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Confident Perseverance

Dear Redeeming Grace, Last week in this newsletter we thought about faith as a shield that helps us fight against our enemy. This past Sunday, Dave reminded us that it is God who initiates, oversees and protects his work, so we can build our lives on him with confident perseverance. As I was thinking about perseverance in the Christian life, I was reminded of a great pas...

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Resist with Faith

Dear Redeeming Grace, In his message on building opposition awareness, Jason reminded us of the sobering reality that Satan is at work all around us to deceive us. Lies are his nature. In 1 Peter 5:8-11, Peter calls him our adversary and likens him to a lion. Blood-thirsty and on the prowl. Ready to devour. But notice what Peter's instruction to us is because of that fac...

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Lives Worthy of the Gospel

Dear Redeeming Grace, One of the ways we build our lives around the Lord is to be united in the mission of Jesus. He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He came that his people might have life abundantly (John 10:10). Dave encouraged us last week that there is great joy when we strive together for the mission of God. That led me to remember Paul's words to the ch...

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A Worshiping Community

Dear Redeeming Grace, As we began our new sermon series in Ezra-Nehemiah last week, we considered this question, "How do we build our lives around God's purposes?" And, we saw that the two purposes reflected in these books are the worship of God and the people of God. You might say that God's plan of redemption has always included a "worshiping community." By God's grace...

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Optimal Viewing Distance

Dear Redeeming Grace, Last week as we looked at Lamentations 3 we were encouraged that in our misery we can find true hope when we remember God's mercy. There was a helpful illustration from the fine art world that has stuck with us this week -- "the optimal viewing distance." Just as a painting needs to be seen in its totality for it to be appreciated, so we must look o...

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A Wellspring of Joy

Dear Redeeming Grace, What a joy it was to celebrate Jesus' resurrection together last weekend. Dave encouraged us in ways we can respond to the risen Christ, and one of those ways is to experience joy in Him. As we thought about Mary going to the tomb on that Sunday, we marveled that it was when Jesus simply called her name that she recognized him. Because she belonged ...

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I Love to Tell the Story

Dear Redeeming Grace, If you've been around Redeeming Grace for any length of time, you know we love the gospel. Like the old hymn says, "I love to tell the story..." And the story of the gospel is what we reflect on over these next three days. Hebrews 12:2 tells us to look to Jesus. We run the race of the Christian life by keeping before our eyes the realities of the go...

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Grace to Abound

Dear Redeeming Grace, There are some verses of scripture that give such hope and encouragement, that we would be wise to memorize and hold them close. I think the verse Dave read for our benediction last week is one of those. Since a week can be a long way away, here's the verse: "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all thin...

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A Breathtaking Invitation

Dear Redeeming Grace, We hope this week has found you running to God in your need. As Jason reminded us last week in his message Putting on Prayer, we have been given a breathtaking invitation to not only draw near, but also receive mercy and find grace in our needs. As we closed our service on Sunday we took time to reflect and ask the Lord to bring to mind areas where ...

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Who do you trust?

Dear Redeeming Grace, In times of difficulty, a good question to ask is "In what or whom am I trusting right now?" Psalm 9:10 says this: "And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you." There are a couple helpful observations we can make from this verse and think about in our own lives. First, we start with t...

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