Nov 26, 2017
Jesus is the Judge
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November 26, 2017. In the story of the Sheep and the Goats from Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus divides people into "sheep" who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and "goats" who are sent to eternal damnation, according to how they treated one another. But who are we in the story? Pastor Penny preaches on this text, what we can learn from it, and how important it is to Jesus that we live lives of love. *** [Keywords: 2017 4 year old Norah 81 year old Dan Christ Lutheran Church Christians Episcopal church God is Greek word ethnos I know him Jesus devoted his life Jesus is the judge Jesus suffered with them Jews Judgment of the Nations Kansas City Community Kitchen Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew's community Pastor Penny Holste Room at the Inn Ten Commandments The Sheep and the Goats Toastmasters club arrogant at table award prizes bags of groceries barely got out become part of family befriend stranger behind face believability certain challenge of beginning dating scene as senior citizen change had happened changed its format chefs closely Jesus identifies with us clothing come and visit comfort conversation ensued could we be the goats courage criteria culinary training program decision depressed disagree politically disciples would be hated dissolving divides them don't need to worry dramatic flair drivers license earn eternal life end of our lives end of the world even nonbelievers family car feeding felt lost find out phone number of Dan flock food friend had won first place gathering the nations gathers people together gave his life gentiles give money to the poor go and sell everything you have go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations good news proclaimed to whole world grocery shopping had been homeless in past hair cut happy to be alive healing healthy trees hello older person help people help people less fortunate how old are you how people treated one another how serious Jesus is hugging Dan humorous speech identify with them important to Jesus impress her mother in his glory invite people to come sit down it's my birthday today judges knew nothing about skiing learned two things least of these let him down like restaurant list little girl named Norah Wood live lives of love look into hearts of people lost wife of many years man named Dan Peterson members of my family mom Tara mother Tara neither sheep nor goats neither were believers new model no uncertain terms non-Christians not smile since wife died not so different not that different not trying to earn not very downtrodden in this community often poor options on menu parable parts of story people on fringes people who were not us people with low incomes perform persecuted photograph posted picture on facebook praises predictable predicted preserves dignity produce department produce healthy fruit protective instincts punishments and rewards quiet room reason for suffering relieve suffering responsible rich young ruler savior who loves us scene of end of the world selfish sensed magical time moment sent them to eternal damnation sermon serve the homeless servers severity shaved sheep and goats sheep were naturally helpful shepherd should be left to God speech contest started pouring story story in news stubborn surprising surprising thought take risk teenager tensely waiting for verdict this man was really lonely timing to you I give the kingdom took some courage treated one another trying to impress man verdict volunteer waiters waiting walked off sadly wanted to date wasn't her car way we treat one another we are not the judges we are the least of these we didn't see you we would be with him forever well hello little girl went to store weren't counting costs what must I do to inherit when I needed it when Jesus comes back when they suffered when we suffer he suffers when you turned your back whenever you did it to the least of these who are we who are we in this story woman responded word nations would be punished written for them you can talk with these people you did it to me you failed you have won eternal life]
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  • Nov 26, 2017Jesus is the Judge
    Nov 26, 2017
    Jesus is the Judge
    Series: (All)
    November 26, 2017. In the story of the Sheep and the Goats from Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus divides people into "sheep" who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and "goats" who are sent to eternal damnation, according to how they treated one another. But who are we in the story? Pastor Penny preaches on this text, what we can learn from it, and how important it is to Jesus that we live lives of love. *** [Keywords: 2017 4 year old Norah 81 year old Dan Christ Lutheran Church Christians Episcopal church God is Greek word ethnos I know him Jesus devoted his life Jesus is the judge Jesus suffered with them Jews Judgment of the Nations Kansas City Community Kitchen Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew's community Pastor Penny Holste Room at the Inn Ten Commandments The Sheep and the Goats Toastmasters club arrogant at table award prizes bags of groceries barely got out become part of family befriend stranger behind face believability certain challenge of beginning dating scene as senior citizen change had happened changed its format chefs closely Jesus identifies with us clothing come and visit comfort conversation ensued could we be the goats courage criteria culinary training program decision depressed disagree politically disciples would be hated dissolving divides them don't need to worry dramatic flair drivers license earn eternal life end of our lives end of the world even nonbelievers family car feeding felt lost find out phone number of Dan flock food friend had won first place gathering the nations gathers people together gave his life gentiles give money to the poor go and sell everything you have go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations good news proclaimed to whole world grocery shopping had been homeless in past hair cut happy to be alive healing healthy trees hello older person help people help people less fortunate how old are you how people treated one another how serious Jesus is hugging Dan humorous speech identify with them important to Jesus impress her mother in his glory invite people to come sit down it's my birthday today judges knew nothing about skiing learned two things least of these let him down like restaurant list little girl named Norah Wood live lives of love look into hearts of people lost wife of many years man named Dan Peterson members of my family mom Tara mother Tara neither sheep nor goats neither were believers new model no uncertain terms non-Christians not smile since wife died not so different not that different not trying to earn not very downtrodden in this community often poor options on menu parable parts of story people on fringes people who were not us people with low incomes perform persecuted photograph posted picture on facebook praises predictable predicted preserves dignity produce department produce healthy fruit protective instincts punishments and rewards quiet room reason for suffering relieve suffering responsible rich young ruler savior who loves us scene of end of the world selfish sensed magical time moment sent them to eternal damnation sermon serve the homeless servers severity shaved sheep and goats sheep were naturally helpful shepherd should be left to God speech contest started pouring story story in news stubborn surprising surprising thought take risk teenager tensely waiting for verdict this man was really lonely timing to you I give the kingdom took some courage treated one another trying to impress man verdict volunteer waiters waiting walked off sadly wanted to date wasn't her car way we treat one another we are not the judges we are the least of these we didn't see you we would be with him forever well hello little girl went to store weren't counting costs what must I do to inherit when I needed it when Jesus comes back when they suffered when we suffer he suffers when you turned your back whenever you did it to the least of these who are we who are we in this story woman responded word nations would be punished written for them you can talk with these people you did it to me you failed you have won eternal life]
  • Nov 12, 2017Exercising Our Relationship With God
    Nov 12, 2017
    Exercising Our Relationship With God
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    November 12, 2017. Would Jesus recognize us if we walked away from him? Today is Confirmation Sunday, and in her sermon Pastor Penny shares excerpts from the confirmands' essays on how we can exercise our relationship with God, how we can use every means given us to make sure God knows us. *** [Keywords: 15 years 2000 years later 2017 APA Alex Cramer Alex Hill Bible Calvin Ciorba Christ Lutheran Church Confirmation David Feed My Starving Children Florida God knows us God loves us in spite of our sin God will be with them God's idea to have relationship with us His loving arms Holy Communion I don't do a lot with my money I don't know you Jesus' return Juno Matthew 25:10-13 Paige Lauer Pastor Penny Holste Psalms Puerto Rico QT Room at the Inn Sunday morning Texas active adopted stray cat age out of foster care system angry prayers animal protection back on the path backpack baptized as infants baseball be a light to the world beautiful coat of Angora and calico fur becoming a teacher been disappointed biked past drug store body and blood of Christ body is a gift book of Matthew bridegroom bridesmaids build closeness bullied bullying camping chocolates or candle climbing come into Kingdom of Heaven come to church concern confirmands' essays courage to move forward cramped detour to QuikTrip didn't bring extra oil didn't recognize them direction disappointed by ourselves doesn't recognize us don't understand us door was shut drawing us down early Christians end of the world every means we can excerpts exercise our relationship with God exercising faith affects family connections family of Christ far away fishing forgotten to get present found nice home friends playing basketball fun times with family gave kitten to each of their friends get better get stronger gift he wanted girls in story gives us strength and courage good thing to remember grow up had saved her life healthy help bring them back up help next generation hiking homeless honest with my family hopped on his bike house was dark how important it was how to use these gifts hurricanes impacted my decisions and thoughts included a light judge keep it stronger kept the mother kittens knew he was late knocked on door know God and be known by God leave us without guilt let us come in like-minded individuals long checkout line love of God is light in our lives many church events together maybe got distracted members' parties mission trips with the church most Sundays mother's surprise birthday party my brother's birthday my family bonds through the church new cat no longer recognizes us as children of God not God's plan not thinking of Jesus coming this moment nurtured her for years older kids one and holy purpose our most precious possession out to eat parable party started pedaled fast people we love person represents Jesus pets don't recognize us physical problem promises of God raking leaves read and hear words of Scripture receive touch of Jesus recognize them as children of God reflected relationship as a gift relationship with God through Jesus Christ return sacrifice scrawny alley cat sermon service service to others sin skinny cat soccer someone we feel should know us somewhat repay Jesus sorry you missed the party spent all money saved up spills over into our lives sports story as a warning swimming take them into his kingdom tender care thanksgiving they meant well they were hurt things are hard those who do the will of my Father time we're able to hang out times when we need him together at same place doing same thing took them to vet traditional treat others trust me waiting for Jesus to show up walked farther away from Jesus wanted a pet way I pray we know God we love we pray went to store what if Jesus doesn't recognize us here when I start making money words to deal with it work overwhelming writes]
  • Nov 5, 2017The Communion of Saints
    Nov 5, 2017
    The Communion of Saints
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    November 5, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches this All Saints' Day on the Beatitudes, what it means to be blessed, and what makes a saint. We think of saints as famous Christians who have gone before us. But we too are saints. And not by ourselves. We are a community of saints, part of the body of Christ. *** [Keywords: 2017 All Saints' Day Beatitudes Christ Lutheran Church Holy Communion I have died and risen to make you my own Kahlie McCarty Matthew 5:1-12 New York City Pastor Penny Holste absent members of defeated team all our blessings angry another body apology after speech approved of by God as we are changed auditorium ball team baseball batter up be a blessing to the world be peacemakers been given another body beggar on the bus being asked to look at things entirely differently blessed are the meek blessed are the poor in spirit blessed are those who are in mourning blessed are those who are so hungry to be treated justly body of Christ born to be loving bus called to be saints in a community catcher celebrating center fielder didn't show up at all certainly have bodies children's message come together communion of saints community of saints decision to get a new pitcher describe the life of a saint describing what a saint looks like do what is right don't give honor to the poor don't you have any respect for your faith leaders empty seat experience honor of God failed to come to game family famous famous Christians famous lecturer feel afraid feel misunderstood feel sad fielders first group of people food on our plates friends front row fulfill game announced get up give us strength given a body glove glowered gone before us hard to be a saint hard to understand hear the word of God here to remember highly respected Rabbi holy how honorable how honored are loved ones modern day parable money to spend on fun things mortified need help need strength from each other nobody none of this is easy not meant to be saints by ourselves old Jewish story older oldest of us one person doesn't make a saint one player doesn't make the team overloaded with work part of the body of Christ people in his day would have thought people without a body we can touch and feel pitch the ball hope for best pitcher went to mound places were empty podium poor person powerful pretty hard to understand probably smelled proof of God's approval reason for hope receive Christ recognize him rich rich person saint second body second set of Beatitudes sermon shortstop show mercy sit by this person society someone who is set apart strange people such bad shape take insults team had lost teammates there in spirit third baseman torn clothes try on our own umpire understood unjustly uses word differently visitors in stands we are saints we become the blessing we blame the wrong person we have so many blessings we will be different where Jesus promises to meet us who won the skeleton beauty contest willingly witness of saints you didn't insult me you don't have to apologize to me you insulted the poor]
  • Oct 22, 2017Render Unto Caesar
    Oct 22, 2017
    Render Unto Caesar
    Series: (All)
    October 22, 2017. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Pastor Penny discusses Matthew 22:15-22. The Pharisees and Herodians team up to try to trick Jesus, but he surprises them with his answer: “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (NRSV). What should we think about the separation of faith and politics today? How should we treat those with whom we disagree politically? *** [Keywords: 2017 Act 1: The Trap Act 2: The Escape Act 3: The Dilemma Act 4: The Resolution African Americans August son of the divine Augustus Bible Caesar Christ Lutheran Church Christian missionaries Give to the emperor that which belongs to the emperor God sees us Greek word for actor Herodians Imperial Tax Jewish King James version Matthew 22:15-22 Old Testament Pastor Penny Holste Pharisees Psalm 24 verse 1 Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's Roman Empire Tiberius Unto God that which is God's act in a play admit against God's law against Roman Empire amazed ancient times anger approach him approving things ask God's forgiveness awful coins baptized men in river battle ensued be his friend be more caring become someone you are not blood of Jesus' sacrifice bring me a coin can't separate the two claiming Roman emperor was God come to Jesus converted costume could get in trouble criticizes them deep connection destroy enemies didn't want tax disparage every action don't pay the Romans eikon engraving every action taken to honor God everyone paid far deeper way father and son feelings fight figure them out flat tax flatter fought war to keep them enslaved four acts further oppress them grab sword graven image had his own protest hadn't seen this one coming happy to see opposing political party insulted have this special connection to God head of the emperor held them down high priest hold one arm up in air honoring himself how can we not try to understand hypocrites icon idol image of God impartial in favor of Herod just politics justice knife in his back lens let us make humankind in our image look at that face love and care for each other makeup making the point man in charge of Roman Empire money mother and daughter not that we look like or act like God not to pray opposed to Jesus our political opponents overthrew tables of money changers paying the tax place that is more caring political decisions have to be struggled with political opinions we cannot stand political party politics poll-tax powerful to forgive and change pretending to flatter him pretty simple really puppet king question religion responsibility righteous people same deep connection with each other same word say something against Jesus saying things doing things they don't agree with see eye to eye separation of faith and politics sermon should we pay taxes to the emperor should you pay taxes shouldn't you pay taxes sixth day of creation society something wrong or unjust sometimes we are like the Pharisees statues of Confederate soldiers stopped commerce strange thing to do supported Empire surprised suspect every motive take off that costume tendency to be like the Pharisees the enemy of my enemy is my friend the rest of us the two do not meet this arm was not baptized threatened popularity and power through the eyes to God that which belongs to God to trap him turn their backs on Jesus two groups came together uncomfortable under big umbrella of our faith understand unjustly unpopular idea using temple values as a Christian values of our faith walk off want to silence warlike Gauls waters of baptism we know you teach the truth went into temple what did you just say whole earth is the Lord's and everything in it whose image is this whose inscription wig yes you should pay the tax]
  • Oct 15, 2017Are We Missing the Party?
    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]
  • 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]