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The Things of God - Pastor Steve Brown - August 31, 2014

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 08/31/2014

Hidden Wisdom, Part 3: Good Grief // Mike Weaver show art Hidden Wisdom, Part 3: Good Grief // Mike Weaver

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It’s wise to grieve.  Avoiding grief leaves our wounded hearts open like a cut that will not heal. Every person experiences grief.  It follows as we experience loss in our lives, whether it be because someone we loved has died, we lose physical ability, friendships end, or hopes and dreams for the future die.  The wise allow themselves to grieve.  If we don’t allow ourselves to grieve, the emotional toll we face are physical and relational difficulties.     Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Hidden Wisdom, Part 2: The Wisdom of the Cost // Steve Brown show art Hidden Wisdom, Part 2: The Wisdom of the Cost // Steve Brown

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God’s wisdom for our lives is the cost of dying so that we will be able to love God and others.   Everything in what Jesus taught and the way Jesus lived and died reveals the hidden wisdom of God for our lives – to die to ourselves so that we will be able to love God above all else and to love others as Jesus loves us. One cannot be raised to a new life without first dying. This hidden wisdom of God is upside down and backward from the “wisdom” of the world. It is the message of the cross which is foolishness to those who yet do not know Jesus.   Next step: Identify one bit...

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Hidden Wisdom, Part 1: Wisdom's Origin Story // Mike Weaver show art Hidden Wisdom, Part 1: Wisdom's Origin Story // Mike Weaver

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Paul describes Jesus as the “wisdom of God”,  Thus, Jesus embodies the entirety of wisdom.  He is the Savior of the world and the wisdom of God. The beginning of the year is a time for us to look ahead at what will be.  We envision, make plans, set goals…but wisdom will be the way it is accomplished. The world today may be filled with incredible knowledge, but be bereft of wisdom.  Google is knowledgeable, but not wise.     Next step:  Ask for wisdom for the way through the year.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St...

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Whose Day Can You Make? // Mike Weaver show art Whose Day Can You Make? // Mike Weaver

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When Mary visits Elizabeth, Elizabeth is shocked and says, “Why am I so favored…?”  The NRSV re-words her question, “Why has this happened to me…?”  Regardless of how it is worded, Elizabeth is surprised and taken aback by the grace she’s experiencing by Mary’s visit.  Mary, in whom the Savior of the Word dwelled in bodily form, visits Elizabeth and gives her a day she would never forget.  Might we do the same for others?  What if we set out to make someone’s day this holiday season?  After all, the risen Christ dwells in our lives as well. ...

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Who Should I Be Today? // Mike Weaver show art Who Should I Be Today? // Mike Weaver

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In the morning, many of us ask, “What should I do today?”  We think of tasks and obligations and make plans to carry them out.  Do we ever ask, “Who should I be today?” or as we look at the holiday season, “Who should I be this Christmas?”  What difference would it make if you did?  During Advent, we anticipate the coming of Christ, his first coming in his birth in Bethlehem and his second in glory.  He comes as a who first...a person in the flesh.  He shows up intentionally before he does anything.  The readings this week lead us into how we...

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Where is the God of Justice? // Steve Brown show art Where is the God of Justice? // Steve Brown

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As you look at what is happening in our world and individual lives, you may be thinking, “Evil seems to be winning. Where is the God of justice?” God brings justice through Jesus alive in us and everything is made new. The Hebrew prophets Malachi and John the Baptist proclaimed that God’s justice was coming. God’s justice came in Jesus. God’s justice is backward from the world’s justice. God’s justice flows from God’s grace found in Jesus and not from the world’s karma justice. At the same time, God’s justice calls for a response of trust in God and living in obedience to...

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What Are You Looking For? // Mike Weaver show art What Are You Looking For? // Mike Weaver

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Decades ago, U2 sang, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”  The phrase is not only a great lyric to a legendary song, it reflects the condition of our hearts at different points in our lives.  The deeper question becomes, “What is your heart looking for?”  Contentment?  Peace?  Love?  Joy?  Acceptance?  When we live in Christ, we find what our hearts are looking for and what our souls long for.       Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Extraordinary Generosity // Steve Brown show art Extraordinary Generosity // Steve Brown

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God makes our generosity extraordinary. God takes what we give to his mission and multiplies it to produce an extraordinary and eternal difference in our lives and the lives of others. When we sacrificially and cheerfully give first to God, our lives are extraordinarily changed. God uses all our offerings to bring his extraordinary mission into reality.         Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Live Generously // Mike Weaver show art Live Generously // Mike Weaver

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As Christians, we live our lives always in view of the cross.  God has generously given us all things, including himself, and asks us to live in this way of generosity.   The question Capital One asks consumers is, “What’s in your wallet?”  God asks, “What’s in your heart?”  God doesn’t need our time, talents, and money, but we need to be generous.  It is not only good for us, it is also what God desires of us, that we live with glad and generous hearts.     Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church: ...

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All-Saints Sunday: Hope // Steve Brown show art All-Saints Sunday: Hope // Steve Brown

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Hope is the confident expectation that what God has promised will happen. The dictionary defines hope as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” But hope is less about feeling and more like trust. Faith and hope are synonyms in the theology of the Bible. Hope is forward-looking and, therefore, hope is less about proof. But our hope becomes more confident when past events provide proof for our hope.   So, we hope in Christ based on the historical events recorded in the gospel narratives. We know, however, that our hope in Christ can fluctuate from a...

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Pastor Steve walks through Matthew 16:21-28 and contrasts the Theology of the Cross (the things of God) with the Theology of Glory (the things of men). Download the sermon outline here: http://bit.ly/1kz13ET