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 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 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]
  • Oct 25, 2015We Are Free Indeed
    Oct 25, 2015
    We Are Free Indeed
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    Oct. 25, 2015. On this Confirmation Sunday, Pastor Keith reminds the confirmands and us of the upward mobility we receive through Jesus. He sets us totally free, from fear and anxiety, to be received into the household of God. *** [Keywords: Confirmation Sunday Europe India Jesus Jewish people Martin Luther Old Testament Pastor Keith We Are Free Indeed adultery anxiety birth order bootstraps caste system child of God confirmands covenant dare descendants of Abraham difficulties doubt dream fail failures faith family rules fear fear of wondering first born first will be last freeing words of Jesus guaranteed high school hope household of God husband inheritance iniquity last will be first live love misdeeds mistakes radically new status repay risks sacrifice sinful past slave society status struggle take it for granted totally free ultimate outcome upward mobility]
  • Sep 27, 2015Be the Salt of the Earth
    Sep 27, 2015
    Be the Salt of the Earth
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    Pastor Keith, September 27, 2015
  • Aug 30, 2015The Law
    Aug 30, 2015
    The Law
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    Pastor Keith, August 30, 2015