Jan 28, 2018
Authority From Within
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January 28, 2018. Mark tells us that Jesus began his ministry by teaching with authority in the synagogue. Some types of authority are granted by institutions. In Jesus' time the religious leaders and scribes wielded authority that depended upon years of study. But Jesus' authority came from within. He broke the rules. Pastor Penny preaches today on how Jesus took on the institutions of power in his mission to eradicate evil. *** [Keywords: 1964 2018 54 years ago Beatles British Invasion Capernaum Chicago Christ Lutheran Church Ferrari Ferris Bueller's Day Off Greek Heathrow Airport JFK Jesus began his ministry Mark 1:21-28 Michigan State New York City Pastor Penny Holste UK United Kingdom allowed his enemies always ones that help amazed any Jewish adult male could preach or teach asked to speak astounded at ease authorities authority given to us authorized by institution avoiding being caught begun teaching benefiting with things just as they are best selling band of all times book of Mark books came from within can never overpower us chairman of corporate board chapel cheering on chief of police church collarless black slim suits colleges comes from inside comes off looking pretty good country course of their day crowd dean of students death death can never have the final word description of Jesus destroy his own body on the cross destroying evil did not happen then didn't depend on years of study didn't have words to explain different dissonant harmony do not want to see it don't care what people think don't talk drive out an evil spirit evil is often embedded in institutions evil spirit evil will be transformed into good expense of the Holy Spirit films follow the rule for the good order fought for freedom four year theological degree freed the man fresh given that authority got word government hampering the spirit have you come to destroy us he had authority he was breaking their rules healed man on the Sabbath high school principal his mission his own image hone their skills hooky in her element institutions interacted with him keep his distance keeping rules leaders let's have communion look at our rules lovingly make a fool make heroes members might hurt some people military mop effect hair musical groups new no one invited Jesus no seminaries in early church only way to eradicate evil ordained minister our own wealth paled in comparison police popular power ideas preaching preside pretended to be sick protected abuse raised again from the dead rankle the religious leaders rationale reception religious institutions religious leaders rock group rule everyone understood rule not helping spirit rules might not be right sake of the institution savior scholars scribes secrecy sermon sightseeing spirit had a question stand up to controlling father stepped forward stepped out of nowhere strong reaction of people studied study for years suburban high school student synagogue taking on evil teaching tempted to protect threw the spirit out ultimate power of evil unclean person undergraduate in college upset very different walked to front walking up front welcome in synagogue what is evil why words flowed naturally work our way up young unassuming woman]
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  • Jan 28, 2018Authority From Within
    Jan 28, 2018
    Authority From Within
    Series: (All)
    January 28, 2018. Mark tells us that Jesus began his ministry by teaching with authority in the synagogue. Some types of authority are granted by institutions. In Jesus' time the religious leaders and scribes wielded authority that depended upon years of study. But Jesus' authority came from within. He broke the rules. Pastor Penny preaches today on how Jesus took on the institutions of power in his mission to eradicate evil. *** [Keywords: 1964 2018 54 years ago Beatles British Invasion Capernaum Chicago Christ Lutheran Church Ferrari Ferris Bueller's Day Off Greek Heathrow Airport JFK Jesus began his ministry Mark 1:21-28 Michigan State New York City Pastor Penny Holste UK United Kingdom allowed his enemies always ones that help amazed any Jewish adult male could preach or teach asked to speak astounded at ease authorities authority given to us authorized by institution avoiding being caught begun teaching benefiting with things just as they are best selling band of all times book of Mark books came from within can never overpower us chairman of corporate board chapel cheering on chief of police church collarless black slim suits colleges comes from inside comes off looking pretty good country course of their day crowd dean of students death death can never have the final word description of Jesus destroy his own body on the cross destroying evil did not happen then didn't depend on years of study didn't have words to explain different dissonant harmony do not want to see it don't care what people think don't talk drive out an evil spirit evil is often embedded in institutions evil spirit evil will be transformed into good expense of the Holy Spirit films follow the rule for the good order fought for freedom four year theological degree freed the man fresh given that authority got word government hampering the spirit have you come to destroy us he had authority he was breaking their rules healed man on the Sabbath high school principal his mission his own image hone their skills hooky in her element institutions interacted with him keep his distance keeping rules leaders let's have communion look at our rules lovingly make a fool make heroes members might hurt some people military mop effect hair musical groups new no one invited Jesus no seminaries in early church only way to eradicate evil ordained minister our own wealth paled in comparison police popular power ideas preaching preside pretended to be sick protected abuse raised again from the dead rankle the religious leaders rationale reception religious institutions religious leaders rock group rule everyone understood rule not helping spirit rules might not be right sake of the institution savior scholars scribes secrecy sermon sightseeing spirit had a question stand up to controlling father stepped forward stepped out of nowhere strong reaction of people studied study for years suburban high school student synagogue taking on evil teaching tempted to protect threw the spirit out ultimate power of evil unclean person undergraduate in college upset very different walked to front walking up front welcome in synagogue what is evil why words flowed naturally work our way up young unassuming woman]
  • Jan 21, 2018Now Is the Opportune Time
    Jan 21, 2018
    Now Is the Opportune Time
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    January 21, 2018. When is it the right time? Today Pastor Penny talks about two kinds of time: the ordinary time that we measure, and God's time. Jesus' disciples lived and worked in ordinary time, but they began to see sparks of God's time in their lives when they started to understand who Jesus was. If we know what to look for, we can catch glimpses of God's time too. *** [Keywords: 2018 Andrew Bible stories Christ Lutheran Church Connections Daniel H. Pink English Fishers of Men Lutheran Church God is at work God was here to stay God's time Gospel Greek language James Jesus Jesus isn't here John John the Baptist Kingdom of God Kingdom of God has come near Kingdom of God is here Mark Ruff Passion Sunday Pastor Penny Holste Pastor Roger Ruff Peter When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing adoring crowds after hours allowing angelic figure another reason army at work bait beautician beauty shop began to understand beginning of his ministry beheaded believe it boat border with Mexico bus call to action call to us calling us can be a challenge catch child to begin taking piano lessons children chronology chronos clerk clients come near comes into our existence coming to dark tomb common laborers common people country county courthouse courage of truth telling craft criticism dangerous time dark ordinary times dead end at the cross details different economic backgrounds different kind of time different types of mood difficult don't feel very happy download dropping everything elderly eternal friendship with God expecting face Roman soldiers face a lot of danger face off faithfulness of public servant fearful women fed find valuable people fish for people fished as a team fisherman fishing business follow forever transformed forgave forgiven four fishermen gave up quite a bit genders given power to heal glimpses of God's time gone to Galilee good news had indeed come hair is washed curled healed hired fisherpeople honest how do you see God working here indiscriminately interviews job on the side kairos kind of down last session lawnmower blades learn to worship leave here feeling different lives of disciples long line look for a different job loved lower income march into Jerusalem meal meal together middle of the day more creative morning most alert navigate net new book not as sharp with details not easy now is the the opportune time occupying only for a few moments at a time openness of child's smile opportune time ordinary time our ministries overlaid owned boat palm parish in Texas participants path to ministry people on the margins perfect time of God perfume after someone has left the room places of work political persuasions proclamation raised up rally people reclaiming recovery period recreational fishing recruits regenerated religious leaders reminded restored restoring something retired man right time rocks of hatred same time second part of the day second thoughts secret to being successful seeing a light selling cars sermon sharpening saw blades slow so elusive something big sparks of God time speaking truth to power squirrely start having family strength stuck in traffic supporting the economy suspicious symbol of flowers take action taken over our temple taught a class thesis they would see God things that require analysis this is the opportune time thorns thoughtfulness of stranger throw in a landfill time is fulfilled time of danger time of day time we measure took everything trailer court transactions transparent trough two are together unveil new program verbal trumpet fanfare walks quietly to lake shore wasn't easy work way Jesus talked about it we don't see it we each have a ministry when you take everyone who Jesus really was whole new lift workshop written]
  • Jan 14, 2018Coming to Faith
    Jan 14, 2018
    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.
     
    *** Transcript ***
     
    We continue to reflect on this, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
     
    How any one of us comes to faith is an interesting experience and a process. For many of us, we came to it by growing into it. We may have been baptized as a child, grew up with it in our home, and in time came to understand it more and more through involvement with church education, church worship, conversation, and perhaps personal meditation and study. Or we may have come to faith as an older person, or as an older child, and found out about it having been invited to a church, or just hearing about it and coming, for one reason or another, to become an adult now in the faith. But for many of us, if not for most of us, it's an ongoing and involved process. Coming to faith, staying with faith, understanding our faith, and being in relationship with God is a dynamic thing. It's an ongoing process for all of us, for all of our lives.
     
    In today's gospel reading we have a snippet of a story that gives us an idea of how many twists and turns that coming to and staying with faith can have. Jesus has just been baptized by John the Baptist as our lesson begins today. And as soon as he's baptized, Jesus decides to go to Galilee, it says. This may be because it was a safer place to be after John the Baptist was killed within a short distance of Jerusalem. It was smart for someone preaching against the establishment to get further away. And so that may have been one reason why Jesus went to Galilee, to get further away from the authorities. But it's also closer to his boyhood home. Maybe he wanted to go to the borderland, the north part where it borders Syria, to start his ministry and to be closer to home. We don't know exactly why he did it, but there are various reasons.
     
    Often, for us, faith has these qualities too. That is, our Christian faith may be something that's an alternative and something that we need to be firm about. Jesus was firm because he said, I have to get away from Jerusalem so I can say what I need to say. Maybe we work in a workplace that isn't really friendly to religion or to Christianity. Or our neighborhood isn't friendly to people, to faith. Or maybe there are folks in our own family background who aren't so friendly to our faith anymore, either. And so keeping the faith, and being firm in the faith in times of challenge, can be who we are from our roots. But we need strength to keep that up. Just as Jesus needed to go to a place where he could be firm in his faith, we need too to find those resources in us so that we can meet the challenges around us.
     
    After Jesus is baptized, two people follow him. One of them is named as Andrew, who we hear about in our reading. He tells his brother Peter about Jesus. They were both from a nearby town called Bethsaida. Philip was from the same town, and they call him too. And then Philip finds Nathanael and tells him to be with Jesus also. One tells another tells another tells another. This process of one calling another and another is a reminder of the way that it is with the people of Jesus. One reaches another. One tells another. One tells the best news they know and invites others to come and find out too. They were still learning much as they were just getting acquainted with Jesus, but they knew he was someone special. This kind of organic activity of a group is still the way Christians come together, stay together, and invite others to join with the group. Each of these people had a different personality. Each of them came to faith from a different kind of direction. Yet by coming to Jesus together, they were edified by one another. They could share their thoughts. They could share their feelings. And they were encouraged to know that they were not alone. They could talk about their faith, and what they were thinking about Jesus and living out the faith, and they could share that with each other.
     
    This picture of faith is how followers of Jesus like us still grow the faith and grow in the faith. We want to keep it dynamic. We invite others because we are so intrigued by Jesus and because we know how the faith has helped us, and put our lives and our thought and our passions together. We want others to know about this too. So we begin to tell others and share with others how our faith is with us. We share with others because we each have a different perspective. We're all different from one another. We each appreciate Jesus in a slightly different way. We kind of look at this jewel we could call Jesus, this piece of this precious thing that God has given us, and we see it from our perspective. But how we see it might be a little different than how someone from another angle sees it. So we show our perspective with others and edify each other as they share their perspectives to us. We build up one another as we share with others and say things like, "This is the way I see Jesus. Come and see him too." Or we might say, "This is the way I see or hear Jesus. Tell me about how you see him in your life."
     
    In this lesson today, we have four men talking together here as they approach Jesus. As with them, faith is shaped as we talk with one another about what this Jesus means to us. We talk informally, we talk in our study groups about what our faith means to us and how we live it out in our lives. Well when Philip approached Nathanael, Nathanael wasn't eager at all. Nazareth had a low reputation. So Nathanael resists the invitation at first. What good can come out of Nazareth? Why should I need to pay any attention to any person who comes out of Nazareth? In terms of reputation and power, Nazareth was about as different and far away in style and prestige as one could get from Jerusalem. The gospel writer of John though, is setting his story of truth and faith as far away from this traditional faith capital as he can get. Jesus is very different from the traditional religion, as it was practiced in Jerusalem. He tells a different truth and he tells a different way of life.
     
    We find in our time that where we see and observe the faith being lived out is in the small places sometimes, and the out-of-the-way places. We don't see it so much where the power is and where the money is. We learn more about faith lived out as we observe those who have struggled, those who have survived hard times, and those who yearn for quality of life rather than fame and wealth. A faith that is sustained and witnessed and shown by those who have lived long, can be sustained in their faith and through their difficulty. And as we see these people who've lived out their faith through very difficult times, it shows us what having faith and what being in a relationship with Jesus is like. And as they share that with us, we understand how important it is.
     
    Nathanael's name means "given by God" or "gift of God." After he changes his attitude and comes to believe in Jesus, Nathanael becomes a model of faith. He doesn't claim his faith is something he has a right to, or has a privilege to hold over others as those in authority did in those days. Nathanael receives his relationship with Jesus. He receives his faith as a gift. John is reminding us that when we come to Jesus, we come with our hands, our minds, and our hearts open to what God would have us believe -- not as ones who are telling God how he should speak to us. We want to be open to receive the gift from God. What turned Nathanael was that Jesus could pick him out of the crowd as someone he had seen under the tree. And even while Jesus says that that in itself isn't a very great thing compared to some other things Jesus could do it, it meant a lot to Nathanael. To pick him out from the crowd was amazing, but it also tells us how responsive Nathanael was. He was ready to let go of his previous prejudices about Nazareth. He was ready to be converted right away. When it came to hearing Jesus, when he came close to him, he could turn off all of his filters, put them away. But the words of Jesus come to him.
     
    That's a reminder to us that if we can clear away the things that get in the way, the more clearly the word of Jesus can come to us and we can hear him more easily. When we open ourselves and let ourselves receive what God wants us to have, and to know, and to believe, the easier it is. Ways of contemplation, ways of meditation can help us clear our hearts and clear our minds of all the clutter that gets in the way, so that the good word of Jesus can come to us. Then we can receive the gift that God wants to give us. It is interesting that Jesus noticed Nathanael under the tree. We can picture Nathanael there in nature, contemplating. It's about as far as you can get away from the hubbub of the temple in Jerusalem, in terms of environment. In this quiet place of nature is where Nathanael hears a call of Jesus, and Jesus becomes reality to him. And he comes to faith readily. This speaks again of the goodness of contemplation and quiet, where we can hear the call of Jesus and the word of God.
     
    On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, I would like to read a short excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's book Stride Toward Freedom. It's about a time when his personal, quiet meditation changed him. He writes, "I was ready to give up. With my cup of coffee sitting untouched before me, I tried to think of a way to move out of the picture without appearing a coward. In this state of exhaustion, when my courage had all but gone, I decided to take my problem to God. With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud. The words I spoke to God that midnight are still vivid in my memory. I prayed, 'I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I've come to the point where I can't face it alone.' And at that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced God before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying: 'Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.' Almost at once my fears began to go. My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything."
     
    Martin Luther King, Jr. was changed by this revelation, often referred to as his "vision in the kitchen." Nathanael's revelation, in which he suddenly could see clearly who Jesus was, changed him. He then immediately proclaimed Jesus as rabbi, Son of God, and king of Israel. The revelation to Nathanael allowed him something new to see. It snapped into focus for him, being in prayer and in contemplation under the tree. Thinking about God has the power to change our lives, too. When Jesus had come upon Nathanael, at first he said here's an Israelite in whom there is no deceit. In the Old Testament, remember it was Jacob whose name was changed by God to Israel. He was full of trickery and deceit until his name was changed. It was also Jacob or Israel who saw the angels of God ascending and descending from heaven in a dream. So now Jesus is telling Nathanael that he will see angels ascending and descending too, and that all of Israel will. This is a new creation of Israel. It had happened with Jacob. It had happened as his name had changed. He had this wonderful vision. Now it's happening again. Jesus and Nathanael, with the gathering of these people, is creating a new Israel, a new body of people to come before God. Nathanael represents the new believer, the new follower of Jesus, the new Israel. Far away from the power center in Jerusalem, a new kind of faith is springing up that looks to Jesus as its leader. It espouses a purity of heart before God, and finds truth in contemplation under a fig tree rather than in a corrupt religious center.
     
    All of these dynamics that go on with this story are what go on with us too. There's the involvement of several, telling and inviting each other. There is a belief that there's no one right place where truth is found. There is private meditation. There's a call of Jesus that changes everything. The Epiphany, or showing forth of God, happens in many ways. We want to have our hearts and minds open so that we can receive God in Jesus, and have the eyes of faith to see the great things God does in our world, so that we have the courage to bring God's goodness to the world. Amen.
     
    And now may the peace of God which passes all understanding keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.
     
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    2018, Christ Lutheran Church, Webster Groves, sermon, podcast, transcript, Pastor Keith Holste, Bartholomew, John 1:43-51
  • Dec 31, 2017The Witness of Simeon
    Dec 31, 2017
    The Witness of Simeon
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    December 31, 2017. As Mary and Joseph entered the temple for the presentation of baby Jesus, they met a man named Simeon. Being led by the Holy Spirit, he believed he had seen the Messiah and that his life was complete. Pastor Penny preaches today on this story and how we believe God's words for the same reason that Simeon did, because of God's beautiful promise and the difference he makes in our lives. *** [Keywords: 10th 2017 8 day old baby Bethlehem Christ Lutheran Church Christmas Egyptian families God gives God is busy delivering us God is fighting for us God is part of everyday life God is with us God keeps his promises God loves the child God makes a difference in our lives God would save the world God's help Holy Spirit of God Jerusalem Jewish families Nazareth Pastor Penny Holste Simeon Witness of Simeon able to see sun again after school activities after woman had baby already won the victory armies as much as we are able ask for strength baptism baptized barriers believed God's promise believed words of God birthday bread and wine of communion bring animal to be sacrificed caregiver challenges chief defender child owned by God children we've been given chosen people cloud of despair lifts comes from loving God community of believers countries of the world devotions died don't think we can pray too much end of the day entered the temple family and friends father said aren't you glad you prayed felt his life was complete five year old boy food and people sitting around table for us and for the whole world forgive someone freed by God's grace freeing us from selfishness from Abraham to Isaiah gathering of people giving this child to God got tired of praying greet the day with prayer of thanks guarantee you'll get one had been slaves in Egypt had that experience hard to find time has to be true he saw the Messiah heard a voice heard voice of God hearts are soft how could he believe if I die right now I'll die a happy person illness inclusive indicated keep these rituals led him to the temple life is sacred little baby looked at him loss maybe in dream missiles mother went to hospital my eyes have now seen your salvation mystery of the presence of God need to fight to keep religious rites and rituals as part of our life now my life is complete observed oldest child born only a God of love opening ourselves up opposition in our lives own people pigeons or turtle doves pray every day for two months pray for courage pray for hope pray too little prayers before bedtime presentation of firstborn son presented firstborn problem is on the other side protecting themselves quickly quit praying religious practices remind the Jews reminded reminder to us rite of purification same reason we do save the Jews saw a vision say prayer before you eat self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ sermon she had twins sing sit down and eat together slowly some event is over son said aren't you glad I quit when I did? spared succeed in something sword piercing our hearts tariffs temple in Jerusalem tenth plague theme throughout the Bible this is the one to what is not known told Simeon too beautiful a thing to be thought up by people too poor two little boys two rites or religious rituals using them to save the whole world very old ritual very poor but pious couple walked 60 miles walked up to Jesus water of baptism we are made children of God we are not alone we are receiving salvation we can face these things wedding weekends what had he seen when it was over wide open eyes without fear worked so hard to achieve would bring light even to the gentiles would like a little brother would not die before he saw the Messiah yes God is saving them]
  • Dec 24, 2017A Little Bit of Heaven
    Dec 24, 2017
    A Little Bit of Heaven
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    December 24, 2017. Where is Jesus now? How can we trust in him if we can't see him? In her sermon this Christmas Eve, Pastor Penny tells us that indeed we can see Jesus. He shows us a little bit of Heaven very quietly, sometimes only one or two people at a time. In this season of gift giving, we stop to celebrate the real gift we've been given: the joy, forgiveness, and life we have through Christ. *** [Keywords: 20 years 2017 Christ Lutheran Church Christ is in this world Father Greg Boyle God is in this world Heaven Heaven on earth Homeboy Industries I would trust in Jesus Japanese Americans Jesus came to earth Jesus is in this world LA area Los Angeles Mary Minneapolis Pastor Penny Holste Roman government Simon the shepherd Sunday dinner WWII West coast World War II broke out act of love all these divisions almost everyone does always wondered as Jesus grew back on drugs back to prison bakery be healthy be successful beautiful wrapping on a gift because Jesus came being born into a certain segment of society birth brought Heaven to earth built barriers burden of responsibilities cared for carry on with our lives celebrate Christmas class divisions college come and see Jesus come back when you're ready come to dinner confidence controls in our lives controls on them controls were gone in Heaven created pathway of forgiveness death desire for power and fame didn't work with everyone the first time difficult life every Christmas ex gang members ex offenders expectations fail to show up fancy box of dried fruit forgiveness free of barriers freedom friends friends in California funeral gift given to us as a gift great aunt and best friend greed guilt he is still here heavy taxes herded into camps hit wall home if I could just see him impossible rules insisted that all people are valuable into this world invitation irresistible culture of tenderness joy knows their backgrounds life life after this life like to throw those burdens off little bit of Heaven little control over politics little look into what Heaven is like lived in great poverty lives before their death long ago long time ago look good lot of controversy love of God loves these men made enemies motto need to experience needed healing needed more than a job never could earn never married nice story not ready yet nothing stops a bullet like a job number of years later on our shoulders others ourselves pathway to God places of employment protected put him to gruesome death quietly quietly waiting for war to end real gift real present regret religious leaders restaurant rose from the dead sanctuary selfishness sense of joy separated them from God's love sermon shared sharing some things never change sometimes one or two people at a time son of God stay young surprising change sympathize take shelter in their home their health these many years later time to be with family to Bethlehem turn on the news two young women unravelling upstairs very abusive backgrounds vulnerable baby wake up in morning way they looked we have seen we love you weight of trauma weren't resilient what we learn from Jesus where is Jesus now? who were these people whole world controlled willing to do this women working not with force world's demands]
  • Dec 24, 2017Mightiness Hidden Beneath Lowliness
    Dec 24, 2017
    Mightiness Hidden Beneath Lowliness
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    December 24, 2017. Faith is a big part of the nativity picture. Pastor Keith's sermon this Christmas Eve is on the simple, pure heart of Mary. *** [Keywords: 14 years old 2017 40 families 500th anniversary of the Reformation Angel of God Anne Caiaphas daughter Catholic church Christ Christ Lutheran Church Christian history Christmas Eve Elizabeth Galilee God still acts God's regard Hebrew Holy Spirit shall come upon you I won't even have her Israel Jerusalem Jesus Jews Joachim John the Baptist Joseph Martin Luther Mary Mary and Joseph Mary's parents Miriam Nazareth Pastor Keith Holste Roman empire Samson St. Bernard Syria against all reason all generations shall call me blessed amazing person angel Gabriel angel coming to Mary apparently spoiled woman appointed chores babe nursing at Mary's breast baby be present in the world beggar believed conceived belongs to all people betrothed bride bitter mar blessedness bridegroom bright lights bring all things to pass built house cattle cave center of our attention circumstances of birth common sense against it could not prove it court proceedings derision devotion disturbed downtrodden dugout enduring faith engaged to marry execution on cross experience expose her extreme poverty faith is such a big part of the nativity picture fear not to take Mary to be your wife feeds whole world flesh and blood flocks fourteen from bad to worse girl glitter godless man goodness of the prince graciousness handle difficult situation heart hidden beneath branches high station holy virgin honor hopeless housework humility husband incredible faith of Mary infant of lowly birth instrument to God's plan just a dream just man kept the secret last Sunday in Advent letter of the law live faithfully live out struggles loose woman low estate of handmaiden low status lowest state lowliest maiden marvelous things were announced meditation menial tasks mightiness hidden beneath lowliness mighty reach of faith milks the cows model Christian monasteries mother of God mother of the most high naming children no end of his kingdom nourished by this food obviate rumor orphan our love is tested overcame sin death world hell devil overwhelming gifts and graces perpetual joy plain man poor power of God powerfully present powerless on the cross praying pregnant princess privately prophet Isaiah public example put to shame reassured redemption of Israel remote town renewed in heart renounce her revered richness and goodness savior is given scripture sermon servant severe trial she believed shepherds showiness simple pure heart small town solace for human kind son of God special person stoned story strength lies below weakness suffer the shame take her to wife that I should bear a king this is how God operates this season this son of God is ours three miracles took pity transformed troubled trusted in God trusting God's hand under the tree unlikely means unto us a child is born utter bitterness virgin virgin birth trifle walked away from situation who am I little worm whom God chose with child woman]
  • Dec 6, 2017Be Present
    Dec 6, 2017
    Be Present
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    December 6, 2017. Instead of spending all our time buying presents, Pastor Penny urges us in this Advent mid-week service to set aside space to be present for one another, as Christ is coming to be present with us. *** [Keywords: 2017 Adam and Eve heard the sound Advent mid-week service Christ Lutheran church Christmas Christmas Eve Emmanuel Genesis 3 God being with us God is with us God's desire to be with us Gospel of Matthew I don't want to buy presents I want to be present Jesus' birth story Lo I am with you to the end of the age Old Testament Pastor Penny Holste adultery amazing beginning to Jesus' life angels another man another religion ascended to Heaven be bothered be present for one another became with us believe God is present with us betrothal and marriage beyond ethnic divisions boy's family brought shame business man always on the go buy those presents children in teens coats considered husband and wife consummate marriage countercultural courage customs demonstrate for children don't live together each smile escorts her back to his family family of our own family tree feel God's presence finely wrapped gifts fit the pattern foreshadows ministry of Jesus fourteen full of challenge girl's family give money gives us comfort going online got together great hunter grew week by week heart of our faith hints how amazing it is in our lives inclusive family insider info kid who couldn't wait killed love of God is experienced make space men and women message for adults most beautiful passage next to no thought not born of a human pajamas patriarchal physical way piles under our tree pillar of smoke by day and fire by night popular script practical promise prophets publicly shame her pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable quietly sign bill of divorce rainbow raised again realizing something important redefines family runs to mall separated sermon shameful shook each present shopping shrinking moments together sign certificate squeal of joy stalk the aisles stereotype stoned by her family suffered sweaters they are married thirteen time is not slowing down time of the evening breeze too busy toys truly with us in a human way twelve unique promise venture guesses video clip visions walking in the Garden wasn't until Jesus what a gift it is to be present for each other what each child wanted what it means to be present for one another wife young man]
  • Nov 26, 2017Jesus is the Judge
    Nov 26, 2017
    Jesus is the Judge
    Series: (All)
    November 26, 2017. In the story of the Sheep and the Goats from Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus divides people into "sheep" who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and "goats" who are sent to eternal damnation, according to how they treated one another. But who are we in the story? Pastor Penny preaches on this text, what we can learn from it, and how important it is to Jesus that we live lives of love. *** [Keywords: 2017 4 year old Norah 81 year old Dan Christ Lutheran Church Christians Episcopal church God is Greek word ethnos I know him Jesus devoted his life Jesus is the judge Jesus suffered with them Jews Judgment of the Nations Kansas City Community Kitchen Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew's community Pastor Penny Holste Room at the Inn Ten Commandments The Sheep and the Goats Toastmasters club arrogant at table award prizes bags of groceries barely got out become part of family befriend stranger behind face believability certain challenge of beginning dating scene as senior citizen change had happened changed its format chefs closely Jesus identifies with us clothing come and visit comfort conversation ensued could we be the goats courage criteria culinary training program decision depressed disagree politically disciples would be hated dissolving divides them don't need to worry dramatic flair drivers license earn eternal life end of our lives end of the world even nonbelievers family car feeding felt lost find out phone number of Dan flock food friend had won first place gathering the nations gathers people together gave his life gentiles give money to the poor go and sell everything you have go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations good news proclaimed to whole world grocery shopping had been homeless in past hair cut happy to be alive healing healthy trees hello older person help people help people less fortunate how old are you how people treated one another how serious Jesus is hugging Dan humorous speech identify with them important to Jesus impress her mother in his glory invite people to come sit down it's my birthday today judges knew nothing about skiing learned two things least of these let him down like restaurant list little girl named Norah Wood live lives of love look into hearts of people lost wife of many years man named Dan Peterson members of my family mom Tara mother Tara neither sheep nor goats neither were believers new model no uncertain terms non-Christians not smile since wife died not so different not that different not trying to earn not very downtrodden in this community often poor options on menu parable parts of story people on fringes people who were not us people with low incomes perform persecuted photograph posted picture on facebook praises predictable predicted preserves dignity produce department produce healthy fruit protective instincts punishments and rewards quiet room reason for suffering relieve suffering responsible rich young ruler savior who loves us scene of end of the world selfish sensed magical time moment sent them to eternal damnation sermon serve the homeless servers severity shaved sheep and goats sheep were naturally helpful shepherd should be left to God speech contest started pouring story story in news stubborn surprising surprising thought take risk teenager tensely waiting for verdict this man was really lonely timing to you I give the kingdom took some courage treated one another trying to impress man verdict volunteer waiters waiting walked off sadly wanted to date wasn't her car way we treat one another we are not the judges we are the least of these we didn't see you we would be with him forever well hello little girl went to store weren't counting costs what must I do to inherit when I needed it when Jesus comes back when they suffered when we suffer he suffers when you turned your back whenever you did it to the least of these who are we who are we in this story woman responded word nations would be punished written for them you can talk with these people you did it to me you failed you have won eternal life]
  • Nov 19, 2017Don’t Bury the Message
    Nov 19, 2017
    Don’t Bury the Message
    Series: (All)
    November 19, 2017. Pastor Keith preaches on the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25. In the story, two servants invest the money from their master, and a third servant buries it. But is the parable really about money? What if it's about the gift of the Gospel? Jesus died and was buried, but he didn't stay buried. Likewise, the good news of the Gospel is for the whole world and is meant to be shared, not buried. *** [Keywords: American culture Annual Synod Bishop's Convocation Bishop Guy Erwin Christ Lutheran Church Christian Community Outreach Christian Service Committee For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son God loves the world Good News Hispanic neighborhood Homiletics Festival I'm going to let it shine Jesus the Christ Jodi McCarty John 3:16 Jonah Kingdom of God LA Last Supper Los Angeles Matt Miller Matthew 25:14-30 Minneapolis Mount Olivet Nineveh PMC Parable of the Talents Partership for a Missional Church Pastor David Lose Pastor Keith Holste Pastor Penny Reformation Send Me St. Louis Southwest California Synod Synod training event This Little Light of Mine Thrivent shirts abilities about Gospel actions always have to offer amended amount of money annual festival anxious attend attitude toward us begins path to cross believer best sermons bringing the Word broken buried it bury it other six days of the week came and died changes meaning of the story children singing city by city close and far coinage congregations cope and thrive country by country cranberry hymnals died and risen for us different kind of language disappointment of the land owner disciples don't bury don't let it be wasted don't waste it dwelling in the word dwelling in the world easier to excuse employed encouragement of one another enjoy only for ourselves explain sermons fair and just five million dollars five talents foreign gave millions gift of grace give away giving you immense gift of my life going to rise great gift God has given us grows exponentially held up as model hide it high expectations invest it invested investment would grow key learnings kicking and screaming king and people heeded his message last parable in Matthew leading edge lesson live generously live in service to God live in the world live through you live with you living through Jesus lonely love of God loving and warning Word of God major preachers men message picked up and shared message will thrive modern scholarship monetary term more than enough to go around more we share it more it grows multiplied many times over new edge not to bury one million dollars only a few dollars our times out in the open out in the world out of the grave people always need love plan poor pray priority of the Gospel programmed ways to get involved pure grace of God real worship happens Monday through Saturday receive Lord's Supper received immense gifts redeem your life repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand rich sake of life sake of the world sat down saved from destruction selfishness and fear sermon shade shape of our congregation shape the whole world shapes your life sinful sit on skews the story small amount so angry wanted to die so hot so little peace so much anxiety speech stay buried studied theology take the Gospel around to the world talents the assembly think to be shared with the world to hear the Word tree two million dollars two talents unhappy they converted very frustrated very substantial amounts way of living we assemble on Sunday what does that mean what's the big deal whole city with this message witness won't grow at all world changing gift worship your good your salvation 10 dollars 20 bucks 20 years of wages 50 bucks 100 pounds of silver 2000s 2017]
  • Nov 12, 2017Exercising Our Relationship With God
    Nov 12, 2017
    Exercising Our Relationship With God
    Series: (All)
    November 12, 2017. Would Jesus recognize us if we walked away from him? Today is Confirmation Sunday, and in her sermon Pastor Penny shares excerpts from the confirmands' essays on how we can exercise our relationship with God, how we can use every means given us to make sure God knows us. *** [Keywords: 15 years 2000 years later 2017 APA Alex Cramer Alex Hill Bible Calvin Ciorba Christ Lutheran Church Confirmation David Feed My Starving Children Florida God knows us God loves us in spite of our sin God will be with them God's idea to have relationship with us His loving arms Holy Communion I don't do a lot with my money I don't know you Jesus' return Juno Matthew 25:10-13 Paige Lauer Pastor Penny Holste Psalms Puerto Rico QT Room at the Inn Sunday morning Texas active adopted stray cat age out of foster care system angry prayers animal protection back on the path backpack baptized as infants baseball be a light to the world beautiful coat of Angora and calico fur becoming a teacher been disappointed biked past drug store body and blood of Christ body is a gift book of Matthew bridegroom bridesmaids build closeness bullied bullying camping chocolates or candle climbing come into Kingdom of Heaven come to church concern confirmands' essays courage to move forward cramped detour to QuikTrip didn't bring extra oil didn't recognize them direction disappointed by ourselves doesn't recognize us don't understand us door was shut drawing us down early Christians end of the world every means we can excerpts exercise our relationship with God exercising faith affects family connections family of Christ far away fishing forgotten to get present found nice home friends playing basketball fun times with family gave kitten to each of their friends get better get stronger gift he wanted girls in story gives us strength and courage good thing to remember grow up had saved her life healthy help bring them back up help next generation hiking homeless honest with my family hopped on his bike house was dark how important it was how to use these gifts hurricanes impacted my decisions and thoughts included a light judge keep it stronger kept the mother kittens knew he was late knocked on door know God and be known by God leave us without guilt let us come in like-minded individuals long checkout line love of God is light in our lives many church events together maybe got distracted members' parties mission trips with the church most Sundays mother's surprise birthday party my brother's birthday my family bonds through the church new cat no longer recognizes us as children of God not God's plan not thinking of Jesus coming this moment nurtured her for years older kids one and holy purpose our most precious possession out to eat parable party started pedaled fast people we love person represents Jesus pets don't recognize us physical problem promises of God raking leaves read and hear words of Scripture receive touch of Jesus recognize them as children of God reflected relationship as a gift relationship with God through Jesus Christ return sacrifice scrawny alley cat sermon service service to others sin skinny cat soccer someone we feel should know us somewhat repay Jesus sorry you missed the party spent all money saved up spills over into our lives sports story as a warning swimming take them into his kingdom tender care thanksgiving they meant well they were hurt things are hard those who do the will of my Father time we're able to hang out times when we need him together at same place doing same thing took them to vet traditional treat others trust me waiting for Jesus to show up walked farther away from Jesus wanted a pet way I pray we know God we love we pray went to store what if Jesus doesn't recognize us here when I start making money words to deal with it work overwhelming writes]