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Robert Keefer

Sermon for April 17: Creo porque creemos

Artist Name - Sermon from April 17

​ Creo porque creemos Easter IV; April 17, 2016 John 10:22-30 There are a lot of weighty sayings in this short piece of teaching from the mouth of Jesus. There is a lot here worthy of consideration. For some reason – and I will, as usual, attribute it to the work of the Holy Spirit! – the line that caught my attention was, "But you do not believe, ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for April 10: Another Dawn

Robert Keefer - Another Dawn

​ Another Dawn Easter III; April 10, 2016 John 21:1-19 This week I went to visit my mentor, teacher, and friend. He is in hospice care, and we do not know how long he will live. Many of us have been taking it in turn to visit him. So I flew to Boston, and drove through a snowstorm to the Upper Connecticut Valley. That evening was chilly and dreary ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Maundy Thursday

​ Look Who is at the Table Maundy Thursday; March 24, 2016 Luke 22:14-27 and Psalm 139:1-6 In adult Sunday School this month we have read and thought about Psalm 139. Mike, our teacher, asked very provocative questions to get us thinking about what we bring to the Lord's Table. Some of us brought cheese, some cookies, some fruit. All of us brought ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from Good Friday

On Good Friday, I was one of seven preachers in the service at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church. Each of us had one of the "seven last words" as a subject; mine was "I thirst." "I Thirst" Good Friday; March 25, 2016 John 19:28-29 I hope someone else here is wondering what Scripture John is referring to when he writes that Jesus said "(in order to f...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Easter

Robert Keefer - The Big Deal

The Big Deal The Resurrection of the Lord Easter; March 27, 2016 Luke 24:1-12 Isn't it fun coming to church on Easter? There are flowers all over the front, and we have communion, and we have brass to play for us and the bells and the choir sings a barnburner. And the preacher wears his fanciest outfit. We make a big deal out of celebrating Resurre...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Palm Sunday: Voices from the Crowd

Robert Keefer - Voices from the Crowd

Voices from the Crowd Palm Sunday; March 20, 2016 Luke 19:29-48 Now, Jesus was getting close to Bethphage and Bethany; he was at the place called the Mount of Olives. He sent two of his disciples with these instructions: Go to that village there; you will find a colt tied up, one that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it. And if someone as...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for March 6: A Mind for God

​ A Mind for God SERMON SERIES: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD Lent IV; March 6, 2016 Psalm 119:33-40 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) I'll be honest with you: to be a person of God is hard. No, I don't mean...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for February 28: Strong in and for the Lord

​ Strong in and for the Lord SERMON SERIES: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD Lent III; February 28, 2016 Ephesians 6:10-17 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) I spent some time on the Power Team's website, lookin...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for February 21: Bless the Lord, O my Soul

"Bless the Lord, O my soul." SERMON SERIES: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD Lent II; February 21, 2016 Psalm 103 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) My usual morning walking route with my dogs is down the hill f...
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Sara Tonje

Sermon from February 14, 2016: Loving Others

Sara Tonje - Sermon on Valentine's Day 2016

Pastor Sara reminds us, on this "day of love," that Christ directed us to look out for the widow, the orphan and the stranger, no matter who they are, where they are from, the ones who need the help the most.  Remember the love that goes beyond our family unit: ourselves and others.
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for February 7: Hallelujah, Anyhow

Robert Keefer - Hallelujah, Anyhow

​ Hallelujah, Anyhow Transfiguration; February 7, 2016 Habakkuk 3 When I was a young minister on the staff of my seminary, I was often called on to lead the communion service in our chapel. I would do the communion and one of our students would preach the sermon. One preacher who stands out for me was a young woman studying to be a minister in the ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 31: Blessed Silence

Robert Keefer - Blessed Silence

​ Blessed Silence Epiphany/Ordinary Time IV; January 31, 2016 Habakkuk 2:6-20 As you probably know, I am still officially an Iowan, so I must go to my precinct caucus tomorrow night and express my preference for who should represent my party in the next presidential election. You too will have your chance; the Nebraska caucuses are on Saturday, Mar...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 24 - The Righteous Live by Their Faith

Robert Keefer - The Righteous Live by Their Faith

"The righteous live by their faith." Epiphany/Ordinary Time III; January 24, 2016 Habakkuk 2:1-5 Last Sunday Pastor Sara invited us to think about a story or image from the Bible that is particularly important to us. I got a chance to tell mine to Vicki Meinhardt; now I'm going to tell all of you. It's from the prophet Isaiah (62:6-7): God has post...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 3: Incarnate

Robert Keefer - Incarnate

​ Incarnate Epiphany (Observed); January 3, 2016 John 1:1-18 Some years ago I represented the Presbytery at a Session meeting; the Session was interviewing a member of their Church, a member who wanted their endorsement to go to seminary to study to become a minister. In the conversation, she said something that has stuck in my mind: she said to th...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 10: A God You Can Quarrel With

Robert Keefer - A God You Can Quarrel With

A God You Can Quarrel With Baptism of the Lord; January 10, 2016 Habakkuk 1 Last summer at our Synod School I taught a class on the Prophet Habakkuk. It was a wonderful experience; the group struggled together around our relationship with God as the prophet struggled. I felt strongly I should take an opportunity to share with you what I learned, an...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for December 27: They Grow Up So Fast

Robert Keefer - They Grow Up So Fast

​ They Grow Up So Fast Christmas I; December 27, 2015 Luke 2:41-52 Please don't call Child Protective Services to report Joseph and Mary for negligence. They weren't really negligent. It is possible that the pilgrims didn't all start out in one group, but that the women and younger children left earlier, and the men and older boys followed. Joseph ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Christmas Eve: In the Quiet

Robert Keefer - In the Quiet

In the Quiet Christmas Eve; December 24, 2015 Luke 2:1-20 This year I'm captivated by Mary's response to all the excitement: she "treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart" (v. 19). That Christmas night was noisy. I've never been present for the birth of a child, but I have to believe there's noise – at least the woman in labor doing...
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Robert Keefer

December 20: On "Messiah"

The sermon on December 20 was a performance of several sections of Part I of Handel's "Messiah." Here is the introduction I gave before we sang. On Messiah Advent IV; December 20, 2015 Text of portions of part I of Messiah Music by G. F. Handel, book compiled by Charles Jennens Messiah was composed as a piece for the theater, not for church. George...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for December 6: The Servant of the Lord

Robert Keefer - The Servant of the Lord

​ The Servant of the Lord Advent II; December 6, 2015 Luke 1:26-38 I can't imagine Mary had any idea what she was getting herself into when she said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." She knew she was signing up for a major project: nine months of pregnancy, childbirth – both of those always risky, but ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for November 29: Hope is Hard

Robert Keefer - Hope is Hard

​ Hope Is Hard Advent I; November 29, 2015 Luke 21:25-36 Is anybody else ever tempted simply to give up? To stop trying? I'll tell you about a recent Friday. It was at the conclusion of a difficult week – too many meetings, too many chores, too little rest, too little laughter. That Friday started with a series of text messages urging me to do some...
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