wanted to give them the good life. What do we see when we look at the less prosperous areas in our communities? Can we see these places like Jesus did, as opportunities for sharing the good life? *** [Keywords: 1500 people 1970s 2017 A Place Worth Saving Barnes Bread for the World Central West End Christ Lutheran Church Ferguson Fullerton NE God has blessed these people too Gospel Jesus Jesus' power Jewish Matthew Nebraska Pastor Penny Holste Roman government Second Presbyterian St. Louis Wash U Washington University Medical Center all were fed appearances ask ourselves banded together beloved children of God bleak bless boarded houses bread and fish came from crowd bring for healing built buy clothes buy food cared enough to ask Jesus to die carried miles challenging us chance to live forgiven children choices choose to believe miracle church every Sunday churches clean it up closest town 40 miles away comforts compassion on them contrast core of caring people created in image of God crime cross state line cut back dark death dedicated grandmother deserted place determined worker didn't believe didn't know director David Beckmann disciples documentary don't think drive through poorest parts ease emboldened empowered even more important experience fame fears feed themselves filled filling their pews first attempt food stamps get food for themselves get to his job getting involved going places good equals wealth got to know people grandchildren great strides greater than that grew up in city had the power then has the power now have to believe help ourselves help rejuvinate community helping hand hopeful hospitality was the norm hospitals hours on bus human rights issues illnesses interesting thing to say into their hearts knowledge lecture series on world hunger left-over food listen to our politicians little bit of food little help from us live there again looked at that crowd looked so falling apart lot of need love love too much made it a point medical attention members miracle more than 5000 people motley group moved west national budget no doctor no health spa no movie theaters no prosperity open their baskets outcome of miracle people can help themselves people took care of each other perfect world possibilities poverty power power to give life pretty dismal provide raise him to life relieve them religious institutions relocated right and left safe place saw something different scholars send these people away sermon share should they stay or move sign so little to work with split the congregation started in decline starving in Africa stayed story about sharing strength take situation taught them thanking God the good life they will heal themselves thriving community through eyes too happy took a vote transition truly two grocery stores two restaurants two very oppressive institutions values of city values of their world very good place to raise children vices voted to leave voted to stay walk the streets wanted to feed them we don't see we have nothing what really is the good life? what they do have with a little help with some help words disciples used]
  • Jul 30, 2017The Merchant of Pearls
    Jul 30, 2017
    The Merchant of Pearls
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    July 30, 2017. We can often be overwhelmed by challenges right in front of us. But God has a way of taking something that looks hopeless and making it great. In her sermon today, Pastor Penny preaches on the Parable of the Pearl from Matthew 13. She says sometimes being obsessed with taking great risks is good, when it's in service to the Kingdom of God. *** [Keywords: 100 loaves of bread 1400 20 2017 50 pounds of flour American socialite Denver God can use our obsessions God could still use them God did it God gave them a new mission God uses all of us God-given Jesus is that merchant Jesus was obsessed with his mission Jesus' life and death and resurrection Kingdom of God Margaret Brown Muny New York City Pastor Penny Holste Pat Keifert Saturday night Titanic Unsinkable Molly Brown actions had a risk all survivors all the fish angels another ship area bank loan basement beautiful building beautiful valley big enough for birds to be sheltered in it books bread brought their children build hospital buy a field buying house carpet was stained ceiling child care session child literacy congregation future congregation that was dying crayon drawings on walls crossroads crumbling dark damp place dealing one on one describe destitute different tendency difficult situation disbanded do good things do the judging docked drive end is life-giving end of age ever right to have obsession family members farmers feed 100 people few weeks fields fix it forced into boat fragile fulfill it gain access to things they needed gave up everything give them credit for good or bad good purposes grew mold half hour service hard to imagine have hope help other people help out high proportion of young children and single parents hit iceberg human rights ideas that are very good ideas we just can't stand in their wills including his life insulation hanging in strips judgement juvenile court systems kind heart last group of parables leaven leavening lifeboats little pack of yeast little uncomfortable long marriage lot of trouble make it good make it great make it into something great merchant of pearls moral or immoral more dependable reason mostly elderly mountain of work much more complicated mustard plant mustard seed becomes shrub never done before new debt not at all obnoxious weed on that location one big net one pearl optimist overwhelmed by challenges right in front of us own repairs parents parents came passion patience pay off people who are tainted philanthropist play politically bigoted politician promoting race or gender really about Jesus realtor remained good friends rescue boats resuced right in front of you risky sell that building sells everything he owns sensed hunger for the Word separated sermon set up a fund sizing it up small and tainted small seed of possibility soup kitchens still had a mission strained studies church life and growth symbol for corruption take care of them take great risks take some risks take something hopeless take them in take what is small take what is tainted tendency to label people we don't know personally third parable this country and elsewhere this is fun timely message times that we take great risks tragedy transform this place treasure hunter true character trustworthy or not use her wealth ushering everyone else very active person volunteer child care service we are tainted at times we are the pearl of great value we're all saved what is that pearl whole new congregation born women and children women getting the vote youth]
  • Jul 16, 2017Focus on the Sower
    Jul 16, 2017
    Focus on the Sower
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    July 16, 2017. In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 13, Jesus tells a parable to help his followers understand why many people rejected his teachings. The sower in the story spreads seeds on the path, on rocky ground, among thorns, and on good soil. Pastor Penny wants us to focus on the sower in her sermon today. He was wasteful, foolish, and a risk-taker -- like parents are out of love for their children, and like God is with us. *** [Keywords: 2017 Bible class Bible study God showers us with gifts Gospel Greek family Heavenly parent Jesus Kingdom of Heaven Matthew 13:1-9 My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie Pastor Penny Holste Toula accept our love all at once all four kinds of soil asks us to repent begins in this life boisterous Greek family brings us joy business of life buy something cares of the world cast off not long after chairman of congregation child wants come to take teaching positions created beautiful world culture clash describes deserve our love didn't come dinner did not go well disposal early in the morning encroaching on that time every Sunday excited experience the Kingdom of God extended Greek family extends throughout eternity fiancée focus on the sower following through foolish four ways from another state gift from God given of the Spirit go to counseling good soil grateful great spiritual growth have coffee with lonely person hearts are like rocky soil help Jesus' followers understand immigrants impatient integral to congregation invited them to come joy of the Kingdom kept coming like what parents do looking at other people love as God loves love lavishly loving cultures loving us lures of wealth man off his back many people rejected his words more money to charity or church more responsibility more than what happens after we die most superior lifestyle neither was superior new couple in church nice quiet intimate evening not a good farmer not enough money not enough time not the one opportunities originally intended our hearts are open parables parents are wasteful out of love parents meet path patronize new store people may not want our love persist picture of God picture of Kingdom potty train prejudiced promise our family promotion prophets push away those fears quiet polite proper people quiet time receive word seed in different ways resentful risk-taker seed dies seed falls on our hearts seed never puts down roots seed takes root seeds take root sends us amazing experiences sent us son to die sermon seven different stories small town smile on face so glad he came so is God some people in his day rejected his teachings speaking in Greek spend less time at work start a good thing start to feel uncomfortable stones stubborn take risks thanked him that's not the point thorns thorny tone of irritation umpteenth invitation understand beautiful concept understand it upgrading our electronics was irritated waste food waste money waste time watched for them way of life way of living we become more like the farmer we pray we resist we stop we quit whenever we do something loving for someone else whether they receive it]
  • Jul 9, 2017Rest For Your Souls
    Jul 9, 2017
    Rest For Your Souls
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    July 9, 2017. We all carry burdens. Life can seem wearisome, especially in this time when we all seem so polarized, sorting ourselves into like-minded groups and listening only to those with whom we agree. In her sermon today, Pastor Penny preaches on Matthew 11:25-30. Jesus offers rest for our souls, for his yoke is easy and his burden is light. *** [Keywords: 2017 Cascade Mountains God created perfect world God gives the truth to infants God in the flesh God working Gospel Grunewald Guild I do dance I do laugh I know that you are weary I wanted to die I will give you rest Jesus of Nazareth John the Baptist Keith Lutheran Mark Matthew 11:25-30 Pastor Penny Holste Roman Catholic brother The Big Sort book Washington State across the country admit we need God all Democrats support abortion all Republicans are against gun control all birds have wings all cats purr all winter long another child art and faith come together art teacher in Philadelphia as good as our lives are back at home beautiful picture believed they knew the truth bore the cross for us bowl of potatoes and onions burdensome came back with broken heart catch a plane challenges change the burdens checklist close to his mother come to grips come to me community of Christians artists community surrounded supported him condemned could not heal his grief on his own deal with grief devastated did not see did not want to leave her didn't listen to each other director drove hours do dishes doctors appointments don't have to be in contol finally the tears came found real rest four grown children freed us to be loved and to love his world get up in the morning go to work got a message got on bus grandparents handed over to God harmony with God and one another has taken vows have the answers he cried for his own loss he let God in heard her words heart remained broken hopefully we are those people hurts husband and wife in that moment injustices and pain of the world inviting us just started to talk just stood justice and peace know they are dependent learn to talk like children like-minded groups listen to radio little boy loved ones make lunches meadow might seem doesn't fit us minds were shut missed mistakes moa more conservative more liberal more open lifestyle mostly listening mother close to death mother contracted leukemia my burden is light my yoke is easy never dance again never laugh again never seen you so tight not a day goes by not at ease not doing nothing not married not ordained offering open newspaper open to the voice of God opponents more extreme other losses besides his mother paced back and forth painted painter people like children really rest recreated the world refugees religious leaders remembered care rote rustic same field screens sermon seventh day of creation shared story sharing she insisted shut them out six months old he died so polarized in our country sorted ourselves sources of news spend hours in car starvation stayed strict lifestyle summer survey take children to classes teaches us then God rested theory think about him every day third summer thought about his words threw himself true false question turn TV on turned to infants use the word all war wary we agree with what he would look like now wise and intelligent people with daughter and her family with mother when she died work at home work in the yard you are carrying heavy burdens young parents]
  • Jun 18, 2017Harassed and Helpless
    Jun 18, 2017
    Harassed and Helpless
    Series: (All)
    June 18, 2017. Pastor Penny's message today is about the sense of urgency Jesus had in his mission to bring Good News to those who were harassed and helpless. Who would Jesus see as harassed and helpless today? What would he see in us? We can be good at hiding our problems even though we too suffer, from doubt, guilt, loneliness, or fear. But we don't hide our fears from God. He loves us, just as we are. *** [Keywords: 2017 Adam and Eve Americans Apple Communion Episcopal bishop of South Sudan Father's Day God loves you God loves you as you are God's love alone Gospel He looks at us with compassion He loves us He sees us I will be with you Jesus' message Keith Matthew Papua New Guinea Pastor Penny Holste Romans Western world Wonder Woman movie action figures to play with another kind of a service apostles based on cartoon begging us believing bring message bring on ourselves cancer car accident care about situation carried them through Great Depression carry that message centerpiece of ministry challenges chasubles children church door cleaning job closets full of clothes collecting junk metal come visit us come yourselves computers death and resurrection disciples don't take anything eat what they eat economic system embarrassed enough to protect them eradicate evil everyone else lived in huts everything crashed everything's fine extra clothes failures farmers fear fed people fighting all the way to church forgiving love garages full of cars gathered to be missionaries get that message out give us harassed and helpless hard for us to share hard to be a parent healed people hears can be breaking heart attack hospitalized how do we break through how does she pay the bills however meager in our world today in spite of messiness in the eyes of God income instruction jewel in crown just a thought life after death life after graduation life after retirement lift that burden limited memory liturgy live on verge of financial disaster livelihood living the message they were speaking living with crash ever since loneliness looked out over crowds loss of loved one low paid nearby drug store neighbors next life no education beyond high school occupied off-putting old one for them only nice house in village only one byte our lives never crash our society own religious leaders parents part time people we work with people who are sent out people who come to our door for help person you hope to be person you should be person you want to be power of accompaniment praise and potluck pretty good at pretending refrigerators full of food removed all the guilt ride to grocery store robes saw in their eyes self doubt sense of guilt sense of urgency sermon shoes so many who suffer silently squirrels staff to ward off robbers start another worship service station stay with the people story of the Garden of Eden strange requirements stroke surroundings sustained beyond all hardship taxed heavily teaching temporary blessings the Good News of the kingdom the harvest is ready thoughtful thousand dollars to reach them toddler tomatoes are ripe trust God with our future trusting God for everything two thousand dollars uncomfortable understanding lifestyle urgent value depending on lifestyle very close friends victimized walking alongside way we worship is a little strange we are harassed we don't hide our fears from God we hide our problems we were in good hands what will we do what's going on in lives withheld love of God working poor works two jobs wracked by loneliness]