BLOG


  • If you have been a Christian for a while, you probably know what the Bible says about most major topics. If you are like me, you don’t struggle to know the principles of the Bible; you struggle to put those principles into practice. Paul describes this as a war between knowing what is right but doing what is wrong...


  • Last Sunday, Pastor Shawn shared the good news that when we start with the holiness of God, our eyes see rightly, our hearts trust purely, and our relationships flourish...


  • In an age of distraction, I find it increasingly difficult to spend quality time with Jesus. My environment needs to be set just right and my morning routine exact in order to build in time for Jesus. Well, only after I make my coffee, check my email, Twitter, etc., then read a book, do I feel able to give some time to Jesus, but this is not right. We, as Christians, should strive to have Jesus present in our hearts and mind at all times...


  • We are very excited to jump into the New Testament book 1 John Sunday in a series titled “For the Love of God.”

     

    It’s a book written by one of the older Christians, John, who had left Jerusalem under persecution, and continued his ministry in the city of Ephesus (modern day Turkey). He’s writing with a very simple and direct message to receive the truth, live the truth, and believe the truth. He emphasizes the three main points three times with a few digressions, but all in all has an overwhelming love for God and a love for the church.

    We're hoping this book will keep us focused on the most important things this summer: loving God and loving our neighbors. 


  • I have a very simple message that I feel God is slowly but powerfully kneading into my soul. Kalle shared a story from her recent trip to Israel, and it has affected my perspective of my circumstances tremendously. It was based on this common Jewish saying: Our God is the God of the Desert...


  • Come hear the Good News of Jesus on Sunday that over and over again he says to us, "Do not be afraid." We can trust Jesus's words, and we can experience freedom from fear through Him...


  • Seven years ago this week, Redemption opened its first official service in the Dowd YMCA. It's amazing to look back on all that God has done and all the people that have been served by the community of Redemption.

    Sunday we celebrated and worshiped with thankfulness for all that has happened, and with expectation of all that is coming...

     


  • There are times in our lives where life continually is on the up and up. Then there is the orther side of the spectrium, where it feels that no matter what you touch, it just crumbles. The funny thing is, a mjaoirty of the time, there is not a slow fade from one side of the spectrum to the other. The highest of highs can just be the doorway into the lowers of lows...


  • Whether you’ve been anxious about your health, your job security, your financial state, or your relationships, most all of us have some degree of dealing with the state of anxiety.
     
    Sunday, Pastor Shawn spent some time in Jeremiah 17 looking at what we can do with our anxiety, and how going to the Lord is our only hope for peace.


  • I’ve spent quite some time thinking about what to say in this post. My wife, Haley, said I should write about dealing with stress because she thinks I’m good at it, which I find funny but wrong. If there is one thing I harp on with her, it’s that we make sure we rest. However, stress is a very real part of my life. It’s something that I’m continually working through, so I agreed with her that this may be worth exploring. Get ready for some random thought processing...