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This Sunday – April 8th, 2012

Jesus is alive!

We get to celebrate this glorious truth on Sunday. Eric is going to be preaching from Colossians 3:1-4, and I’ll be leading our time of singing.

Song list:
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (hymn)
His Name Is Jesus (sovereign grace)
The Power of The Cross (getty/townend)
Stronger (hillsong)

In Christ Alone (getty/townend)
Crown Him With Many Crowns (hymn)

JI Packer on God knowing and loving us

Here is the quote that Eric read on Sunday from Knowing God by JI Packer.

“What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it — the fact that He knows me. I am graven on the palms of His hands. I am never out of His mind. All my knowledge of Him depends on His sustained initiative in knowing me. I know Him, because He first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, one who loves me, and there is no moment when His eye is off me, or His attention distracted from me, and no moment therefore, when His care falters.

This is momentous knowledge. There is unspeakable comfort — the sort of comfort that energizes, be it said, not enervates — in knowing that God is constantly taking knowledge of me in love, and watching over me for my good. There is tremendous relief in knowing that His love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me. There is, certainly , great cause for humility in the thought that He sees all the twisted things about me that my fellow-men do not see (and am I glad!), and that He sees more corruption in me than that which I see ini myself (which in all conscience, is enough).

There is, however, equally great incentive to worship and love God in the thought that, for some unfathomable reason, He wants me as His friend, and desires to be my friend, and has given His Son to die for me in order to realize this purpose.”

– JI Packer, Knowing God (Downers Grove, 1973), pages 41-42.

What glorious news! You can listen to Eric’s message here.

Discussion Questions from Paul Tripp Marriage Seminar

For everyone who was able to attend the Paul Tripp marriage seminar last weekend, Covenant Life Church provided some discussion questions as a resource. They are a great way to continue the conversation with your spouse or other couples who attended.

You can see the questions here.

Bibles for Orphans

Here is a unique opportunity to help provide The Jesus Storybook Bible to orphans in Mexico.

Josh Deckard and a friend who works with orphans in Mexico created this fundraising effort after Josh saw a picture of orphans in Eastern Europe reading this bible. Their goal is to get this Bible into as many orphans hands as possible so that they might read about Jesus and his love for them through the gospel.

You can give and find more information at their website: www.adoptbible.com.

This Sunday – Jan. 21st, 2012

Just a reminder that we are now meeting at Calvary Gospel Church (1800 N. Glebe).

This Sunday, we have the privilege of being taught by Ian McConnell, the lead pastor of Grace Bible Church in the Philadelphia area and a good friend to Eric and myself. He will be teaching from Mark 11:12-25. Please be praying that God would speak to us as we study his Word.

Matt Aiello will be leading our time of singing, focusing our attention on Jesus as our glorious King.

Can’t wait to worship with you all.

Song list:

His Name Is Jesus (sovereign grace)
Let Your Kingdom Come (sovereign grace)
Grace Unmeasured (sovereign grace)
10,000 Reasons (matt redman)

Here is Love (matt redman)

Bible Reading Plans

Have you felt the sudden urge to make resolutions that you will probably never keep? Yep, New Years Day is fast approaching, the starting line for glorious aspirations to do amazing things. We set out to conquer everything in our life…and then we get blindsided by reality on around January 19th.

Ever done this with the Bible? I sure have. January 1st has marked the start of my “read 1 ½ hrs each day, memorize two books, and complete Bible plan 4 months early” plan more than once. Do I just need to be more disciplined? That is certainly part of it. But I also forgot about something else.

Reality.

One of our core values at Redeemer is becoming better students of his Word. All of us are at different points when it comes to this, but the goal of growth is the same, and growth takes realistic planning.

So whether you cringe at new years resolutions or can’t get enough of them, I encourage you in the next couple days to think about how you want to grow in studying Gods Word, and then make a plan. Maybe it’s just for the month, or the whole year. Maybe it’s to begin to read the Bible, or to increase your daily reading from 30 min to 45 min. The amount isn’t as important as the plan. We’re all here to grow, not be perfect.

If you are comfortable with what you’re doing right now, great, don’t change a thing. But for those of you who might not know where to begin or are looking to try something new, here is a blog post which gives a helpful summary of the many Bible reading plans you can choose from. They range from reading ten chapters a day to a couple a week.

I look forward to becoming better students of God’s word together this year.

This Sunday – Dec. 18th 2011

Tomorrow we will be continuing our study in John with Eric teaching us from chapter 9. As we’ve encouraged you before, please take time to read the passage before the meeting, prayerfully considering how God is speaking to you.

During this season, Christians around the world describe the days leading up to Christmas day as the Advent, formed from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” We use this time to remember and celebrate the first advent of Jesus and anxiously look forward to his second. The joy in promises fulfilled deepens our hope for the present and future.

As I lead our time of singing this Sunday, I hope to draw our attention to these truths through the songs we sing and Scriptures we read. Can’t wait to be with you.

Song List:

O Come O Come Emmanuel (traditional)
What Child Is This? (traditional)
Hope Has Come (sovereign grace)
Joy to the World (traditional)

Amazing Grace (hymn)
In Christ Alone (Townend/Getty)

This Sunday – Dec. 11th, 2011

This Sunday we will be continuing our study on John, looking at John 8:12-59 together. Please be praying for our time and read the passage ahead of time if possible. I am excited to share how God has been speaking to me through this text, and look forward to his Spirit working mightily in our midst.

Duke is going to lead us in singing, drawing our attention to Christ’s humility and exaltation.

Song list:
O Holy Night (traditional)
How Sweet The Day (sovereign grace)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (traditional)
His Name Is Jesus (sovereign grace)

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (stuart townend)
Hail the Day (sovereign grace)

See you all Sunday!

This Sunday – Oct. 30th, 2011

This Sunday Eric will be teaching us from John 4. If you’re able, please prayerfully read through these verses in preparation to study it together.

Matt will be leading us in singing. We will be focusing on the joy of finding our satisfaction in Christ.

See you all there!

Song list:

Praise the Lord (sovereign grace)
O the Deep, Deep Love (sovereign grace)
Grace Unmeasured (sovereign grace)
Psalm 62 (aaron keyes)

Saving One (starfield)

Blanket Drop Collection Begins this Sunday

This coming Sunday (10/30) members of Redeemer will begin collecting blankets for the Thanksgiving Blanket Drop announced last week.

Over the course of the next (3) weeks they will be collecting blankets that will be given to those who may be homeless and spending their nights in the streets in our communities–both in Arlington and DC.

If you would like to participate by donating a a new or lightly-used/clean blanket, we will have a collection box in the lobby at church this Sunday beginning at 4pm.

Blanket Drop Project Overview

The Objective
Collect 50+ new / clean lightly-used blankets (with pocket version of Gospel of John) and distribute to Arlington + DC homeless during Thanksgiving week.

The Plan
Collection Period: Sunday (10/30) through Sunday (11/20)
Preparation: Folding / Tying Blankets – Monday (11/21)
Blanket Drop Day: Tuesday (11/22) at 7:30pm

Two vans will leave the Central United Methodist parking lot at 7:30pm and we will target areas in both Arlington and downtown DC where there may be homeless in need of warm blankets*—we will hand them a blanket and a pocket “Gospel of John.”

How You Can Help

  1. Donate a new or lightly-used (and clean) blanket to be donated to a homeless person in need—you can donate a blanket(s)as a family, a single, a group of friends, etc.
  2. Help get the word out. Talk to your neighbors, coworkers and friends about Redeemer’s effort to fulfill both physical and spiritual needs in our community.
  3. Help prepare blankets and ‘pocket Gospels’ on Monday (11/21) at Central United Methodist.
  4. Donate your van (mini-van preferred) for the blanket drop day—we are in need of (2)—one for Arlington / the other for DC.
  5. Participate on a blanket drop team / ride—we are looking for 4-6 people on each team to help distribute.
  6. Pray for the homeless population in our area. And that God can use our church and our desires to serve to bring people of all types closer to Him.

*Areas / route for blanket drop is TBD.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Josue Pinto.