First Lutheran Church Columbia Heights Sermon Podcast

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  • From Famine to Abundance with Naomi and Ruth – Pastor Jill Bergman – Ruth 1:1-17

    From Famine to Abundance with Naomi and Ruth – Pastor Jill Bergman – Ruth 1:1-17

    15/10/2019 Duração: 20min

    Ruth 1:1-17  Elimelech’s Family Goes to Moab 1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. Naomi and Her Moabite Daughters-in-Law 6 Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his peo

  • 10 Commandments for the Sake of Our Neighbor – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Deut. 5  6

    10 Commandments for the Sake of Our Neighbor – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Deut. 5 & 6

    08/10/2019 Duração: 20min

    Deuteronomy 5 The Ten Commandments 5 Moses convened all Israel, and said to them: Hear, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances that I am addressing to you today; you shall learn them and observe them diligently. 2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 Not with our ancestors did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today. 4 The Lord spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the fire. 5 (At that time I was standing between the Lord and you to declare to you the words of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said: 6 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 7 you shall have no other gods before me. 8 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth bene

  • If God is Everything, My Excuses are Nothing – Pastor Jill Bergman – Exodus 2 – 3

    If God is Everything, My Excuses are Nothing – Pastor Jill Bergman – Exodus 2 – 3

    01/10/2019 Duração: 21min

    Exodus 2:1-10  Birth and Youth of Moses 2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. 4 His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him. 5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s

  • Jacob the Trickster – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Genesis 32

    Jacob the Trickster – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Genesis 32

    24/09/2019 Duração: 20min

    What happens when a trickster is tricked? Can God use a man of imperfection, a man of greed, to become the leader of one of the greatest families in the Bibile? Yes, indeed, God can and does with Jacob. Genesis 32:9-13  9 And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, and I will do you good,’ 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan; and now I have become two companies. 11 Deliver me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I am afraid of him; he may come and kill us all, the mothers with the children. 12 Yet you have said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.’” 13 So he spent that night there, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau, Genesis 32:22-30 

  • Having Faith When Life Feels Ridiculous – Pastor Jill Bergman – Genesis 18  21

    Having Faith When Life Feels Ridiculous – Pastor Jill Bergman – Genesis 18 & 21

    17/09/2019 Duração: 21min

    Genesis 18:1-15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah 18 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. 3 He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” 7 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepa

  • It All Began in a Garden – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Genesis 2:4b-25

    It All Began in a Garden – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Genesis 2:4b-25

    10/09/2019 Duração: 21min

    We all have an origin story — the events that have shaped who we are. The Bible is full of the origin stories of God’s people. Today, Pastor Bonnie Wilcox looks at the second creation story of Genesis, and God’s creative work with the man and the woman.  Genesis 2:4b-25 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. Another Account of the Creation In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the m

  • Taking Time for Emotional  Financial Debt Forgiveness – Nathan Roberts – Luke

    Taking Time for Emotional & Financial Debt Forgiveness – Nathan Roberts – Luke

    27/08/2019 Duração: 18min

    Jesus Preaches on the Sabbath 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,    because he has anointed me        to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives    and recovery of sight to the blind,        to let the oppressed go free,19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 

  • Don’t Be Hard Hearted…or Tight Fisted – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Deuteronomy 15

    Don’t Be Hard Hearted…or Tight Fisted – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Deuteronomy 15

    21/08/2019 Duração: 19min

    Our communities of faith have long histories of welcoming immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. This work has been shaped by the words of God found in the Bible, where there are dozens and dozens of verses that encourage us to welcome others as neighbors.  “Do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted… but rather open your hand and lend what is needed to meet the need of others…” Pastor Bonnie Wilcox reminds us of God’s calls to open our hands to support, love and help others. Deuteronomy 15:1-2, 7-11 Laws concerning the Sabbatical Year 15 Every seventh year you shall grant a remission of debts. 2 And this is the manner of the remission: every creditor shall remit the claim that is held against a neighbor, not exacting it of a neighbor who is a member of the community, because the Lord’s remission has been proclaimed.  7 If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God

  • How to Sabbath – Pastor Jill Bergman – Genesis 2

    How to Sabbath – Pastor Jill Bergman – Genesis 2

    13/08/2019 Duração: 18min

    Genesis 2:1-3 Creation Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. John 15:9-15Love one another As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friend

  • God Gives Us a Sabbath Day of Rest – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Deuteronomy 5:12-15

    God Gives Us a Sabbath Day of Rest – Pastor Bonnie Wilcox – Deuteronomy 5:12-15

    07/08/2019 Duração: 18min

    Deuteronomy 5:12-15  Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you.  Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.