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]
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  • Mar 18, 2018The Car Stuck In the Mud
    Mar 18, 2018
    The Car Stuck In the Mud
    Series: (All)
    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 11, 2018For God So Loved the World
    Mar 11, 2018
    For God So Loved the World
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    March 11, 2018. It may be the best-known verse in the Bible. "For God so loved the world..." (John 3:16). In his sermon today, Pastor Keith discusses how this verse applies not specifically to us, but to the whole world including us. Jesus calls us to love the world in the same way God does. God loves the world through us. *** [Keywords: 2018 Albert Einstein Christ Christ Lutheran Church Egyptians Exodus For God so loved the world God cares for us God loves me God loves now God loves the world God loves the world through people God loves the world through us God loves us Good News Gospel Greek word Israelites Jesus Jesus lives through us John 3:16 Moses New Testament Original Sin Pastor Keith Holste Red Sea Sunday School adopted other gods all the people in this world all the worlds that we are involved in always ancestors in the desert angry apply to ourselves or people around us as big as the world assurance back in time be God in places where we are best use of past best-known better future world better known in the world better present world bigger than loving you and me brings healing by our love called to love called to share the love of Jesus calls his audience celebrate children of Israel choose to go against God compassion completely selfless condemn the world cosmos creation cross die on a cross disdain do what you want doesn't spell out each one of us earthly time embarrassed ends hate eternity even though it doesn't present itself very well every place every time exceedingly great news faithful ones of God follow him forgot about God formulas forthcoming future get across gift of eternal life great verse of comfort handed down to us healed from deadly snake bites healing and wholeness healthy world help their situation home devotions how God works how we live ignoring God image from their past in the wilderness in time included in that world individuals injustice involved in this plan justice kept fresh in their memories kept the promise life experiences lifted up on a pole live in place live in present live in time live out our mission in time long time ago look at it more closely look back and remember look back to understand present look to past look up looked up looking in faith love and life love equality love our neighbors as ourselves love the world the same way that God does loved by God made a promise make changes make snake out of bronze mercy might be saved mission movements of planets noticing objects in space office on the cross one on one oppression organize other human beings our attachment our care parents part of the restoration of the world passage physicists place to change point to future posters prayed on their behalf predictions prepare ourselves professional football game promised land promises life everlasting reflect God's love reminds us of Good News repeated sake of others same salvation satisfy own desires saved self-centered sermon show the world shown us the way slavery snakebites so that whoever believes in him stationed to be in places ten plagues tendency that God gave his only begotten son time and space time given to us by God timeless timely way two stories connect up on a pole verse very early on in life wants to love warm feeling we happen to be in the world we respond in love we've been forgiven what God had done for them where we are whole Bible whole round ball in space will not perish but will have everlasting life work with others world world is better]
  • 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 18, 2018Times of Testing
    Feb 18, 2018
    Times of Testing
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    February 18, 2018. Lent reminds us that God always draws life from death. In his sermon today, Pastor Keith talks about the times of testing in our lives, just as Jesus was tested in the wilderness and on the cross. Jesus passed those tests, and we can take comfort knowing that he is with us as we endure our own struggles. *** [Keywords: 2018 30s 40 days Adam and Eve Christ Lutheran Church Elijah Gethsemane God always draws life from death God's reign God's rule Great Flood Holy Land I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right James Jesus is tested John John was arrested Judas Kingdom of God has come near Lent reminds us Lenten courage Lenten season Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Maundy Thursday Moses Mount Calvary Mount Transfiguration Noah Now I am afraid Pastor Keith Holste Peter Pharisees Roman authorities Satan TV Winter Olympics against others all that comes together all us sinners angels arrested assignment at our side forever at work and in our life athletes bad style balance baptized begin his ministry believe the Good News bodies and minds bow down bowed over kitchen table called follower of Jesus calls us to embrace can't face it alone challenges children of Israel coming down committed himself to God his father compassion and forgiveness contemplate our mortality contests coward crowds crucified cup of coffee decision descended descended the mountain difficult things ahead of him disappointed disciples doesn't deny our losses dramatic end of my powers endure evil spirits expression of life failed faith falls asleep fast as they can fears began to go garden getting up the mountain goes to Galilee governor hard journey hard practice head in my hands hope that we have been given human plight hung there in our lives in the race in this moment income indulgence injuries journey to Jerusalem jump lead him into temptation living in light looking for leadership love for our family major life tests make time to refocus mentally and spiritually prepare himself ministry most severe test move out of the picture moved forward new life will and can be given by God new trials no guide nothing left on the run one more time opportunities overwhelmed pass life's tests passed his test prayed aloud prepare himself presence of the divine present with Jesus priests promised the grace put on the line quiet assurance ready to face anything ready to give up realistic received the blessing reorganize resurrection rose from the dead route he needed to go route to Calvary scribes seems impossible sent to test sentenced to death sermon service to community skiers snowboarders sobering news and loss soldiers stand up for justice state of exhaustion stay awake suffered God's wrath suffering surrender to God takes on our trespasses teens temple tempt tempted him test tested to make the right decision themselves they too will falter three days later thrown into the wilderness thrown out time is fulfilled time of contest time of testing times of intense struggle tough journey ahead training training for years truth uncertainty disappeared went away to Galilee what he needed to do what we need to do wild beasts winning gold with Jesus who has passed the test with and before God with us work work together wrong decisions]
  • 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]
  • Feb 4, 2018Rest and Renewal
    Feb 4, 2018
    Rest and Renewal
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    February 4, 2018. Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr talks today about the importance of rest and renewal. Just as Jesus knew that he couldn't heal everybody all the time and would seek out a quiet place for prayer, so too we need to remember that if we don't step back sometimes we run the risk of losing our connection with God. *** [Keywords: 2018 23 days in January Christ Lutheran Church Christ the Lord God has given us Gospel Jesus is there Jesus knew Lord's Supper Pastor Tom Schoenherr Rest and Renewal all kinds of problems all of them amazed aren't needed all the time autumn be in the presence of God being abused bless your day breaking down brings demon out can't afford to live can't heal everybody caring for other people centrality of sabbath chained to their beds children and women children killing children come for Jesus to heal them come together community of people conflicts conversation between land and water and the moon could have spent entire ministry being in one place death dealing demons deserted place difficult time dormant times draws us close to him draws us together early in the morning everybody come everyone is searching for you exhale face each day feels good fever for us and for all of those who need healing forgive our sin free them gathers us around the meal get a place to sleep gift of rest and renewal give us his body and blood go back and start healing again go out and come in go out to find Jesus goes to Simon Peter's house growing times has broken down he needs sabbath heady thing healed man possessed by demon healing into the night heart rests between each beat heavy hearts heavy thoughts here to care for us home hurting ignore that rhythm to our danger important that we breathe important to step back in our times of need infection inhale jobs keep in mind lifted out of the tomb lifted up on the cross lifts her up listen to God losing most important connection with God's rest and power lot going on lungs makes a difference in our lives man is healed midst of all the struggle mother-in-law is ill need for connection needs to rest neighbors new surprises night moving into morning not always needed for everything not sent offset our sabbath our time our world people who are broken people who come pray to God praying put an end reach out to us receive the healing remember resurrection retired rhythm to life run the risk school shootings seeking that silent place seniors living in vans and cars sent out into the world separate us from community sermon share she is healed sick sleep sleeping social fabric society spring step away still dark stories we have not shared struggles summer synagogue with disciples take the time to go to a place to listen takes her hand talk with God talks to Jesus tempted thinking we really are important tides time for prayer to pray troubles twice wake up waking we come here we don't stand up we had no idea we have forgotten we need to remember we really need you we so desperately need we're not aware whole town is gathered around door winter work your week]
  • 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]
  • Jan 14, 2018Coming to Faith
    Jan 14, 2018
    Coming to Faith
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    January 14, 2018. Pastor Keith preaches on Jesus' followers Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael, and the organic way Christians come together and stay together in the faith. *** [Keywords: 2018 Andrew Christ Lutheran Church Epiphany Gospel Gospel writer of John I am here taking a stand Jacob changed name John the Baptist Martin Luther King Jr. Nathanael Nazareth Pastor Keith Holste Peter Philip Stride Toward Freedom book Syria adult in the faith alternative appearing a coward appreciate baptized as a child be firm about be firm in the faith becomes reality being in relationship with God best news they know body of people borderland boyhood home bring God's goodness to the world brother build up one another call of Jesus can't face it alone changes his attitude church clear away the things that get in the way closer closer to home clutter in our minds come and see him too come together comes to faith coming to faith contemplating corrupt religious center courage had gone creating a new Israel cup of coffee sitting untouched decides to go to Galilee different kind of direction different personality different perspective different way of life difficulty dynamic easier it is edified by one another education encouraged to know espouses purity of heart experienced presence of the divine eyes of faith faith has helped us faith is shaped family background far away from power center fears began to go fig tree find out too find resources followers of Jesus four men talking together from another angle gathering of these people get further away from the authorities given by God good word of Jesus great things God does in our world grew up grow in the faith grow the faith growing into it hands minds hearts open he was someone special head in hands hearing about it hears the call of Jesus here's an Israelite in whom there is no deceit holiday weekend hubbub of Temple in a dream in home informally inner voice interesting experience intrigued by Jesus invite others invited to church invites others to come just getting acquainted killed near Jerusalem king of Israel kitchen table live it out in our lives lives looking to me for leadership means gift of God meditation meet the challenges model of faith money move out of the picture named had changed nature nearby town of Bethsaida need strength new believer new creation of Israel new kind of faith no one right place where truth is found not alone not friendly to religion or Christianity nothing left noticed under the tree observe those who have struggled older person one reaches another one tells another ongoing involved process open ourselves organic activity our faith is with us passions pick him out from the crowd picture of faith power power to change lives practiced in Jerusalem prayed to God preaching against the establishment precious thing prestige previous prejudices private meditation privilege process proclaimed qualities quality of life quiet quiet place of nature rabbi ready to be converted ready to face anything ready to give up ready to let go receives his faith as a gift reminder reputation and power resists invitation responsive right roots safer place to be saw angels ascending and descending say what I need to say see clearly seen under a tree sermon share feelings share thoughts showing forth of God snapped into focus snippet son of God speaks of goodness springing up stand up for justice start his ministry stay together staying with faith study study groups survived hard times sustained take problem to God tell me about how you see him in your life tells different truth they too will falter those in authority thoughts times of challenge traditional faith capital trickery truth turn off his filters twists and turns two people follow him uncertainty disappeared understand understanding our faith very different from traditional religion vision in the kitchen vivid in my memory wasn't eager at all way with people of Jesus ways of contemplation what I believe is right what our faith means what this Jesus means to us what turned Nathanael without strength and courage witness wonderful vision workplace worship]