Mar 26, 2017
Though I Was Blind, Now I See
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March 26, 2017. Not everyone wants to be free from blindness. Pastor Penny preaches today on both the physical blindness of the man Jesus healed in John 9:1-41, and on another kind of blindness. The Pharisees who questioned the healed blind man were themselves blinded, by their rules, and by their obsession with keeping the law. Are we more like the blind man or the Pharisees? When Jesus invites us to the baptismal font, do we promise to try to see others as God sees us? *** [Keywords: Amy high powered New York architect At First Sight movie God valued him Gospel James Jesus invites us to the baptismal font Jesus offers healing Jesus' intention John 9:1-41 Pastor Penny Holste Pharisees Sabbath Shirl Jennings Ten Commandments Virgil able to see accepts afraid all their many rules already loves us anxieties baptized based on true story beggar bird took off flying blind from birth blinded by rules booted from synagogue breaking rules broken commandment called him Lord can be painful challenged their blindness come to see God compulsion confident couldn't remember their image crucified did not want to dirt distances were confusing doctor dog from cat drives wedge between us and people we love educated ends on sad note excellent in work or school eyesight fall back fall in love feeling fell on knees felt more disabled felt superior first a man free from blindness get rid of their blindness gift good life in spite of blindness great temptation having our trust healer helping someone on Sabbath highly respected leaders ice skating on pond identity independent keep all the rules keeping trust kneading bread know world without seeing known by everyone light of God's love look at life through God's eyes lost confidence love and forgive us forever love and mercy maintaining certain lifestyle make paste man from God massage therapist mitzvot mixing anything with hands more aware of Jesus more confusing and scarier never gave up on them obsession with keeping the law offered to end their blindness our value is already there outcast physical blindness physical sight pool and be healed prefers to remain blind questioned the healed blind man reaction to world reason he was killed recover sight regained energy religious leaders renewed creative energy road leading to village rose from darkness of death saddest thing about their compulsion about rules see others as God sees us see others like God sees us sinful society portrayed solution for eyelids something more precious soul searching spit still blind stronger than blindness succeeding in physical challenges successful operation take over our lives teaching then prohpet they were seeing God third commandment through hearing time and money touching trust Jesus trust in loving God unfailing promise unless they were dying vacation spa valued by God wash eyelids in pool wasn't being punished when we fail who God was who he was whole new understanding your sins remain 613 rules]
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  • Mar 26, 2017Though I Was Blind, Now I See
    Mar 26, 2017
    Though I Was Blind, Now I See
    Series: (All)
    March 26, 2017. Not everyone wants to be free from blindness. Pastor Penny preaches today on both the physical blindness of the man Jesus healed in John 9:1-41, and on another kind of blindness. The Pharisees who questioned the healed blind man were themselves blinded, by their rules, and by their obsession with keeping the law. Are we more like the blind man or the Pharisees? When Jesus invites us to the baptismal font, do we promise to try to see others as God sees us? *** [Keywords: Amy high powered New York architect At First Sight movie God valued him Gospel James Jesus invites us to the baptismal font Jesus offers healing Jesus' intention John 9:1-41 Pastor Penny Holste Pharisees Sabbath Shirl Jennings Ten Commandments Virgil able to see accepts afraid all their many rules already loves us anxieties baptized based on true story beggar bird took off flying blind from birth blinded by rules booted from synagogue breaking rules broken commandment called him Lord can be painful challenged their blindness come to see God compulsion confident couldn't remember their image crucified did not want to dirt distances were confusing doctor dog from cat drives wedge between us and people we love educated ends on sad note excellent in work or school eyesight fall back fall in love feeling fell on knees felt more disabled felt superior first a man free from blindness get rid of their blindness gift good life in spite of blindness great temptation having our trust healer helping someone on Sabbath highly respected leaders ice skating on pond identity independent keep all the rules keeping trust kneading bread know world without seeing known by everyone light of God's love look at life through God's eyes lost confidence love and forgive us forever love and mercy maintaining certain lifestyle make paste man from God massage therapist mitzvot mixing anything with hands more aware of Jesus more confusing and scarier never gave up on them obsession with keeping the law offered to end their blindness our value is already there outcast physical blindness physical sight pool and be healed prefers to remain blind questioned the healed blind man reaction to world reason he was killed recover sight regained energy religious leaders renewed creative energy road leading to village rose from darkness of death saddest thing about their compulsion about rules see others as God sees us see others like God sees us sinful society portrayed solution for eyelids something more precious soul searching spit still blind stronger than blindness succeeding in physical challenges successful operation take over our lives teaching then prohpet they were seeing God third commandment through hearing time and money touching trust Jesus trust in loving God unfailing promise unless they were dying vacation spa valued by God wash eyelids in pool wasn't being punished when we fail who God was who he was whole new understanding your sins remain 613 rules]
  • Mar 19, 2017Quite a Transformation
    Mar 19, 2017
    Quite a Transformation
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    March 19, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches on John 4:5-42, the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. He transformed her and her community when he told her that the traditions that divide us are not that important, and that he was the Messiah. Jesus invites us too to be transformed, to trust in the living water of baptism and God's love. *** [Keywords: Easter morning Gospel story of transformation Harry Potter I am the Messiah I've got news Jesus invites us Jesus is the magic wand Jews and Samaritans John 4:5-42 Judea back to Galilee Samaritan woman at well afraid for future ask for living water bad habit best she could blame wife bold third step break down wall because of religion bringing the harvest broke two taboos challenges we face confessed Jesus dance changed completely demand or invitation or request dependency didn't criticize difficult disciples eternal first as a baby first step five husbands forgot bucket at well garage gave woman courage get rid of it give me this water gives life go ask your husband to come here greater than Jacob? had hope hard to shake it hated Samaritans he walks with us heat of day her whole community home and garden channel issue in relationship keeping two people apart leaving himself open lifeless body live day to day makes a move making himself vulnerable man divorce wife unable to have children man not your husband man stretched out on cross man to man to man medical or financial challenge men did not speak to women in public messy room tidy minister to him neat and functional needed roof over head no choice no confidence no longer despairing no power to change situation not her fault at all old house paper picked up twirled around dance partner project real world requested drink of water resolving issue risky savior of the world second step seems impossible seen the Messiah share the love of God she could ignore request spoke to woman step by step stuck swipe a wand talked to her through not around Samaria traditions that divide us are not that important transformed woman's life transforms in a process transforms us treated her as equal trust in his love trust in living water trust in power of God unclean bucket understood pain and valued her until she met Jesus used to criticism village invited Jesus water of baptism water of baptism where are you getting this water? why are you asking? willingness to be vulnerable willingness to engage winter being transformed into spring woman not cared for women go in groups work through it worship in Jerusalem]
  • Mar 12, 2017No Ordinary Gift
    Mar 12, 2017
    No Ordinary Gift
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    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]
  • Mar 5, 2017Our North Star
    Mar 5, 2017
    Our North Star
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    March 5, 2017. Do we need a kind of North Star in our lives? Today we hear the Gospel story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. How did he know he was being tempted? Pastor Penny preaches on this text and says that he knew because what the devil was offering didn't match up with his mission. Our mission, like Jesus', is to help and care for others. Knowing this helps us to know when we're being tempted. And we can resist temptation because of our loving relationship with God, a relationship that becomes our North Star that will guide us home. *** [Keywords: Adam and Eve Atticus Finch Garden of Eden Jesus Our North Star Pastor Penny Holste Polaris Prodigal Son Satan To Kill a Mockingbird accepting food aligns with north pole all these kingdoms will be yours angry comment at our computer attacked baptized care for others clear temptation computer constant communication crossword puzzle crucified desert devil didn't match up died don't really need dreams for his son drudgery email eons facebook fall on our faces fasted field of temptations forgives us frivolous full stomach guide us home he had to go home help help and care for others hours on phone how we use our time hurt impact innocent jumping off building kind of star knew his mission lawyer in small Southern town lead them home safely look out for other people loving relationship with God loving relationship with son make it home safely mall mission moral muscles navigation night sky not a particular star not motivated by dread or fear offering one more cookie or drink one more movie or video game one person in church and another person in life online store our mission paid a price poor traveling healer post something sarcastic power and glory push buy quoting Scripture recognize represented represents black man rescue us resist temptation rise again sacrificed for us sailors saved by angels send his son to be tempted session in gym spur of the moment decision to purchase something stars rotate strength to withstand taught us tempt the angels tempter they may be one as we are one understand the human situation unfairly accused when we're being tempted white woman wilderness worship the devil]
  • Feb 26, 2017We’ve Got Work to Do
    Feb 26, 2017
    We’ve Got Work to Do
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    February 26, 2017. We live in different worlds and have different experiences. We are white and black, police and nonpolice, hopeful and hopeless. It's all too easy to live our lives without knowing how other people live theirs. But when that bubble bursts, what do we do? Being exposed to new truths can be overwhelming. Pastor Penny relates this to how it must have been for Jesus' disciples, wondering whether they were on the right track following him. Jesus shared his vision with the disciples. What is God's vision for us, and what are we called to do with this new understanding? *** [Keywords: African Americans Bible Easter morning Father 2 Father Ferguson Get up and don't be afraid God was at work God's action in our world Holy Redeemer James Jerusalem Jesus would be crucified Jewish cemetary Jews John Lenten journey Lutheran Mediterranean Muslim PBS Peter Pontius Pilate Roman Catholic Rust Belt Syrians The Talk This is my son, the beloved, in whom I am well pleased Transfiguration United Nations a few bad actors actions of Jesus afraid agonizing experiences alive again anger animosity ban been followed in store black people bottom of socioeconomic ladder boy's body brightness brought people together bubble burst caucasians civil war cloud college students come to worship command conflict country courage to listen cowardice crack open these silos crowds came out crucified days that followed demean different experience disappearing lifestyles disciples dishonor documentary drought drowned election face to face fisherman follow him forgave going to hell in a handbasket good will prevail grave challenge to police hardship have hope headed to Jerusalem healed healing holy communion honor and revere hope dried up hopeful and hopeless how do we deal hymns ideologically opposed insinuations insult jobs dried up killed by police late night comedians lepers lips of Christian friends listen to him little boys killed live in a bubble lived in shadows lives of others love your enemies males media midweek services millions of children mosque mountain new ways of understanding no hope no jobs norms of our society not comfortable not trying to escape on the right track out of body experience outright lies overwhelmed Penny Holste police and nonpolice political enemies politicians power of God prayers pulling gun pushed over headstones re-energized reignited rejuvenated religious leaders religious radio stations rituals selfishness shoplifting split second standards of decency have really dropped starvation stopped by police take heart the Word time for a vision together bringing love to this world two different worlds unclean unjustly untouchables vandals violence of mobs visionary experiences voice of God warning we have each other we have the world we support you we welcome immigrants we've got work to do what Jesus would say what are we supposed to do white and black white people without knowing about other people's lives worked together]
  • Feb 19, 2017Nevertheless, He Persisted
    Feb 19, 2017
    Nevertheless, He Persisted
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    February 19, 2017. What is perfection? In Matthew 5:38-48 Jesus says we are to be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect. But what does it mean to be perfect? Pastor Tom Schoenherr discusses this text, and suggests that we are to reach toward the goal of a life in deep and mature relationship with God. It's difficult for us to love those who have hurt us, but Jesus calls us to the struggle. He understands that we can't attain perfection but he calls us to persist. *** [Keywords: Bible Christ-like Janet Jan Roock Jesus July 31 LGBT deal with prejudice Maddy Roock Mark Roock Matthew 5:38-48 Pastor Tom Schoenherr Senator Elizabeth Warren Senator Mitch McConnell Sermon on the Mount abused all the way to the cross amputation as our heavenly Father is perfect at the table beyond our understanding bigger weapons boys and girls of God brokenness carers church combative coming alongside each of us compound fractures legs conflicts continue to move forward deeper relationship difficult doormats drawing us close to himself dreadfully imperfect easier take revenge emotional abuse empty tomb enemy of Christ eye for an eye feeding us flawless follower of Christ forgivers forgiving us give new life grief he persisted heal his own blood his own body holy hospital hurt impossible internal decapitation killed life in deep relationship with God life they have love your enemies lovers loving enemies mature maturity men and women of God mission mourn nevertheless she persisted new way to live and love in the world no matter our struggle outside Kingdom of Heaven pain people deal with racism perfection persisted persistence physical abuse prosthesis pursuing goal reach toward the goal reaching for a goal retribution sadness sexual abuse sisters struggle in persisting terrible accident therapy they persisted took great abuse in his own life took lives tooth for a tooth troubled vengeance was given an explanation was told was warned we are to be perfect we're not alone without sin woman reached out touched Jesus' robe woman spent time to find lost coin woman walked into temple gave everything she had woman wet Jesus' feet with her tears, dried with hair women who deal with sexism]
  • Feb 12, 2017Righteousness
    Feb 12, 2017
    Righteousness
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    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]
  • Feb 5, 2017Build Bridges, Not Walls
    Feb 5, 2017
    Build Bridges, Not Walls
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    February 5, 2017. In Matthew 5:13-20, Jesus tells us that we're the salt of the earth and the light of the world. In the time of Jesus, salt and light were very important. We're important too. Especially now, with our politics and our communities and country divided more than ever, Jesus urges us not to hide our light. Instead of building walls between us and those with whom we disagree, we should build bridges. We're reminded just how much power God gives us, and in her sermon today Pastor Penny talks about some ways we can be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. *** [Keywords: "I am a Marine and a Muslim, ask me anything" Boeing Christ Lutheran Church Enterprise Feed My Starving Children Good Shepherd Lutheran Gospel Jesus Latin word for salt Marine Matthew 5:13-20 McDonald's Pastor Penny Roman soldiers Starbucks Super Bowl abusively airplanes awesome breaking the law bridges build building bushel basket cars coffee communities community meal controversial country courage daycare demonize disagree discard ideas discard people disengage disengaging divided eating with outcasts energy faithful work family fire firefighters fulfill fulfilled fulfilling give one another strength goodness grievances hamburgers healing on the Sabbath hide our light hobbies hold each other up important latchkey after school law light of the world listen lose flavor marches negative statement neutrality new administration oil lamps other side outside walls paid patience plural in the Greek politics power powerless prayers preserve food product promises we make and keep protests relationship sacrifice salary salt of the earth stereotype strength sun went down tempted trade commodity turning off understanding unshakeable volunteer efforts walls willing to talk wisdom word association words of encouragement world community]
  • Jan 29, 2017Blessing and Honor
    Jan 29, 2017
    Blessing and Honor
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    January 29, 2017. Today we hear about the Beatitudes, the eight blessings from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, and consider a new way to look at blessings. God has a plan to make life better for the poor in spirit; those who mourn; the meek; and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Pastor Penny preaches that by honoring them, those of us who are merciful; pure in heart; peacemakers; and persecuted for righteousness sake can provide strength and comfort to the downtrodden, and then everyone is blessed. *** [Keywords: Aleppo Bana Alabed Beatitudes Gospel of Matthew Jesus Latin Palestinians Pastor Penny SUV Sermon on the Mount St. Louis Syria Tom Lake argument bad choices badmouthed beautiful reward begging blessing civil war comfort comforted contractor crayon on walls crowds of people destitute disciples doormats down and out downtrodden drugs employees employers followers greatest reward homeless honor honorable house being sold inherit the earth insulation justice kingdom of Heaven merciful middle class might makes right murders never solved no hope no land no power peacemakers persecuted pity police officer poor in spirit power pure in heart refugee camp righteousness safety net satisfied second third chance shot spiritless stains on carpet stand up strength success teenager the meek those who hunger and thirst those who mourn translated translation tweeted]
  • Jan 22, 2017Mending Our Nets
    Jan 22, 2017
    Mending Our Nets
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    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]