Weekly Updates (Page 7)

Weekly Updates (Page 7)

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.

April 26, 2018

Dear Friends, When we planted Redeemer, we decided for a number of reasons that we would take the Lord’s Supper each week.  Many of you have told us that you value this weekly time of reflection and celebration. Why weekly? First, we do it because there is strong biblical evidence that this was the pattern of the early church.  Acts 2:42 says that the breaking of bread was something the early church was devoted to.  And in Acts 20:7, we read this:  “On the first…

April 19, 2018

Dear Friends, I’m concerned that we are living in a culture of slander.  It is not simply tolerated, it’s celebrated.  Name calling and demonizing our opponents has become a new national pastime.  And we seem to be unaware of the corrosive impact of the slander epidemic on our collective soul as a country. The dictionary defines slander as “making a false and damaging statement about another person.”  God’s definition of slander is “bearing false witness.”  It’s one of the ten commandments.  Proverbs says that whoever…

April 12, 2018

Dear Friends, Mary Ann and I had not been dating very long when something very intimidating happened.  We were sitting together at a Bible study, and the guy leading the study made a passing reference to the fact that believers are sealed in their relationship with Jesus by the Holy Spirit.  The speaker didn’t cite a verse in support of his statement.  But Mary Ann started flipping in her Bible and landed at Ephesians 1, where the verse in question was underlined.  “In…

April 5, 2018

Dear Friends, I was 12 years old. Our family was getting ready for our spring break trip to Panama City Beach.   This was in the days when our nation’s interstate highway network was still being created.  So a trip from suburban St. Louis to the panhandle of Florida meant a lot of miles on two lane roads that snaked through Mississippi and Alabama.  Today, it’s a 12 hour drive.  In 1968, it was a longer journey, and one that my parents decided…

March 29, 2018

Dear Friends, When you open your Bible, what are you hoping will happen? The Bible is like no other book.  It is the sword of the Holy Spirit, the scalpel God uses to perform divine surgery in our lives.  It is perfect.  It is living and active.  As Curtis said on Sunday, God uses His word to correct our thinking.  And it is a renewed mind that leads to a transformed life. So what are you hoping will happen when you read your Bible? Martyn…

March 22, 2018

Dear Friends, Tim and Debbie Friesen had a pretty significant moment this week.  A first for them.  Something I hope all of you will get to experience at least once in your lifetime. Here it is.  That’s right.  Their first trip to In-N-Out Burger.  Tim sent me this picture along with his review.  “Great food and service” (Tim was being uncharacteristically succinct with his appraisal).  As it turns out, Tim had a chance to visit with the manager, a 20 year veteran of In-N-Out,…

March 14, 2018

Dear Friends, Happy Pi (3.14) night. Pardon me.  I’m about to go on a rant. Over the past several months, we’ve been having an ongoing cultural conversation about men and women and boundaries and harassment and sexual assault.  You’ve read the headlines.  You know that names of the men who have lost their jobs and their livelihood because they were exposed.  And you know the issue is widespread.  Someone turned on the light and all of a sudden, shameful acts…

March 8, 2018

Dear Friends, There is a connection between genuine revival and repentance. In recent weeks, as we’ve been exploring what the Bible teaches us about those times when God, by His Spirit, does a deep work of awakening grace in an individual or in a church or in a community, we’ve seen how it begins as people humble themselves before God and get honest about their sin. But getting honest about our sin is not where the process ends.  The next step in the…

March 1, 2018

Dear Friends, On Sunday we talked about how one of the hallmarks of a genuine revival among God’s people is deep contrition – a profound awareness of the ugliness of our sin and a strong desire to confess, repent and be cleansed from our unrighteousness. There is another, almost paradoxical hallmark of revival in people’s lives.  It’s a deep, strong joy that fills the soul of the revived man or woman. Most of us think that joy is an emotion.  The Bible says that…

February 22, 2018

Dear Friends, Show me any person God has used in a powerful way to influence many and I will show you a person who has attracted a legion of critics and naysayers. I was thinking about that reality today as I reflected on the news of the passing of Dr. Billy Graham.  I think it’s fair to say that no one more than Billy Graham was the public face of Christianity around the world in the last 70 years.  From…

February 14, 2018

Dear Friends, Most of us are really confused about what real love looks like.  And Valentines Day is part of the problem.  So is Shakespeare.  His sonnets didn’t help.  Neither did the start-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.  Hallmark and Hollywood are in on the conspiracy.  And don’t even start with how pop songs have warped our understanding about love.  So here we are, intelligent men and women living in the 21st century world of Alexa and iPads, with self driving cars…