God's Grace: The Story of Abraham

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God's Grace: The Story of Abraham

God's dealings with humanity have always been colored by grace. Way back in Old Testament times, Abraham was a selfish, manipulative coward who brought destruction to all kinds of people that he came into contact with. Yet God's plan to bless Abraham, and even to bless the entire world through Abraham, wouldn't be foiled by Abraham's sin. Because grace. Because that's who God has always been.

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Sent Out to Deal Hope (Hope Wanted #4)

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Sent Out to Deal Hope (Hope Wanted #4)

The way Jesus spreads His message of hope is through His people. In Luke 10, He empowers 72 followers to be just like Him, with spiritual authority, words directly from God, and a commission. If our goal is to see His gospel of hope spread around us today, all we have to do is embody hope where He's sent us.

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Who is Hopeless? (Hope Wanted #3)

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Who is Hopeless? (Hope Wanted #3)

The arrival of the kingdom of Jesus is good news for outsiders, outcasts, weirdos, and the truly hopeless. It's good news for the poor, people who cry themselves to sleep, and those who don't have enough to eat. It’s for widows and the infertile and gender and sexual minorities. Jesus is hope for the hopeless, for real.

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Jesus is All About Hope (Hope Wanted #1)

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Jesus is All About Hope (Hope Wanted #1)

This year is going to be a year of hope at Redemption Church. That's because we're in such desperate need of hope. But it's also because Jesus is all about hope. If we are going to spend time with Jesus, we're inevitably going to come away with hope. He is hope. He brings hope. He's the cause and the source of hope. So, as Christians, let's hope.

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Rain & Sun & The Flood In Between

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Rain & Sun & The Flood In Between

Hurricane Harvey caused massive destruction in Houston this week. Some of that destruction was physical and obvious. But some of that destruction was spiritual and emotional. As a church, we have organized significant efforts so far to help our neighbors start to put their homes back in order. 

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When Jesus Became Sin (The Father of Mercies #5)

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When Jesus Became Sin (The Father of Mercies #5)

The great exchange is that Jesus became sin so that we might become God's righteousness. God has reconciled us to Himself, so that we're no longer alienated from Him and no longer at odds with Him. In Jesus, God is turning us into His righteousness, His justice, His means of right-side-upping the world around us. Now that we've been reconciled to Him, our job is to be reconcilers on behalf of everyone around us.

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We Do Not Lose Heart (The Father of Mercies #4)

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We Do Not Lose Heart (The Father of Mercies #4)

When so much of the world seems to co-opt the message of Jesus for their own mutually exclusive purposes, some of which are blatantly violent and evil, how do we know what His message really is? One way is to pay close attention to what the New Testament, written by those who were closest to Jesus, actually says.

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How Can We Change? (The Father of Mercies #3)

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How Can We Change? (The Father of Mercies #3)

When you realize you're not yet the person you want to be, don't give up hope. Coming into the presence of God, by beholding His glory, is what the Holy Spirit can use to transform you. And transform us He will, by glory, into glory, until we're like Jesus.

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Eau de Jesus, Being the Aroma of Christ (The Father of Mercies #2)

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Eau de Jesus, Being the Aroma of Christ (The Father of Mercies #2)

Even when life doesn't go as planned, there's a way to end up with an overwhelming sense of purpose and thankfulness. That's what Paul discovered as his life and being became so merged with Christ's that he became the aroma of Christ everywhere he went.

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Experiencing the Father of Mercies (The Father of Mercies #1)

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Experiencing the Father of Mercies (The Father of Mercies #1)

Our God is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. His great desire is for you to see His grace, His warmth, His affection for you. Regardless of who you are or what your story is, He can be your merciful Father, even in this moment. Whatever you're going through, He can directly comfort you right now. Come to Him.

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Fasting: A More Honest Hope (Already/Not Yet #2)

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Fasting: A More Honest Hope (Already/Not Yet #2)

Jesus expected that His followers would fast when He would no longer be physically present with them. We live in a tension of already/not yet: Jesus has come, but we desperately need Him to come back. God's kingdom has broken into this world, but it hasn't yet come in its fullness. We need help to cling to this kind of honest hope, which is why fasting is particularly helpful.

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Jesus and Israel's Exile (All About Jesus #17)

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Jesus and Israel's Exile (All About Jesus #17)

God's chosen people got to live in His presence, build Him a house, and walk in His provision. But instead of living His way, they repeatedly turned aside, over and over and over, for almost a thousand years--so He eventually gave them over to complete separation from Him. He left the temple; they left His land; and everything became as shattered on the outside as it already had been on the inside. This is the exile.

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When Fire Came Down on the Temple (All About Jesus #16)

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When Fire Came Down on the Temple (All About Jesus #16)

Once upon a time, God's people built Him a magnificent temple. Then they asked Him to be present in it, hearing the prayers and looking upon the sacrifices that they'd make in that place. And God agreed. His presence came in brilliant glory, and when His fire and smoke filled the new temple, the people fell on their faces in awe.

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Made to Love - Book of Judges (All About Jesus #15)

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Made to Love - Book of Judges (All About Jesus #15)

God made all of us to know him and join in doing his work in the world. If we lose our faith or our works, we quickly go off the rails. The book of Judges shows a clear and frightening picture of just how bad this cycle can get, and serves as a warning to fight for loving God and loving people every day.  

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Have Faith Like the Heathen Prostitute (All About Jesus #14)

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Have Faith Like the Heathen Prostitute (All About Jesus #14)

What grace! Our God holds up the story of a heathen prostitute, from a book about ethnic cleansing, as an example for us all today—because regardless of who you are, you are worthy of love. Jesus is ready meet with you by faith. Let's go outside whatever fence is keeping us from Him and draw near to Him to find mercy and grace. He is ready for you.

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The Empire of the Spirit (Empire of Grace #5)

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The Empire of the Spirit (Empire of Grace #5)

After being crucified and resurrected, Jesus continued teaching His followers about His coming empire. He told them to wait for it, wait for it. And then it happened. The Holy Spirit came. God's power was made available to Jesus' followers just like it had been to Jesus. And all of this was because Jesus has been enthroned at God's right hand.

He will come again in glory. Until then, we wait, and we testify to the reality of His empire.

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Parables of the Empire (Empire of Grace #4)

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Parables of the Empire (Empire of Grace #4)

Jesus compares His empire to a field with weeds in it, a tiny seed, and leaven that's being mixed with an industrial sized helping of flour. These statements may sound random to us at first, yet there's meaning hidden in them that could change our lives and our world. Let's listen up.

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