1.17.2018

Spring 2018 Bible Study: The Gospel of Mark, Chapters 1-8

Sign up today for our Spring Bible Study! The link is here: 


This year we’ll be studying the gospel of Mark in both our Spring and Fall Bible studies. The Spring study will run for 8 weeks and cover the first 8 chapters of Mark. You have 2 sessions to chose from:
Monday evenings:
January 29-March 19, 7:30pm-9:00pm
at Kathryn Noon’s home

Friday mornings:
February 2-March 23, 9:30am-11:00am
at church (Childcare provided)



The $12 registration fee gets you your study book and also helps to cover childcare for Friday morning. 😊

1.10.2018

Facing the Storm




There is beauty to be found in the desperate and many-times-repeated unanswered prayers that have time and again ushered us to His feet. There is beauty to be found in a life poured out in faithfulness and obedience, no matter the circumstance. There is beauty to be found in the unlikely places, but in so many cases, we must be facing the storm to see it. Often, to behold this beauty, to be reminded of God’s promises in such a tangible way, we must turn toward, not away from, the darkness.

The reality of living in a fallen, broken world is that there is always a storm….The world is full of deep suffering that I know nothing of, troubles far beyond my own experience.

You also are likely facing a storm. The divorce you never wanted, the child who walks away from the path on which you tried to lead him, the family member who no longer wants relationship. You have a friend who fears a future of chemo appointments or mental hospitals or insurmountable debt, and the list goes on. It would be tempting to just close our eyes, wouldn’t it?

But there is beauty to behold in the midst of the pain. I believe it. I have seen it. We must steady ourselves against the storms, friend. The temptation may be to look away, but in doing so we might miss the glory, all the beautiful ways He is remaking us through the hard…

God is like that. He uses the hard things to reveal more clearly His great kindness toward us. He always knows what we need before we can even fathom it. Abraham climbs up Mount Moriah with no idea of what God could possibly be orchestrating, why God would ask him to sacrifice his only son, but God uses his faithfulness and obedience to grow his trust and prepare him for future trials. Maybe the hardest things make us the best kind of brave and the best kind of ready for all that God has next. They teach us to lean into Him time and time again because we see that it is true: When we are weak, He is strong.

[But] now I know that the things I never wanted were the very things I needed most. The things that I thought would break me were the things that drove me straight to Him. My anguish and sorrow sent me to the Healer, who would mend all those broken places and put me back together more beautifully than I had imagined. All those cracks and holes and ruptures would be the places in my life where His glory would shine through. Beauty, though not as I expected it, would be found amid the ashes. These would be the places that taught me His heart as He lovingly and tenderly bound them up, and they would make me brave, ready for the next thing. Ready for anything.


Katie Davis Majors, Daring to Hope

1.09.2018

This year we’ll be studying the gospel of Mark in both our Spring and Fall Bible studies. The Spring study will run for 8 weeks and cover the first 8 chapters of Mark. You have 2 sessions to chose from:

Monday evenings:
January 29-March 19, 7:30pm-9:00pm
at Kathryn Noon’s home

Friday mornings:
February 2-March 23, 9:30am-11:00am
at church (Childcare provided)



Sign-ups begin on Sunday, January 14th!

1.07.2018

SweetMercies 2018: Encounter!



SweetMercies is kicking off a new year in just a couple of weeks! Please make plans to join us at Redeemer Church on Sunday, January 21, at 7pm for an evening of teaching and fellowship. Kathryn Noon is bringing the Word and you are sure to leave encouraged and inspired as we begin our study of the gospel of Mark. Invite a friend!

1.03.2018

Bible Reading Plans for the New Year



Looking for a new Bible reading plan for 2018? Ligonier Ministries has compiled a helpful list of plans. https://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/. These aren’t all “through the Bible in a year” plans; there’s a little something for everyone!

Prefer apps? Check out Replicate Ministries, Inc. The offer a free plan called F260, available on their website (replicate.org) or through Google Play or the App Store. ReadScripture is another one (http://www.readscripture.org). Their app is also available through Google Play or the App Store.

Whatever you might choose to use, remember that the point of a plan is to provide you with direction and a design for achieving something. Ultimately, your goal is to spend time in the Word; your goal isn’t to check off boxes in a plan. The plan should be serving you, not ruling you.


There’s a treasure-trove of wisdom just waiting to be explored. His Word is living and active, from the shortest verse to the longest book, and it will leave you richer than you were before!

1.01.2018



NEW YEAR
O LORD,
Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed
in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains,
sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbor,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear be my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.
—Arthur Bennett, editor. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Banner of Truth Trust, 1999 (first published in 1975), p. 112. ISBN 0-85151-228-3.