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Election Day Part III: What does Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 Mean for Americans?

How we contextualize Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 within the United States' governmental structure? What does it mean to honor the governing authorities if the government under which we live is a government "of the people, by the people, for the people"? Jesse Phillips argues the answer is to locate the supreme authority within a governmental structure, and to apply the command...

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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...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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Redeemer Church welcomes Danny Jones

Redeemer Church is happy to welcome guest speaker Danny Jones this Sunday. Danny is the founding pastor of Metro Life Church, from which Redeemer was planted over a year ago. This will be his first opportunity to address the Lake Nona congregation, whose pastor Benny Phillips served alongside Danny on Metro's leadership team for more than a decade....

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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....

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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....

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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...

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Keep God At the Center

As Christians we are tempted to push God away from the center of our lives, and to replace him with heart idols. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ helps us to identify idols, turn from them and keep God in his rightful place at the center of our lives....

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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....

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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 bruise...

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Debbie's Testimony

Debbie has been fighting cancer for three years. We prayed for her healing on April 14th. Watch her share the news she received when she visited the doctor the very next week. Debbie Lorch Testimony from Redeemer Church at Lake Nona on Vimeo....

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Big words, deep truths, great joy on a big day!

Propitiation and expiation are some big words, deep truths and cause for great joy on this big day! The wrath of God has been appeased and the guilt of sin removed....

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Jesus, the Man of Sorrows

Today we rehearsed a story of humiliation and triumph, in which Jesus Christ bore the penalty for sins that he did not commit in order to save the very people whose rejection of him led to his death (Isaiah 52-53)....

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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....

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Where is your hope?

Eric Garret's message on Isaiah 9 asking us where we find our hope. Is it in earthly things or in Jesus Christ?...

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