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  • The pursuit of perfection is not the road to redemption. We are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ Jesus. This redemption is the greatest gift of all time and saves us from an eternal life of damnation. But it also saves us in the here and now. When our identity is fully rooted in who we are in Christ, we are free. Free from fear of failure, free from not being good enough, free from needing accomplishments or people or status to give us value...


  • “Anytime we are involved in making this world more reflective of God’s coming kingdom and are redeeming something lost or broken because of the fall, we are involved in a degree of kingdom work."


  • There is a key distinction between understanding intellectually and deeper knowledge.  In the church today— particularly in highly educated, urbanized areas— I believe it is a common pitfall to stop at intellectual understanding.  It’s something I struggle with.  But, I’m reminded of the story of the rich young ruler...


  • We love starting the year off by celebrating what God has done in the last year and looking forward to what he will do in the year to come. Pastor Shawn and Pastor Jeremy reflect on 2016, the vision for 2017 and talk through some of the big things we are praying for this year.


  • As Pastor Jeremy has discussed in his recent sermon and blog post, making plans and having goals in the New Year can be an extremely productive exercise in helping us live gospel-centered lives.  With that setting the stage, we wanted to provide you with some deeper context and scripture that describes how broader financial stewardship is defined in the Bible, how we view it at Redemption, and along the way hopefully provide you with some healthy motivation as you enter 2017.


  • Life is a journey traveled one step at a time. As we approach the beginning of a new year, we find ourselves once again walking through a season of resolutions; assessing our lives and seeking to make improvements, at least in thought if not in action. Common resolutions address the issues of health and diet, financial stewardship, interpersonal relationships, and career goals. The problem, however, is that those resolutions often remain conceptual...


  • Wisdom is knowledge applied to daily life. Proverbs 16 gives us great instruction on making plans and priorities. In Christ we have a secured identity as God's people. He places us in different roles in order to set goals and make plans in living a life of wisdom...


  • “Put first things first and second things are thrown in. Put second things first and you lose both first and second things.” –C.S. Lewis

     

    One of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis. And being the “quotes guy”, that I am, I love his clear and concise commentary on life and Christianity. He has a way of saying things simply that also have great depth of meaning. The reason I enjoy quotes so much is because they succinctly and comprehensibly address an issue that would take me forever to describe.


  • I have a friend who has a contentious relationship with her boss. Their jobs often require them to work closely with one another and collaborate, yet they are prone to disagree or misinterpret the tone of what the other says. They are both Christians, and from all accounts, they are both good people who want this relationship to work. It’s just… they don’t quite get along all the time. That kind of describes the relationship I have with Christmas...