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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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Sermon from November 22, 2015 - What Kind of King is Jesus?

Sara Tonje - What Kind of King is Jesus?

Pastor Sara talks about Christ the King Sunday, why we should celebrate it and what kind of king Jesus is for all of us.
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for November 15: Take Hold of Life

Robert Keefer - Take Hold of Life

​ Take Hold of Life Pentecost XXV (O. T. 33); November 15, 2015 I Timothy 6:17-19 The few wealthy people I have known were folks who were good to be around: pleasant, good conversationalists, interested in public affairs and the arts, and even humble. They didn't make a show of their wealth, but enjoyed it and also were generous with it. But I unde...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for November 8: Relax, the Lord is Near

Robert Keefer - Relax, the Lord is Near

​ Relax, the Lord is Near Pentecost XXIV (O. T. 32); November 8, 2015 Philippians 4:4-9 I'm feeling a little resistant today, both to the stewardship theme and to Paul's instructions. First, the stewardship theme: "free from the uncertainty of riches." Okay, I get it: as long as our basic needs are met, and we trust God to meet our basic needs, the...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for All Saints: Rich Toward God

Robert Keefer - Rich Towards God

​ Rich Toward God All Saints; November 1, 2015 Luke 12:13-21 Once again I paired my theme Scripture with a difficult passage, this time from Ecclesiastes (2:18-23). The Preacher (that's pretty much what "Ecclesiastes" means, "preacher") laments that a person works hard and accumulates money and goods and then dies and leaves them to some idiot who ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for October 25: "For freedom Christ..."

Robert Keefer - For freedom Christ ...

​ "For freedom Christ…" Reformation Sunday; October 25, 2015 Galatians 5:1-6 "For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Freedom and slavery: these are themes that Paul writes about. In the United States, we talk about freedom a lot, but we have not been very good at agreeing on what we...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for October 4: The Gift of Friendship

Robert Keefer - The Gift of Friendship

​ Sermon Series: Relationships in God's Family The Gift of Friendship World Communion; October 4, 2015 I Samuel 18:1-5 There are some amazing friendships in the Bible. For today's message, I will tell you about two of them, then remind you of what Jesus had to say on the subject. I've said to you before that in the Bible there is a lot more about f...
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Sara Tonje

Sermon from October 11, 2015

Sara Tonje - Sermon from October 11, 2015

Pastor Sara shares stories from PCM's mission trips and how we as Christians work to help others who cannot help themselves through our acts, our generosity and through our faith.  She remembers our brother Dave Kellogg who perhaps showed us best of all how to do this through his own life.
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for September 27: The Gift of Work

Robert Keefer - The Gift of Work

Sermon Series: Relationships in God's Family The Gift of Work Pentecost XVIII (O. T. 26); September 27, 2015 Ephesians 6:5-9 I put in the Google search-box "Jokes about work" and in a third of a second 147,000,000 results presented themselves. No surprise there, right? Our general attitude about work is that it is a necessary evil, the means to gai...
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Sara Tonje

Sermon from September 20, 2015 - Households of Faith

Sara Tonje - Households of Faith

Pastor Sara talks about the makeup of various households of faith in the Bible and in our lives that build us up, hold us accountable and help us to grow.
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for September 13: The Gift of Marriage

Robert Keefer - The Gift of Marriage

Sermon Series: Relationships in God's Family The Gift of Marriage Pentecost XVI (O. T. 24); September 13, 2015 Genesis 2:18-25 I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to preach a sermon on marriage. The subject needs a series of its own, not simply one sermon. So, let me start by offending everybody and touching on three difficult bullet po...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for September 6: We Think, We Pray, We Act

Robert Keefer - We Think, We Pray, We Act

​ We Think; We Pray; We Act Pentecost XV (O. T. 23); September 6, 2015 Romans 12:1-2 and Matthew 18:15-20 I did a little web-browsing to see if my hunch was supported by evidence: that decision-making is largely emotional. Apparently it is. Do a little web-browsing yourself and look at the scientific literature: when emotions are impaired, we find ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for August 30, 2015

Robert Keefer - Sermon for August 30, 2015

​ There is quite a swirl of feelings going on in this room now. There is anger, some focused at particular individuals and some unfocused. There is fear: what will happen now? There is dismay: how could this happen? There is sadness, there is bafflement, there is a sense of betrayal. Some of you feel more than one of these at the same time; all of ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for August 23: Sometimes a Light Surprises

Robert Keefer - Sometimes a Light Surprises

​ Sometimes a Light Surprises Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (O. T. 21); August 23, 2015 Psalm 123 This has been quite a week in my world. As a Pastor, I know things about people I wish I didn't have to know. As Stated Clerk of our Presbytery, I know things about churches and pastors I wish I didn't have to know. When I sat down to draft the ser...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for August 16 - Godly Government

Robert Keefer - Godly Government

​ Sermon Series: God and Country Godly Government Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (O. T. 20); August 16, 2015 II Samuel 23:1-7 Well, it's started: the 2016 horse race. Living this close to Iowa we particularly notice it; has anyone been to meet any candidates across the river in Council Bluffs? The aspect of the race that interests us this morning i...
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