Jun 25, 2017
Truth To Power
Series: (All)
June 25, 2017. When you're trying to spread a message to people who might disagree with you, how can do you do it effectively? In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus has some pretty severe things to say. Following him would have taken courage and faith. Pastor Keith's sermon today is on thinking outside the box, living the faith and sharing the message, even when it's not always easy. *** [Keywords: 2017 75 years Antioch Christian causes Christians put in jail Egypt God values us God's support Great Persecution Holy Land I'm right India Jerusalem Jesus knew Jewish John Luke Matthew 10:24-39 Pastor Keith Holste Roman Syria abuse accumulation of wealth and power alternative view always necessary apostle Paul astounded authorities better way big question marks bottom line bringing about change building community building relationship by my action calling followers challenge closeness contentious time context conversation cost him his life costly created and loved by God crown of creation demand demand high price demands of Jesus didn't receive very well directives disregard early Christianity encounters we have encouraging followers of Jesus even when not easy expect resistance facilitate fall back fall short filter follow Jesus forgiveness full meaning of Gospel future get across point of view good of the world great courage and faith hairs on our head hard to believe anyone followed Jesus hard to tell the truth hate help people think higher power hope hopeful graceful side how is this a way to love like Jesus loved how we approach things human beings are not expendable human system hurt our gains idea incur resistance indifference individual inside the box kept listening anyway laxity of faith life changing life is well lived life or death decision live by another standard living certain ways longevity losing track of teachings love of creation loving words major things message can be heard message was compromised more complex picture more friendly most effective way motivates need to move needs ignored new life is ours also normal economics not most effective not most important thing not natural human way not the way not to be exploited not to press message not well received objective one of four Gospels of Jesus our own country outside the box pawns peace and contentment people of God physical persecution plans we make plentiful powerful interest powers of the world pretty severe things promise pushback quality of love radical action received new life refused entry regular power structure religious character resisted sake of all same promise is for us self-serving sensitivity sermon served by what I'm doing share message of way of Jesus sharing small and ordinary things small group so intertwined social structures someone with whom we disagree sparrows speaking the truth speaking up for someone status quo strategy subjects of government suggestions for change take advantage of taken advantage of teachings of Jesus telling people off things we choose to do those who seek their lives for his sake will gain it those who seek their own lives will lose them to be a follower tough to be a Christian truth about himself truth telling truth to power very hard to hear way of world around them was not right way to describe Jesus we have that life weakening in the faith well-being what's in it for me what's in this for the sake of the world words not always easy to hear world needs to be reminded world view worldly values you're doing it wrong you're wrong]
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  • Jun 25, 2017Truth To Power
    Jun 25, 2017
    Truth To Power
    Series: (All)
    June 25, 2017. When you're trying to spread a message to people who might disagree with you, how can do you do it effectively? In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus has some pretty severe things to say. Following him would have taken courage and faith. Pastor Keith's sermon today is on thinking outside the box, living the faith and sharing the message, even when it's not always easy. *** [Keywords: 2017 75 years Antioch Christian causes Christians put in jail Egypt God values us God's support Great Persecution Holy Land I'm right India Jerusalem Jesus knew Jewish John Luke Matthew 10:24-39 Pastor Keith Holste Roman Syria abuse accumulation of wealth and power alternative view always necessary apostle Paul astounded authorities better way big question marks bottom line bringing about change building community building relationship by my action calling followers challenge closeness contentious time context conversation cost him his life costly created and loved by God crown of creation demand demand high price demands of Jesus didn't receive very well directives disregard early Christianity encounters we have encouraging followers of Jesus even when not easy expect resistance facilitate fall back fall short filter follow Jesus forgiveness full meaning of Gospel future get across point of view good of the world great courage and faith hairs on our head hard to believe anyone followed Jesus hard to tell the truth hate help people think higher power hope hopeful graceful side how is this a way to love like Jesus loved how we approach things human beings are not expendable human system hurt our gains idea incur resistance indifference individual inside the box kept listening anyway laxity of faith life changing life is well lived life or death decision live by another standard living certain ways longevity losing track of teachings love of creation loving words major things message can be heard message was compromised more complex picture more friendly most effective way motivates need to move needs ignored new life is ours also normal economics not most effective not most important thing not natural human way not the way not to be exploited not to press message not well received objective one of four Gospels of Jesus our own country outside the box pawns peace and contentment people of God physical persecution plans we make plentiful powerful interest powers of the world pretty severe things promise pushback quality of love radical action received new life refused entry regular power structure religious character resisted sake of all same promise is for us self-serving sensitivity sermon served by what I'm doing share message of way of Jesus sharing small and ordinary things small group so intertwined social structures someone with whom we disagree sparrows speaking the truth speaking up for someone status quo strategy subjects of government suggestions for change take advantage of taken advantage of teachings of Jesus telling people off things we choose to do those who seek their lives for his sake will gain it those who seek their own lives will lose them to be a follower tough to be a Christian truth about himself truth telling truth to power very hard to hear way of world around them was not right way to describe Jesus we have that life weakening in the faith well-being what's in it for me what's in this for the sake of the world words not always easy to hear world needs to be reminded world view worldly values you're doing it wrong you're wrong]
  • Jun 4, 2017The Work of the Spirit is Showing
    Jun 4, 2017
    The Work of the Spirit is Showing
    Series: (All)
    June 4, 2017. In the Gospel of John we don't hear about hundreds or thousands of people being converted all at once. Instead, we hear how the Spirit can work one person at a time. Pastor Keith's sermon today is about how we can open our doors and let go of grudges so that the Spirit can work through us, individually and in small groups, sharing the peace of Jesus. *** [Keywords: 1960s song 2017 Africa Archdiocese Archbishop Carlson Cathedral Basilica Chaifetz Arena Christians and Jews Delmar Easter Ethiopian Ferguson uprising Gethsemane I am the way Indiana Jesus Jesus asks for some water Jewish authorities John Lindell Luke version in Acts Minnesota Pastor Keith Holste Paul converted in a vision Peter boldly preached Philip Reverend Traci Blackmon SLU Saint Louis University Spirit alongside them St. Louis community Taizé Community of France acceptance act one on one affirmation and they'll know we are Christians by our love anoints them with the Spirit assurance assured of living presence blind bombings en masse book of Acts breath given to Adam breathes on them by our side change for the better church might be born comforts them coming of Spirit community meetings conflicted times courage different view disciples discussions alone distraught and fearful group doing the wash doorway due to fear enmity enters our room fear and anxiety and anger given back fill her water jars forgive like he did game plan gathered getting involved good of the world great sounds grudges die hard grudges we harbor hatred for Jesus having Christians jailed he calls us he is alive healing hear his voice heckled by audience hide behind closed doors hope huddled away hymns images of fire in their midst individual conversations influence inroads into communities killings in the community know his peace large group larger groups live side by side lots of people love him Massachusetts may one day be restored meditative style of music move on to new life my peace I give to you national responsibilites Nicodemus not using door on our behalf on our side one person at a time other townspeople our doors are shut paraclete peace would require forgiveness pilgrimage of trust place of division power of the Spirit prayer presence of God present him well to the world purported religious groups redesign their lives reevaluate our lives refuse to forgive people religious motivations resurrection scared sermon sermon of Peter sharing Gospel sister congregation small groups of people small ways to do things smaller groups social and religious groups of the city stream telling another person tells her about her life temple tend to grudges and differences things can be well in my life thought they were safe thousands converted truth two different kinds of Pentecost ups and downs of life walk of trust walks by us each step we are one in the spirit we have an Advocate we pray that all unity we will walk hand in hand went and got others weren't so welcome what do we do now? woman at the well women word of life word of mouth work of the spirit is showing work to understand one another yearlong process]
  • May 14, 2017Roots and Wings
    May 14, 2017
    Roots and Wings
    Series: (All)
    May 14, 2017. On this Mother's Day, Pastor Keith reminds us that the best gifts that parents can give their children are roots and wings. We strive to create strong relationships with our children, share our values with them, and give them a solid foundation to grow, mature, and eventually fly away on their own. It's the same thing as the church grows and changes. Jesus calls us not just to gather, but to be looking outward, to reach out as a congregation, to live actively in love and service to those around us. *** [Keywords: 2017 50 to 80 years later Christian groups Easter season Family Systems God is present Gospel of John Holy Communion I am the way the truth and the life Jerusalem Jesus is at the heart Jesus is present Jesus is with us in Holy Communion Jesus replies Judas Last Supper Martin Luther Mother's Day Pastor Keith Holste Thomas Virginia about him account of last meal actively in love and service adage after the resurrection all the disciples answering questions ascend to the Father before crucifixion being one with Him best gifts parents give children betray body and blood of Christ bread and wine bring Jesus to neighborhood around us call him Lord calls us to have wings can't huddle together change always brings complexity congregation connections we have days before Easter different beliefs different direction different philosophies direction that really matters following him discussed early days in Christian church early disciples facts not so important families eating together family leader family meal family values fellowship focus inwardly follow him for life foundation function well go along with him go out to all the world going someplace good balance good gifts good strong roots goodbyes grounded groups splitting off grow older hard questions hard tension hard time for them he and the Father are one he is about the Father he is the key hear the call heavy conversation not light holy meal how can we know the way how can we know the way to the Father issues plans dreams brought up keep probing last known gathering leader in church leaving the nest life without physical Jesus live in his name live on their own live their lives lively tension looking outward love our children mature may we be rooted in him meal table meals together mission in different ways places mission plan mom in family motivations move around a lot needing to leave them normal family transitions not just to gather on their own other theories our friend Jesus particularly hard meal persecuted persevere in hard situations phrase stuck with me questions aren't so important raised from the dead reaching out to others relationship with Jesus relationship with him roots and wings roots and wings seek sermon share values shared shares significant discussions skills and preparation smother solid base swayed easily symbols take him with us teach the faith temptation theologies things falling apart things hard to hear times getting tense to be a Christian to follow Jesus toppled trouble with Roman authorities trouble with the Jews varying opinions we don't know where you are going we receive him and God well prepared to live what do these things mean what was going on what we believe what's going on whats who has come before us whole world why is all this happening why is this happening why when where whys will not thrive young ones]
  • 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]