Oct 12, 2014
Lukewarm or Living?
Series: Revelation
A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400In Jesus final letter to the seven churches, to the church at Laodicea, He says, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline” (Rev. 3:19). Jesus references many Scriptural themes that reinforce the truth of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures. This reference points to Proverbs 3:11-12 which is quoted in Hebrews 12:5-6. If God needs to correct you, He will. It’s the loving thing to do. He also says, “I stand at the door and knock” (3:20) These words of Jesus are directed at believers. This is a call to renew and deepen our relationship with Him. Jesus does not want to be on
the “outside” of your life!
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  • Oct 12, 2014Lukewarm or Living?
    Oct 12, 2014
    Lukewarm or Living?
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400In Jesus final letter to the seven churches, to the church at Laodicea, He says, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline” (Rev. 3:19). Jesus references many Scriptural themes that reinforce the truth of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures. This reference points to Proverbs 3:11-12 which is quoted in Hebrews 12:5-6. If God needs to correct you, He will. It’s the loving thing to do. He also says, “I stand at the door and knock” (3:20) These words of Jesus are directed at believers. This is a call to renew and deepen our relationship with Him. Jesus does not want to be on
    the “outside” of your life!
  • Oct 5, 2014The Hope of Heaven
    Oct 5, 2014
    The Hope of Heaven
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400Will heaven be a remake of what we’ve got now? Will we still be on this planet? Some claim that heaven will be on this earth. What’s the truth? According to the Bible, everything will be new. The old things will be gone. “New heaven and new earth” (and no more sea) is a Hebrew way of saying that everything we know now will be completely new and different. There won’t be anything “same-old, same-old.” In heaven, God will dwell with us. The majesty and wonder of heaven – including the massive dimensions – show us that we are in store for blessing beyond our imagination. You won’t miss anything in heaven, but rather have everything
    wonderful and glorious to gain!
  • Sep 28, 2014The Rapture and Armageddon
    Sep 28, 2014
    The Rapture and Armageddon
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400Chapter three brings two extremes of conversation from Jesus. We hear harsh and direct words that are intended to shake believers back to reality, and we hear words of loving persistence as Jesus brings comfort to His faithful people. To the church in Sardis, we hear the confrontational words of Jesus as He tells them to “wake up!” But we also hear Jesus comfort some as He says there are some in this church who will walk with Him “dressed in white!” For those who are asleep in their sin, Jesus’ judgment will come upon them as a surprise like a thief. But to those whose names are in the book of life, they will be declared worthy before the Father. Both words of warning and comfort. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit
    says to the churches.
  • Sep 21, 2014Understanding God’s Justice
    Sep 21, 2014
    Understanding God’s Justice
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400Earlier in this series, we talked about Judgment Day. The undeniable truth is that one day Jesus will return to judge everyone on earth. However, how will He judge? Will He judge like we would judge? Let’s hope not. For if He did, few would be in heaven. We humans readily receive the grace of God for ourselves, but we are often unwilling to grant it to others. Likewise, if God judged like we judged, there would be few in hell. We humans are very uncomfortable with hell as a place of eternal punishment. We can hardly fathom that a good and loving God would even create such a place, let alone torment people in it forever. What to do? That is why we must readily agree with God’s Word through prophet Isaiah when He says, “my thoughts are not your thoughts.” Thankfully, God sees all things and knows
    all things, and His judgments are always right!
  • Sep 14, 2014Defending Against Evil
    Sep 14, 2014
    Defending Against Evil
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400What do people do when something bad happens? They say, "God, what are You doing? Why are You letting this happen?" Or we are astonished: "How could this tragedy take place? What did I do to deserve this? How could this illness strike? I’m amazed that the world is in such chaos!" We live as if evil doesn’t exist. You and I behave as if most of our intentions and actions are basically pretty good. We even live in denial that Satan's primary target area is the church! The devil prowls around like a lion, the Bible warns us – seeking to devour. Until our Lord returns, evil is always
    active… but there is hope for God’s people!
  • Sep 7, 2014Judgment Day
    Sep 7, 2014
    Judgment Day
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400Fear. This was perhaps the central sin of the second church Jesus address in the book of Revelation – the church in Smyrna. In the face of suffering, poverty, and persecution from both Rome and the Jews, He tells this church to “stop fearing!” Who better to trust, than one who identifies Himself as “the First and Last,” The One who was “dead and came back to life.” (2:8) In this brief letter to the believers in Smyrna, Jesus reminds them that any suffering that comes their way, He allows. However, their suffering will be limited, and eventually will end. But when it
    does, they (and we) will receive the crown of eternal life!
  • Aug 31, 2014The Antichrist and Two Witnesses
    Aug 31, 2014
    The Antichrist and Two Witnesses
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400Each of the cities mentioned in Revelation chapters 2-3 is a cultural center with business guilds, a wide array of people and religions, and a selection of opportunities from libraries to theaters to sports. Along with this city life came many temptations and distractions for believers in Christ. In addition, the strong Roman presence was putting the pressure on believers to give up their faith. Today we consider the church at Ephesus, and how the spirit of the Antichrist attempts to snuff out both their love
    and their witness.
  • Aug 24, 2014A Message of Hope
    Aug 24, 2014
    A Message of Hope
    Series: Revelation
    A_New_Dawn_by_Burning-Liquid 1400x1400What is it about the book of Revelation? It draws people to it with its mysterious intrigue – and yet people are often fearful of wading into the depths of its content. It is our hope that through this 8 week message series at Redeemer you will come away with a better understanding of this well known, yet often avoided, book of the Bible … and that you will come away encouraged. For all its talk of judgment and destruction, the book of Revelation is ultimately a message of hope for its hearers. As a literary work, it is unlike none other. It is full of imagery and drama, yet it is a book intended to be understood. And while it addresses the battle of
    good versus evil, it makes clear that in the end, our God is victorious.
  • Aug 17, 2014“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – Whose Fight?
    Aug 17, 2014
    “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – Whose Fight?
    UntitledToday we conclude our God on Film message series with a movie that is considered epic high fantasy. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is the work of Christian author J. R. R. Tolkien. But can we possibly find spiritual relevance in a work of clear fiction and fantasy? Tolkien sure hoped so, and so do we. Today's themes of victory, honor, love, friendship and self-sacrifice are all visible in the scene from the movie as well as our Biblical texts. Jesus didn't intend for His disciples to simply sit back and watch evil triumph in the world. Rather, He calls us into loving service and defense of our neighbor. Moreover, He doesn't just call us into service, He demonstrated that loving service and protection as He laid
    down His life for us undeserving sinners.
  • Aug 10, 2014“Heaven is for Real” – Is There Anything After Life on Earth?
    Aug 10, 2014
    “Heaven is for Real” – Is There Anything After Life on Earth?
    UntitledToday’s message is inspired in part by the new movie HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, based on the well known book Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. Todd is Pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska. He is the father of Colton Burpo, who during an emergency appendectomy and miraculous recovery, recalls in detail his trip to heaven and back. Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital during his operation. Colton talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told him by people he met there—people whom he had never met in his life—sharing events that happened even before he was born and giving astonishing descriptions and obscure details about heaven that match the Bible exactly. When young Colton Burpo was asked by the book editor, “What do you want people to know from your story?” Colton,
    without hesitation replied, “I want them to know that heaven is for real."
  • Aug 3, 2014“Iron Man” – Who Needs Armor?
    Aug 3, 2014
    “Iron Man” – Who Needs Armor?
    Untitled“Life is not all fun and games!” … Did your parents ever tell you that to try and alert you to the realities of life? Even as we grow and mature, we still can be tempted to see life as a kind of pleasure cruise. We are happy when business is thriving, bank accounts are full and body is healthy. But when things are not like that, we wonder what went wrong. The problem for us is that we can tend to look just at the surface, and be unaware of the spiritual battle that is being waged out of sight. There is a real war being fought in the heavenly realms, and we are a part of it! So what can be done? Thankfully, God gives us spiritual armor to use in
    this battle – and He tells us how to use it!
  • Jul 20, 2014“The LEGO Movie” – Who is the Special?
    Jul 20, 2014
    “The LEGO Movie” – Who is the Special?
    UntitledWe live in a world that is obsessed with being "special." Everyone wants to stand out, and rise above others. We want to wear clothes that are better than what others are wearing, and we want to achieve success that outshines the rest. But how can everyone be special? And who is truly special? Actually, the Bible does talk about being special ... but not in terms that you might suspect. We're told that we're special, not by what we achieve, but by who we are and how we live. Today we'll hear Jesus
    speak about some of the special qualities of those who follow Him.
  • Jul 13, 2014“God’s Not Dead” – How Do You Deal With Doubt?
    Jul 13, 2014
    “God’s Not Dead” – How Do You Deal With Doubt?
    UntitledDo you consider yourself a skeptic? Many people are. When you see a far-fetched statistic, do you look into the source data and background assumptions? When you hear an unbelievable sales pitch, do you do research on the product before you buy? When someone claims to have caught a fish “this big” do you ask to see the pictures? (ha ha). If you do, then you may be a skeptic. Most of us likely know someone, or once were ourselves, who is skeptical about the claims that Christians make about Jesus Christ. And often we can lose our patience with people as they continue to ask questions and have doubts about Jesus. How can he be God and man? Isn’t the Bible just made up stories? How can you believe in something you cannot see? Didn’t everything around us just evolve by mutation and selection? If God is so good, then why do bad things happen? … all of
    these and more. How do you respond? I’m glad you asked …
  • Jul 6, 2014“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” – Are You Trapped By Your Past?
    Jul 6, 2014
    “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” – Are You Trapped By Your Past?
    UntitledAll people have a past! Sometimes that past is something they’re not proud of. They want to change it, but it seems to call them – either in an attempt to avoiding changing their ways, or to fill them with guilt and shame. Truly, all of us have things in our past we wish to free ourselves from to some degree or another. It started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve sinned and ate of the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil; and God banished them from the Garden – into a world full of toil and pain. And today, in the midst of a world full of hurt and regret, God says, “you can leave your past and start fresh and new with me!” Come to Him. He never left you. Your past does not define you. Rather, your
    relationship with the Lord defines your true identity.
  • Jun 29, 2014“Frozen” – What Do You Need To Let Go Of?
    Jun 29, 2014
    “Frozen” – What Do You Need To Let Go Of?
    UntitledFrozen is Walt Disney’s 53rd animated feature. As of this month it has surpassed $1.2 Billion in revenue from box office, download, disc and copyrights. It is a widely viewed film, and very well known for the song “Let it Go,” with over 265 million views on Disney’s official You Tube page for that song alone. Some of the lyrics from this song are filled with emotions that many can relate to: “A kingdom of isolation.” “The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.” “Don’t let them in.” “My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around.” But the song also speaks of hope: “Let it go!” “The fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all!” “Here I stand!” “I’m free.” You may need to let go of some things. The
    question for you today, is where is that freedom found?