'First Tuesday' Tagged Posts

'First Tuesday' Tagged Posts

FEBRUARY 9, 2024

Dear Friends, Last night, as we met for dinner for our men’s First Tuesday gathering, I was talking with Curtis Thomas about his upcoming Romans study, which will start a week from Sunday.  If you need more details or you’re interested in being part of the study, contact Curtis and let him know.  His email address is c-b.thomas@sbcglobal.net.     This study is is for believers and unbelievers alike.  It’s something Curtis has done over and over again for decades, taking hundreds of people…

JANUARY 31, 2024

Dear Friends, This weekend is a big weekend for our students.    The D-Now weekend is an opportunity for students to work together, have fun together and grow together spiritually.  I hope you’ll be praying for these young people, Pastor Cole and our Roots volunteers. It’s interesting to me that we know nothing about Jesus when he was a teenager.  The only glimpse we have of Jesus between the time when He was a baby until He began His ministry as a…

DECEMBER 20, 2023

Dear Friends, This is the last e-newsletter you’ll get from me in 2023.  Next week, like many of you, I’ll be enjoying some family time. Of course this weekend, our focus will be on the birth of Jesus as we gather for worship Sunday morning and Sunday evening.  But with 2024 now just 11 days away, I want to take this opportunity to turn your attention to the new year and any resolutions you might be considering. For a decade now, I’ve had the…

NOVEMBER 15, 2023

Dear Friends, When you think about gratefulness or giving thanks, what Bible verses come to mind?  With Thanksgiving coming up next week, that’s a good question to ponder.  Before you read any further, take a time out here and answer that question out loud.  What verses or passages come to mind? I asked some friends that question years ago, and I imagine their answers and yours are not far apart. Most of them went straight to the Psalms, where over and over again we are…

OCTOBER 25, 2023

Dear Friends, My wife and I have found ourselves pretty regularly reminding ourselves in recent years that most of the problems we face are first world problems. You know the kinds of things I’m talking about, right? The package from Amazon doesn’t arrive on time, as promised. The movie you’re trying to stream keeps buffering. The service at the restaurant was so slow! You had to go to a second grocery store to get your extra crunchy peanut butter because the first store was out. Think about…

OCTOBER 18, 2023

Dear Friends, This week, I’m passing along something I read online.  It’s a Facebook post written by Greg Stier, the founder of Dare2Share, an evangelistic outreach aimed primarily at teens and young adults. Greg posted about parenting, and I thought “I can relate.”   I think his counsel is wise.  Here’s what he wrote: Early on in our marriage my wife and I took one of those raising children courses that promised certain outcomes if certain principles were consistently followed.  We did our best to…

SEPTEMBER 20, 2023

Dear Friends, Human beings are religious people.  It’s not a question of whether you worship a deity or not.  It’s only a question of which deity you choose to worship. Novelist David Foster Wallace made this point in a 2005 commencement address to the graduating class at Kenyon College.  Before the phrase “go viral” was applied to online content, his address achieved that status.  Here’s part of what he told his audience as they sat waiting to receive their diplomas.  “In the day-to-day trenches of…

SEPTEMBER 6, 2023

Dear Friends, I have spent this week being reminded of how great a gift music is.  God has created us to be people who worship Him.  And He gave us music as a way to engage our hearts and minds in expressing our love and devotion for Him.  Along with others form our worship team at Redeemer, I’ve been in Nashville with more than 6,000 people thinking about how music is also a tool we use for fulfilling the Great Commission.  You’ve probably…

SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

Dear Friends, Some of you know the name Tim Challies.  For the past 20 years, Tim has been blogging at his website www.challies.com.  After posting a few book reviews and some other articles on his website, Tim came to a point where he realized he either needed to stop altogether or take blogging more seriously.  He set a goal of posting every day for a year.  Before long, his hobby became his vocation.  Today, about a million people visit his blog each…

AUGUST 31, 2022

Dear Friends, Tonight was a big night for us at Redeemer.  Twenty-seven kids were loved on, poured into and prayed for as we kicked off our very first evening of Awana.  There were fun and games.    There were group times where they learned about the verses they will be memorizing. By the end of the evening, everyone headed hope excited about what God has planned for these precious children this year.  And maybe, Lord willing, more like them in the weeks ahead. I think what…

October 13, 2021

Dear Friends, King David posed the question in Psalm 2.  “Why do the nations rage? James, the half brother of Jesus brought the issue closer to home.  “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?” We look at our contentious culture and wonder why we are so divided as a nation.  Why is there conflict in our world?  In Psalm 2, David says that the nations rage because the Kings of the earth set themselves against the Lord.  Why is the conflict in…

October 6, 2021

The word glory is one of those Bible words we use a lot without thinking much about. 

August 11, 2021

Dear Friends, Are you sick of reading about COVID?  If so, I apologize in advance.  You can skip to the second half of this portion of the newsletter for the latest church-related COVID info. I was all wrong when it came to predicting what was going to happen with COVID.  Like I missed it by a mile. I remember when I first heard about cases in a nursing home in Washington state.  The news media was sounding the alarm and (I thought) blowing…