Apr 23, 2017
By the Witness
Series: (All)
April 23, 2017. Pastor Keith preaches during this season of Easter on trusting the good news. When Jesus appeared to his disciples after the resurrection, he offered them peace and forgiveness, and gave them the power to forgive others in his name. Only a limited number of people saw the risen Christ, but millions have since come to believe. They have come to the faith not by proofs, but by the witness of those who trust in Jesus. *** [Keywords: Christ candle Christians Easter vigil God's church Gospel of John Greek word pistos Holy Spirit I am your way out I can observe I stand on this India Jesus brings life Jesus comes to us Jesus takes forward step John the writer Keith Holste Messiah Pastor Pentecost abuse and sin of world afraid of Jewish authorities after Jesus dies after the resurrection alive again all who believe argument articles of faith associate word believe assurance we need baptized people barricades bear that light of Christ behind closed doors believe word bodily book of signs brain matter breathe on us his breath breathes on them by the witness calls us to believe came to believe cerebral challenge to believe close the door cognitive brain come in my name come to faith coming to faith communities of people confront things that are hard corwardly creeds denying died on a cross different directions different sects difficult times disciples divine authority divisions in church earth elements of baptism erect escape rooms faith is possible fear factors fearfulness first Century first and second Sunday follow through with whole body font forgive others in his name forgiven before God forgiveness abound forgives them from the dead gathered in fear get out of here gift of baptism give up ourselves go tell the world about me good news of resurrection grieving groups hands with scars have life abundantly healed person hearing the words hearts hide history how to get out how we live our lives in the head in the mind interjects is this really the same person keep trouble away latitude life in his name life love serve in the name of Jesus limited number of people locked in locked or small space logical proofs looming problem lots of faith lots of ways people come to the faith made water into wine many new churches mentally convinced millions of people mind modern age more than evidence my lord and my god nails needed to be forgiven not by proofs not so sure observe offers his hands offers them peace out into world peace be with you peace be with you peace of mind peace with others physical evidence physical proof power of God proved the message of John provides life questions raised Lazarus recreation restoration resurrected Jesus risen Christ risen body of Jesus rose from the dead run away running away sacrifice safe rooms say the right words science guy season of Easter see his wounds self made prisions sermon seven signs shown to world shut the door sinfully sins and troubles of world something we can touch son of God stood among them story of Thomas strong supporter of Jesus suffered and died support take up arms to defend Jesus these things are written things we're afraid of through believing through wall of the room total peace touch his wounds translate trouble believing trust in him truth unfaithful things water of baptism we can receive wedding whole self wholeness whose we are will not be kept out won't believe words and testimony of believing Christians work of God wounds in your side and hands 40 days 2017]
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  • Apr 23, 2017By the Witness
    Apr 23, 2017
    By the Witness
    Series: (All)
    April 23, 2017. Pastor Keith preaches during this season of Easter on trusting the good news. When Jesus appeared to his disciples after the resurrection, he offered them peace and forgiveness, and gave them the power to forgive others in his name. Only a limited number of people saw the risen Christ, but millions have since come to believe. They have come to the faith not by proofs, but by the witness of those who trust in Jesus. *** [Keywords: Christ candle Christians Easter vigil God's church Gospel of John Greek word pistos Holy Spirit I am your way out I can observe I stand on this India Jesus brings life Jesus comes to us Jesus takes forward step John the writer Keith Holste Messiah Pastor Pentecost abuse and sin of world afraid of Jewish authorities after Jesus dies after the resurrection alive again all who believe argument articles of faith associate word believe assurance we need baptized people barricades bear that light of Christ behind closed doors believe word bodily book of signs brain matter breathe on us his breath breathes on them by the witness calls us to believe came to believe cerebral challenge to believe close the door cognitive brain come in my name come to faith coming to faith communities of people confront things that are hard corwardly creeds denying died on a cross different directions different sects difficult times disciples divine authority divisions in church earth elements of baptism erect escape rooms faith is possible fear factors fearfulness first Century first and second Sunday follow through with whole body font forgive others in his name forgiven before God forgiveness abound forgives them from the dead gathered in fear get out of here gift of baptism give up ourselves go tell the world about me good news of resurrection grieving groups hands with scars have life abundantly healed person hearing the words hearts hide history how to get out how we live our lives in the head in the mind interjects is this really the same person keep trouble away latitude life in his name life love serve in the name of Jesus limited number of people locked in locked or small space logical proofs looming problem lots of faith lots of ways people come to the faith made water into wine many new churches mentally convinced millions of people mind modern age more than evidence my lord and my god nails needed to be forgiven not by proofs not so sure observe offers his hands offers them peace out into world peace be with you peace be with you peace of mind peace with others physical evidence physical proof power of God proved the message of John provides life questions raised Lazarus recreation restoration resurrected Jesus risen Christ risen body of Jesus rose from the dead run away running away sacrifice safe rooms say the right words science guy season of Easter see his wounds self made prisions sermon seven signs shown to world shut the door sinfully sins and troubles of world something we can touch son of God stood among them story of Thomas strong supporter of Jesus suffered and died support take up arms to defend Jesus these things are written things we're afraid of through believing through wall of the room total peace touch his wounds translate trouble believing trust in him truth unfaithful things water of baptism we can receive wedding whole self wholeness whose we are will not be kept out won't believe words and testimony of believing Christians work of God wounds in your side and hands 40 days 2017]
  • Apr 2, 2017Resurrection Sightings
    Apr 2, 2017
    Resurrection Sightings
    Series: (All)
    April 2, 2017. Jesus tells us that the new life he brings is something not just to be believed in or confessed, but to be experienced. Where have we seen new life in Jesus around us? Pastor Keith preaches on how the story of Jesus giving new life to Lazarus is central to the Gospel of John. This word of life, this resurrection sighting, was an organizing principle for the early Christians. How do our lives today hinge on this Jesus who gives new life? *** [Keywords: Apostles Creed Bethany Capernaum God active in lives God sightings Holy Spirit I know that my brother will rise again in the resurrection on the last day If you'd been here Lord Lazarus would not have died Jesus one who brings life Jesus raised Lazarus from dead John 11:1-53 Lazarus come out Lord's meal Martha Nazareth River Jordan Romans destroy buildings Romans in control able to live it accept new life after life ambiguous promise answer in sensitive ways assistance band of people baptism be asked tough questions believe in him better for one man to die than for the nation to be destroyed book of John bread and wine break forth called us to new life came out can't be comprehended challenge for us cherish company of fellow resurrected ones choice for Jesus was risky confessing her faith confession of faith conversation core of Martha's confession couple miles from Jerusalem creative creed deed disciples does our life hinge on this Jesus early Christians early Christians early days of ministry encouragement every day everything changes exile from Romans final commitment to go to the cross first communion freed by Jesus gives us in Christ giving of life to Lazarus go unbind him and let him go governmental authorities groups hard work living resurrected lives have and enjoy headed for Jerusalem hesitates to go high priest illegal faith in hiding on island of Patmos in our worlds in the middle individuals join this fellowship key thing to know last days leadership left-brained life is bound in world literature interpreted by Jews live by his command live in new way live out lives lived out in present lives in danger lives unbound living our lives in faith logical statements of faith man born blind middle main thing middle of John's Gospel model Christian most important place movements near to the Lord new place in life not easy work to do not freely and fully not neutral thing nourishment one coming into world our organizing principle for life outright summary confession performing miracles phenomenal thing physical mental economic conditions places they would go position in life prayed predicament preferred spiritual modes prefers things the way they are process of arresting Jesus promise to us provoking action and comment put to death raised from the dead real relationship with God received new life religious authorities resist changes resistance resistance all around response plot to kill him resurrection experience resurrection moment resurrection sightings right-brained risky place to be risky times rose from the tomb sanctuary or safety sermon seven new young children seventh sign sharing Lord's risen presence sister Mary sit by his side small or large something to experience something we confess in creeds son of God starts already status quo stay and be obvious stay and be quiet strenghtening take steps theological explanations theory those who were hearing through her tears to be believed in unbound us we might have life whole writing will we remain firm in our faith willing to die for our sake woman at the well word of life words and actions written between years 80 and 100 yes Lord I believe you are the Messiah]
  • Mar 12, 2017No Ordinary Gift
    Mar 12, 2017
    No Ordinary Gift
    Series: (All)
    March 12, 2017. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life" (John 3:16 NRSV). This is many people's favorite verse in the Bible. Pastor Keith discusses the text, and how Martin Luther struggled with it as a young man until he had the idea that God's love is a gift to be received rather than a reward to be earned. *** [Keywords: Abraham Christians Christmas For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life God's grace God's perfect action of love and forgiveness God's pure love God's pure love for us Gospel Heaven Holy Spirit Jesus was God's good gift John 3:16 Martin Luther Nicodemus Pastor Keith Holste Paul Romans accepting act of faith at great cost to God attempt to grow in quality of love babies baby has not done anything benefits of Jesus billboards cash check central church completely convicted by sin covered us into eternity die for sake of the world direction earn God's favor earn what we get escape from sin eternal life faith and promise relationship fallback position favorite Bible verse favorite lessons favorite passage flipped upside down freely fruits of faith games gift becomes ours gift of Christ child gift of salvation gift to be received gift wrapping give his life give us the kingdom glory and praise go to God human activity human brain human conditions humanity imperfection important lessons infant baptism keeping certain rules large check thousands of dollars message of grace money behind check to cover it more votes never escape no ordinary gift nothing is free offered to us other religions physical health received into the presence of God receiving gift relationship with God relieved resurrection reward to be earned righteousness sake of the world salvation comes by believing promise saved by his faith saved the world send the very best signs similar cycles simply by believing promise slow to understand such good news taken as faith thinking good thoughts tormented trying to please God very costly why we call ourselves Lutheran wonderful gift wonderful thing Jesus has promised worthy of receiving young man]
  • Feb 12, 2017Righteousness
    Feb 12, 2017
    Righteousness
    Series: (All)
    February 12, 2017. In Matthew 5:20-37, Jesus warns us that we cannot enter the kingdom of God unless we exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. Pastor Keith talks about how righteousness isn't just about adding up all the right actions, but about being in right relationships -- with God, with those we love, and within the Christian community. Righteousness was a difficult concept for Martin Luther until he realized that God has already done everything so that we can be in perfect relationship. When we come to God every week, he helps us avoid temptation, to reconcile, and to make peace. *** [Keywords: 613 extra laws Christian community Good Jewish person Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach Martin Luther Matthew 5:20-37 Old English Pastor Keith Holste Paul Peter Steinke adding up adultery already done anxious back to the old ways build them up by God in Christ cannot enter kingdom of Heaven commit condemning confessional booth crazy cymbal crash damaged his health desires difficult enthusiasm evaluate ever be saved every little bit of the law exceed the righteousness expectation fear fearful felt convicted forgiving love of God get to do gong good meal good word happiness have to do heal wounds in our minds individualism innately inner motives keeping Jewish faith little Christs little rules love loving make peace manageable size marriage maybe that's enough mitzvot money not given in love monk naturally flow noises without meaning not just actions offering oneness outward focus perfect relationship placate psychologist pull into themselves reconcile reconciliation redeemed by God restoring faith right relationships right way right wise rights and wrongs rule book scribes and Pharisees self-centered shrink law sloppy small scale steal step back strengthened stress study of scripture temptations tribalism unnerving up at night wander off words and actions world wrong direction]
  • Jan 22, 2017Mending Our Nets
    Jan 22, 2017
    Mending Our Nets
    Series: (All)
    January 22, 2017. Today we hear from the Gospel of Matthew. In the beginning of Jesus' ministry, he picks up John the Baptist's message of repentance, going around telling people about a new way to live. He convinces Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew, who were suffering under the thumb of the Roman government, to leave their fishing nets and follow him. Pastor Keith reminds us that while government is a gift, our ultimate allegiance is not to government but to our Lord, who comes to us with good news and a new way to order things. *** [Keywords: Andrew Capernaum Gentiles God's benevolent style Greece Herod James Jesus John John the Baptist Joseph Mary Matthew Nazareth Pastor Keith Persia Roman Sea of Galilee Simon called Peter abundance allegiance daily bread democracy disease empire of God fishermen fishing follow me frayed good news government healing healthcare inauguration mending ministry mixed-race nets new economy new way to live politics refugees repentance scarcity separation sickness taxing center trading route wellness wise men]
  • Nov 27, 2016Watching and Waiting
    Nov 27, 2016
    Watching and Waiting
    Series: (All)
    November 27, 2016. During this holiday shopping season, it can be difficult for us to wait for the hot sale. Waiting is hard. Christians have been waiting for the return of Jesus for a long time, even though we've always thought it would be any day now. In the gospel we are commanded to keep watch, for we do not know the hour of Jesus' return. If we do not keep watch, if we allow ourselves to become distracted, we might miss the voice of Jesus even if he calls us by name. In Pastor Keith's sermon today, he asks how can we do this? How can we live in the mean time, and still be ready for the end time? *** [Keywords: Abraham Abram Barabbas Black Friday Egyptians God sightings Hagar King Saul Martin Luther Matthew 24:37-44 Noah Romans Second Coming Side x Side Creative Syrians Thanksgiving asleep community distracted distraction end time impatient instant gratification keep watch mean time one taken one not pairs of people patience remarriage return sale shopping side by side unexpected hour waiting watchful watching]
  • Nov 6, 2016Blessed to Be a Blessing
    Nov 6, 2016
    Blessed to Be a Blessing
    Series: (All)
    November 6, 2016. Pastor Keith preaches on the Beatitudes from Luke 6:20-22, in which Jesus tells us both who is blessed and what is expected of them. God's blessings are meant to be shared and given away, not hoarded. So how can we do this? How can we share our blessings with others when we live in such a divided world? *** [Keywords: A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members African Americans Beatitudes Donald Trump Gandhi Golden Rule Hillary Clinton His representative Jewish Keith Wharton Luke 6:20-22 Roman soldiers SNL Saturday Night Live TV show Times Square Webster Rock Hill Ministries blessed to be a blessing blessings bumper sticker called into relationship candidates country debates defamed demons divided world do to others as you would have them do to you earthly income election excluded family gentile gift given away grocery store hated healed hoarding hungry leaders materially merciful mercy misunderstood not earned but received not hoarded parents poor prosperity gospel rancor reconciliation reputation reviled reward is great in Heaven shared skit spiritually support understand one another vote weep]
  • Oct 16, 2016Persistence and Earnestness
    Oct 16, 2016
    Persistence and Earnestness
    Series: (All)
    October 16, 2016. Pastor Keith preaches on the Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge, from Luke 18:3-8. Throughout his ministry, Jesus lifted up those not worthy in the eyes of society: lepers, tax collectors, children, widows. For us, working for advocacy and a more just world is difficult. It can take daily prayer, and persistence like that of the widow in the story. Like Jesus, we know we won't escape all pain, but we also know that our earnestness can get God's attention and make all the difference. *** [Keywords: Argentina Buenos Aires Kingdom of God Luke 18:3-8 Pharisee Plaza de Mayo Roman culture advocacy authorities children dictator disappearance discipline earnestness economic support elected fairness husband impossible for mortals just world justice leper persistence possible for God prayer partner praying protests rallies regular prayer sit-ins tax collector two way street unjust judge where is my child widow women worthy]
  • Sep 25, 2016Closing the Gaps
    Sep 25, 2016
    Closing the Gaps
    Series: (All)
    September 25, 2016. What divides us? Pastor Keith preaches on the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. Too often we are slow to see the realities of those around us. Too often we do not act to make changes so that everyone has enough. But Jesus offers us another way we might live. It's not easy. It takes time, patience, and persistence. But if we really get to know the people around us, we can work to close the gaps. *** [Keywords: 9/11 Dallas ELCA Ferguson John Wesley Lazarus Luke 16:19-31 Muslim Rich Man Zacchaeus alarm will sound artificial lines churchwide assembly closing the gaps comfort zone conspicuous consumption divisions doctrine of discovery dogs eyes gain all you can give all you can hell kingdom licked paradise patience persistence privilege remember repudiation revolutionary love save all you can scary scraps shootings slaves strength time turban wealth will wounds]
  • Sep 4, 2016The Choice of Discipleship
    Sep 4, 2016
    The Choice of Discipleship
    Series: (All)
    September 4, 2016. Following Jesus is not a joyride, but rather a new kind of lifestyle. It's a commitment that comes with a cost: potentially being at odds with your family, your community, and the world. But Pastor Keith says that maybe we should stop thinking of it as a "cost" and instead think of it as a "choice." When Jesus suffered and died, he paid the cost. We choose to be in relationship with him and accept the opportunity to receive this gift and follow him. We want to reflect his love and goodness, and the abundant care of God in all our relationships with others. *** [Keywords: Carolyn Lewis Jacob Labor Day Leah Martin Luther New Orleans Onesimus Paul Philemon Rachel abundant care choice commitment cost crowds discipleship fair wages goodness hate identity Jesus joyride king love marriage new kind of lifestyle perpetual polygamy sacrifices second place slave tower unconditional war wedding ring of faith workers]