Jan 3, 2016
New Beginnings
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January 3, 2016. A new year is a time for new beginnings. We make resolutions -- to have better behavior, to lead a healthier lifestyle. It's a time to start over. Pastor Keith preaches on how Jesus coming into the world was a new beginning too, and how this is relevant to our world today. We may not be optimistic in the new year, given the terrorist attacks, refugee crisis, racial violence, floods, and other struggles we've faced in the past year. But we're reminded again of God's love for us, and how his word is stronger. *** [Keywords: Cana Garden of Eden Genesis God created the heavens and the earth God is still speaking... God's thorough love for us Gospel Happy New Year In the beginning was the word Jesus John Lazarus Leah Elise New Beginnings Pastor Keith Holste Red Sea Tower of Babel UCC baptism font became flesh better behavior brunt communication creation cross daunting died for us dwelt among us eighth sign empty tomb faith floods goodness grace healing healthier lifestyle history human sinful tendency humanity incarnate inheritance living promise mystical hope new ministry new promise optimistic racial violence radio signals refugee crisis relevance resolutions restoring life resurrection seven signs sign of life start over starting over stronger terrorist attacks water water into wine]
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  • Jan 3, 2016New Beginnings
    Jan 3, 2016
    New Beginnings
    Series: (All)
    January 3, 2016. A new year is a time for new beginnings. We make resolutions -- to have better behavior, to lead a healthier lifestyle. It's a time to start over. Pastor Keith preaches on how Jesus coming into the world was a new beginning too, and how this is relevant to our world today. We may not be optimistic in the new year, given the terrorist attacks, refugee crisis, racial violence, floods, and other struggles we've faced in the past year. But we're reminded again of God's love for us, and how his word is stronger. *** [Keywords: Cana Garden of Eden Genesis God created the heavens and the earth God is still speaking... God's thorough love for us Gospel Happy New Year In the beginning was the word Jesus John Lazarus Leah Elise New Beginnings Pastor Keith Holste Red Sea Tower of Babel UCC baptism font became flesh better behavior brunt communication creation cross daunting died for us dwelt among us eighth sign empty tomb faith floods goodness grace healing healthier lifestyle history human sinful tendency humanity incarnate inheritance living promise mystical hope new ministry new promise optimistic racial violence radio signals refugee crisis relevance resolutions restoring life resurrection seven signs sign of life start over starting over stronger terrorist attacks water water into wine]
  • Dec 27, 2015Being About the Father’s Business
    Dec 27, 2015
    Being About the Father’s Business
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    Pastor Keith, December 27, 2015
  • Dec 24, 2015Breaking In
    Dec 24, 2015
    Breaking In
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    Pastor Penny, December 24, 2015
  • Dec 23, 2015The Promise of Micah
    Dec 23, 2015
    The Promise of Micah
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    December 23, 2015. On this last Wednesday of Advent before Christmas, Pastor Keith preaches on the promise of Micah. Micah lived in a time similar to ours in some ways, with love of money, corruption, scandals, and fear running rampant. But then he prophesied that a new ruler would arise from Bethlehem and be a person of peace, unlike the military leader the people expected. God delights in doing what's not expected. We should be prepared to be surprised. *** [Keywords: Abraham Advent Mid-Week Service Assyrians Bethlehem Christmas David God's covenant Herod Isaac Isaiah Israel Jesus Joseph Judah Mary Micah 5 Nazareth New Testament Old Testament Pastor Keith Holste Samaritans Samuel Sarah Syria barter cash for goods clan of Ephrathah corruption countryside eternal everlasting expected fear fragility gentile government leaders he who laughs hill town intermarried king lowly occupations military leader money nations new economy new ruler not always predictable occupied oracle people will dwell secure perpetual fear person of peace playing a joke princess promise of Micah prophecy prophesied scandals sex abuse shepherd small town surprised surprising terror village girl what's not expected yearn for security]
  • Dec 9, 2015The Messenger
    Dec 9, 2015
    The Messenger
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    Pastor Keith, December 9, 2015
  • Dec 6, 2015Advent Preparation
    Dec 6, 2015
    Advent Preparation
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    Pastor Keith, December 6, 2015
  • Nov 29, 2015Joy Amidst Distress
    Nov 29, 2015
    Joy Amidst Distress
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    Pastor Penny, November 29, 2015
  • Nov 22, 2015Look for the Good, Overlook the Bad
    Nov 22, 2015
    Look for the Good, Overlook the Bad
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    Pastor Penny, November 22, 2015
  • Nov 11, 2015What is the World Coming To?
    Nov 11, 2015
    What is the World Coming To?
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    November 11, 2015. What is the world coming to? With the tragedy in Paris and the events at the University of Missouri, we are reminded that the world is a volatile place. It has been suggested that Western civilization runs in 500-year cycles. Martin Luther's world of 500 years ago was in a great upheaval too. He had deep questions about his life, but he began each day by remembering that he was a baptized child of God. He remembered to whom he belonged. What is our world coming to? Pastor Keith preaches that maybe that isn't as important for us as remembering who we are, and whose we are. *** [Keywords: 500-year cycles 9/11 Andrew Babylon Bible writers Book of Daniel Egyptians Gospel of Mark Great Depression Greeks Herod's court I have called you by name you are mine Israel James Jerusalem Jesus Jews John Martin Luther Mount Calvary Mount of Olives Old Testament Pastor Keith Holste Pentagon Peter Phyllis Tickle Romans September 11 Syria Syrians University of Missouri Veterans Day Wailing Wall Western civilization World Trade Center apocalyptic literature assassinations baptized child of God birth pangs birthing process bonds bust of emperor Caligula captive captors children of Israel code language country boy disciples electronic communications enemies famines financial market collapse government great upheaval human genome investments killings in Paris mosque painful peasant revolts permanent printing press property rebellious regime science security stable stocks storms symbols temple temple stones theological to whom he belonged toppled tragedy universe unrest volatile wars weak nation what is the world coming to whose we are]
  • Nov 1, 2015Victory Over Death
    Nov 1, 2015
    Victory Over Death
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    November 1, 2015. The message on this All Saints' Day features a skit by Mike Hoyer and Larry Neeb as Eli and Lazarus, respectively. Pastor Penny then preaches on the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, and reminds us that because of our baptism we no longer need to fear death. *** [Keywords: All Saints' Day Always go to other people's funerals otherwise they won't come to yours Child of God come out Eli God hurts for us God is not distant God is not passive Jesus began to cry Jesus wept John 11:35 King James Larry Neeb Lazarus come out Lazarus the one you love is sick Come Martha Mary Mike Hoyer Open the tomb Pastor Penny Romans 6 Unbind him and let him go alarm clock anger ashes back from the dead bound by death braver bucket list buried cave celebrate columbarium conquered death controlled by death crazed with grief drowned fear death give thanks great powers healings horrible live life to the hilt martyrs memorial stones mentally fit not afraid old baptismal font outrun death outsmart death painful physically fit possessions promise prophet raise us up raising resurrection sad shadow of death sick skit surrounded by death terrified tomb tyranny of death victorious over death we are one wise teacher]