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Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 4: Mirror and Window // Steve Brown

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 08/29/2021

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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Reformation Sunday: Freedom // Mike Weaver show art Reformation Sunday: Freedom // Mike Weaver

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Luther dreamed and worked for a church that was free from the demands of the leaders in the church of his day.  The reforms he led became a movement founded in the freedom of the Christian.  The desire for freedom continues to this very day as Americans debate about what freedom means as it relates to government mandates about masks and vaccinations.  Christians today, in America, can model and help create a future for all of us as we use our freedom, not to do what we want and demand our rights, but to serve our neighbor in love.  We can help a culture confused and...

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Joy in my Journey // Alisha Artis show art Joy in my Journey // Alisha Artis

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Alisha joined the St Luke staff this year as Children and Families Ministry Director. Her message today centers on relating joy and finding joy at different times in her faith journey and the impact it has had on her. We hope this message encourages you.  Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Pioneer and Perfecter // Mike Weaver show art Pioneer and Perfecter // Mike Weaver

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Jesus is called a prophet, teacher, miracle-worker, Messiah, the Christ, Savior, and Redeemer among other things.  The writer of Hebrews adds two more, “Pioneer and Perfecter” of our faith.  (The King James Version uses the word “author” instead of “pioneer”.) This week we’ll lean into the implications that Jesus is truly what Hebrews testifies to, that he writes the story and perfects the same story, of our individual and collective lives lived by faith. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Why Church? Part 5: Sacrifice // Steve Brown show art Why Church? Part 5: Sacrifice // Steve Brown

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, when Christ calls us, he bids us to come and die. Pastor Mike taught last week that we church for a cause bigger than ourselves, but first we must be transformed by Christ and that takes sacrifice. To live and love like Jesus will take sacrifice. In a move that is incredibly counter-intuitive and countercultural, we church because Jesus bids us to come and die and live a life that is sacrificial for the sake of the world. It is here that we find our purpose.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Why Church? Part 4: Sacrifice // Mike Weaver show art Why Church? Part 4: Sacrifice // Mike Weaver

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The church is a cause greater than ourselves, the Kingdom of God.  As the church, we are invited to participate in the ongoing revelation of the Kingdom of God in this world.  We pray for its coming weekly and, at times, daily, in the Lord’s Prayer, and we participate and co-create the Kingdom where we are with God by the Holy Spirit.  Just as Jesus sent the 72 out to do the work of the Kingdom to places maybe they had never been and with people with whom they had never spoken, and to do things they couldn’t ever do on their own, so Christ sends us out as ambassadors for the...

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As we grind through our daily lives, we screw up. In our self-centered drive, we violate God’s values and hurt others. In the mirror of honest self-reflection, we see what we intuitively know about ourselves – we fall short of God’s way of living. If we were left with only the mirror of honest self-assessment, we would have no hope and we would fear our deserved judgment. In Christ, the condemning mirror becomes a window to see God’s unfailing love for us.  

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