Aug 14, 2016
Keep Running the Race
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August 14, 2016. Have you ever given up on God? Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr preaches today, during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, on Hebrews 12:1-2 about running the race marked out for us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus who is the pioneer and perfecter of faith. But in the Greek, the word for race also means struggle. Sometimes when bad things happen to us or to our loved ones, we find it difficult to stay in the race, to keep struggling in the faith. We find it hard to keep believing. Why do bad things happen to good people? When they do, turning away from God may seem easier. But then we're struggling alone. We need to know that God doesn't cause bad things to happen. But he is there for us in moments of despair, he weeps with us, and he sends wonderful people to help us, so that we can keep running the race. *** [Keywords: abby abigail accident agony agóna alone battle believe believing cloud crash david despair faith fate grandchildren greek grieving healing hebrews 12:1-2 intervene janet jenny maddy mark maya olympics perfecter pioneer pray prayer prevent protection race recklessness rio roock running schoenherr struggle suffering swimming thoughtlessness tom tragedy travel weep witnesses]
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  • Aug 14, 2016Keep Running the Race
    Aug 14, 2016
    Keep Running the Race
    Series: (All)
    August 14, 2016. Have you ever given up on God? Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr preaches today, during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, on Hebrews 12:1-2 about running the race marked out for us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus who is the pioneer and perfecter of faith. But in the Greek, the word for race also means struggle. Sometimes when bad things happen to us or to our loved ones, we find it difficult to stay in the race, to keep struggling in the faith. We find it hard to keep believing. Why do bad things happen to good people? When they do, turning away from God may seem easier. But then we're struggling alone. We need to know that God doesn't cause bad things to happen. But he is there for us in moments of despair, he weeps with us, and he sends wonderful people to help us, so that we can keep running the race. *** [Keywords: abby abigail accident agony agóna alone battle believe believing cloud crash david despair faith fate grandchildren greek grieving healing hebrews 12:1-2 intervene janet jenny maddy mark maya olympics perfecter pioneer pray prayer prevent protection race recklessness rio roock running schoenherr struggle suffering swimming thoughtlessness tom tragedy travel weep witnesses]
  • Aug 7, 2016Sharing the Weight
    Aug 7, 2016
    Sharing the Weight
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    August 7, 2016. Guest pastor Rebecca Boardman, from Lutheran Campus Ministry, brings us a message today on bearing the weight. If we took on all the pain and all the hurt in the world, we would be crushed under the weight of it. Sometimes we can become insensitive, complacent, or apathetic to the world around us. But the Gospel beacons us to be ready. God meets us in the broken places, not in the perfection of what we will receive. We are all in the family of God, and he calls us to love and cherish one another. *** [Keywords: Advent Ferguson God doesn't require anything of us God is already there God meets us in the broken places Gospel beacons us to be alert Heavenly reward Houston Islamophobia LCM Lutheran Campus Ministry Muslim North St. Louis Olympics Planned Parenthood ROTC Roger Ruff Roock family Sudan Syria Texas Washington University academic achievement apathetic backpack culture be awake bears who hibernate in winter body of Christ break bread brokenness all around us calendar campus house carry around the weight catastrophe chemotherapy coffee shop comfy couches competing complacent connection crushed under the weight death dorm elderly find ways to be ready first week of school heavy bag homeless hospitality of the heart hot and humid house renovation humanity hungry inner city program insensitive keeping up with the Joneses library love and cherish one another not in the perfection of what we will achieve opening ceremonies opposite ends of the spectrum our story is about losing life perfection preoccupations preparing for Jesus reconciliation refugees respect responsibility safe place season of waiting and preparation share the weight of our backpacks share wine sick so much pain and hurt and hate in this world space at the table state of readiness story of Chris and Olivia students summertime toughen up to vastness of evil around us tragedy trivia tunnel vision turbulence unexpected vacation we are all in the family of God we need to be in relationship with our neighbor who is absent from your life widow winning the gold withholding forgiveness]
  • Jul 31, 2016Plenty to Go Around
    Jul 31, 2016
    Plenty to Go Around
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    July 31, 2016. Pastor Keith preaches on the parable in Luke 12:17-24 of the farmer who plans to store up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God. Money can consume, divert, and distract us, separating us from our true selves and causing our connections with others and with God to go away. Money can lead us to believe that we're in control of our own lives. But when we don't trust in God, it's hard to care for our neighbors and our community. We need to know that we are loved by a generous God. In his plan there is plenty to go around. *** [Keywords: 80 hour weeks Amazon Bible Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom God loves us lavishly God will care for you Jesus feeds 5000 Lord's supper Luke 12:17-24 Old Testament Pastor Keith Holste Zacchaeus all alone all will have what they need anxious underneath banquet table baskets left over care children of the promise community company concern connections consume cycle deceives deluded destructive destructive forces die alone tonight distract divert dividing inheritance early retirement eat drink and be merry family fights farmer fearful of failure fishes generous generous God giving to others higher income ill will caused by fights over money in God we trust in control income joy lifestyles living on treadmill living their life living with others loaves love of money money neighbors not rich toward God our own lives our true selves pattern perpetual concern plenty to go around possessions power proceeds purpose in life pursuit of money rich lives riches sense of self share provisions share with others sharing what we have so prone to wrecking relationships store up treasure take life easy tax man tear down barns this day you will die too much trust what time is left for anyone else worldly abundance worship the golden calves]
  • Jul 24, 2016Thoughts on Prayer
    Jul 24, 2016
    Thoughts on Prayer
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    July 24, 2016. In Genesis 18:20-33, God listens to Abraham as he begs for Sodom. Today, Pastor Penny talks about how not only does God listen to our prayers, but she suggests that perhaps he also needs our prayers. Prayer can be dangerous but is also the safest thing we can do, because by praying we're putting ourselves at God's disposal in building his kingdom and opening ourselves to the needs and concerns of others. Pastor Penny then invites Noah Hornbeck to share his thoughts on the recent trip to Papua New Guinea, what his stay there was like, and what might the people there pray for for us, and what we might pray for for them. *** [Keywords: Abraham Australia Central States Synod Genesis 18:20-33 God needs our prayers God's kingdom I am your parent Islam Jesus Jesus Christ Lord's Prayer Luke Luther Matthew Noah Hornbeck Our Father who art in heaven Papua New Guinea Pastor Penny Holste Small Catechism Sodom St. Louis United States amazing way of life answer to our own prayer at God's disposal audacious bamboo bartering session boat ride brothers and sisters build the kingdom building his kingdom built us a house call me Father call me Mother dangerous death and resurrection depend on each other different state of life disdain dispassionate distant don't lose their way of life facebook feet gift hallowed be thy name hands heart hearts and minds are open held holy homeless person hospitable hospitals hurtful inflict harm on each other killing merciful master mouth needs and concerns of others newspaper organizations organized chaos pray for us prayer purpose receive reciting for our own benefit rough places safer arms safest thing we can do schedule seminary servants someone else's prayer someone we cannot see someone who mourns speaking stamina supporting technology third world country thoughts thy kingdom come tragedies trouble praying turbulent world unconditional love used car lot voting vulnerable walking streets youth representatives]
  • Jul 17, 2016Just One Thing You Need
    Jul 17, 2016
    Just One Thing You Need
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    July 17, 2016. With a skit featuring Katrina Lynn, Pastor Penny preaches on the story of Martha and Mary from Luke 10:38-42. Why do we feel the need, as Martha did, to be perfect? Whether we're given this role from family or pick it up from society around us, we tend to criticize ourselves when we don't do everything perfectly. But Jesus is telling us that it's the sharing and caring that are important, that the one thing we need is to know that God loves us just as we are. Like Mary, we are sitting at Jesus' feet, and we need to hear this again and again: that God loves us and gives us strength to face the world, and to do something about it. *** [Keywords: African American After the Party August 1944 Bibles France French chef Jacques Pépin God loves us God's love Jesus loved her Jesus loves us Katrina Lynn Luke 10:38-42 Martha Martin Luther Mary Nazi control Paris Pastor Penny Holste angry audacity bad decisions best china best silver black sisters candybar carnage caucasian conversation criticize ourselves death deeds defy the evil limitations of society dialog difficult world disappointed in myself disciples distracted elaborate meal entertained entirety evil restrictions experience falafels fast 40 days forgive forgiven this world gift good and bad good decisions good wine grill guy-wires honored guest hopeless hospitality how are you not resentful how you entertain people humiliated inefficient injustices judging key to success kitchen learning letters to Congress liberated life make us forgiving move forward needful nice meal one thing we need one word owned by fathers and husbands paralizes us path forward perfect perfection prayer property pulled in different places race issues resurrection school share it sharing and caring sit at his feet sitting at Jesus' feet skit stamina strength through the bad parts tub of water for his feet two words up at dawn we are wholly blameless and irreproachable before God white women women world God made yogurt]
  • Jul 10, 2016Changing the System
    Jul 10, 2016
    Changing the System
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    July 10, 2016. We can talk about love. We can believe in love. We can do lots of loving. But if the systems are unchanged, the problems that cause hurt won't go away. Today, Pastor Keith preaches on the parable of the good Samaritan. How often do we avoid those in need because we don't see them as our neighbors? Jesus embodied mercy to us. But how can we live out this mercy? Working one-on-one, working within organizations, or working to change the system, God gives us the eyes and ears to recognize need. We only need to be willing to do something about it. *** [Keywords: Babylon Black and Blue play Dorothy Day Epworth Gateway 180 Gerizim Hammond, IN Humanitri Jefferson City Jesus Jewish Levite Lord have mercy Luther Seminary Lutheran Family and Children's Services Metro St. Louis Muslim Pastor Keith Holste Philando Castile St. Paul, MN Syrians agency avoid those in need awful people believe bind mercy together burdens change the system cheering community compassion cross democratic process died discern do something about it drawing close dying a very death like ours ears to hear earth education embodied mercy employment ethnicity expectation eyes to see full human beings good Samaritan hate by the Jews healers healing power of God health care heart high school student inn intermarried jeering justice least of these left at the side of the road live out love love our neighbors as ourselves loving mercy mind misery need neighborhoods oil one-on-one open their eyes parable person of mercy persuasion potential threats prayer priest real estate recognize need redemption revolt rich and successful Jew salvation scripture skills for living social workers soul statistics strength suffered sympathy put into action systems are unchanged tends to his wounds the way of mercy those in need unclean underserved uprising upside down vigil vulnerability what must I do to be saved who is my neighbor willingness within organizations]
  • Jul 3, 2016What We Have to Offer
    Jul 3, 2016
    What We Have to Offer
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    July 3, 2016. We are living in a time of populist anger and frustration. But if everyday people know better than the wealthy elite, and they seem to be doing okay, then what do we have to offer them? And what about people who have to deal with fear and self-doubt alone? What do we have to offer them? Today, Pastor Penny talks about these issues from the perspective of faith, prayer, community, and the Gospel. *** [Keywords: Anita Brexit Busch Stadium Cardinals game Christ Christ is with us European Union Founding Fathers Mothers Fourth of July weekend Jesus North St. Louis Pastor Penny Holste UK United Kingdom Washington afraid of violence alone anchor baseball bubbled up challenges commentator common people couldn't erase it country cured people with demons dangers without deep problem desperate need didn't earn it disadvantaged people disciples doctor closed urgent care office doing just fine don't control downtown dread drink elevator speech emotions governing city country world faith community family fear footballs friend frustration gifts of food given their lives golf gun battle gun repository hail storm harvest harvest is plentiful have your speech ready health financial issue heroin use immigrants income inequality indelible ink investigate publish truth jobs juggling juicy keep doing laborers love and sacrifice loving God has final say loving family lower class middle class feels disenfranchised money more than we can bear nagging fear need to share neighbors news nice houses no Syrians nobody's listening offering plate office overstepping our bounds peace planted tomatoes play in sports political freedoms political parties populist anger power prayed prayer presumptuous proclaim the Gospel real joy your names are written in Heaven responsibilities ripe school schools scripture self-doubt sharp edge of fear began to melt squirrels strength strong gun sales suicide tell me about church temptations within together too many rules regulations trusted to make decisions uplifted urgent wave of relief we are forgiven wealthy elite western Kansas what do we have to offer them what is it that you believe wheat farmers why do they need to come to church working side by side worship zucchini crop]
  • Jun 26, 2016The Big Picture
    Jun 26, 2016
    The Big Picture
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    June 26, 2016. Sometimes we can miss the big picture if we're looking at the details. Today, Pastor Penny preaches on the story in Luke 9:53-62, in which Jesus is rejected by the people in a Samaritan village and the disciples ask whether they should destroy them. Jesus tells them they don't understand the spirit of what they're doing. They're missing the big picture. Today, Jesus is inviting us to go all in, helping him to do the work of the kingdom of God. *** [Keywords: Christ is with you Jesus Keith Lord's Prayer Luke 9:53-62 Noah Hornbeck Papua New Guinea Pastor Penny Holste Samaria Samaritan village Webster Groves retired police officer abandoned accepted us animal safety ask baptism bringing bury my father call down the fire of Heaven and destroy them came out came to save people not destroy them cartoon carved heart with their initials children comfortable and safe environment cultural expectation of men details disciples disheartening troubling response do it completely do the work don't count the cost elderly couple embrace those who create evil environment extension of kingdom of God father of gay man father's burial feeling what we feel felt scorn follow foster children heart leading here on earth homosexuality how can we say no human being incarnate introduction invitation to join Jesus in work inviting us to go all in killed him looking for something love and forgiveness love of God marched mentoring adults missing the big picture never heard message before nonprofits not a very friendly place for Jews peace and justice people permanent place to live political scene of day pride parade raised third day rebuked them rejected remote area seminary sent ahead to prepare lodging sexual orientation show support spirit of what they're doing spotty internet taking message out teaching trunk of large tree underprivileged up against the authorities want you beside me always white single woman willing to give up willing to take risks women not as important work we do together you don't understand spirt of what we're doing]
  • Jun 19, 2016Rosebud
    Jun 19, 2016
    Rosebud
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    June 19, 2016. Pastor Keith relates the gospel story, of Jesus' encounter with a man possessed by demons on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, to the recent trip to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The annual trip to the reservation over many years has fostered a building up of love and care with the people there, and something tangible has been accomplished, sharing the hope and healing that Jesus provides with the Lakota Sioux people. *** [Keywords: 1890 American taste Christians Emmanuel Episcopal Gentiles Gerasenes Gospel of Luke Habitat for Humanity Jesus Jewish territory Keith Lissant Lakota Sioux people Lutheran MODOT Missouri Mount Rushmore Orlando attack Pastor Keith Holste Rosebud Indian Reservation Sea of Galilee South Dakota Sylvia Rogers Trade Winds Cooperative United States soldiers White Buffalo Calf Women's Center Wounded Knee abuse and misuse of women acceptance act and speak in the name of Jesus annual trip backstop be honest with faith beautiful land bring the Gospel to all nations broken families buffalo built in little ways calms storm cemetary children church attendance circumstances communities can be tagged consistency and reliability conversation cribs to king sized beds culture dads be good example use seatbelt depression difficulties disciples dugouts eastern Nebraska economic emissaries emissary escapes through abuse etsy exorcised express energy factory and showroom faith starts as taught and observed at home fathers lead by example find balance between people and working with hands flooding follow Jesus follow your own callings forced to live in shadows fostered building up of love and care friendship go to where the others are great storm hard situation should be encountered hardware store hopelessness incoming whites intentional trip intolerance joys and sorrows lake lands diminished live among the tombs many demons mass shootings meditate missionaries new person no matter how different northern Kansas parts for project personal peace in midst of chaos personal space planting and painting policy possessed by demons poverty and addiction practice and scrimmage proud and cohesive quality of life and health refuge repair baseball field repressed anger reroute resistance rids him of demons rough waters same place each year sandy soil not good for crops scheduled conversations secondary areas shared space sharing hope and healing shelter small business makes quilts small peace garden something tangible sorrow spending time sports stay home and working within the community storms wherever you go substances teen suicides terrible storm to be avoided transformed uncomfortable violence west side east side of sea wholeness and forgiveness work work of our Lord]
  • Jun 12, 2016The New Simon
    Jun 12, 2016
    The New Simon
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    June 12, 2016. Storyteller Roger Rose presents an ending to the Gospel story of Jesus being anointed by the sinful woman in the home of Simon, and Pastor Penny relates it to how we can be tempted to use the very advantages God has given us to shelter us from having to face sins of the heart. How nice it would be to feel the sense of forgiveness the woman in the story had. If Simon had been able to feel the same forgiveness, how might his life look different? *** [Keywords: Amos worked in orchard Bible scholars David humble shepherd Egyptian murderer God renounced right to punish us Gospel story Harry Potter Hunger Games James Bond Jesus being anointed Katniss Everdeen Moses Pastor Penny Holste Pharisee Princess Leia Roger Rose Spirit drawn us here today Star Wars The New Simon absolution admit our sins admit sins of the heart advantages alternate ending approval love of God authority of Temple in Jerusalem basket of food bling bowl of water bows of respect bread and wine community confession conversations country bumpkin crashed party decision has already been made defiled different life disapproval dramatist faith forgive means forth giving garb and tattoos go in peace head table host house humble status belie divine nature ice breaker if you could be any character in famous book or movie impudent upstart inferior inner city drive joy love contentment utter peace judgement kissed feet lawn landscaping crew learned scribe less visible sins of the heart lifestyle loose woman model citizen monied and educated motorcyclist no desire or power to punish ongoing problems only speak one language open doors party guests passion of woman priest prostitute receiving full impact of forgiveness reclining around low table reputation saggy jeans scandalized scorn sense of forgiveness sent by God shelter sit down by Jesus' feet smiling look of love and joy songs we sing speak English status storyteller temptation tempted touched sinful woman's elbow true peace unnamed woman voices that have judged contradicted scorned us walked through market warm climate washed feet with tears what would change look like wiped feet with hair words we hear workshop wrong about healer from Nazareth your sins are forgiven]