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Come Quickly, Lord Jesus

Jacob Phillips on the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. ...

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So What Is the Alt-Right?

Jacob Phillips on the alt-right, white panic and the ways in which we subtly affirm our cultural values as preferential to others. ...

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Workplace Shootings, Terror, and Overcoming Evil

Jake Phillips wrote a few words on the recent shooting here in Central Florida and acts of terror across the ocean. Both raise an age-old question: how do we respond -- and how should we think -- when faced with such evil?...

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Should Pro-Life Christians Be Concerned By Gorsuch's Roe v. Wade Answer?

Jake Phillips analyzes Judge Gorsuch's answer regarding Roe v. Wade, and whether it should give pro-lifers cause for concern. ...

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Being a "First-Responder" Church

Sheree Phillips with a follow-up post on how to be a "first-responder" church...

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Being a "First-Responder" Christian

Sheree Phillips explains what it means to be a "First-Responder" Christian, and why it should be a goal of all of ours. ...

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And Soon the Light Shall Come

Yesterday was All Hallows' Eve. Today is All Saints Day. But soon comes Advent. ...

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How Can Systemic Racism Be a Problem When So Many African-Americans Are Successful?

Jacob Phillips on why the success of individual African-Americans or Christians doesn't disprove allegations of systemic racism or bias against Christianity. ...

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In Defense of "I Kissed Dating Goodbye"

Joey Phillips reevaluates "I Kissed Dating Goodbye." It's better than he remembered. ...

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Boring Obedience

Sheree Phillips on how being faithful and obedience can seem boring or ordinary ...

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Apply the Word: This Isn't the Christ You're Looking For

In the latest Apply the Word, Alex recaps and draws application from Benny's sermon on John 6, the latest in our Visible Glory series. ...

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The Importance of Faith

Dave Pearce contributes a post about the importance of practical, active faith in God....

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Apply the Word: Reflecting the Visible Glory

Our latest Apply the Word reviews the first sermon from our new series on the Gospel of John, Visible Glory...

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Apply the Word: The Shepherd Leads

Alex writes the latest in our "Apply the Word" series, reviewing Joey's message on Psalm 23....

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Atonement Theory Week: Penal Substitution

Joey wraps up our "Atonement Theory Week" by looking at penal substitution ...

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Apply the Word: 3 Reasons to Pursue God

Alex Thermenos with the latest in our Apply the Word series, writing about three reasons we should pursue God. ...

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Atonement Theory Week: Recapitulation (Part 2)

Ryan McLaughlin with Part 2 of the Recapitulation theory of the atonement...

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Atonement Theory Week: Recapitulation (Part 1)

Ryan McLaughlin writes about the second theory we are highlighting in our Atonement Theory Week: recapitulation. ...

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Atonement Theory Week: Christus Victor

Jacob Phillips beings our "Atonement Theory Week" by look at the Patristic theory, i.e. "Christus Victor"...

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A Brief Discussion of Consequentialism, Trump and Clinton

Joey Phillips talks about ethical theories and why he's dissenting from this election. ...

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Apply the Word: Weaned from False Hope

In the latest "Apply the Word" post, Alex talks about Benny's sermon on Psalm 131, and how we can become content in Christ. ...

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The Two Things I Want to Teach My Sons About Their Black Friends

Janelle, a white mother, writes about what she wants to teach her sons about their black friends ...

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Apply the Word -- Psalm 88, the Gospel, and the Dark Night of the Soul

Alex Thermenos helps us apply the preaching of the Word on Sunday to our daily lives. ...

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Sermon Notes: Application from Psalm 46

What are some points of application we can draw from the sermon on Psalm 46? Alex has some suggestions. ...

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Statement on Alton Sterling's Death

Our statement on the death of Alton Sterling. ...

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The Future of Abortion

Jake Phillips writes about the recent Supreme Court decision and the future of abortion and the pro-life movement. ...

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Statement Regarding the Terror Attack at The Pulse

Here is our church's statement regarding the terror attack at The Pulse. 12...

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The Problem With the "God's Not Dead" Films

Jake Phillips talks about the "God's Not Dead" franchise and why it's problematic. ...

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When Mother's Day Just Isn't Happy

Sheree Phillips takes a look at when holidays that are happy for so many bring pain and heartache to others....

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The Word

Here is the lyrics to the spoken word that Jake Phillips delivered on Easter Sunday...

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What the Movie 'Warrior' Teaches Us About Good Friday

Jake Phillips writes about Good Friday and the movie "Warrior"...

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Pray for Brussels

Our statement on the Belgium attacks today in Brussels ...

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The Best Sovereign Grace Album Yet

Joey Phillips reviews the latest album, a kids album, from Sovereign Grace Music ...

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Thank You, Dr. Jerry Bridges

Our statement on the passing of Dr. Jerry Bridges...

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The Problem With "Make America Great Again"

Jake Phillips takes issue with the "Make America Great Again" slogan...

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Social Media and the Jealous Heart

Janelle Garrett writes about jealousy and the lens by which we filter social media. ...

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When Music Led to Crime: My Neighbor's Story

Janelle Garrett tells the story of one of her neighbors, and what it can teach us about music, discernment and the heart...

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The Gathering: Q&A With Bob Kauflin

Jake Phillips asked Bob Kauflin a few questions in anticipation of The Gathering....

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Discussing the Benedict Option, Sort Of: Part 2

Part 2 of a discussion about the Benedict Option......

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Discussing the Benedict Option, Sort Of: Part 1

Jake Phillips and Ryan McLaughlin discuss the theory and practical application of the so-called "Benedict Option." ...

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Anything Worth Repeating is Worth Repeating: An Orthodox Apologia for Star Wars

Our latest Friends of Redeemer post comes from Ryan McLaughlin, who offers an Eastern Orthodox defense of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens...

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John Piper, Guns and Motives (Part 2)

Part 2 of Joey's article about John Piper, guns and lethal self-defense...

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John Piper, Guns, and Motives

It is a temptation within American evangelicalism to conflate cultural and political values with biblical teaching. John Piper might be right about guns and self-defense, or he might be wrong. Either way, we can learn from him how to approach our own values based on the Bible rather than only the Constitution....

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Advent: God Is Not Dead, Nor Does He Sleep

What can a 19th century poet teach us about the meaning of the Advent season?...

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When, If Ever, Should We Call Abortion "Murder"?

There's a recent debate in evangelicalism about when, if ever, to call abortion "murder." Jake Phillips weighs in. ...

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"I Didn't Say That!": How Metacommunication Messes With Relationships (Part 2)

Sheree Phillips with the second part of her series on Metacommunication and relationships...

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The Christian Case for Accepting Refugees

Joey Phillips writes about the current refugee status, and why he thinks we should welcome as many as practicable ...

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Pray for France. Pray for Lebanon.

Jake Phillips writes about how we shouldn't feel inadequate about posting our solidarity with France on social media. We should do the same for Lebanon. ...

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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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"I Didn't Say That!": How Metacommunication Messes With Relationships (Part 1)

What is metacommunication? And how does it impact our relationships? Sheree Phillips is spending a 5-part series exploring the concept and how it impacts our lives....

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Redeemer Church Is On the Move!

Redeemer Church at Lake Nona is moving to Sun Blaze Elementary School! ...

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Kim Davis?

Jake Phillips argues that the issues surrounding Kim Davis are not hard to resolve. What might be more difficult, though, is handling an actual issue of civil disobedience. ...

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Responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Janelle Garrett explains why she's disturbed by some of the responses to the Syrian refugee crisis. ...

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Just Confess It

Confession breeds freedom....

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Real Life Faith When Real Life Hurts

If we walk in close proximity to others, we will be hurt. And we will hurt them. But we don't have to give up or resort to bitterness, because we can extend and be shown mercy that flows from the cross....

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Hands Up, Don't Crush

The seventh Planned Parenthood video was released last week. Break the arm of the wicked, oh Lord. ...

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Carl Trueman, the Psalms, and Keepin' It Real

Is our worship service and the songs we sing only appropriate for comfortable, middle-class Christians? Or is it also appropriate for the dispossessed, sad and broken among us?...

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What If?

Janelle Garrett asks what would have happened if some of the most influential people in history had never lived? What if abortion had always been legal?...

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Enough

Jesus' sacrifice was enough to defeat our sin. When will the wicked have prospered for long enough? When will we see the Rider on the White Horse?...

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Transgenderism and Transfiguration

Ryan McLaughlin writes about the transfiguration and the soteriological essence of all of our stories, fictional or otherwise, including that of Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. ...

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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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Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom

Sheree Phillips explains living through the rise of second-wave feminism, and how her choices were not a total rejection of its values. ...

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Anxiety and the Kingdom of God

Janelle Garrett writes about anxiety, the kingdom of God, and running to Jesus....

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Gay Marriage and Racism

Jake Phillips discusses gay marriage, racism, and the things we choose to talk about....

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Racism and Perspective

Janelle Garrett writes about how we attack the cultural problem of racism -- by listening and examining our own hearts....

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The Racist in the Mirror

Janelle Garrett writes about searching our own hearts, and being honest about what we find....

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Responding to the Charleston Terrorist Attack

After one of the worst racial attacks in American history, how will we respond?...

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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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Christian Ethics and For-Profit Prisons: Fiduciary Duties

Jake Phillips writes about for-profit prisons and the problem of fiduciary duties. ...

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Kingdom Living: Let Your Word Be Your Bond

What did Jesus mean when He said "let your yes be yes and your no be no?" What should we think about oaths, truth-telling, swearing, lies, and the differences and distinctions between them?...

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Christian Ethics and For-Profit Prisons: Let's Start With Some Facts

Jake starts the first of a couple of posts about Christian ethics and for-profit prisons by dispensing some facts....

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Amillennialism and Kingdom Living

Benny Phillips explains why he holds an amillennial perspective on eschatology, and how it influences the way we interpret Scripture more generally. ...

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Myths: Complementarians Always Get It Right

The latest in our "Compassionate Complementarianism" series: Sheree Phillips addresses the myth that complementarians always get theology right. ...

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TGC15 and a Controversial Day About Justice

The Gospel Coalition just finished their national conference; one of the days focused on the issue of justice. Here's what one of our church members recaps the day. ...

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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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Hope Through Our Tears: A Review of Sojourn's "New Again"

Jake Phillips reviews the latest album by Sojourn, entitled "New Again." ...

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TGC15 and an Embarrassment of Riches

Joey Phillips describes just one little gem he learned from listening to Dr. Tim Keller's opening address at TGC15. Thank God for godly, smart pastors, locally and globally. ...

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Trip Lee, Thabiti Anyabwile, and the Unity We Seek

Jake Phillips discusses the ERLC summit on racial reconciliation and the lectures delivered by Trip Lee and Thabiti Anyabwile. What type of unity is our goal? ...

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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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Thinking Through Indiana's RFRA

Indiana is the latest state to pass an RFRA law. They also recently amended the language of the law in response to public backlash. What does it all mean?...

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When "Good Friday" Doesn't Seem Very Good

Taraleigh Davis on how to see the good despite the darkness, how to cling to the hope of the promise we've been given even when it seems like the enemy is winning. ...

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Easter and the Story of Jesus: Sunday Service

Kyle Davis explains the story we will try to tell through worship this Easter Sunday, and how we plan to accomplish that purpose. ...

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Spy Wednesday, Repentance, and Faith

Jake Phillips discusses Spy Wednesday, what it means, and the lessons we can draw from the story of Judas Iscariot. ...

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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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Compassionate Complementarianism: Myths and Misconceptions

Jake Phillips continues our series on Compassionate Complementarianism by analyzing some myths and misconceptions about what complementarianism actually is. ...

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In Memoriam: The House That Built Me

Losing the home that we grew up in, a place that we loved more than any other place on earth, reminds us that our true home is yet to come. ...

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The Problem of Evil

Joey Phillips discusses the problem of evil and how Christians should respond to this objection. It is the most difficult philosophical and apologetic problem we will face. And while the answer might not be satisfactory, it exists. ...

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Compassionate Complementarianism Part 1: Who Wants to Talk About Gender?

Sheree Phillips introduces our series entitled "Compassionate Complementarianism." What does it mean? What does it look like?...

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Politics or Theology? Thinking About Immigration

Combining two older posts into one, Joey and Jake argue that immigration is a theological issue more than a political issue, which should inform the way we think about it. ...

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Radical Normalcy: A Review of "Fierce Convictions" by Karen Swallow Prior

Jake Phillips reviews the book "Fierce Convictions" by Karen Swallow Prior, which detailed the life of Hannah More, who helped fight to abolish the slave trade in England along with Wilberforce. ...

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Drowning, Park Slides and Evangelism

Janelle Garrett writes about what she learned regarding evangelism through a near-drowning experience and watching her son play at the park. Evangelism is possible because we aren't alone....

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A Life-Altering Souvenir

Sheree Phillips explains how a man from Haiti named Souvenir taught her again what it means to serve and love family. ...

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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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Hunger, Thirst and Be Angry

Joey Phillips writes about our pursuit of corporate and personal righteousness, and how such pursuit is impossible without anger. ...

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Gospel Substitutes Part 6: Biblicism

Jake Phillips writes part 6 of our "Gospel Substitutes" series, analyzing the issue of Biblicism. What happens when we reduce the Gospel to mastering Christian theology and/or biblical content?...

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Gospel Substitutes Part 5: Socialism

Part 5 of our "Gospel Substitutes" series focuses on Socialism. Is sanctification the goal of our relationships and friendships? If not, there is a danger that we are succumbing to the temptation of a gospel substitute. ...

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Gospel Substitutes Part 4: Legalism

Joey Phillips covers the fourth part of our "Gospel Substitutes" series. He covers the topic of legalism. Why is legalism still such a significant temptation for the church even after the apostle Paul covered the topic in such detail?...

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Highlights from the Blogosphere 3

We've rounded up some edifying, challenging and encouraging posts on a myriad of topics from around the blogosphere. We hope it's helpful...

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What TV Show "Girls" Got Wrong About Abortion and Why It Matters

The HBO show "Girls" covered the topic of abortion, and they got it wrong. But their portrayal of the issue is part of the shift in rhetoric by pro-choice advocates. How should the Church respond?...

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Gospel Substitutes Part 3: Mysticism

Sheree Phillips writes the third part of our "Gospel Substitutes" series, tackling the subject of Mysticism. At what point does the God-given desire for a close and emotional relationship with Him become a sinful Gospel substitute? ...

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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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Highlights from the Blogosphere 2

We've rounded up some of the most helpful articles from around the web. ...

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Gospel Substitutes Part 2: Activism

Jake Phillips writes the second part in our series entitled "Gospel Substitutes." Is there a danger that our participation in Christian causes can become a substitute for the core message of the Gospel?...

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Counterfeit Redemption

Pop culture often presents us with stories of false redemption. The antidote is to combat stories with stories, specifically the story of blood-bought redemption. ...

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Gospel Substitutes Part 1: Formalism

We are beginning a series on our blog entitled "Gospel Substitutes" where we will analyze how we are tempted to substitute certain modes of thinking (formalism, legalism, socialism etc.) for the Gospel. Sheree Phillips begins our series with a look at Formalism. ...

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ISIS and Social Media: What Do You Think?

How should we think through the brutal executions orchestrated by ISIS, and the way that the news of such attacks spreads through social media?...

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Demonstrating the Gospel Is Not Enough

Janelle Garrett shows why demonstrating the Gospel is important, but not sufficient. We must also use words. We must declare the Gospel even as we demonstrate the Gospel. ...

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Highlights From the Blogosphere

Jake Phillips rounds up some helpful links from around the blogosphere about religion, theology and culture....

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Laughter: A Pro-Life Prayer

Jake Phillips prays over the issue of abortion in our country. Lord, break our hearts for what breaks yours....

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Prayer: A Personal Reflection

The latest in our off-again, on-again Friends of Redeemer series comes from Sarah Grace Pavelchak, who writes a personal reflection on what prayer means to her. ...

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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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Kate, Leopold and the Apostle Paul

Sheree Phillips analyzes how technology has changed the way we communicate, for better or worse. How has technology enhanced our communication? And what lessons can we learn from Paul (and yes, Hugh Jackman) that should inform the way we communicate with all of the technological gadgets available to us?...

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The Digital Age and the Temptation of the Apple: A Sermon Review

Jake Phillips reviews Jesse Phillips' sermon from this past Sunday entitled "Unplugged: Vocation in the Digital Age." It was the last sermon in our "Unplugged: Finding Peace in the Digital Age" series....

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Relationships and the Potential for Misunderstanding

Sheree Phillips writes about relationships and the potential for misunderstanding. Like texting with a smart phone, miscommunication is inevitable. But relationships are worth the potential for misunderstanding....

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Modesty, Rape Culture, Pots and Kettles

Jake Phillips asks whether the modesty movement contributes to the rape culture. Does talking about modesty necessarily objectify women?...

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Spouses Make Terrible Gods

Janelle Garrett writes about idolatry and why our spouses make for terrible gods. Is your spouse (or children or friend) functioning as an idol? ...

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Useless Bonfires and the Enemy Within

Sheree Phillips tells the story of Paul and his useless bonfire. How do we mortify our temptations to worldliness? How do we find our contentment in Christ alone? What does it mean to abide in Christ?...

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Gay Marriage: What Will the Supreme Court Decide and How Can We Respond?

Jake Phillips writes about the different possible outcomes of the Supreme Court gay marriage case, and how we might respond as a church. Will our response be predominantly political, cultural or Gospel-centered?...

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(A Little) Of What I've Learned From 30 Years of Homeschooling

Sheree Phillips explains a few of the lessons she learned from homeschooling for 30 years. God equips everyone he calls to homeschooling (or anything else), no matter how qualified they may feel. Is God calling you to consider homeschooling? Hopefully this post will encourage you as you begin (or continue) your journey. ...

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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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A Tale of Two Rivers: Charlie Hedbo and the Baptism of Christ

Ryan McLaughlin writes about the Charlie Hedbo attacks and the baptism of Christ: a tale of two rivers. What can we learn, as Christians, from this devastating attack? Well, for one, as Ryan writes, we can remind ourselves of the futility of man's efforts to save himself and rid the world of evil. ...

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Beyond Good Intentions

When we consider how to approach those who are struggling, I believe most of us would agree that our disposition is of utmost importance. How many of us can look back with regret on a conversation we've had with someone grieving a lost loved one, bemoaning a challenging circumstance at work or home, or even struggling with a besetting sin and see where we were short, quick...

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A New Young Friend and the Old, Old Story

If you’re like me sometimes it’s hard to know what the gospel really looks like in relationships. I actually used to think the gospel was something you spoke only to the lost who needed to hear how the sinless life, atoning death and glorious resurrection of Christ made a way for them to have a relationship with God, brings meaning to suffering and provides hope for th...

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Chesterton and the Year in Review

Jake Phillips writes about why 2014 was such a bad year for American society, and what we can do about it. Should we view it, and the year to come, optimistically? Pessimistically? Some combination of the two? Jake argues that G.K. Chesterton shows a better way: we must simultaneously be irrational pessimists and irrational optimists....

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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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The Empathy of the Incarnation

We are posting the opening of Jesse's sermon today, "The Empathy of the Incarnation." It drew on recent events to set up the notion that the only way to achieve true peace with friend or foe is through empathy, perfectly modeled for us by He who did not count equality with God something to be grasped. ...

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Torture and Situational Ethics

This past week, Senate Democrats released a 6,000 page report about CIA tactics in the post-9/11 but pre-Obama world. It is colloquially known as the “torture report,” although it centers around what the CIA called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which were approved by the Bush administration, funded by Congress, and considered legal by various...

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Fire Burning

Janelle writes a poem about the hidden hatred in all of us, and what the solution is. ...

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What is Important This Christmas Part 2: To Incarnate Christ

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

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

Well here it is...the holiday season. The traffic's getting busier, the office seems a bit more cheery, and, I confess, I'm playing Christmas music most of the time I'm in my car (at least until a few days before Christmas after I've overindulged in it). I've gotta say that I love this time of year. I love that many of us consciously spend more time with those we love. I l...

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It's the End of the Year (As We Know It)

Ryan McLaughlin writes about the theology of Advent and what the Christmas season is actually about. Advent is a reminder that we are both looking back to when the Messiah came, and looking forward to when He's coming again. ...

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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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The Day I Watched a Man Die

I watched a man die once. It was not an experience I’ve ever wanted to repeat again. He was a quiet, pleasant patient whom I had taken care of a few times since he had been placed within our unit. That day, my friend was his nurse. She called me in to come help her, stating he was having difficulty breathing. Sure enough, he was in his recliner gasping for breath. As she...

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My Little Bit of Scripture Surprise

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

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Responding to the Coming "Amnesty" Executive Order

Jake Phillips writes about our response as Christians to the coming Executive Order regarding amnesty. Our biblical mandate to incarnate Christ and display compassion is more important than our political views regarding issues of immigration and enforcing laws. ...

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From the Grave

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

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Wanting a Better Past

Often the moments I hear heart-wrenching comments like this are while sitting on the couch in my living room sharing a glass of sweet tea with women from my church. Like me, they’re dealing with the often-weighty consequences of sins by or against them: pain that runs deep like a knife being slowly twisted through the heart. It’s not always there. But when it’s trigg...

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Waiting and the Mercy of God

Recently, Sheree Phillips wrote a transparent and helpful post on the struggle of waiting for God. If you're like her (and me), then you probably have an aversion to waiting for just about anything. And the reality is that if you're a Westerner, you're probably just like us in this way. It's no new revelation that with our culture-wide embrace of fast food, fast cash, and ...

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Elections Part 4: Unity

Jake Phillips wraps up our posts on elections with a call to unity. Our identity in Christ is more important than our political affiliations, and it is important to remember, as Joey preached this past Sunday, that the believer is not permitted to make distinctions based on classes. ...

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Toward a Better Understanding of Suffering: Part 2

Eric Garrett attempts to help us arrive at a better understanding of suffering. The fact is that Jesus suffers with us, not because there is inherent value in suffering (in fact, it's part of the curse), but because He has come to redeem our suffering by suffering in our place. Jesus hates our suffering, and has provided a way out. We cannot truly understand the glory o...

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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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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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Election Day Part II: "The King is Dead -- Long Live the King!" Toward a Politics of Resurrection Amid Democratic Despair

How should Christians think about voting, elections and democracy? Ryan McLaughlin argues that the way we should think about these issues should be informed by what we know about the kingdom of God, the resurrection, and the preeminence of Christ. ...

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Election Day Issues Part I: Let's Talk About Amendment 2

Jake Phillips writes about Amendment 2, the amendment votes will face tomorrow about allowing the legalization of medical marijuana for medicinal purposes. What are the issues facing Christian voters? What would the passage of Amendment 2 actually mean? Jake's goal is not to convince anyone to vote one way or another, but to clarify some of the issues surrounding Amendmen...

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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” a...

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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. ...

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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...

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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 wher...

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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?...

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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 tha...

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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?...

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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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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....

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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...

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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?...

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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, ...

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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? ...

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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...

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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, h...

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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? ...

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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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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?...

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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 Pip...

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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. ...

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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?...

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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...

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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 s...

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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...

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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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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 ...

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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?...

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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....

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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. ...

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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...

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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 s...

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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 ch...

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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 sav...

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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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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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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 w...

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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 cal...

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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...

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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 p...

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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 lea...

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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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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...

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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...

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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 comm...

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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....

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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 happe...

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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 cour...

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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 w...

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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-i...

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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....

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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....

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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. Wh...

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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-bea...

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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 tab...

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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...

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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 m...

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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...

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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 l...

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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...

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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:...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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....

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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....

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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...

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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 o...

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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 w...

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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...

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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 w...

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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 t...

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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...

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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....

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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. Jona...

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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...

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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 ...

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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....

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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 wor...

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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....

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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....

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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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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....

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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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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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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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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....

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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...

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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....

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For Further Study...

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

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{my journey to redeemer} Kara's Testimony

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

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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....

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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...

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Our Faith Sanctifies Our (Even Insignificant) Work

A couple of years ago my son, Jesse, preached a message on the importance of seeing the place into which God has put us as a divine calling. The text was 1 Corinthians 7:17: "Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches."...

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