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December 31, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Obsessed with the Cross

Most people know what you’re obsessed with. It’s clear because you live devoted to you obsession. ...Keep Reading

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December 5, 2014 0 comments

What is Important This Christmas Part 2: To Incarnate Christ

I’m one of those crazy people who gets up early on Black Friday to shop. It’s a tradition my daughters and I have enjoyed for years. Frankly, I don’t buy much. For me it’s primarily a sentimental opportunity to spend time with my girls and have our yearly lunch at Olive Garden....Keep Reading

Posted in: Holiday Specials Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Prayer, church life, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, cancer, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, Spirit life, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, preaching the gospel, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, God's work through suffering, compassion, Merry Christmas, Incarnating Christ

November 12, 2014 by Eric Garrett 1 comments

Waiting and the Mercy of God

Recently, Sheree Phillips wrote a transparent and helpful post on the struggle of waiting for God. If you're like her (and me), then you probably have an aversion to waiting for just about anything. And the reality is that if you're a Westerner, you're probably just like us in this way. It's no new revelation that with our culture-wide embrace of fast food, fast cash, and the fast lane we simply can't stand waiting on things to happen. We are used to "getting things done" and when we can't change our circumstances it tends to make us uneasy, if not irritable and angry. So waiting reveals our hearts....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: waiting, yoke-bearing, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, church life, Sheree Phillips, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog, cultural issues, faithfulness of God, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, culture, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, God's work through suffering, God's mercy

October 15, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

I Will Offend You

I will offend you. And you will offend me. This is the harsh reality of life as a part of God's eternal kingdom while still living in our sinful flesh as inhabitants of our broken world. As brothers and sisters in Christ we will offend each other, and it will likely happen often. I wish this was not true, but both experience and Scripture validate this hard truth (see Matt. 18:21-22). And this is all the more the case in lieu of the seemingly heightened level of sensitivity and emotional fragility of our culture....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, church life, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Eric Garrett, Conflict, Reconciliation, Christian Character, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, kingdom of God, church ministry, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, offense, offended

September 24, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

God's Masterpiece of Unified Diversity

Something unexpected happened to me on Sunday morning. While I was preparing to teach for our children's ministry, Truth Miners, I was struck by the profundity of the passage I was about to teach from. One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how God reveals to both young and old the same truths in profound ways. I was so affected by what I studied that I want to share some thoughts about the passage with you. The passage I taught from is 1 Corinthians 12, and my thoughts center on what God is doing when He masterfully blends unity and diversity together through His people, the church....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, church life, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Scripture, Eric Garrett, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, The church, church ministry, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, unity, diversity, unified diversity

September 10, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Longing For a Culture of Grace

There is something that's been on my heart about the life of our church (and others) for some time. Although I've discussed it briefly in various contexts I've never really sat down to try and succinctly articulate what it is...here it goes. I hope this turns out to be helpful for you. Week in and week out, as we gather together to lift up our Savior with one voice as a church family there is something I long to see brought to maturity in our midst. It's something that's "thereish", but not really there yet. The best way I believe I've heard this expressed is with the idea of a culture of grace. As the body of Christ, I long for us to be part of a culture that exudes grace to all who are in our midst....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Fellowship, lake Nona, vision, ministry, bible, church life, grace, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Scripture, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, church ministry, church blog

August 28, 2014 4 comments

Keeping the Home

At age 60 I remember the days when church women’s ministries were focused on Titus 2: 3-5 which in part teaches women to be “keepers at home.” In fact, I was one of those pastor’s wives who taught this passage in our own church’s women’s ministry. Honestly, I benefited from this. I gained a vision for my home as the primary focus of my gifts and ministry. I learned to push through not feeling creative or administrative enough to get it all done. God used other women in my life to inspire and help me overcome patterns of procrastination and I really did come to love the often mundane tasks of keeping a home running....Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: homemaking, ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, bible, gospel, church life, Sheree Phillips, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, Identity, lee vista, family, odyssey, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, redeemer blog, women, mundane, cultural issues

August 14, 2014 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

The Heart of Women and Work

This month in our cultural value series we are sharing thoughts on different issues women face. Last week, Janelle discussed the issue of women and image. This week I want to touch on the topic of women and work. When you think about women and work there is SO much that has already been said and written on the subject. I am not going to attempt to address the question on whether or not a woman should work outside the home. What I want to touch on and dialogue about today is how we are making the decision about whether or not to work inside or outside the home....Keep Reading

Posted in: Women's Issues Tags: ladies, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, church life, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, Work, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, women, cultural values, women and work, decision making

August 5, 2014 0 comments

More Than a Reference Point

If you've been around the church world long enough, you've probably heard someone somewhere talk about being "gospel-centered" - gospel-centered preaching, gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered counseling, gospel-centered everything. And you've probably had one of a number of reactions to these pretentious-sounding assertions of unique commitment to the gospel reactions that range from indignance at the implications regarding apparently non-gospel-centered churches and ministries to amusement at what sounds like an awfully simplistic approach to life and ministry. I initially reacted with a little of both and a lot of everything in between. I was at first a little confused at what people meant and why they were so adamant about it. But the more I learned, the more it made sense to me, and the more I liked it...until finally I decided “gospel-centered,” as a term, is just too small to capture what people are saying, that the relationship between the gospel and ministry is much more robust than mere centeredness. But before I explain what I think the gospel is to ministry, let me explain the idea of gospel-centeredness....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Gospel-centeredness, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, ministry, bible, gospel, church life, Lake Nona Churches, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, The church, church ministry, church identity

July 25, 2014 by Kyle Davis 0 comments

Worship and Art

In this, the third and final post of the series on worship, I am hoping that you have been challenged with how you prepare your heart, as well as your physical expressiveness in times of corporate worship. Today, I would like to stir up the pot a little with what is an ongoing debate amongst churches and hopefully encourage us all to use our gifts and talents for the glory of God....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Worship, Creativity, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, church life, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Kyle Davis

July 9, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

One Way to Imitate God: Pursue Others

For those of you who were not present to hear Jesse's message on Sunday, please do yourselves a favor and listen to it here. It was simply and profoundly inspiring. As he reminded us about God's relentless and merciful pursuit of us in our wanderings and rebellion, my soul was stirred afresh as I was reminded of the wonder and the power of God's great love for us, for me....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, community groups, church life, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Community, Eric Garrett, lee vista, odyssey, lee vista church, sermons, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Jonah, sermon review

June 16, 2014 0 comments

Constrained by the Spirit

Often, we are tempted to place our hope in something other than Christ, and we are tempted to be constrained by something other than the Spirit....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Spirit, redeemerchurch, Jesse Phillips, Acts Series, propelled, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, lake Nona, lee vista, church life

February 25, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Your walk with Christ is like Hunger Games

Walking with Jesus is not for the faint of heart. Like the Hunger Games, we’re in a hostile world and should be on guard as we fight the good fight....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Lake Nona Church, church life, Lake Nona Churches, Victory, lee vista, Suffering, lee vista church

February 24, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Who is worse, humans or frogs?

It’s a popular storyline--"a princess kisses a frog that is magically transformed into a prince. The obvious moral of the story is that handsome princes are better than frogs. But advancements in understanding of the human heart have cast doubt on this conventional wisdom. It may be that people, even handsome princes, are actually worse off than frogs....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, church life, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church

October 9, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Redeemer Church Moving to Odyssey Middle School

Beginning on Sunday, November 3rd, Redeemer Church will hold its weekly meetings at Odyssey Middle School. Located just 5 minutes from Redeemer's current meeting place, Odyssey offers a recognizable landmark, room for growth and a number of practical benefits the church has been seeking for several months....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: About Us, church life, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, news

August 28, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Commemorating Dr. King's Dream 50 Years Later

It was 50 years ago today that, arguably, one of the greatest speeches in American history was given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Today we contemplate that historic day. As a local church, I want us to demonstrate this gospel-centered perspective of reconciliation in our personal lives and in our corporate expression....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, church life, evangelism, Racism, Reconciliation, Orlando Church, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church

July 7, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Most Human Problems Are Caused By Mistaken Identity

Launching a new teaching series, Benny Phillips, pastor of Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, claimed that humanity faces an identity crisis. Citing a new book by Mark Driscoll ("Who Do You Think You Are"), he argued that most human problems can be traced to a lack of self-understanding....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, blog, church life

June 3, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

VIDEO: We solute you, Mrs. Over Protective Mommy

Parenting is hard. You can get help! Please share it will your friends to invite them to our Redemptive Parenting seminar, June 14-15. More information and signup here....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, events, church life, Sheree Phillips, parenting, Lake Nona Church

May 5, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Keep God At the Center

As Christians we are tempted to push God away from the center of our lives, and to replace him with heart idols. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ helps us to identify idols, turn from them and keep God in his rightful place at the center of our lives....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Benny Phillips, Gospel According to Isaiah, bible, church life

March 24, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Jesus, the Man of Sorrows

Today we rehearsed a story of humiliation and triumph, in which Jesus Christ bore the penalty for sins that he did not commit in order to save the very people whose rejection of him led to his death (Isaiah 52-53)....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: grace, gospel, church life, Benny Phillips

March 10, 2013 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Abounding Hope

Recap of our Sunday gathering. Benny Phillips preached on our Abounding Hope from Isaiah 11:1-10, continuing our series on the Gospel According to Isaiah....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: Isaiah, Metro Life Church, Orlando Church, Redeemer Church, Worship, Benny Phillips, bible, Hope, blog, church life

November 27, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Song of the Stars

"It's Time! It's Time!" The world was about to change forever. And it almost went by unnoticed... Join us Sunday Morning December 16th as the Truth Miners present "Song of the Stars" A Christmas Story...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: church life, Community, Christmas, Play, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church

November 1, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Daylight Saving Time

Don't forget to change your clocks back one hour this Saturday night, Nov. 3rd, because DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4th....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: church life, Community, Fellowship, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, lake Nona

September 12, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

New Daily Devotional App from Desiring God {free}

Solid Joys is a free application available from Desiring God (for iPhone and iPad) which provides a short daily devotional excerpt from the ministry of John Piper....Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: bible, church life, devotional, iphone

June 26, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

Hope's Garden

One of our members, Liz, is battling cancer and a sweet friend of ours, Rose, made a beautiful quilt to raise funds to help with expenses. Here is Rose's explanation of why she had this idea. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Redeemer Church News Tags: About Us, church life, community groups, Faith Rising, Fellowship, grace, healing, Lake Nona Churches, Lake Nona Church, miracle, ministry, Prayer, testimony, Redeemer Church

June 8, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 0 comments

{my journey to redeemer} Kara's Testimony

The following testimony was shared by Kara Sherman in September of 2011. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Testimony Tags: About Us, bible, church life, gospel, grace, humility, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, ministry, miracle, Redeemer Church, Prayer

March 29, 2012 1 comments

A Praying People

Along with evangelism prayer can often seem like the most excruciating discipline of a Christian's life. But perhaps unlike evangelism it is not so much a result of forgetful negligence, but rather our seemingly half-hearted, faith-deficient offerings before God that lead us to feel God's proverbial pebble in our shoe...Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Testimony Tags: evangelism, church life, About Us, gospel, grace, humility, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, Prayer, Redeemer Church, testimony, vision

March 12, 2012 0 comments

Anticipating 2032

History isn't very important to a lot of people. But my husband was a history major who has transferred his love of history to our family. Sometime I will have to blog about the competition five of our kids engaged in with the same college history professor… This morning at Redeemer Church history was on display. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Redeemer Church, testimony, ministry, miracle, Lake Nona Church, grace, Fellowship, church life, Benny Phillips, Sheree Phillips

February 21, 2012 1 comments

They are Redeemer Church

I don't remember the first time we met him, but it was close to 10 years ago. Alex was just out of high school and wanted to be a professional musician. He was giving his life to this goal - and it resulted in him leaning away from the church in which his family had been involved for years. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: Lake Nona Church, ministry, testimony, vision, church life, Redeemer Church

February 15, 2012 8 comments

Why French Braids are Important to Me

Today I got to spend the afternoon with an old friend. We laughed; joked; shared Starbucks and a scone; playfully mocked others she was interacting with; and, at one point, fought back tears. She was gushing with gratitude at a recent box she received in the mail from faraway friends who surprised her and her husband with Valentine gifts. And then there was the generous check in the mail from a friend who could use some money herself....Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: About Us, Lake Nona Church, church life, girls, ladies, miracle, Liz

February 8, 2012 by Taraleigh Davis 3 comments

Welcome to Redeemer Church

At one of our pre-launch Sunday night meetings in December we were singing a familiar song and floods of memories came over me remembering nights when I had sung that same song flat on my face in a puddle of tears and sorrow. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Member Testimony Tags: About Us, church life, evangelism, Fellowship, gospel, forigiveness, Lake Nona Church, New Beginnings, Redeemer Church

January 31, 2012 1 comments

The Gift of Biblical Fellowship

"The gospel, applied to our hearts every day, frees us to be brutally honest with ourselves and with God. The assurance of His total forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ means we don't have to play defensive games anymore. We don't have to rationalize and excuse our sins. We can say we told a lie instead of saying we exaggerated a bit. We can admit an unforgiving spirit instead of continuing to blame our parents for our emotional distress. We can call sin exactly what it is, regardless of how ugly and shameful it may be, because we know that Jesus bore that sin in His body on the cross. With the assurance of total forgiveness through Christ, we have no reason to hide from our sins anymore."...Keep Reading

Posted in: Musings of a Pastor's Wife Tags: gospel, Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Fellowship, ministry, moss park, community groups, forigiveness, church life, humility, grace

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