Posts by Bob Lepine (Page 5)

Posts by Bob Lepine (Page 5)

June, 13 2019

Dear Friends, If you have a role in helping to raise the next generation, have you selected your target? Psalm 127 is a classic passage about parenting.  The Psalmist reminds us that our children are like arrows.  The comparison is not random.  Arrows are to be crafted to fly straight, then aimed at a target and released.  The archer’s goal is for the arrow to hit the target.  So what’s the target when it comes to parenting?  As parents, what should our focus…

June 6, 2019

Dear Friends, I spend more time on Twitter than I do on Facebook or Instagram.  This is not an endorsement of Twitter or of social media in general.  Sometimes, reading through my Twitter feed can leave me smh (Twitter and text speak for “shaking my head”).  But there are usually some great reminders, some thought provoking challenges and some encouragement in the mix.  Maybe you’d like to see a curated sample of what stood out for me this week: The thing about Twitter…

May 30, 2019

Dear Friends, Things are about to change.  Including (I hope) one of the reasons why you come to church on Sundays. If you’re a church member at Redeemer, you’ve already demonstrated that you have a bit of a pioneering spirit about you.  And as we get ready to transition to our new church home – our new gospel outpost on David O’Dodd, we’re all going to need to tap into that pioneering spirit in a fresh way. I imagine you come to church each…

May 23, 2019

Dear Friends, Forgive the length, but this is heavy on my heart this week. I was in high school the year that five powerful old white men found something hidden in the US Constitution that no one in almost two centuries had realized was there.  They found a supposed constitutional right to take the life of a human being.  To terminate a pregnancy. It isn’t the first time the US Supreme Court has made a serious mistake.  It’s clear to most people today…

May 16, 2019

Dear Friends, This week, the elders had the opportunity to spend some time with Pastor Bill Elliff from the Summit Church talking about our upcoming transition to a new church home.  We asked him to meet with us to help us think wisely and carefully about this new chapter in the life of our church. More than a decade ago as Redeemer was just beginning, Bill met with a small group of men who were helping lay the foundation for our…

May 9, 2019

Dear Friends, In honor of all moms everywhere, I’ve decided to devote this Mother’s Day week edition of the newsletter to passing along a short list of things moms have said or thought at one time or another.  All have been curated from random websites…    “Silence is golden.  Unless you have kids.  Then silence is suspicious.” “I don’t want to sleep like a baby.  I want to sleep like my husband.” “Sitting by myself in the bathroom with the…

May 2, 2019

Dear Friends, Today is the National Day of Prayer. Do you remember a series of books that were published years ago that captured children’s prayers to God?  They included prayers like these: “Dear God, are you really invisible or is that just a trick?” “Dear God, is it true my father won’t get into Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?” Dear God, thank you for the baby brother.  But what I prayed for was a puppy.”…

April 25, 2019

Dear Friends, A lot of Christians are down on doctrine. For some good reasons, actually.  There have been Christians through the years who have made doctrinal knowledge the primary goal of the Christian life.  There have been some pastors and theologians who, lacking humility and grace, have weaponized doctrine.  Minor doctrinal disputes have unnecessarily divided brothers and sisters in Christ.  People have pursued wisdom and knowledge instead of pursuing godliness and love. As a result, doctrine has become a dirty word for some. …

April 18, 2019

Dear Friends, We all saw the images on Monday, and couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Millions of people from all over the world have traveled to France to see Notre-Dame de Paris, the cathedral that is both an artistic and engineering marvel.  It took 100 years to complete the structure.  The famous oak roof was constructed from 52 acres of forest, using carved beams that were bigger and stronger than the forest trees that exist today. As the fire burned on…

April 11, 2019

Dear Friends, I have more questions about prayer than answers. Prayer is a mysterious phenomenon. It is an act of faith, crying out to an unseen God who promised to hear and to answer. It is an enigma, making requests of and seeking to influence a God who is sovereign and who has ordained whatsoever comes to pass according to the counsel of His own perfect will. It is a practice that does not come naturally, so that we must…

April 4, 2019

Dear Friends, Last Saturday, I had the chance to become reacquainted with old friends I hadn’t thought much about for more than half a century. Wilbur and Charlotte. If the names Wilbur and Charlotte don’t immediately ring a bell for you, you should stop reading this immediately and head straight to your local library or to Amazon and obtain a copy of the best selling children’s paperback of all time. With 45 million copies in print in 23 languages, it…

March 28, 2019

Dear Friends, I find myself wondering from time to time if our new church property doesn’t need a churchyard.  That’s a word we don’t use much anymore.  But google it and you’ll learn that in parts of western Europe centuries ago it was common for churches to have a patch of land adjoining or surrounding a local church that was used as a graveyard or a burial place for church members. I know that putting tombstones next to your parking lot or adjoining…

March 21, 2019

Dear Friends, Just about all of us have known people during our lifetimes who at some point made a profession of faith in Jesus, only to have that faith fade over the years.  It’s not uncommon.  In fact, it’s one of the reasons some people believe a Christian can lose his salvation.  It’s not because scripture leads people to that conclusion.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Scripture teaches clearly that nothing can separate a true child of God from the…

March 14, 2019

Dear Friends, So Sunday, after church, after our all-church lunch and the town hall meeting, I decided my day of rest needed to include some time over at 10 Fitness. Yes, I do go to the gym. Ask Ben Friesen. He can vouch for me. I was still thinking about the “three open prayer” that we talked about on Sunday. Do you remember it? Ron Hutchcraft had shared it with me, and it’s based on Colossians 4:3–4 which reads “Pray…

March 7, 2019

Dear Friends, It’s become common in recent years for people to find an alternate way to describe themselves as Christians. It’s because calling yourself a Christian in our day doesn’t fully communicate what it is we’re trying to say. A lot of people who describe themselves as a Christian are saying they grew up going to a Protestant or a Roman Catholic church. What they’re saying when they call themselves a Christian, most often, is that they believe there is…

February 28, 2019

Dear Friends, From as early as I can remember, I loved pop music.  I started taking ukulele lessons at age eight because my hand wasn’t big enough for a guitar.  I spent most of the 1960’s with a transistor radio next to my ear.  Think about teens and smart phones in our day and you have some idea of what my portable radio was to me. Most of the songs we were listening to in the early ‘60’s were songs about girlfriends…

February 21, 2019

Dear Friends, In the winter of 1679, the colonial settlements in New England were facing difficult days.  This was almost six decades after the Pilgrims had landed on what would become the Massachusetts coastline and had established the Plymouth Colony.  The American Revolution was 100 years into the future.  That winter, the settlers were facing outbreaks of disease and significant crop failures.  And they found themselves wondering aloud if the hardships they were experiencing were a result of Divine judgment (This was…

February 14, 2019

Dear Friends, First things first. Please pray tonight for Tom and Nancy Arnold. Tom went to the hospital today with chest pains. The doctors have found significant blockage in his heart and have scheduled him for open heart surgery this week. Please pray for Tom. And for Nancy. And whole family. Right now, they are requesting no visitors and asking that any communication be funneled through Zoe and Grant. You pray. We’ll keep you posted. I reached out to them…

February 7, 2019

Dear Friends, First things first. Please pray tonight for Tom and Nancy Arnold. Tom went to the hospital today with chest pains. The doctors have found significant blockage in his heart and have scheduled him for open heart surgery this week. Please pray for Tom. And for Nancy. And whole family. Right now, they are requesting no visitors and asking that any communication be funneled through Zoe and Grant. You pray. We’ll keep you posted. I reached out to them…

January 31, 2019

Dear Friends, We’re going to make this really easy this week. I have something I want you to practice saying out loud. At least three times. Maybe 10 times. Ready? Here we go. No. Did you say it? Out loud? How many times? Did you flinch when you said it? I received some great counsel last week on saying no. It came from John Majors and a blog post he wrote at the site where he and Julie both write…