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.

June 14, 2018

Dear Friends, Do you ever find yourself discouraged?  Despondent?  Depressed? Good!  That means you’re human.   And you’re not alone. One Sunday morning in 1866, C. H. Spurgeon stunned his five thousand listeners when from the pulpit of London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle he announced, “I am the subject of depressions of spirit so fearful that I hope none of you ever gets to such extremes of wretchedness as I go to.” For some of his audience it was incomprehensible that the world’s greatest preacher could know the valley…

June 7, 2018

Dear Friends, It makes sense that children should obey their parents. Right? But why? Those of you where were raised going to Sunday School have probably already said “because the Bible says so.”  And it’s fair to say that if there was no other reason for children to obey, the fact that the Bible commands it would be sufficient.  But even people who reject the Bible can think of plenty of good reasons for children to obey their parents.  For example: Parents are wiser than children.  They have…

June 3, 2018

Dear Friends, I spent two hours today with a remarkable young woman who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Here name is Jaquelle Crowe, and she’s written a book called This Changes Everything:  How The Gospel Transforms The Teen Years.   Jaquelle’s dad is a pastor of a small Baptist church in a part of the world that he described as hard ground for sowing gospel seeds.  But trust me, his daughter gets it. We started our conversation talking about how all of life flows…

May 24, 2018

Dear Friends, I was not one of the two billion. My mother-in-law was.  Big time.  Last Saturday, she awoke at 4:15 AM, picked up a friend of hers, and together they went to the Circle Cinema in Tulsa where they were served a fine English breakfast as they watched Prince Harry and his intended, Meghan Markle become husband and wife. Two billion?  That’s the number of people who tuned in to see a princess marry her prince in a castle amid much pomp and circumstance,…

May 17, 2018

Dear Friends, Sunday, we talked about the Apostle Paul’s statement that God have given to human government the right to bear the sword and to avenge wrong doing as His agent.  And we talked about whether it is ever valid for governmental authorities to assign capital punishment as the penalty for certain crimes. There is another application of this verse that has provoked discussion and debate over the years.  If human rulers are ruling in the fear of God, as King David…

May 10, 2018

Dear Friends, It’s become a familiar punch line over the last few years.  And it’s spawned a wide variety of memes along the way. I’m talking about the saying to someone, after an epic fail of some sort “You had one job…” Have you ever asked yourself about your “one job?”  As a follower of Jesus, an Ambassador for Christ, what would you say your top priority ought to be? The Westminster Catechism famously declares that our “chief end” is to glorify God…

May 3, 2018

Dear Friends, Do you love God? It’s not a trick question.  If you are a Christian, that should be a lay up.  It’s like the first trivia question you get when you’re playing HQ on your phone.  It’s always a simple, easy question, right? But let’s dig a little deeper.  Is there a way to diagnose whether or not your really love God?  More than a century ago, JC Ryle described how the characteristics of human love and affection offer us a way to…

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…