Weekly Updates (Page 3)

Weekly Updates (Page 3)

Each week, our teaching pastor Bob Lepine offers his thoughts and perspective on how we live for Jesus in our world. In addition, the blog has updates on upcoming activities at Redeemer. You can receive the weekly blog as an email. Send us your email address to subscribe.

December 23, 2020

Dear Friends, You can’t see them smiling under their masks, but you should know you made Christmas a little brighter this year for a lot of happy kids at David O’ Dodd Elementary School.  HAPPY KIDS!  Here’s a thank you to all of you from the kids!  Let me add a “thank you” from me as well.  I am so grateful for your generosity and your willingness to bless these neighborhood kids at Christmas! Speaking of Christmas, here’s how we…

December 16, 2020

Dear Friends, Let me show you what you did today.  You made a lot of kids smile and planted a lot of gospel seeds in young hearts. And together, we made a statement to a lot of moms and dads, a lot of teachers and staff at David O’ Dodd Elementary School. It began this week with a shopping adventure.  When you’re making plans to bless 170+ kids, you have to be strategic about when and where and how you shop. Next came the…

December 9, 2020

Dear Friends, We have a fig tree in our back yard.  It’s huge.  It has taken over the northwest corner of our lot, with a variety of twisty branches that offer essentially no canopy except for the very young person.  Meanwhile, the root structure for the tree protrudes from the ground, extending in all directions from the trunk of the tree. Our fig tree was not always as big as it is now.  I’m afraid it’s my fault the tree has grown…

December 2, 2020

Dear Friends, Do you think the Bible identifies any particular sin as the worst of all possible sins? While you ponder that, a quick review here: When we talk about sin, we’re talking about more than bad habits or moral lapses.  Sin, the Westminster Divines said, is “any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.”  In other words, sin is when we don’t do what God requires of us, or when we do what God forbids.  The Anglican Book…

November 25, 2020

Dear Friends, I know what the Bible says about giving thanks in all things.  But doesn’t it feel like we should get a pass on giving thanks in 2020?  Most of us can more easily come up with a lament list this Thanksgiving than we can a gratitude list.    A few reminders about the familiar command to “give thanks in all things” found in 1 Thessalonians 5. First, you know there was asterisk in the original text.  You know the…

November 18, 2020

Dear Friends, Everyone is looking for shalom.  And we’re looking to be markarios.  The problem is, we’re all ptochos.  And it’s only when we recognize that we’re ptochos that we can begin our journey toward shalom and markarios. I know I’m mixing my languages here (and maybe even butchering a word or two), but hang with me.  Shalom is the Hebrew word that we often translate peace.  But its meaning goes deeper than our English word typically does.  It is derived from a…

November 4, 2020

Dear Friends, If you don’t have election fatigue by know, you have more stamina that I do! You may have heard of author Mitch Albom.  His book Tuesdays With Morrie made him a best selling author.  He has gone on to write more than a half dozen other books, with combined sales of 39 million copies.  Mitch lives in Detroit and continues to write a regular column for the local newspaper, the Detroit Free Press. I’ve decided to turn over the newsletter this week to…

October 28, 2020

Dear Friends, It may be a week from now.  Or it may take a little longer.  But we are about to have a nation full of sad, disappointed, angry, frightened people.  No matter who is eventually declared the winner of next week’s presidential election, many of our family members or neighbors or co-workers or – well, maybe even some of us – are going grieve over the results. Have you thought about that?  Have you prepared yourself for a result that you…

October 21, 2020

Dear Friends, I remember being struck by the lyric the first time I heard the song.  It was at event that featured modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, and they were performing a new song they had co-written with Graham Kendrick.  The song began with the clear declaration that “my worth is not in what I own.”  But it was the final verse that captured my attention immediately: Two wonders here that I confessMy worth and my unworthinessMy value fixed –…

October 14, 2020

Dear Friends, There are two words in the book of Ephesians that people often cite as the most important, most significant two words in that letter.  Maybe even in all of scripture. Ephesians 2 begins with a description of our spiritual condition before we come to know Jesus.  It’s not a flattering picture.  “You were dead,” Paul writes. Dead.  Completely unresponsive to God.  “You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world,…

October 7, 2020

Dear Friends, If you’re a podcast listener, I have a recommendation for you.  Jim Davis, who spoke at our Redeemer men’s retreat a while back has a podcast he’s produced with a fellow pastor in Orlando called As In Heaven.  Season Two is about race and racism.  And the first episode in Season 2 is an interview with someone I respect as a pastor and thinker – Dr. Crawford Loritts.  I found the conversation helpful and clarifying.  You can listen or download…

September 30, 2020

Dear Friends, I’ve had conversations with a number of friends in recent months who are concerned about what they see as an accelerated erosion of the foundational principle of the free expression of religion in our nation.  They have shared with me their fears that the upcoming election may have some impact our ability to serve God and worship Him freely in our nation. My friend and fellow pastor Justin Jackson addressed this issue in a Facebook post recently.  Here’s…

September 16, 2020

Dear Friends, I think I’ve been guilty of using a Bible verse out of context for some time now. For years in marriage conferences, and in a wide variety of other settings, I have referenced Ephesians 4:15 as a biblical admonition that ought to guide our interpersonal communication.  “The Bible tells us,” I have said “to ‘speak the truth in love’ to one another.” Indeed, that’s what Ephesians 4:15 says.  And I’ve used that verse to try to help husbands…

September 9, 2020

Dear Friends, Let me ask you if this statement is true or not.  Ready?  Here’s the statement:  “God will bless the lives of all who love and trust Him.” Where does the Bible teach that?  Let me give you a few passages. Psalm 5:12 says “For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 115:12-13 says “The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel;…

September 2, 2020

Dear Friends, What’s on your Spotify playlist?  Or in your CD player? I’ve been listening to a lot of music this week as I’ve been in Nashville helping out with the Sing! Global Conference sponsored by modern hymnwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty who wrote the hymn In Christ Alone as well as several other hymns we sing at church.  The conference has featured messages from Joni Tada, Alistair Begg, Paul David Tripp, Ligon Duncan, HB Charles and many others.  There have…

August 26, 2020

Dear Friends, JI Packer has famously said “a half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth.”  Today, we find ourselves swimming in a sea of half truths, scratching our heads and thinking “that sounds right – kinda.”  In the end, the Father of Lies is just as happy when we swallow a half truth as he is when we fall for any other kind of deception. Tim Keller, in his book How To Reach The West Again lists a handful…

August 12, 2020

Dear Friends, David Murray’s wife Shona had always displayed a bright, energetic, extroverted, type A personality.  Her life was full.  She was a pastor’s wife and a mother of five who worked part time as a physician while homeschooling her children. She stayed busy, but that’s how she liked it.  So both Shona and her husband were surprised when she found herself crying often, without knowing why.  She told her husband she had “lost her Christian joy.”  Sadness and despair…

August 5, 2020

Dear Friends, One of the reasons why I believe the Bible is the very word of God is because of the forensic evidence.  When you read it, you find God’s fingerprints everywhere. Case in point.  The remarkable account of the kindness of King David shown to a young crippled boy name Mephibosheth.  You can read the story for yourself in 2 Samuel 9.  But here are the Cliffs Notes. Mephibosheth was the son of David’s long time friend Jonathan.  That…

July 29, 2020

Dear Friends, In the summer of 1986, our little family (just four of us at the time) moved into this lovely home in the Oak Meadow subdivision in north central San Antonio.   It was our sixth move in six years.  And we were delighted to call it our home.  The neighborhood was great, with a neighborhood pool that we visited regularly during the summer months.  We had a bigger than average back yard for our kids to play in.  The house…