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]
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  • Jan 29, 2017Blessing and Honor
    Jan 29, 2017
    Blessing and Honor
    Series: (All)
    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]
  • Jan 8, 2017Fulfilling Our Promise
    Jan 8, 2017
    Fulfilling Our Promise
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    January 8, 2017. Baptism is a two-way street. God promises us his unconditional love, and we too make a promise. We promise to follow in God's way. The roles we play in our lives may describe us, but only God can define us. He has made us more. Pastor Penny talks today about how we can use the encouragement God gives to us to live out his way and fulfill the promise we made at our baptisms. *** [Keywords: "This is my Son, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased" As a light to the nations Denzel Washington Fences movie Fulfilling Our Promise Harriet Tubman Holy Spirit I have called you in righteousness Isaiah 42:6 Jesus Sam Houston Underground Railroad argued with friend badmouthed baptism begrudgingly bridge players bullied children clean slate cold morning define us delighted describe us doctors encouragement escape fall off wagon follow in God's way freed hundreds more slaves golfers infants lawyers letter to the editor marriage not about keeping the rules offering check parenthood pledge promises response roles runners shirked duties sins washed away slave spouses students teachers two-way street unconditional love yearning “If that be the case, God help the fish down below" “Well, General, all your sins have been washed away”]
  • Dec 24, 2016Go Change the World
    Dec 24, 2016
    Go Change the World
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    December 24, 2016. On this Christmas Eve we might imagine a future only of good and beauty, but we know the burdens of reality will set back in. We know we can't expect forgiveness for all our selfishness. But God gives us a gift we don't expect: a new reality. We know we don't have to follow Santa's rules. We don't have to worry about how successful or productive we've been, or even whether we've pleased God. In her sermon this evening, Pastor Penny reminds us that God gives us the best gift when he says that we're his daughters and sons whom he loves, and that this gift is so great we need to share it. *** [Keywords: "Go change the world" Christmas tree Christmas Eve Francisco Ortega God's children Mexico Pastor Penny Santa animals beauty belonging burdens of reality childhood daughters expect expectation forgiveness future future gift glimmering ornaments glowing lights good good and beauty immigrant joy magical feeling merit naughty new reality nice peace pressure productive respectable selfishness shepherds smell good socioeconomic pole sons successful tension unearned unexpected]
  • Dec 4, 2016A New American Dream
    Dec 4, 2016
    A New American Dream
    Series: (All)
    December 4, 2016. People flock to find a leader. Why did people stream from all over to hear John the Baptist? Did his stark message of repentance represent an alternative reality for them, a new hope? Today Pastor Penny wonders whether it's time for us as Americans to not just repent, but to bear fruit too. A new American dream, a kingdom of God, is unfolding right now in our lives. How can we work with God to make it a reality on earth? *** [Keywords: Bernie Sanders Charles Dew Chicken Coop Church Donald Trump Grantsburg WI Hail Mary full of grapes Holy Redeemer Howard be thy name John the Baptist Our father Martin in heaven Pastor Penny Pharisees Roman government Romans Sadducees The Making of a Racist Wisconsin alternative reality animal skin clothes baptism bear fruit children of God confess confession conservatives country end of life options flock healthcare historian holy fishes income tax kingdom of God leader leaders liberals lifestyle mental health issues new American dream new hope new laws oppressed peaceable kingdom poor racism recovering addicts repent repentance stark message tour unfolding unjust wild wilderness willing to change]
  • Nov 27, 2016Watching and Waiting
    Nov 27, 2016
    Watching and Waiting
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    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 20, 2016Paradise
    Nov 20, 2016
    Christ Lutheran Church
    Paradise
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    November 20, 2016. If he were alive today, could Jesus have been elected president? In his own time, he was running to be the son of God, the Messiah. The religious leaders of the day saw him as a threat to their power, so they demanded his crucifixion. But the thief being crucified alongside him saw what he was. Jesus said he would be with him that day in paradise. In her sermon, Pastor Penny talks about the nature of paradise. Is it a place? How do we know? *** [Keywords: Gandhi India Jesus reigns Jewish Martin Luther King, Jr. Messiah Remember me when you come into your kingdom Today you will be with me in paradise action assassinated be there becoming right with God blinded campaign commander in chief crucified crucifixion defame opponents die by the sword elected end of the story face of God king king of love live by the sword mocking no formal leadership out of control pacifist paradise power president presidential material religious leaders salvation savior show up son of God spoiler take part thief threat undermined unpopular]
  • Nov 13, 2016If the Temple Begins to Crumble
    Nov 13, 2016
    If the Temple Begins to Crumble
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    November 13, 2016. The election of 2016 is behind us. Some of us are exhilarated and our hearts are warm. Others of us have nothing but despair and anxiety for the future. Today Pastor Penny talks about the temples in our lives, the investments we make that can be vulnerable to destruction, and the advice Jesus has for us in times like these. He is our real temple, the rock on which we stand. In Jesus we are transformed and freed from being servants of hatred. *** [Keywords: Cathedral Basilica Jerusalem Jews KKK Ku Klux Klan Lincoln Memorial Lincoln, Nebraska Madrid National Cathedral Notre Dame Rome St. Peter's Basilica Westminster Abbey addiction aftermath animosity anxiety buildings church country crumble death despair destruction disease don't check out edifaces election exhilarated family festivals freed future gun control heartwarming immigration invested investments love political rabbi rebellion rock sacred holidays servants servants of hatred success temple transformed values volunteer vulnerable]
  • Nov 6, 2016Blessed to Be a Blessing
    Nov 6, 2016
    Blessed to Be a Blessing
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    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 30, 2016Free in Christ
    Oct 30, 2016
    Free in Christ
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    October 30, 2016. What does it mean to be free in Christ? Today Pastor Penny talks about the ways Christ's freedom shows itself in life. He can free us from peer pressure, from anger, or from perfectionism. He shows us that our successes and failures do not define us. So who are we, really? Martin Luther says we are both sinners and saints. But by God's grace, the saint is who becomes our new identity. *** [Keywords: Americans Claire God's grace I have called you by name; you are mine I know whose I am If the son sets you free, you will be free indeed Isaiah 43:1 John 8:36 Land of the free and home of the brave Martin Luther Martin Luther King, Jr. Reformation anger ballgame blog bullying clothes we can take off confirmation dreamt essays failures free at last free in Christ freedom girls new identity new school old Negro spiritual peer pressure perfectionism prejudice saints shoplifting sinners successes ugliest student]