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  • Throughout school, I always knew what was coming next. Elementary school, then middle school, high school, college, and then graduate school. Now that I’m done with graduate school, I don’t know what is coming next. I’ve always been a high achiever, so to be currently unemployed and waiting on a license that may take another few months to come through feels awkward. No one is telling me how to spend my time, but I still feel the need to answer for it. I find myself making lists of all the productive things I’ve accomplished. I feel the need to prove my worth through how productive I was in a day, but I’ve found that no one really cares. It’s all in my mind. Productivity does not equal worth...


  • The initial call to Christ is a somewhat straightforward message, but once we step down from that mountaintop and are forced back into real life, the not-so-straightforward question rises to the surface: "I'm a believer... now what?” The answer is discipleship...


  • When I started attending Redemption, I knew I wanted to get involved with a ministry team.  Based on my past experience and interests, I decided to join the worship team. I’ve grown up with a love for music, and my favorite way to worship is through music – whether that means leading with the worship band at church, or playing worship music while I’m at work or in the car...


  • In 8th grade, Mr. Gilchrist asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Most my classmates had real answers, but I just said “I want to be happy.”...


  • Do you start each day welcoming the Holy Spirit into your life? I must admit I am not consistent about it but on days where I set aside time to just pray and welcome Him into every crevice of what lies ahead of me, everything is different. There was a season of my life recently where God brought me to my knees and said, “Walk with me and trust in the Spirit.” So I did, and it has completely changed my perspective on the role the Holy Spirit plays in my life...


  • For freedom Christ has set you free. – Galatians 5:1

     

    As we approach our nation’s Independence Day with the tremendous honor and respect it deserves we should also use this holiday celebration to reflect on another hard-earned freedom that we have absolutely no hand in ourselves –  the spiritual freedom Christ has granted to those whom the Father has given to him...


  •  Like Zacchaeus, we may need a perspective change in order to meet Jesus. For Zacchaeus, it took the physical form, as his short stature prevented him from seeing over the crowd. But how often do we, metaphorically, get caught staring at the backs of strangers, and we miss Jesus’s presence? Fortunately for Zacchaeus, Jesus sees him and demands to visit his house. An encounter with Jesus is an opportunity for a second chance­­­ – for him, and for us as well...


  • Two months ago I mentioned a few short term goals for Redemption’s discipleship strategy in a “We Are the Church” sermon on what’s coming next. The first goal being a review of our discipleship strategy, and the second, a beginning of our middle school ministry. I wanted to take some time to update you all on our progress as we tackle these goals...


  • This spring, we sought to test the waters for a new community group in the Matthews/SE Charlotte area. This “incubation group” brought together a few folks who are fairly new to Redemption (and the city of Charlotte), as well as existing members who were also a part of an existing community group. Over the past few months, two couples bought houses and moved, and numerous people had job transitions, while others in the group attended school to pursue professional degrees...


  • “Grow Deep Roots”…

     

    Back in January, our group came up with some guiding values and a mission we wanted to practice/pursue for the year under the realm of our church as a whole. We determined that we wanted to “Grow Deep Roots” as a community and individuals in the gospel. This meant to grow in spiritual maturity, to challenge our faith in new ways and to be even more engrafted in to the life of Christ, our True Vine...