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January 22, 2015 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Beyond Good Intentions

When we consider how to approach those who are struggling, I believe most of us would agree that our disposition is of utmost importance. How many of us can look back with regret on a conversation we've had with someone grieving a lost loved one, bemoaning a challenging circumstance at work or home, or even struggling with a besetting sin and see where we were short, quick to speak and slow to listen, or simply uninterested in the person's suffering at the time? I believe we understand that loving a sufferer necessitates genuinely caring about his or her heartfelt struggle in times of difficulty. But is that enough?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Musings Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, community groups, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, Suffering, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church ministry, counseling, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Job

January 7, 2015 0 comments

A New Young Friend and the Old, Old Story

If you’re like me sometimes it’s hard to know what the gospel really looks like in relationships. I actually used to think the gospel was something you spoke only to the lost who needed to hear how the sinless life, atoning death and glorious resurrection of Christ made a way for them to have a relationship with God, brings meaning to suffering and provides hope for the future. Then I heard men like Jerry Bridges and others talk about “preaching the gospel to myself every day” and I wrestled with what that meant....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Christian Character, Maturity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church ministry, counseling, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, compassion, relationships

December 5, 2014 0 comments

What is Important This Christmas Part 2: To Incarnate Christ

I’m one of those crazy people who gets up early on Black Friday to shop. It’s a tradition my daughters and I have enjoyed for years. Frankly, I don’t buy much. For me it’s primarily a sentimental opportunity to spend time with my girls and have our yearly lunch at Olive Garden....Keep Reading

Posted in: Holiday Specials Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Prayer, church life, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, cancer, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, Spirit life, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, preaching the gospel, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, God's work through suffering, compassion, Merry Christmas, Incarnating Christ

December 4, 2014 by Eric Garrett 1 comments

What is Important This Christmas Part 1: To Sit at Jesus Feet

Well here it is...the holiday season. The traffic's getting busier, the office seems a bit more cheery, and, I confess, I'm playing Christmas music most of the time I'm in my car (at least until a few days before Christmas after I've overindulged in it). I've gotta say that I love this time of year. I love that many of us consciously spend more time with those we love. I love that aside from retail businesses on Black Friday and Christmas Eve, in general people (by the common grace of God) seem to genuinely consider others more. And yes, I love the music that proclaims the glories of our Savior's birth! But the reality is that this season can also be an energy-draining, anxiety-producing vortex....Keep Reading

Posted in: Holiday Specials Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, events, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Christmas music, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Christmas season, busy, martha, anxiety, stress

December 3, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

A Little Old Lady and the Fruit of Godly Sorrow

Recently I’ve been reminded several times of various situations, or particular patients I’ve taken care of, when I was a nurse. Maybe it’s because as a stay at home mom part of me misses my former job. Or perhaps it’s because these things had such an impact on me. I’ve written here about a particular patient who was diagnosed with cancer. I’ve also written here about watching a man die....Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Musings Tags: Redeemer Church, blog, Sin, Reconciliation, Justification, Shame, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, redeemer blog, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, heart issues, nursing, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, sorrow, godly sorrow, worldly sorrow

November 24, 2014 by Bob Putman 1 comments

Casting Out Legalism

Pastor Benny began his message on Sunday by saying these are difficult verses because of how radical Paul’s message was. The Galatian churches were being affected by “men from James,” the Jerusalem church that James led. The Judaizers, whom James did not agree with, were saying, it’s fine and important to become a Christian, and yes, Jesus is the Messiah. But to become a Christian you have to become a Jew under the law....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: sermon, sermon review, Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible reading, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, gospel-centered preaching, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatian's series, from slavery to sonship, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Galatians series

November 21, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

The Day I Watched a Man Die

I watched a man die once. It was not an experience I’ve ever wanted to repeat again. He was a quiet, pleasant patient whom I had taken care of a few times since he had been placed within our unit. That day, my friend was his nurse. She called me in to come help her, stating he was having difficulty breathing. Sure enough, he was in his recliner gasping for breath. As she ran to grab non-rebreather mask (a step up from your typical 02 mask), things went downhill quickly. I didn’t have enough time to even call another nurse into the room with me before I knew I had to call a code. Thankfully, a physical therapy assistant was in the room with me, and helped me lift him onto the bed so I could start CPR. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, abortion, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, cultural engagement, Redeemer Lake Nona, culture, social justice, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

November 19, 2014 4 comments

My Little Bit of Scripture Surprise

This past Monday started out pretty gloomy. I had trouble sleeping the night before, partly because aging brings sleeping issues and, yeah, I’m in “that season” of life when sleeping is typically challenging. But my restlessness was also related to some weighty concerns I’ve been having about people I love…a lot....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible reading, Sheree Phillips, Lake Nona Churches, devotional, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, counseling, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, anxiety

November 14, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

From the Grave

Fascinated by scenes unfurled, fascinated they come and dance This vision of a Son of Man, who melts my heart with soulful glance Across the vision of cautious mind, foreboding foresight still I see the Maker of all things, bear a cross uphill...Keep Reading

Posted in: Poetry Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church blog, poetry, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

November 13, 2014 1 comments

Wanting a Better Past

Often the moments I hear heart-wrenching comments like this are while sitting on the couch in my living room sharing a glass of sweet tea with women from my church. Like me, they’re dealing with the often-weighty consequences of sins by or against them: pain that runs deep like a knife being slowly twisted through the heart. It’s not always there. But when it’s triggered by something as simple as an overheard comment or as disorienting as a dream about “what happened” the knife pinches and turns….again and again. Finally they feel safe enough to tell someone. These moments are what one man calls having someone share their finest china with me. I don’t want to carelessly handle and potentially break something so valuable; so fragile....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, healing, Sheree Phillips, Lake Nona Churches, Faith, Sin, lee vista, Suffering, lee vista church, dark, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church ministry, faithfulness of God, counseling, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, compassion

November 12, 2014 by Eric Garrett 1 comments

Waiting and the Mercy of God

Recently, Sheree Phillips wrote a transparent and helpful post on the struggle of waiting for God. If you're like her (and me), then you probably have an aversion to waiting for just about anything. And the reality is that if you're a Westerner, you're probably just like us in this way. It's no new revelation that with our culture-wide embrace of fast food, fast cash, and the fast lane we simply can't stand waiting on things to happen. We are used to "getting things done" and when we can't change our circumstances it tends to make us uneasy, if not irritable and angry. So waiting reveals our hearts....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: waiting, yoke-bearing, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, church life, Sheree Phillips, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog, cultural issues, faithfulness of God, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, culture, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, God's work through suffering, God's mercy

November 3, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 1 comments

Modest is Hottest Or Something Like That

Modest dress is a worthy discussion (after all, the Bible does talk about it!) but modesty includes far more than what can be seen on the outside. In fact, the definition of modest is not “Women who dress culturally appropriate.” Rather, the definition is “the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.” I didn’t see “Modest is hottest” anywhere in that definition either. The definition goes on to say, “regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: modesty, self-control, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, humility, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, The pursuit of holiness, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, holiness, church blog, rape culture, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, cultural engagement, heart issues, Redeemer Lake Nona, culture, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

October 30, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Toward a Better Understanding of Suffering Part 1

suffering4 This likely won't be my most popular post (not that I'm under any illusion that any of my posts are widely read). But I believe this issue to be so important that it needs to be discussed, particularly among those of us from a younger generation. For those of us who haven't experienced the pressures of real financial hardship, who haven't mourned the death of the someone close to us, who haven't experienced daily aches and pains, this topic might not seem that relevant to us. However, that's a lie. A considerate older person will tell you that the weight of the reality of suffering is right around the corner. But even among seasoned sufferers there often seems to be great misunderstanding about the nature of suffering, so I think it might be helpful to attempt to address suffering from a biblical point of view....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: blog, Suffering, the reason for suffering, God's work through suffering, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

October 29, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

The Law and Freedom's Promise

Benny Phillips continued Redeemer's Galatians series, preaching on Galatians 3:15-25 on Sunday. So far in the letter to the Galatians, Paul has a specific flow of thought: He has established that we are saved, justified and redeemed only by faith in Christ and not through righteousness of our own. Any careful reader (or listener) will inevitably have questions about where the law fits into the Christian life, then. Specifically, Paul answers the question, "Does the law (given to Moses) set aside the promise (given to Abraham)?"...Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Benny Phillips, blog, sermon, sermon review, gospel, from slavery to sonship, the law, Galatians series, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, Who You Are in Christ, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, preaching the gospel, gospel-centered preaching, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatians, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

October 23, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

The Word of God in Jeremiah

I love God's Word. I hope you do too. I love knowing that because of what Jesus accomplished for me in the gospel, earning my righteousness by living a perfect life, absorbing the penalty for my sin at the cross, and rising from the dead to secure my new life in him, I can sit at his feet and commune with the living God in a completely restored relationship. And I love that this is always possible no matter how sinful I feel - rightly or wrongly (Heb. 4:16). Seeing Jesus in me, God wants me to come to Him at all times and in every circumstance. The Word of God assures me of this, and it is comforting beyond words....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, bible reading, bible, reading, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, devotional, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, read, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Jeremiah, The Word of God, prophet, Suffering

October 20, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Freedom to Think: A Sermon Review

If we assess the idea that “faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone” is all we need for salvation, we need to evaluate this in the light of scripture. And we need to evaluate the Judaizers’ idea that something more than Christ’s sacrifice is needed. Let’s not be too quick to condemn them. They were trying to protect something good: God’s holiness. They were saying, “Gentile Christians need to see the holiness of God and keep his commands.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Spirit Filled Church, Freedom, sermons, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, sermon review, redeemer blog, preaching the gospel, gospel-centered preaching, sermon, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatians, Galatian's series, from slavery to sonship, Redeemer Lake Nona, salvation, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

October 15, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

I Will Offend You

I will offend you. And you will offend me. This is the harsh reality of life as a part of God's eternal kingdom while still living in our sinful flesh as inhabitants of our broken world. As brothers and sisters in Christ we will offend each other, and it will likely happen often. I wish this was not true, but both experience and Scripture validate this hard truth (see Matt. 18:21-22). And this is all the more the case in lieu of the seemingly heightened level of sensitivity and emotional fragility of our culture....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, church life, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, Conflict, Reconciliation, Christian Character, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, kingdom of God, church ministry, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, offense, offended

October 14, 2014 0 comments

Freedom to Change: A Sermon Review

Jesse began by talking about the concept of change. Turning away from unwanted behavior is something common to everyone. Whether it is silly habits, or more serious addictions, we all have aspects of behavior that we want to modify. 12 step programs abound for every sort of sin, addiction or compulsion. Many of these programs borrow from biblical wisdom in their approach, and can be helpful. However, behavior modification, while important at times in and of itself, is not what is most important. The human condition requires more than behavior modification; it requires redemption and sanctification....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Holy Spirit, Jesse Phillips, Freedom, sermons, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, sermon review, redeemer blog, Sanctification, Gospel-centeredness, gospel-centered preaching, sermon, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatians, Galatian's series, from slavery to sonship, Redeemer Lake Nona

October 9, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

I Am Inadequate

Up until a couple of weeks before the birth of my son, Silas, I worked full time as an orthopedic nurse in a large hospital in Orlando. I took care of a large number of people, 90% of whom had surgery to fix broken bones; people who had been in horrible car accidents, people who had broken bones from slipping and falling at Disney, and a large population of the elderly who came in for broken hips. But there is one patient I will remember vividly, and they weren’t there for anything orthopedic....Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Musings Tags: cancer, Death, nursing, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, mission, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog, peace, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Prayer

October 6, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Freedom to Live

In this passage Paul is at the heart of his argument in Galatians. There are only two ways to relate to God: either on the basis of law and your good works or on the basis of faith and God’s grace. The key phrase in Reformed theology is “Justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Doctrine, Freedom, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, sermon review, redeemer blog, sermon, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatians, Galatian's series

October 1, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Desiring God...Again

I'm currently doing something that I rarely do: re-reading a book. Not that I am opposed this practice, but I suppose I believe there are just too many good books I haven't read to consider going through what I've found to be excellent books that are worthy of a second read. However, I am delighted to say that I'm going against my custom right now. Because for me, John Piper's Desiring God is proving to be even better now than it was before, at least that's how it seems. In my current line of thought, I can't imagine a better book (other than the Bible) to feed on for spiritual nourishment....Keep Reading

Posted in: Book Review Tags: book, read, John Piper, Desiring God, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona

September 26, 2014 by Benny and Sheree Phillips 2 comments

5 Things to Remember For Parenting Teens

As the parents of 7 and grandparents of 15, people sometimes ask us for parenting advice. Perhaps we've gotten to a place in our lives where we have something to offer, if only due to the fact that we survived 35 years of parenting, are still married and actually have a warm relationship with all the once-little people who are now giving us little ones of their own. Really adorable little ones....Keep Reading

Posted in: Parenting Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, parenting, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, motherhood, Gospel-centeredness, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, fatherhood, teenagers

September 24, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

God's Masterpiece of Unified Diversity

Something unexpected happened to me on Sunday morning. While I was preparing to teach for our children's ministry, Truth Miners, I was struck by the profundity of the passage I was about to teach from. One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how God reveals to both young and old the same truths in profound ways. I was so affected by what I studied that I want to share some thoughts about the passage with you. The passage I taught from is 1 Corinthians 12, and my thoughts center on what God is doing when He masterfully blends unity and diversity together through His people, the church....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, church life, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Scripture, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, The church, church ministry, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, unity, diversity, unified diversity

September 22, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Freedom Fighter for Truth

On Sunday morning Pastor Benny reprised his excellent intro to the Book of Galatians by focusing on the Apostle Paul as a “freedom fighter for truth.” Judaizers from Jerusalem had come to the churches Paul had planted in Galatia making three accusations against Paul: 1. He was not an apostle. 2. He was not preaching the true gospel. 3. The gospel (of grace) he preached would lead to loose living....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, sermon review, redeemer blog, sermon, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatians, Galatian's series, from slavery to sonship

September 19, 2014 by Sarah Grace Pavelchak 1 comments

The Gospel and the Military

Being a Christian in modern military life could be compared to a salmon making the tough journey up stream. There are times it can feel as though everything in life is coming at you trying to drive you in the mainstream direction, opposite of what you're striving towards. There are so many hardships and uncertainties: low finances, multiple moves, many times having a lack of physical support from either family or close friends, having to adjust to new schedules and different cultures around you, searching for Gospel centered churches, having an uncertain future, and even adjusting to different weather and driving conditions....Keep Reading

Posted in: Friends of Redeemer Tags: military, military families, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Faith, cultural values, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, cultural issues, evangelize, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona

September 5, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 1 comments

5 Lessons Parents of Toddlers Learn

The other lesson we have learned as parents is to trust. With each new child comes a new challenge. As each child enters a new season of life, a new challenge is introduced. As parents we are constantly relearning how to be parents, trying to remember how we did things with our older kids and driven to our knees to trust God for wisdom when we have none of our own. If your kids can somehow emerge into adulthood unscathed, it will only be by the grace of God, overcoming our weaknesses, providing a buffer against our critical mistakes and doing a work of grace in their hearts. Because of what we know about the gospel, this is something we’re on firm ground to trust God for....Keep Reading

Posted in: Parenting Tags: parenting, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, Faith, lee vista, family, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church blog

August 29, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Calling the Lost to Trust in Jesus

This is what making disciples of Jesus all boils down to. In fact, there is a real sense in which this is the only absolutely necessary step in the process to making disciples. Everything about this process hinges on whether or not our lost friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors, by God's sovereign grace, place their trust in Jesus, and Jesus alone, for their personal salvation. This is the step that we've been building towards all along. And from the beginning of the process this is what we must be prayerfully aiming for....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, mission, Eric Garrett, lee vista, Judgment, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, discipling, making disciples, Gospel-centeredness, church blog

August 28, 2014 4 comments

Keeping the Home

At age 60 I remember the days when church women’s ministries were focused on Titus 2: 3-5 which in part teaches women to be “keepers at home.” In fact, I was one of those pastor’s wives who taught this passage in our own church’s women’s ministry. Honestly, I benefited from this. I gained a vision for my home as the primary focus of my gifts and ministry. I learned to push through not feeling creative or administrative enough to get it all done. God used other women in my life to inspire and help me overcome patterns of procrastination and I really did come to love the often mundane tasks of keeping a home running....Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: homemaking, ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, bible, gospel, church life, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, Identity, lee vista, family, odyssey, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, redeemer blog, women, mundane, cultural issues

August 26, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Welcome to the Priesthood

For hours our group of foreign and Chinese teachers drove south through rice paddies and terraced tea hills to the famed Yellow Mountains of east central China. My initial fascination worn thin through endless unfamiliarity, I felt I had been dropped on another planet and wished I could switch off my senses. But we kept driving and entered the town of Mt. Jihua (pronounced jo-hwah), ringed by eighty-one temples. Throngs of Buddhist worshipers crowded the streets for the September pilgrimage....Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: royal priesthood, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, bible reading, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Idolatry, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, The church

August 22, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

Errands, Tantrums, and the Gospel

My sister’s baby had a fever, so I ran by her house the other week to pick up two of her kids and take them with me on my errands to give her a little break. They were prattling on like little girls do, talking about nothing and everything. On our way home, we were listening to a local Christian radio station and Everfound’s “God of the Impossible” came on. Now, I’m not a fan of Christian radio per se, but the lyrics got me thinking about my life and what I was doing with it. “Here I am, Lord send me. I won’t look back cause I was made to be a part of the impossible, you’re God of the impossible…I dare to believe in incredible things, I’m ready to go, ready to go.” As I was driving, listening to mindless chatter and my son babbling in the back seat, I thought, “Gosh, there is so much I could do with my life. I could go to Africa and take care of orphans, or go back to Haiti and work at the orphanage there. Or even Bolivia, learning Spanish and preaching the Gospel in La Paz. Yet here I am, going to Walmart and buying groceries and living a pretty mindless life. I want to do GREAT THINGS!” All the while the song kept playing in the background…here I am, Lord send me....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: girls, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, parenting, mission, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, making disciples, motherhood, women, mundane, image of God

August 21, 2014 by Ginny Jacobson 1 comments

Should Women Be Leaders in the Church?

An automated spiritual gifts test once assumed I was a man. It was a generic test, so at the end, the tally of my results indicated (to the formula of the test results) that I should serve as a teaching pastor or lead men’s ministry. I cried, and the elder leading our class had no idea how to console me. In his mumbling, he said this, “God didn’t mess up and you aren’t disobeying God by being a strong leader and teacher.” But as a professing complimentarian, I was confused. Should women be leaders and teachers in the church? ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: women's leadership, leadership, ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, bible, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog, social issues, church ministry

August 19, 2014 0 comments

Counseling: The Gospel for the Details

So far this series, we’ve discussed how the gospel is more than a reference point for ministry, and we have seen how that shapes our approach to preaching. This week, we discuss how that affects our approach to counseling....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, bible, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, church ministry, church identity, counseling, gospel-centered counseling

August 18, 2014 0 comments

Fickleness, Faithfulness, and Freedom

A man is working hard in obscurity. His intent is to work in obscurity because any attention was bad attention (or so he thought). But he drew the attention of the Lord, who came to him and instructed him that he would be used to rescue his people from their oppressors. The Lord filled the man with strength and bravery, and miraculously everything the Lord said would happen did happen, because of the obedience and bravery of this man....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Gideon, Age of Heroes, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, Idolatry, lee vista, lee vista church, lakenonachurch, the gospel, gospel-centered preaching, sermon, sermon review, faithfulness of God, Freedom

August 15, 2014 by Joey and Jake Phillips 4 comments

If Only We Were All In Middle School Again…In the 1930’s. A Response to Thomas Umstattd Jr.’s Straw Men

My cousin Doug Hodges (pretty much a big brother to the Phillips kids), pointed me to an article he had come across recently by a gentleman named Thomas Umstattd Jr. regarding why he felt like courtship, as opposed to traditional dating, was fundamentally flawed. Since the article was very thorough, if haphazard, and encapsulated a lot of the criticism I have heard of courtship over the years, and Doug had made the mistake of asking what I thought, I decided Jake and I should write an article in response. You can find the Umstaddt’s original article at http://www.thomasumstattd.com/...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: blog, cultural values, cultural issues, dating, courtship, straw men, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, middle school, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues

August 8, 2014 0 comments

Work Ethics Part 1

The issue of what it means to work, where we should work, and how the gospel applies to our work is an important issue, and one that Alex Thermenos somewhat addressed in an earlier post. We want to look at the issue more in-depth; this is Part I of a series on “Work and the Gospel,” and I want to address an issue that is relevant to whatever “work” we are doing. What does it mean to have a biblical work ethic?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Work and the Gospel Tags: Work, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog

August 7, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 2 comments

Image is Not Everything

Our culture gets it wrong when it comes to women and image. That is no surprise, and much has been said on the topic. Recently the Huffington Post did a piece on what tabloids would look like if they treated men the way they treated women. Westminster College has a well-researched article about beauty standards, women in the media, and how women internalize the “thin-beauty” standard....Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Hope, parenting, Idolatry, trayvon martin, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, motherhood, women, kingdom of God, The church, image of God, cultural issues

August 6, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Inviting Sinners to Your Table

Who would you invite into your home for dinner? Perhaps more significantly, who would you not invite over for dinner? If we're honest, most of us probably have some real restrictions on who makes it to our dinner table. It's one thing to have people come over for a large event, it's another thing to have a few people over for the game, but we tend to reserve our dinner table to a select few...and this is normal. Sharing a meal with someone is a more or less universal way of communicating a desire for friendship and intimacy with others. And this is ultimately because God has made it so....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Fellowship, Lake Nona Church, blog, food, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, mission, lee vista, outreach, lee vista church, lakenonachurch, steps to disciple making, making disciples

August 1, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

True Peace for Israel

I forget things all the time. Just ask my husband. He has formed a habit of following behind me whenever we leave somewhere, whether it’s a restaurant or a friend’s house, to grab my phone, keys, and wallet that I left behind. My forgetfulness is my dad’s fault (right, Mom?), or so I claim. I tend to forget other things, too. I tend to look at what is going on around me in the world and see all the pain, suffering, death, and mourning and forget that God is in charge of it all. If forget that He is reigning still, in the midst of suffering. Forgetting my phone is one thing. Forgetting the sovereignty of God is another thing entirely....Keep Reading

Posted in: Current Events Tags: Israel, Palestine, Middle East, peace, Suffering, soveriegnty, Revelation, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, Conflict, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, the gospel, Muslim, redeemer blog

July 29, 2014 0 comments

Two Things the Gospel Does for Us When We Suffer

The gospel does two things for us when we suffer: it comforts us, and it calls us. In my last post, I surveyed the glorious hope our identity in Christ gives us in the face of suffering:...Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Hope, Identity, lee vista, Suffering, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, redeemer blog, love, 1 Peter

July 28, 2014 0 comments

The Message of Redemption through Joshua

Yesterday’s message from Pastor Benny Phillips continues with the "Age of Heroes" series. I am thankful to God for this message of inspiration, hope, and redemption. We were reminded of God's immense power in how God uses His people to overcome many obstacles that are seemingly insurmountable. It is amazing how the gospel is connected to every story in scripture. Many of these stories help me see my need for redemption in my life - everyday....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, gospel, grace, Lake Nona Churches, Hope, Scripture, Spirit Filled Church, Faith, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, theology, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Age of Heroes, redeemer blog, Joshua, sermon review

February 1, 2014 by Benny Phillips 1 comments

God's Precious Gift of Life

This past week Christians and advocates throughout the country commemorated the 41st anniversary of Roe. V. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that has legalized abortion and resulted in the death of 55 million unborn children....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: abortion, Lake Nona Church, blog, Lake Nona Churches, Isaiah, Adoption, lee vista church

July 7, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Most Human Problems Are Caused By Mistaken Identity

Launching a new teaching series, Benny Phillips, pastor of Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, claimed that humanity faces an identity crisis. Citing a new book by Mark Driscoll ("Who Do You Think You Are"), he argued that most human problems can be traced to a lack of self-understanding....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, blog, church life

May 19, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Parenting Is Hard

Are you a parent? Need help? Join Benny and Sheree Phillips, a pastor and wife with seven children, eleven grandchildren and authors of five books on parenting and related topics, as they host “Redemptive Parenting”, a free two-day event that will equip and envision parents of kids of all ages. Check it out here http://tinyurl.com/c3h3ewe...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, blog, lake Nona, seminar, parenting

March 10, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Abounding Hope

Recap of our Sunday gathering. Benny Phillips preached on our Abounding Hope from Isaiah 11:1-10, continuing our series on the Gospel According to Isaiah....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Isaiah, Metro Life Church, Orlando Church, Redeemer Church, Worship, Benny Phillips, bible, Hope, blog, church life

January 15, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Bible Reading Plan

What a joy it will be to read the Word of God together as a Church family! Throughout this journey it will be exciting to hear about what God is showing and teaching us through His Word. Please feel free to post on our Facebook Page as you are reading over the next three months to give us all updates and to share how God is speaking to you personally. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: reading, mark, bible, , Benny Phillips, bible reading, blog, Gospel of Mark, Lake Nona Church

January 6, 2012 10 comments

It's official: We exist.

There are many reasons this is a moment we are excited to share with you. Like the Bible says, nothing is official until it is online. The launching of this website represents a major landmark for the beginning of Redeemer Church of Lake Nona. The beginning is really here....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Lake Nona Church, Redeemer Church, blog, Church Plant, Benny Phillips

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