Mar 16, 2014
I Canceled the Charges Against You
“What I Did for Love: I Canceled the Charges Against You” – Lent is a 40-day observance in preparation for Easter. “Lent” comes from a word meaning “spring.” In a real sense, this is a springtime for the soul, a time to clean house, a time for renewal, a time to focus on the sacrifice of God through the death and precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. This sacrifice accomplished the canceling of all sins – of all the charges against you. Talk about a weight off your shoulders! Talk about renewal and cleaning house! Especially today as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, may your soul receive the refreshing and renewal that Jesus offers!
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  • Mar 16, 2014I Canceled the Charges Against You
    Mar 16, 2014
    I Canceled the Charges Against You
    “What I Did for Love: I Canceled the Charges Against You” – Lent is a 40-day observance in preparation for Easter. “Lent” comes from a word meaning “spring.” In a real sense, this is a springtime for the soul, a time to clean house, a time for renewal, a time to focus on the sacrifice of God through the death and precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. This sacrifice accomplished the canceling of all sins – of all the charges against you. Talk about a weight off your shoulders! Talk about renewal and cleaning house! Especially today as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, may your soul receive the refreshing and renewal that Jesus offers!
  • Mar 12, 2014The King Betrayed
    Mar 12, 2014
    The King Betrayed
    Some sins have been traditionally considered “hot”—sins like rage and outbursts of anger, such as Peter cutting off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Others have been traditionally considered “cold” sins. They’re the more calculating ones, such as Judas’s planned betrayal of Jesus. Our sinful nature manifests both kinds of sins, and we admit many varieties of betrayal. But whatever their classification, Jesus, God’s royal Son, came to bear them all to death and triumph over them in the Resurrection.
  • Mar 9, 2014I Became Sin for You
    Mar 9, 2014
    I Became Sin for You
    “What I Did for Love? … I Became Sin for You” – Today is the first Sunday in Lent, a 40-day observance in preparation for Easter. “Lent” comes from a word meaning “spring.” In a real sense, this is a springtime for the soul, a time to clean house, a time for renewal, a time to focus on the sacrifice of God through the death and precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ! Each week we will look at a different aspect of Christ's love for us from His perspective on the cross. When asked how much Jesus loved us, He stretched out His arms on the cross and said, “This much!” He loved us so much that the Scriptures say He literally BECAME SIN … for us!
  • Mar 5, 2014The King’s Wisdom
    Mar 5, 2014
    The King’s Wisdom
    Another Lent begins. As we journey together through the next six weeks to the cross and empty tomb, we look at everything that took place from the vantage point of Jesus as King. Walk with us along the way, comparing and contrasting other kings with the King. We pray that you will find a renewed sense of awareness and appreciation for how the Lord is our faithful King, who for us and for our sake endured the cross, bore our shame, and suffered in our place. Tonight we remember how our King Jesus first marked us with the sign of the cross in our Baptism and how we wear ashes in the sign of a cross as the mark of His work in us, bringing us to repentance and restoring us by the power of forgiveness.
  • Feb 23, 2014It’s Not About You
    Feb 23, 2014
    It’s Not About You
    It’s a truth of science, and a spiritual truth as well – the universe doesn’t revolve around us! And yet, we are programmed to believe that it does. From a very young age, we learn the power of the word, “Mine!” … And if we are not careful, we will spend our lives trying to gain more for ourselves – prestige, power, wealth, and on and on. However, in so many places in Scripture, the Lord directs us not to live for self, but instead to live to serve others and to serve God. Today we will learn about being led by the Holy Spirit to live lives of significance – being salt and light in our hurting and needy world!
  • Feb 16, 2014Beyond the Math
    Feb 16, 2014
    Beyond the Math
    Stewardship is more than just numbers. It’s more than just meeting the bills of our church. It’s more than a percentage. It’s more than addition and subtraction. It’s about faith. Our giving recognizes that all we have and all we are is a gift from God. It acknowledges that we are stewards of God’s blessings – to be used for Christ’s glory and the extension of His kingdom. When we give to God, trusting in Him to provide for us, and use it for His will, it adds up to an eternal investment! In fact, through giving, we are greatly blessed by God! … We receive a ‘return on investment,’ of more than we give!
  • Feb 9, 2014Excel in the Grace of Giving
    Feb 9, 2014
    Excel in the Grace of Giving
    The Apostle Peter is known for “stepping out of the boat” on faith! (Matthew 14:22-33) He was able to do that because He saw Jesus calling Him out of his position of relative security to one of apparent danger. And yet, he was in no real danger because Jesus was right there with him. Likewise, God gives us the courage to step out of our safe comfort zone, and step into the seemingly dangerous water of generous giving. Like Peter, may we trust God to allow us to do what we ourselves are unable to do – excel in the grace of Giving!
  • Feb 2, 2014Growing My Faith By Giving It Away
    Feb 2, 2014
    Growing My Faith By Giving It Away
    The Apostle James challenges us to demonstrate our faith through our actions. In other words, not just say we believe, but act like we believe too. This not only has the benefit of bringing God’s blessings to those we encounter, but it strengthens our faith as well. We spent the last few weeks talking about how as disciples of Jesus we WORSHIP – GROW – and SERVE. Today we tie all of those together as we grow our faith by giving it away. We can learn a certain amount by listening, but what we’ve learned, truly becomes a part of us and causes growth in us when we share it with another person. The Truth of God’s Word is no different. We grow in the Word when we share the Word!
  • Jan 26, 2014At Redeemer We Serve
    Jan 26, 2014
    At Redeemer We Serve
    Jesus said He came not to be served, but to serve. We model Him best when we lovingly serve others. We serve not only those inside the church, but outside the church as well. We serve those in need. Jesus tells us that when we serve the “least,” we are in fact serving Him. When we serve our neighbor, we are fulfilling the Lord’s command to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves. At Redeemer, we Worship the Lord, Grow in His Word, and Serve others in His Name!
  • Jan 19, 2014At Redeemer We Grow
    Jan 19, 2014
    At Redeemer We Grow
    When Jesus gave the Great Commission He told His followers to make disciples baptizing and teaching them to obey His Word. Last week, we talked about this Sacramental community of believers that we are a part of called The Church. Once we are made spiritual children of God through baptism, and brought into His family, He does not want us to remain infants, but to grow in spiritual maturity. How do we grow? We grow in the two dimensions of love – love toward God, and love toward each other. At Redeemer we seek to grow in our relationship with God, but do so in fellowship with other believers.
  • Jan 12, 2014At Redeemer We Worship
    Jan 12, 2014
    At Redeemer We Worship
    What does it mean to be church? The reformers defined the marks of the Church primarily as where the Word of God is preached in purity and truth, and where the Sacraments are rightly administered. Further, the Church is defined in terms of Christian discipline and mission. In order to honor the historic marks of the Church, as well as capture for the active believer what church membership looks like in practice, we use the three words “WORSHIP, GROW and SERVE.” As believers we should be regularly worshipping God corporately where the Word is taught and Sacraments celebrated, and we should also be engaged in an area of discipleship where we are growing, and another where we are serving. Today, we focus on worship – where we gather together to sit at Jesus feet and receive His gifts!
  • Nov 24, 2013Committed to Grow
    Nov 24, 2013
    Committed to Grow
    Healthy things grow. We see this in nature, and we see it in the Body of Christ. In this message series, we have seen that God wants the “Best” for us in our spiritual lives; He wants us to grow in our witness, worship, connection with other believers, prayer, Bible study, service and giving. By staying close to Him, as the branches on a vine, trusting in Him, and committing our lives to Him, we will grow in spiritual maturity. As we grow, we find that our delight is in the Lord, and our confidence is in Him and His promises through Jesus Christ. May we live out our baptismal faith – by God’s grace!
  • Nov 17, 2013Challenged to Give
    Nov 17, 2013
    Challenged to Give
    A Christian author writes: “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.” (Randy Alcorn) Question: Why does God give us good things? Answer: Because it’s in God’s nature to give. If it’s in God’s nature to give, then we are being like God when we give. Consequently, it’s no surprise that God blesses us with material wealth; that wealth becomes for us an opportunity to practice being like Him in our giving. It also provides for us the opportunity to trust in Him to provide for us when we give. In fact, we may do better to think of giving as sharing – since what we give first came from God, and really is His to give. He simply chooses to give to others through us. Can He trust us to share?
  • Nov 3, 2013Called to Serve
    Nov 3, 2013
    Called to Serve
    “Serve the Lord with Gladness” is the theme of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). In today’s service, we not only recognize the service and dedication of Lutheran women worldwide, but we also recognize the call of the Lord for ALL of us to serv.! Jesus himself declared that the “Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matt. 20:28). As Christians, we are most like our Lord Jesus when we serve. And ironically, just as it is in giving that we truly receive, it is in serving that we are truly fulfilled. God designed us to serve Him. In serving our neighbor we are serving Him and fulfilling our life’s purpose!
  • Oct 27, 2013Motivated to Study
    Oct 27, 2013
    Motivated to Study
    Whether it is 2013 or 1517, the Word of God is strong and powerful! And the Word of God divides people – those who believe and hear its message, and those who reject its Truth. On this Reformation Sunday, we recall Martin Luther’s famous words at the Diet of Worms – “Here I stand. I can do no other; so help me God.” On what did he stand? On the Word of God! Fast forward to today. On what ground can we stand and stake our lives? On that same Word of God. God’s Truth is solid rock, not shifting sand. God does not change, nor does His Word. The question is – are we basing our lives on the changing winds of society and culture or are we building our foundation on the solid rock?