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November 3, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 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 31, 2014 by Joseph Phillips 0 comments

Moments in Church History 3: Reformation Day

Joey Phillips writes part 3 in our Moments in Church History series, using Halloween to talk about Reformation Day. He shares several facts about Reformation Day, Martin Luther, and the 95 Theses. Although it's a lighthearted post, it's also an example of how God sovereignly uses mundane obedience to further His kingdom. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Moments in Church History Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, redeemer, 4th of July, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Catholicism, Protestantism, Reformation, Reformation Day, Martin Luther, Luther, pope, Henry VIII, Johann Tetsel, Peasants War, Germany

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 28, 2014 by Ryan McLaughlin 0 comments

5 Things Young Ex-Evangelicals Wish Their Reformed Brothers and Sisters Knew

Ryan McLaughlin, a Catholic who came from a Reformed Protestant tradition, writes about 5 misconceptions that Protestants have about Catholic theology. How can knowing these things help us in our dialogue and discussions with Catholics?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, redeemer, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Catholicism, Virgin Mary, Protestantism, salvation by grace

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 22, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

College Preparation Part 2: The Rise of New Age Spiritualism

Jake Phillips discusses the rise of New Age spiritualism and what it means for college preparation. The key in combating New Age spiritualism is in being able to define what it actually is. How do we identify New Age thoughts where they exist, and how do we combat the consequences of the ideas?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, college, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, philosophy, New Age spiritualism, New Age, essential oils, Star Wars, The Matrix, astrology, Phil Johnson, college preparation

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 16, 2014 by Sheree Phillips 0 comments

Don't Dismiss Your Suffering

Sheree Phillips talks about suffering and grace. We have a tendency to minimize our sufferings because we don't think they compare to other types of suffering. But if we minimize suffering, we can inadvertently be minimizing grace. Suffering comes in degree, but grace doesn't....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, grace, Suffering, redeemer, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, war, World War II, trials, veterans

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 by Kyle Davis 1 comments

A Father's Heart on Race, the Gospel and the Home

Kyle Davis writes about race, the gospel and the home. If we accept the premise that racism and discrimination are problems in our society, where do we go from there? What is the solution? And how do we ensure that we properly teach our children about both the problem and the proper solution?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, gospel, parenting, Racism, abortion, marriage, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, race, prejudice, discrimination, equality, Savior, cross, advocacy, social justice

October 14, 2014 by Joseph Phillips 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 13, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Christopher Columbus, Culture and Conversions

Jake Phillips writes about Christopher Columbus, Christian subcultures, and legitimate conversion. Are we placing more value in seeing unbelievers begin to look, act and talk like us, or in seeing them act more like Christ? Do we value legitimate conversions or cultural assimilation? ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day, conversions, salvation, culture, Christian subculture

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 8, 2014 by Sheree Phillips 0 comments

I Hate Waiting

I hate waiting. Like last week when I sat at a light. I was in a hurry to get home before the Florida skies open up like they do on most warm, sunny days. The light turned green but there was no movement. Too quickly it turned yellow, then red again. Humph. Huge raindrops started pelting my windshield. Then I noticed flashing lights on a car ahead. I waited some more, hoping the driver in front of me would try to inch around next time the light turned green. But no. Then a young woman dragged herself out of the car with a cell phone on her ear. As I slowly followed the car in front of me past her, I noticed a baby in a car seat crying…....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, mundane, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, waiting, heart issues

October 7, 2014 by Benny and Jacob Phillips 0 comments

Race and the Church

Benny Phillips and Jacob Phillips discuss race, racism, racial reconciliation and the necessity of dialogue regarding these topics within the church. How does our theology inform our practical involvement and discussions regarding issues of race and racism? ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, trayvon martin, Racism, Adoption, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, race, racial reconciliation, Ferguson, Hurricane Katrina, white privilege

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 2, 2014 by Alex Couch 0 comments

Moments in Church History 2: How Great Was the Great Awakening?

Alex Couch writes the latest post in our series entitled Moments in Church History. Alex analyzes the historiographical debate regarding how great the Great Awakening truly was. What, if any, was the connection between the revivals in New England led by Whitfield and those in Virginia led by Davis and Morris?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Moments in Church History Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, church history, Moments in Church History, revival, George Whitfield, Virginia, New England, spiritual revival, American history, Great Awakening

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 30, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Reviewing Prepare Him Room

Jake Phillips reviews "Prepare Him Room," the latest Christmas album from Sovereign Grace and Bob Kauflin. He's mostly interested in the title of the album and what it means. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Current Events Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Christmas, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Christmas music, Prepare Him Room

September 30, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

The Death of Postmodernism and What It Means for College Preparation: Part 1

Jake Phillips addresses issues related to the death of postmodernism and the rise of pseudo-modernism, which he calls "narcissism as epistemology." How does this impact how we should prepare (either ourselves or our kids) for cultural engagement in college?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, humility, redeemer, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, postmodernism, college, education, cultural engagement, postmodernity, pseudo-modernism, pseudo-modernity, Outrage Industry

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 23, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 1 comments

The Coming Light

Constant friend, my soul’s own darkness, constant still, my soul’s repose In the alley of soul’s shadow, lurks a monster of my own Chained by sinful thoughts immoral, chained by sinful deeds done bold Soul and spirit war between me, making war, my corpse gone cold...Keep Reading

Posted in: Poetry Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, grace, healing, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Hope, Sin, lee vista, lee vista church, the coming light, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church blog, poetry, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona

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 18, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Moments in Church History 1: The Priest, the Mother, and the Influence of the Church on Irish Society

Jake Phillips begins our periodic series on Moments in Church History by writing about the historic connection in Irish society between the Priest (church) and the Mother (cultural values). Is there a connection to the current conversation in the United States about the role that Judeo-Christian values should have on government and society?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Moments in Church History Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, abortion, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, history, church history, Ireland, Irish history, priest, mother, social transmission, Irish constitution, divorce

September 17, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

The Folly and Danger of Pursuing Wealth

What does it mean to pursue wealth? We know that the love of money is the root of evil, but is pursuing wealth necessarily a bad thing? Eric Garrett explores what can often be a touchy subject....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, wealth, money, folly, Sin, wisdom, Proverbs

September 16, 2014 by Jake Phillips 1 comments

Internalizing Criticism and False Humility

What does it mean to internalize illegitimate criticism? For starters, it is evidence not of humility but of false humility, and it neither serves nor is loving towards others. Jake Phillips explains further, using 2 Corinthians 11 as an example. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, redeemer, false humility, humility, Criticism, rape culture, modesty, internalizing criticism, 2 Corinthians 11

September 12, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Sexual Ethics and Controlling the Discourse

“Oh, great,” said everyone. “Another church railing against promiscuity, homosexuality, and how society is going to hell in a handbasket. Just what I want to read today (this is not what I want to read today).” I know there is something archaic and cliché to read a blog post about sexual ethics from an evangelical church. Having admitted that, I hope you’ll bear with me since this post isn’t really about decrying the erosion of a normative sexual ethic built on heterosexuality and abstinence until marriage and replacing it with the new normative sexual ethic that basically anything consensual and post-18th birthday goes. It’s about why sexual ethics generally have changed (both within and outside the church) and what that means going forward....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Sin, lee vista, Fighting the battle of temptation, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, church blog, sex, sexual ethics

September 11, 2014 by Daniel Bell 3 comments

Written Art: One Way the Gospel Makes Its Presence Known

If you step inside a major city, you see art everywhere. You see it on the billboards and the crossing signs; you hear it in the form of music on radio or see it on giant T.V.’s in places like New York City. If you pay attention to those things, they have one thing in common--communication. These mediums of art usually bring a message to the viewer or listener to express something, and I believe that God is on that same mission with expressing His truth. In fact, I would say he has been at it for thousands of years because of the poetic and extensive writings of the books of the Bible. However, we all know that the Bible is a historical collection of documents, so how about today? Does God really care about using written art so much as to share truth to the masses? Should the Gospel of Jesus Christ even be involved in haikus, verses, short stories, long epics and the like? From me, a resounding YES comes to mind....Keep Reading

Posted in: Friends of Redeemer Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, art, artist, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, cultural issues, church blog, poetry, written art, spoken word

September 10, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Longing For a Culture of Grace

There is something that's been on my heart about the life of our church (and others) for some time. Although I've discussed it briefly in various contexts I've never really sat down to try and succinctly articulate what it is...here it goes. I hope this turns out to be helpful for you. Week in and week out, as we gather together to lift up our Savior with one voice as a church family there is something I long to see brought to maturity in our midst. It's something that's "thereish", but not really there yet. The best way I believe I've heard this expressed is with the idea of a culture of grace. As the body of Christ, I long for us to be part of a culture that exudes grace to all who are in our midst....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Fellowship, lake Nona, vision, ministry, bible, church life, grace, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Scripture, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church ministry, church blog

September 9, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Kill Them or Convert Them: Duck Dynasty Styled Evangelism

There are reasons to respect Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family at the center of AMC’s blockbuster hit Duck Dynasty. He was a good enough athlete to start over 4-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw while in college even though he didn’t think much about practice. He was, by his own admission, a borderline alcoholic and druggie until he was miraculously saved in his late twenties. He’s a self-made man who went from the backwoods of Louisiana to become a TV star and a multi-millionaire on the basis of a business that sells duck calls. He is articulate and uncompromising in expressing his testimony....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Racism, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, Muslim, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, preaching the gospel, evangelize, church blog, duck dynasty, Islam, ISIS

September 8, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Summary of Jesse Phillips' Ordination Service

Sunday was an historic day at Redeemer Church, as we celebrated the ordination of Jesse Phillips, son of Pastor Benny Phillips and his wife Sheree. Numerous visitors were present for the service, including guests from Metro Life Church, Orlando, where Jesse grew up and was called to ministry....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: ordination, qualifications for ministry, pastoral ordination, pastor, Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Jesse Phillips, news, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, leadership

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

September 4, 2014 by Rachel Harman 0 comments

Compassion for Criminals: A Christian Calling

When I decided to go to law school, I received many comments like “Are you going to be one of the ones who keeps the criminals off the street?” and “Nice. So you’re going to get the bad guys and make sure they pay.” At the time, I had no difficulty with these statements. Though I had no intention of pursuing a career in criminal law, I figured that if I did, it would certainly be to prosecute criminals. Obviously. Why would I want to deal with the moral quandaries involved in working to get a murderer acquitted? Or a child molester? Or a rapist? Sure, I would probably be fine with helping someone out of a trespassing charge, or maybe even a DUI. But actively attempting to ensure that a man or woman, guilty of some heinous crime, be set free? Or even receive a light sentence? Why? How could anyone live with themselves?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Friends of Redeemer Tags: criminal law, extrospective understanding, introspective understanding, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Sin, Christian Character, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog, social issues, Gospel-centeredness, cultural issues, church blog

September 3, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Training New Disciples to Make Disciples

Like my good friend Alex Thermenos, you may have thought that last week's post was the final post in this series on making disciples. Now this is understandable. I mean, after touching base with the lost, talking to them, enjoying meals with them at your dinner table, teaching them how the gospel relates to their lives, tying them into the fellowship of the church, and calling them to trust in Jesus alone for their salvation what else could disciple-making entail? Well, I believe the Bible reveals to us one more crucial step. Today I will close our series on making disciples by explaining how training new disciples to make disciples themselves is a necessary final step in this process....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, mission, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, the gospel, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, discipling, making disciples, kingdom of God, evangelize, church blog

September 2, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

Mercy's Slave

A twisted seed writhing forth, converging in the soil Bringing darkness, birthing fear, mindless in its toil Distorts the call of shameless grace, rejects the call of hope It cannot see the barren soul from which its blackness sloped...Keep Reading

Posted in: Poetry Tags: poetry, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, grace, healing, Lake Nona Churches, Idolatry, lee vista, Fighting the battle of temptation, lee vista church, art, redeemerchurch, lakenonachurch, Mercy, redeemer 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

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August 28, 2014 by Sheree Phillips 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

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August 25, 2014 by Bob Putman 3 comments

Moses and the Burning Bush: A Sermon Review

When God appears to Moses in the form of a burning bush, this is a moment that affects everyone. God steps forward and speaks His name. But before God tells Moses who He is, He shows him who He is. A messenger speaks on God’s behalf. This is called a theophany, God appearing in another form. There are many in the Old Testament. This burning bush is a temple of the living God. And Moses stands in the presence, alive. Exodus 33:20 says of God, “for man shall not see me and live.”...Keep Reading

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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 20, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Tying Lost Friends into the Church

In reading last week's post, some of you may have wondered how by yourself you could ever teach your lost friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers "all" that Jesus has commanded us (see Matt. 28:18-20). If that was you, there's good news: you don't have to do this alone. In fact, you shouldn't. The wonderful truth about our witness to the lost is that it is a community project. God has made us a part of a body of believers, and we are called to teach the gospel together. So our next step in the disciple-making process is to tie our lost friends into our relationships with our Christian brothers and sisters in the church....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, making disciples

August 19, 2014 by Alexander Thermenos 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 by Jake Phillips 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

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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 14, 2014 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

The Heart of Women and Work

This month in our cultural value series we are sharing thoughts on different issues women face. Last week, Janelle discussed the issue of women and image. This week I want to touch on the topic of women and work. When you think about women and work there is SO much that has already been said and written on the subject. I am not going to attempt to address the question on whether or not a woman should work outside the home. What I want to touch on and dialogue about today is how we are making the decision about whether or not to work inside or outside the home....Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, church life, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, Work, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, women, cultural values, women and work, decision making

August 13, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Teaching the Gospel to the Lost

Over the last few weeks, I've been painting a picture of how we can practically apply our wonderful responsibility of sharing the gospel with the lost in a simple, step-by-step approach. By following these steps I believe each of us can obey Jesus' radical call to make disciples by simply interacting with the lost people who are already in our lives in intentional, Jesus-imitating, gospel-focused ways. So after we intentionally touch base with the lost, begin to winsomely talk with the lost, and seek to sincerely befriend the lost by interacting with them in meaningful ways at our dinner (or breakfast, lunch, snack, coffee, etc.) tables, we must teach them about the truths of the gospel in a way that relates to their lives....Keep Reading

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August 12, 2014 by Alexander Thermenos 0 comments

Preaching More Than Moralism

Last week, we looked at the gospel as Scripture’s paradigm for ministry in general. Today, we are looking at the gospel as Scripture’s paradigm for preaching �" for interpreting and applying God’s Word for God’s people on God’s terms....Keep Reading

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August 11, 2014 by Joseph Phillips 0 comments

Deliverer in the Furnace

Dad (Benny) continued our series "Age of Heroes" with the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three men thrown into a fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar. As Dad explained, the story is a story of faith on trial....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, miracle, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Idolatry, Idol, lee vista, odyssey, lee vista church, sermons, joey phillips, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Age of Heroes, sermon review, redeemer blog, Sanctification, book of Daniel

August 8, 2014 by Jake Phillips 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 5, 2014 by Alexander Thermenos 0 comments

More Than a Reference Point

If you've been around the church world long enough, you've probably heard someone somewhere talk about being "gospel-centered" " gospel-centered preaching, gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered counseling, gospel-centered everything. And you've probably had one of a number of reactions to these pretentious-sounding assertions of unique commitment to the gospel " reactions that range from indignance at the implications regarding apparently non-gospel-centered churches and ministries to amusement at what sounds like an awfully simplistic approach to life and ministry. I initially reacted with a little of both and a lot of everything in between. I was at first a little confused at what people meant and why they were so adamant about it. But the more I learned, the more it made sense to me, and the more I liked it...until finally I decided “gospel-centered,” as a term, is just too small to capture what people are saying, that the relationship between the gospel and ministry is much more robust than mere centeredness. But before I explain what I think the gospel is to ministry, let me explain the idea of gospel-centeredness....Keep Reading

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

August 4, 2014 by Jake Phillips 2 comments

Babylon, Jerusalem, and the Kingdom of God

“Israel and Hamas broke their ceasefire today and resumed fighting. This means the war has now gone on for…let me just check my watch here. Is it July 31st? Ok that means the war has been going on for…3000 years.” That joke (roughly) was how Stephen Colbert began his show on Friday, and it was either hilarious or insensitive. But it was also illustrative of a far more important point, a point that Jesse made in his sermon on Sunday about the life of Daniel (the latest in our Age of Heroes series): earthly kingdoms are constantly in turmoil and war, and they all inevitably fade away. But the kingdom of God does not. The kingdom of God is eternal; the kingdom of God is righteous; the kingdom of God is here....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: redeemerchurch, sermons, lee vista church, lee vista, Jesse Phillips, Identity, Faith, mission, Lake Nona Churches, gospel, bible, bible reading, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Redeemer Church, lakenonachurch, the gospel, sermon review, redeemer blog, Israel, kingdom of God, kingdom of man, book of Daniel, Age of Heroes

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 31, 2014 by Benny Phillips 0 comments

Love That Changes Us - Then and Now

Ephesians 5:23-30 is a familiar passage to most of us. (It’s the one about husbands and wives relating to one another as Christ and the church do.) While it’s a great passage about husbands and wives, it carries far greater significance. There are many different images in the Bible to describe the church, but none more clearly communicate the way God binds Himself in love to His people as does marriage....Keep Reading

Posted in: Pastor's Musings Tags: Bride of Christ, Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, gospel, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, devotional, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Ephesians, Sanctification, Love of God, love, marriage

July 30, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Talking Winsomely With the Lost

Last week, we discussed the importance of engaging with the lost with the intent of making disciples of Jesus. We talked about how we need to make it a priority to prayerfully and intentionally touch base with those around us, just as Jesus did. Just as Jesus "looked up" towards Zacchaeus as he passed through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem (see Luke 19:5) we must take the time and effort to look towards the lost that we pass by every day in our neighborhoods, at work, or even at home....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, Lake Nona Churches, mission, lee vista, lee vista church, lakenonachurch, the gospel, discipling, making disciples

July 29, 2014 by Alexander Thermenos 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 by Simon Cole 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

July 26, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Immigration Part 2: Sojourners in a Foreign Land

In Part 1 of the #CulturalValues post about Immigration, Joey pointed out that fundamentally, Christians should think about this issue through the lens of Jesus’ teaching about the “least of these.” Our primary concern about this issue should be for people, not fences. It’s important to remember that neither of us are advocating for a specific policy position. Our #CulturalValue has nothing to do with the specifics of legislation; it’s about how we as a church should think about he individuals involved....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, joey phillips, theology, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, immigration, social issues, racial raparations, the gospel coalition

July 25, 2014 by Kyle Davis 0 comments

Worship and Art

In this, the third and final post of the series on worship, I am hoping that you have been challenged with how you prepare your heart, as well as your physical expressiveness in times of corporate worship. Today, I would like to stir up the pot a little with what is an ongoing debate amongst churches and hopefully encourage us all to use our gifts and talents for the glory of God....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Worship, Creativity, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, church life, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Kyle Davis

July 24, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Getting in Touch with the Lost

Last week, I introduced a seven-step approach to making disciples that I believe can serve as a helpful, step-by-step way for us to follow Jesus in fulfilling his Great Commission. By way of reminder, here is the basic approach....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making

July 23, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

David, Goliath and Underdogs

This past Sunday, Joey Phillips delivered the latest sermon in our Age of Heroes series, entitled David and Goliath. Joey pointed out that the story of David and Goliath is a story about the complete and utter authority of God, as well as the heroic obedience of David....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Age of Heroes, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Faith, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, joey phillips, lakenonachurch, sermon review

July 22, 2014 by Alexander Thermenos 3 comments

What Our Identity in Christ Says About Our Suffering

The suffering in our lives keeps us from doing and experiencing many good things, and it often teaches us bad things. Suffering has the tendency to pervert our perception of the world around us. Children who grow up abused often have uniquely distorted views of God, self, and others. Those who suffer traumatic experiences in any stage of life often have difficulty engaging with life after the trauma. Chronic pain or illness can keep us from so much of what we could be doing if only we were well, and we wonder if we're doing well enough under the circumstances or failing to redeem what little time we have. In the end, we often ask, "Is there any value in the years ravaged by another's sin? Is there any value in a life only half-lived due to our own folly, inability, or disability? Is there any good in all the bad, and what about all the bad we see in the good? Do we or our lives amount to anything more than the cumulative effect of sin upon sin and pain upon pain, or are we nothing more than failures who have been failed by others, wounded, broken, and destined to perpetuate the process in others?"...Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: Identity, Suffering, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, In Christ, Who You Are in Christ, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, joseph

July 18, 2014 by Kyle Davis 0 comments

Expressiveness in Worship

There is a reason that the first post in this three part series was on preparing our hearts for worship and the fact that every aspect of our lives during the week is a form of worshiping the Creator. We were created to worship God and we are emotional creatures, but just as in everything else we are called to do, we are to direct those around us to God’s glory and not our own. Our expressiveness in worship is no exception! If we are clapping our hands, singing, bowing before God, kneeling, lifting hands, shouting, playing instruments or dancing (Ps. 47:1; Eph. 5:19; Ps. 95:6; Ps. 134:2; Ps. 33:1;Rev. 15:2; Ps. 149:3; Ps. 22:23) so that others are impressed by our acts of worship then it is but a loud clanging cymbal that does not reflect the heart of a true worshiper. We worship God because we are no longer slaves to our sin. We are free in Christ and our identity is wrapped up in who He is. And the fact that He is now living in us means that our lives are a reflection of that! One of my favorite lines in a song is by Matt Redman: “It’s the overflow of a forgiven soul, and now we’ve seen You God. Our hearts cannot stay silent!” Our words should be confirmed by our actions. If we confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord then our bodies and our actions should confirm that. If I were to say to my wife that I love her and not confirm that with my actions then my words don’t really mean that much to her....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Worship, Spirit Filled Church, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, Spirit life, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Kyle Davis, Matt Redman

July 17, 2014 by Joseph Phillips 0 comments

How Should a Christian Respond to the Immigration Crisis? Part 1

By all accounts, thousands and thousands of children are entering the United States from Mexico every month. What has been a political issue for a long time has become something of a crisis. It is at the point that the government is asking for help from churches in the areas most affected. (See http://tinyurl.com/ow93le3) This issue has a lot of facets, not the least of which is the political jousting that has been going on for years in regards to border security. People are currently talking about this issue more than ever. Today I have seen a post about a ‘resort’ being created for the children who make it to America safely, and how that is a problem. The Gospel Coalition published a piece by a pastor named Felix Cabrera in Oklahoma calling for support in serving 1200 children being kept at a military facility in Oklahoma City. It was roundly criticized in the comments section for not focusing on the fact that the children shouldn’t be here in the first place. It has been a little bit alarming to see the lack of compassion from Christians towards these children, and really, illegal immigrants in general....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, grace, Lake Nona Churches, Hope, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, liberty, redeemer blog, cultural values, immigration

July 16, 2014 by Eric Garrett 1 comments

A Progressive Approach to Making Disciples

If you've been with us at Redeemer Church for a bit, you may have heard us use the term "disciple-making disciple" as a way to encapsulate what we believe is our role as followers of Jesus in our God-created, fallen, yet redeemed and soon to be restored world. As I've explained elsewhere, as we seek to follow Jesus in his mission of redemption for the world, we are to draw upon the awesome power of the Holy Spirit to make disciples of Jesus, just as he did when he was on earth....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, discipling, making disciples

July 15, 2014 by Alexander Thermenos 0 comments

Why Image-Bearing Isn't Only About Responsibility

In my last article, I described our core identity in terms of being God's image-bearers, but if you survey the New Testament, you'll find its overarching understanding of our identity in Christ is that we are sons, co-heirs, siblings of Christ destined to become like Christ. So, we must ask the question: is the New Testament replacing the Old Testament image-bearer motif with an in-Christ adoption motif, or is something else happening? Of course, the answer is that nothing is being replaced. Rather, something is being fulfilled and filled-out....Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, Identity, Who You Are in Christ, lee vista, Adoption, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog

July 11, 2014 by Kyle Davis 0 comments

Preparing Our Hearts For Worship

When asked to do a three part series on worship, numerous topics came to mind as I sat down to start writing. What would be helpful to talk about? How do I prepare for writing these posts? And that’s when I thought this: if I need to prepare for writing this, how much more important is it for me to prepare my heart for corporate worship? So, this week we are going to look at preparing our hearts. Then next week we will talk through expression in our worship and end the third week discussing a few of the more controversial “preference” issues regarding corporate worship today....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Community, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, lakenonachurch, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemer, redeemer blog, Redeemer Church, redeemerchurch, Worship,

July 10, 2014 by Julie Brackin 0 comments

Does the World See Christ Through Us?

Walking purposefully along the winding sidewalk towards the host hotel for my final day at The Gospel Coalition’s national women’s conference, I was stopped by an inquisitive taxi driver who looked at my name tag and asked me what was going on inside. As if to aid me in my answer, I held out my nametag for him to read and replied “It’s an event put on by The Gospel Coalition and it’s for women.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: testimony, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, lee vista, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, conference, tgcw14, Islam, Muslim, redeemer blog

July 9, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

One Way to Imitate God: Pursue Others

For those of you who were not present to hear Jesse's message on Sunday, please do yourselves a favor and listen to it here. It was simply and profoundly inspiring. As he reminded us about God's relentless and merciful pursuit of us in our wanderings and rebellion, my soul was stirred afresh as I was reminded of the wonder and the power of God's great love for us, for me....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, community groups, church life, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Eric Garrett, lee vista, odyssey, lee vista church, sermons, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Jonah, sermon review

July 8, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 2 comments

God's Relentless Mercy - The Story of Jonah

On Sunday, we heard from Jesse Phillips to kick start our summer series, “Age of Heroes: Classic Bible Stories and What They Really Mean.” He took us through the story of Jonah, beginning by explaining to us what Jonah ISN’T about. Often we hear children’s ministry versions of classic Bible heroes and the supposed lessons that God wants to teach us about them. Jonah is no different, and so he read us a typical Sunday school story meant to convey how “God wanted to teach Jonah a lesson” by sending a whale swallow him. Moral of the story? Obey God or he will punish you....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, lee vista church, sermons, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Jesse Phillips, Age of Heroes, Jonah, Mercy, sermon review

July 8, 2014 by Alexander Thermenos 0 comments

How to Know When Idolatry is Affecting Your Sense of Identity

Identity is who you are. It tells you what you are worth, why you are here, and how you should live. It provides roles and boundaries for your relationships; it provides goals and parameters for your lifestyle; it gives significance to your thoughts, desires, and behavior. Identity is something that can and should be ascribed to each of us by God alone, and the identity He has given us is image-bearers. We bear God’s image, which means we are His designated representatives to the rest of creation and to each other. We were created to know Him and, knowing Him, to help others know Him by relating to them in such a way that we show them a little bit of what God is like. Our painful experience, however, is quite opposite of this edenic view of humanity. Most people we know are, by nature, nothing like God as He says He is or as we need Him to be. In general, people are callous, selfish, hurtful. Rather than nurturing the things and people God created (Gen 2:15), we use them. Rather than demonstrating a loving commitment to the good of others, we demonstrate a loving commitment to ourselves. This is the unraveling of humanity described by Paul in Romans 1:18-33. What makes us so divergent? How do we become so anti-God and anti-others? How are we getting our identity so wrong?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, community groups, grace, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Idolatry, Idol, lee vista, Fighting the battle of temptation, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Identity, 4th of July

July 5, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Moving the Goalposts: Hobby Lobby, Abortion, and Half-Filled Glasses

The recent opinion issued by Justice Samuel Alito on behalf of the Supreme Court in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case gives us reason to rejoice, although not, I think, for the reasons most Christians (and people of all faiths and religions) have been rejoicing thus far. In Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court held that the obligations imposed on closely-held corporations by the HHS, which essentially forced all for-profit corporations (including those that are closely-held) to provide contraceptive methods as a part of their health-insurance plans, violated the Religious Freedom Restorative Act. Hobby Lobby and other companies claimed that providing certain types of contraception that act as abortifacients violated their sincerely held religious beliefs and convictions....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, Holy Spirit, lee vista church, abortion, cultural values, redeemer

July 4, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

God Uses Imperfect People

It’s the 4th of July. So naturally I was the chosen contributor for today’s blog. Running for office and naming my daughter Liberty has probably guaranteed me a featured column on this blog for every civic-related occasion until the end of time....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, Jesse Phillips, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Freedom, 4th of July, founding fathers, liberty, pursuit of happiness,

July 3, 2014 by Ginny Jacobson 0 comments

Reminders of the Gospel - TGCW14 Testimony

I went to the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference on the book of Nehemiah. That still makes me laugh. Who teaches Nehemiah at a women’s conference? And beyond that, no one taught a single leadership principle! Not one. Because that isn’t the heart of Nehemiah or the overall story of the Bible: the story is God, in love, redeeming His people. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Testimony Tags: testimony, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, gospel, grace, Lake Nona Churches, Doctrine, Holy Spirit, lee vista church, theology, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, tgcw14, nehemiah,

July 2, 2014 by Eric Garrett 1 comments

They Will Listen

On Sunday, we completed our inspiring series through the book of Acts. In this second volume of Luke's theological history of the birth of the Spirit-filled church, we've seen over and over again the Holy Spirit indwelling and propelling the church forward to extend the bounds of God's kingdom. And as we were reminded about on Sunday, all of this came on the heals of God's promises to His church through Luke. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, evangelism, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, Eric Garrett, charismatic, lee vista church, propelled, Acts Series, lakenonachurch

July 1, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

Coming Together Around God’s Word: TGCW14 Testimony

This last weekend a few ladies from Redeemer went to The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference. We heard from speakers including Don Carson, John Piper, Tim and Kathy Keller, Paige Benton Brown, and Nancy Guthrie. Those were only the plenary speakers! There were several breakouts to choose from including a list of speakers and authors who have contributed to the gospel work around the globe....Keep Reading

Posted in: Testimony Tags: bible reading, bible, testimony, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, conference, tgcw14, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, lake Nona, Spirit Filled Church

June 16, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Constrained by the Spirit

Often, we are tempted to place our hope in something other than Christ, and we are tempted to be constrained by something other than the Spirit....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Spirit, redeemerchurch, Jesse Phillips, Acts Series, propelled, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, lake Nona, lee vista, church life

May 29, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

||redeemer|| #culturalvalues ||part one||

This #CulturalValues talk is about homosexuality " well, sort of. It’s about the LGBT movement, or the LBQGTITZFOB or whatever they are called now " although,as you’ll see, that’s kind of the point. This talk has two major points. I want to address the present reality (homosexuality) and I want to address the future possibilities, or the future goals of the LGBT movement. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: cultural values, About Us, Lake Nona Church, vision, Who You Are in Christ, lee vista church

March 21, 2014 by Benny Phillips 0 comments

Ephesians 5: Roles & Mutual Submission

Our identity, he taught, is not defined by our roles. But our God-given roles guide us in how we are to live out our identity in Christ....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Who You Are in Christ, Identity, In Christ, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, Benny Phillips

February 25, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Your walk with Christ is like Hunger Games

Walking with Jesus is not for the faint of heart. Like the Hunger Games, we’re in a hostile world and should be on guard as we fight the good fight....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Lake Nona Church, church life, Lake Nona Churches, Victory, lee vista, Suffering, lee vista church

February 24, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Who is worse, humans or frogs?

It’s a popular storyline--"a princess kisses a frog that is magically transformed into a prince. The obvious moral of the story is that handsome princes are better than frogs. But advancements in understanding of the human heart have cast doubt on this conventional wisdom. It may be that people, even handsome princes, are actually worse off than frogs....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, church life, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church

February 19, 2014 by Eric 0 comments

Disciple Making Disciples

I was recently asked to succinctly describe my burden for Redeemer Church: I want to see God birth in us a rich culture of disciples who make disciple-making disciples....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church

February 18, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

I Am Ananias--Idol Factories

What are some of the idols in your heart? What are some good desires that have been twisted by your internal idol factory into a substitute for God? As we identify the ways that we are like Ananias, let’s do what Ananias and Sapphira did not do, and refuse to serve them....Keep Reading

Posted in: I am Ananias Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, Idolatry, Idol, lee vista, lee vista church, acts, ananias

February 16, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

I am Ananias

Soon after the church took Jerusalem by storm - adding thousands of members in its opening sermon - it began to encounter stiff opposition. The gospel will never go unopposed by Satan. One of his initial strategies in Acts was to derail the church’s momentum through the trial of moral corruption....Keep Reading

Posted in: I am Ananias Tags: propelled, Holy Spirit, acts, ananias, About Us, Redeemer Church, Orlando Church, lee vista church, lee vista, Lake Nona Churches, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona

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

October 9, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Redeemer Church Moving to Odyssey Middle School

Beginning on Sunday, November 3rd, Redeemer Church will hold its weekly meetings at Odyssey Middle School. Located just 5 minutes from Redeemer's current meeting place, Odyssey offers a recognizable landmark, room for growth and a number of practical benefits the church has been seeking for several months....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: About Us, church life, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, news

August 28, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Commemorating Dr. King's Dream 50 Years Later

It was 50 years ago today that, arguably, one of the greatest speeches in American history was given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Today we contemplate that historic day. As a local church, I want us to demonstrate this gospel-centered perspective of reconciliation in our personal lives and in our corporate expression....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, church life, evangelism, Racism, Reconciliation, Orlando Church, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church

June 3, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

VIDEO: We solute you, Mrs. Over Protective Mommy

Parenting is hard. You can get help! Please share it will your friends to invite them to our Redemptive Parenting seminar, June 14-15. More information and signup here....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, events, church life, Sheree Phillips, parenting, Lake Nona Church

April 25, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Jesus Fans Your Flame

Are you a broken reed, bruised by the cares of life, broken and hurting? Are you smoldering? Once a bright burning flame now exhausted, smoking, coughing about to go out? Put your hope in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for you. He was bruised to save the bruised reed. His lamp was put out in his death on the cross so that your lamp could be relit with love for him....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Gospel According to Isaiah

April 23, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Healing the Bruised Reed

Like reeds, people can become bruised, hurt, knocked over, easily. We can be knocked over by life, broken relationships, disease and sickness, by the thoughtlessness and carelessness of other people. There are many people that are bruised, broken, and hurting, all around us, living next door, shopping where we shop, playing where we play. Jesus is the answer for the bruised reeds in our world. He is the answer for those who are bruised, broken, hurting, cast aside by society. Jesus changes lives. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Gospel According to Isaiah, Benny Phillips, Hope, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church

February 24, 2013 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Mission: Bolivia 2013

This June we have the opportunity to join several different churches including Sovereign Grace Church (Greenville, SC), Metro Life Church (Orlando, FL, Grace Church (Winter Garden, FL) as well as individuals from several other churches in Central Florida in fulfilling the Great Commission....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Advance, evangelism, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, mission

November 27, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Song of the Stars

"It's Time! It's Time!" The world was about to change forever. And it almost went by unnoticed... Join us Sunday Morning December 16th as the Truth Miners present "Song of the Stars" A Christmas Story...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: church life, Community, Christmas, Play, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church

November 1, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Daylight Saving Time

Don’t forget to change your clocks back one hour this Saturday night, Nov. 3rd, because DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4th....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: church life, Community, Fellowship, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, lake Nona

September 27, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

For Further Study...

Here is the list of books Benny recommended during his message for further study on the Holy Spirit....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Doctrine, Holy Spirit, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, lake Nona, Redeemer Church, Spirit Filled Church, Benny Phillips

September 26, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Alive in Us

Here is a new song we will be singing together on September 30th...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Worship, Spirit Filled Church, Lake Nona Church, Redeemer Church

September 6, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

September 9th Songlist

Here are the songs we will be singing this weekend as we worship God together....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Lake Nona Church, ministry, Lake Nona Churches, Redeemer Church, Worship

August 24, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 0 comments

The Gospel in Real Life

Last Sunday Benny preached on 1 Corinthians 3: 1-15 and 4:5. It’s the section that talks about those who followed Paul or Apollos, both of whom God used to plant and water " but “only God gives the growth.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Group Tags: community groups, DiscoverRedeemer, Lake Nona Church, Redeemer Church

August 6, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 0 comments

Kristin's Story

It's not enough to read about "speaking the truth in love." Kristin's story shows us what speaking gospel truth to one another can look like in a real person's real life circumstances....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: community groups, Faith Rising, Fellowship, forigiveness, gospel, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, Sheree Phillips, vision

June 26, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Hope's Garden

One of our members, Liz, is battling cancer and a sweet friend of ours, Rose, made a beautiful quilt to raise funds to help with expenses. Here is Rose's explanation of why she had this idea. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: About Us, church life, community groups, Faith Rising, Fellowship, grace, healing, Lake Nona Churches, Lake Nona Church, miracle, ministry, Prayer, testimony, Redeemer Church

June 8, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

{my journey to redeemer} Kara's Testimony

The following testimony was shared by Kara Sherman in September of 2011. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Testimony Tags: About Us, bible, church life, gospel, grace, humility, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, ministry, miracle, Redeemer Church, Prayer

April 12, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 0 comments

lessons from a 1970′s co.worker (part two)

Yesterday's thoughts has me asking myself some pretty probing questions: Why should I care for my home when I know people are just going to keep messing it up? Why did I discipline my kids for arguing and being disrespectful when I knew they would do it again within days or hours or minutes? Why should I trust God to help my hurting friend when it seems my prayers have gone unanswered? Why can't I "sin back" when those I love are uncaring, selfish or lazy?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: gospel, Faith Rising, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Sheree Phillips, bible

April 11, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 1 comments

lessons from a 1970′s co.worker (part one)

My mom was one of the parents who regularly said, "Because I said so." I told myself I would never say that...like I told myself I would never make my kids clean on Saturday mornings so they could watch cartoons like the rest of the world....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Sheree Phillips, Faith Rising

March 29, 2012 by Eric 1 comments

A Praying People

Along with evangelism prayer can often seem like the most excruciating discipline of a Christian's life. But perhaps unlike evangelism it is not so much a result of forgetful negligence, but rather our seemingly half-hearted, faith-deficient offerings before God that lead us to feel God's proverbial pebble in our shoe...Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Testimony Tags: evangelism, church life, About Us, gospel, grace, humility, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Prayer, Redeemer Church, testimony, vision

March 18, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 0 comments

When Prayer Isn't Answered...My Way

Our friend, Frank, has been doing a Sunday evening mini-series on prayer. While it's likely I heard him do a variation of these messages in the 90′s at a former church, his words have been freshly challenging and encouraging me. As a small group of us sat our family room listening to him teach last night, the Lord began to show me how easily I'm tempted to discouragement when God doesn't answer my prayers my way. Then I started thinking about Uncle Rocky....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Fellowship, Lake Nona Church, ministry, miracle, Prayer, Sheree Phillips

March 12, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 0 comments

Anticipating 2032

History isn't very important to a lot of people. But my husband was a history major who has transferred his love of history to our family. Sometime I will have to blog about the competition five of our kids engaged in with the same college history professor This morning at Redeemer Church history was on display. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, testimony, ministry, miracle, Lake Nona Church, grace, Fellowship, church life, Benny Phillips, Sheree Phillips

March 6, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 0 comments

Looking For That Needle Of Superiority

Do you remember the point I repeated my last post? Our faith-filled obedience to God pleases Him and sanctifies our work. The good news is that while the type of work we do differs, God's pleasure is the same whatever our work is!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: About Us, ministry, Faith Rising, grace, humility, ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Sheree Phillips

February 21, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 1 comments

They are Redeemer Church

I don't remember the first time we met him, but it was close to 10 years ago. Alex was just out of high school and wanted to be a professional musician. He was giving his life to this goal - and it resulted in him leaning away from the church in which his family had been involved for years. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Lake Nona Church, ministry, testimony, vision, church life, Redeemer Church

February 15, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 8 comments

Why French Braids are Important to Me

Today I got to spend the afternoon with an old friend. We laughed; joked; shared Starbucks and a scone; playfully mocked others she was interacting with; and, at one point, fought back tears. She was gushing with gratitude at a recent box she received in the mail from faraway friends who surprised her and her husband with Valentine gifts. And then there was the generous check in the mail from a friend who could use some money herself....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: About Us, Lake Nona Church, church life, girls, ladies, miracle, Liz

February 8, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 3 comments

Welcome to Redeemer Church

At one of our pre-launch Sunday night meetings in December we were singing a familiar song and floods of memories came over me remembering nights when I had sung that same song flat on my face in a puddle of tears and sorrow. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Testimony Tags: About Us, church life, evangelism, Fellowship, gospel, forigiveness, Lake Nona Church, New Beginnings, Redeemer Church

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 by Josh Phillips 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

January 6, 2012 by Sheree Phillips 1 comments

New Beginnings

I'm at a season of life where it seems like it's time to slow down. Nothing is working quite right anymore. I need glasses for aging eyes and anti-inflammtories for aging joints. I forget names and what commonly used household gadgets are called. Solitude invites me to steal away (which I enjoy doing at times!) while a growing family and new church lovingly require me to get even busier than ever. The commercials say Benny and I should be anticipating retirement after all the years of being in the throes of parenting and pastoring. Sometimes I envy those who can....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: New Beginnings, Lake Nona Church, Redeemer Church, Faith Rising

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