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The Perfect Brain

Bob Putman analyzes The Brain with David Eagleman, a PBS production, and how it both wildly misses the point, but also demonstrates the glory and power of God. ...

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Responding to the Call: Part 2

Bob Putman recaps the concluding message in our series "Sermon on the Mount: Kingdom Living in a Fallen World."...

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Identity Trumps Motherhood: Sermon Recap

Bob Putman reviews Benny's sermon from this past Sunday about motherhood and identity. How God sees us is infinitely more important than how anyone else sees us, including ourselves. ...

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Kingdom Righteousness: Matthew 5:17-20

A recap of our latest sermon in our Sermon on the Mount series, "Kingdom Living." What did Jesus mean when he said that came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it? ...

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Paid in Full

Bob Putman reviews Benny's Easter sermon, where he recounted the righteousness credited to us based on the death and resurrection of our Lord. ...

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The Blessing of Persecution

A recap of the latest sermon in our "Sermon on the Mount: Kingdom Living in a Fallen World" covering the topic of persecution. ...

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Mercy: The Disposition of the Kingdom of God

Bob Putnam reviews the latest sermon from our Sermon on the Mount series, "Kingdom Living in a Fallen World." This sermon covered the topic of mercy....

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Strength Under Control: Blessed Are the Meek

Bob Putnam summarizes the latest sermon in our series on the Sermon on the Mount entitled "Kingdom Living in a Fallen World." What does it mean to be meek?...

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What Does It Mean to Be 'Poor in Spirit'? A Sermon Review

Bob Putnam reviews the sermon deliver by Benny Phillips entitled "Poor in Spirit." It is the first sermon from our "Sermon on the Mount: Kingdom Living in a Fallen World" series. What does it mean to be 'poor in spirit'? ...

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Friendship in the Age of Friending: Sermon Review

Bob reviews Joey's sermon from this past Sunday, "Friendship in the Age of Friending." It's the latest in our series entitled "Unplugged: Peace in the Digital Age." Joey explored what it means to have true, biblical friendships and fellowship in the age of artificial connections. ...

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Slowing Down to Abide in Christ

We are in the midst of a cultural revolution. Through the internet we have access to more information than we can ever apply, and the ability to share our lives instantly, most of us from our phone. Technology has made this possible. Yet there is no greater threat from technology than its power to distract us from our inner lives....

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Obsessed with the Cross

Most people know what you’re obsessed with. It’s clear because you live devoted to you obsession. ...

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Casting Out Legalism

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

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Union With Christ: A Sermon Review

Bob Putnam reviews Joey Phillips' sermon from this past Sunday about our union with Christ, a union that destroys divisions and makes us equal heirs to the promise of God. ...

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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: Godâ...

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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.”...

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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 preac...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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