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Why Church Matters

This past Sunday we concluded our study of 1 Thessalonians.  What a rich and encouraging letter this is; from Paul the Apostle to a church that was living, growing and ready!  We concluded the series with the idea that each of us longs to throw our lives into something bigger than ourselves.  God has wired […]

Of Sermons and Mom’s Home Cooking

It’s a weekly routine for me: I transfer the sermon I preached on Sunday out of my preaching notebook and into the notebook that contains all the printed sermons for the year. Because of the holidays, I just finished transferring the final sermon I preached in 2016 and closed yet another folder full of the […]

Two Lost Sons

The painting on the right is a Rembrandt inspired by the parable of the Prodigal Son.  This painting reflects both the glory and the problem of this famous parable as we know it. The glory captured in this picture is the reality that God, because of Jesus will welcome all who return to Him no matter who […]

Attn: Redeemer Church

Dear Redeemer Church, In light of the events of the past week we are planning to take some time tomorrow morning to pray for our country and those directly affected by the tragedies. Please come so that we can see each other and approach the throne of grace together to find mercy and help in […]

What You Complete is Completely Done

The man I met was from El Salvador. Even though he had lived in the US for 13 years, his accent was still thick and reminded me how I love Latin American speech patterns. We only talked for a short time. He told me he was a concrete worker and when I saw the “fish” […]

Good Friday

For a little over 5 years, our church has partnered with other Gospel-centered churches in Hampton Roads in an organization we call the 64 Gospel Alliance.  We chose this name because of I-64!  As you know, this highway runs through our entire region so our vision was to gather other like-minded churches in our region to […]

Christ in the Old Testament

We are in our 7th week of sermons in a series called Christ in the Old Testament.  If you are interested in catching up – click here for sermons about Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Melchizedek and Isaac. But this blog post is the prequel; an explanation for why we have chosen […]

A Call to Fasting and Prayer

On Sunday night at our Member’s Meeting we announced an invitation for everyone at Redeemer to participate with us in a time of prayer and fasting for our church.  This is something we’ve done the last several years and something we hope will be a part of the beginning of every year in our church.    Our corporate […]

Saying Goodbye

Sometimes we need to be reminded that life is short and none of us know when the Lord is going to call us home.  The death of those close to us always does the job. This past week we said goodbye to Al Thompson and a large community of Christians rallied around Carlos and Leigh […]

Review: Promises Kept

God is faithful!  What good news that is!  He keeps His word.  He does as He says, as He promised, and according to His perfect timing.  And what’s amazing is God always keeps His promises even to the least deserving.  That is what we learned this past Sunday in Genesis 21:1-21.  We studied the birth […]