Coming to Faith

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January 14, 2018. Pastor Keith preaches on Jesus’ followers Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael, and the organic way Christians come together and stay together in the faith.

*** [Keywords: 2018 Andrew Christ Lutheran Church Epiphany Gospel Gospel writer of John I am here taking a stand Jacob changed name John the Baptist Martin Luther King Jr. Nathanael Nazareth Pastor Keith Holste Peter Philip Stride Toward Freedom book Syria adult in the faith alternative appearing a coward appreciate baptized as a child be firm about be firm in the faith becomes reality being in relationship with God best news they know body of people borderland boyhood home bring God’s goodness to the world brother build up one another call of Jesus can’t face it alone changes his attitude church clear away the things that get in the way closer closer to home clutter in our minds come and see him too come together comes to faith coming to faith contemplating corrupt religious center courage had gone creating a new Israel cup of coffee sitting untouched decides to go to Galilee different kind of direction different personality different perspective different way of life difficulty dynamic easier it is edified by one another education encouraged to know espouses purity of heart experienced presence of the divine eyes of faith faith has helped us faith is shaped family background far away from power center fears began to go fig tree find out too find resources followers of Jesus four men talking together from another angle gathering of these people get further away from the authorities given by God good word of Jesus great things God does in our world grew up grow in the faith grow the faith growing into it hands minds hearts open he was someone special head in hands hearing about it hears the call of Jesus here’s an Israelite in whom there is no deceit holiday weekend hubbub of Temple in a dream in home informally inner voice interesting experience intrigued by Jesus invite others invited to church invites others to come just getting acquainted killed near Jerusalem king of Israel kitchen table live it out in our lives lives looking to me for leadership means gift of God meditation meet the challenges model of faith money move out of the picture named had changed nature nearby town of Bethsaida need strength new believer new creation of Israel new kind of faith no one right place where truth is found not alone not friendly to religion or Christianity nothing left noticed under the tree observe those who have struggled older person one reaches another one tells another ongoing involved process open ourselves organic activity our faith is with us passions pick him out from the crowd picture of faith power power to change lives practiced in Jerusalem prayed to God preaching against the establishment precious thing prestige previous prejudices private meditation privilege process proclaimed qualities quality of life quiet quiet place of nature rabbi ready to be converted ready to face anything ready to give up ready to let go receives his faith as a gift reminder reputation and power resists invitation responsive right roots safer place to be saw angels ascending and descending say what I need to say see clearly seen under a tree sermon share feelings share thoughts showing forth of God snapped into focus snippet son of God speaks of goodness springing up stand up for justice start his ministry stay together staying with faith study study groups survived hard times sustained take problem to God tell me about how you see him in your life tells different truth they too will falter those in authority thoughts times of challenge traditional faith capital trickery truth turn off his filters twists and turns two people follow him uncertainty disappeared understand understanding our faith very different from traditional religion vision in the kitchen vivid in my memory wasn’t eager at all way with people of Jesus ways of contemplation what I believe is right what our faith means what this Jesus means to us what turned Nathanael without strength and courage witness wonderful vision workplace worship]