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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Palm Sunday 2017

​ If Only… Palm Sunday; April 9, 2017 Luke 19:29-44 John Burg told me one of the best evangelism stories I've heard, although he didn't know it was an evangelism story. He leads a company that makes robotic systems for manufacturing (Acieta); two of his sales representatives were traveling in Texas. They passed a factory that had a sign out front: ...
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Sara Tonje

Sermon for April 2, 2017

Sara Tonje - Sermon for April 2, 2017

​This is the audio of the sermon that Rev. Sara Tonje preached on April 2, 2017
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from March 19: Consideration

Robert Keefer - Consideration

​ Consideration Lent III; March 19, 2016 Luke 16:19-31 Some of you are afraid I will use this story as an opportunity to dump on rich people, and some of you are hoping that I will. Paying close attention to the story does not let us do that, not really. Full disclosure: by the standards of most of the human race and for most of human history, most...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from March 12: Salvation Manure

Robert Keefer - Salvation Manure

​ Salvation Manure Lent II; March 12, 2017 Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 In Clarinda, Iowa we have a big parade every year on the Friday evening of Thanksgiving. It commemorates the time the county courthouse burned down and fire departments from all around responded, and so there are fire trucks and floats and horses and, at the end, Santa Claus. And everyth...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for March 5: Hard Lessons

Robert Keefer - Hard Lessons

​ Hard Lessons Lent I; March 5, 2017 Luke 10:25-42 Imagine yourself as part of the group in Mary and Martha's house. Jesus is headed toward Jerusalem, and he knows what's going to happen there. Those who have been traveling with him also know, but I presume that Mary and Martha don't know. They are honored to have Jesus in their home, and Martha hu...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for February 26: Transfiguration Day

Robert Keefer - Transfiguration Day

​ "Let these words sink into your ears." The Transfiguration of the Lord; February 26, 2017 Luke 9:28-45 In a book full of strange stories, this is one of the strangest. Not only for what happens in it, but for the shadow that looms over it. It's the shadow of a cross. The cross was an instrument of execution, and the practice of crucifixion as a m...
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Sara Tonje

Sermon for February 19, 2017

Sara Tonje - Sermon for February 19, 2017

​This is the audio of the sermon that Rev. Sara Tonje preached on February 19, 2017
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from February 12: What do You Think?

Robert Keefer - What do You Think?

​ What Do You Think? Epiphany VI (O. T. 6); February 12, 2017 Luke 7:18-35 This is one of those moments in the Gospels when the Evangelist goads you and me to ask ourselves, "What do I think of this Jesus?" All four Gospels have a certain genius about them, in that you can't just read them for pleasure. They prompt you to ask yourself what you thin...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from February 5: The Lord's Compassion

Robert Keefer - The Lord's Compassion

​ The Lord's Compassion Epiphany V (O. T. 5); February 5, 2017 Luke 7:1-17 The most interesting thing about religion is not propositions or principles, but people. So let's look at some of the people in these stories. The Centurion is a very interesting character. You who appreciate good story-telling probably noticed that the Centurion isn't actua...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 29 - Sabbath Thoughts

Robert Keefer - Sabbath Thoughts

​ Sabbath Thoughts Epiphany IV (O. T. 4); January 29, 2017 Luke 6:1-16 My Dad and I used to argue over his telling me to mow the lawn on Sunday. I said that it was inappropriate for the Sabbath, and he would tell me to do it anyway. Since he was my Dad, he always won. Well, in the long run I won, because now I don't mow the lawn on Sunday. For toda...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 22 - You're in for it now

Robert Keefer - You're in for it now

​ You're in for it now. Epiphany III (O. T. 3); January 22, 2017 Luke 5:1-11 Several minutes ago you watched or participated as those involved in confirmation were commissioned to go on this journey, along with their mentors and teachers. They spent a lot of time here at the church-house this week, learning, playing, and – I hope! – getting some sl...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for January 8 - "There is no try." Really?

Robert Keefer - "There is no try." Really?

​ "There is no try." Really? The Epiphany of the Lord; January 8, 2017 Luke 3:21-22 To the reader: The former "Presbyterian Church of the Master" and the former "Benson Presbyterian Church" were formally merged into one congregation on December 31, 2016. The new church retains the name "Presbyterian Church of the Master," at least for now. This ser...
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Sara Tonje

Sermon for January 1, 2017

Sara Tonje - Sermon for January 1, 2017

​This is the audio of the sermon that Rev. Sara Tonje preached on January 1, 2017
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Sara Tonje

Sermon for Christmas Eve Late Service

Sara Tonje - Sermon for December 24, 2016

This is the audio of the sermon that Rev. Sara Tonje preached on December 24, 2016..
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for Christmas Eve: Dance with Me

​ Dance with Me The Nativity of the Lord; December 24, 2016 John 1:1-5, 10-14 We went to see the Omaha Community Playhouse's production of A Christmas Carol again this year. Since we are subscribers, we receive tickets to that show every year and again this year I said to myself, "I know the story and I've seen this production; we should really giv...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for December 18: Advent Peace

​ Advent Peace Advent IV; December 18, 2016 Luke 1:26-45 I was a teenager and was out caroling with my church. The songs are always fun, and it's great to go up and down streets singing for no particular purpose other than the joy of it. I remember at one point walking alongside my pastor and asking him about the virgin birth of Jesus. Although I w...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for December 11: Advent Joy

​ Advent Joy Advent III; December 11, 2016 Isaiah 61:1-11 Okay, to lead into the subject, I'll answer a rather trivial question: Why is one candle on the Advent wreath pink? A Sunday School child once said, "Because Mary and Joseph were hoping for a girl." In reality, a tidbit of Christian liturgy. Both Advent and Lent use purple as the seasonal co...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for November 27: Advent Hope

Robert Keefer - Advent Hope

​ Advent Hope Advent I; November 27, 2016 Daniel 6:6-27 You may already know the story of Daniel in the lions' den and you just heard it read to you, but it's a good story worth retelling. Here's what I'm looking for in the story: reasons for hope. The difference between hope and optimism, I believe, is that if I am optimistic then I simply decide ...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon for November 20: Where Is It Written?

Robert Keefer - Where is it Written?

​ Where Is It Written? Christ the King; November 20, 2016 Jeremiah 31:31-34 "I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts." What a lovely, inspiring notion. If only that day would come. If only we didn't have to have written laws, telling us what speed to drive for the sake of everyone's safety, what you're allowed to put into...
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Robert Keefer

Sermon from November 13: Holy One, Here Am I

Robert Keefer - ​Holy One, Here Am I

​ Holy One, Here Am I Pentecost XXVI (O. T. 33); November 13, 2016 Isaiah 6:1-8 How do you think the Prophet said those words accepting God's call to him?      HERE AM I! SEND ME!      Umm…. Here am I. Send me?      (Look around.) I don't see anybody else here. I'll do it. You can probably think of other...
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