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Enjoying Fellowship - Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families, Part 3

This is part 3 in this series of posts. If you haven’t already, please take time to read parts 1 and 2. Christ Redeemer Church wants to see God’s kingdom advance through the gospel of Jesus Christ for the Glory of God and the joy of all peoples. Under that broad vision, we want to see young people loving Jesus together with others who love Jesu...

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Loving Jesus - Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families, Part 2

This is part 2 in this series of posts. If you haven’t already, please take time to read part 1. Under the broad vision we have at Christ Redeemer to see God’s kingdom advance through the gospel of Jesus, we want to build our ministry to the youth and young adults in our midst upon several vision pillars. The first of which is directly related ...

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The Power of Companions

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov.13:20). “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals’” (1Cor.15:33).   “Nothing perhaps affects man’s character more than the company he keeps. We catch the ways and tone of those we live and talk with, and un...

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Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families, Part 1

As Christ Redeemer Church seeks to advance the kingdom of God, we want ministry to youth (12-14) and young adults (15-19) to cultivate their Christian maturity. We want to think of them not as “adolescents” drifting into adulthood, but, rather, as “apprentices” learning and pursuing the trade of Christian adulthood from those who have gone before th...

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The Right Kind of Accountability

Back in February, Tullian Tchividjian put up a couple posts on his regular blog over at The Gospel Coalition related to the downside of a specific kind of accountability among Christians. Of course, we need accountability: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living Go...

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Michael Horton on the Message of the Bible

It’s important, I think, to be regularly reminded that the the Bible is not an instruction manual for life, or a flowchart for wise decision-making, or a guide for healthy relationships. It’s helpful to be reminded because the drift into that thinking is natural for many of us without gentle re-direction. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.” Many of ...

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Jesus, His Cross, and Blotted-out Sins

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts.3:19). Pretty straightforward, right? Repent and you’re sins will be forgiven. Well, yes, it is simple, but not simplistic. Let me qualify... Our sins are not blotted out simply with the wave of a magic wand in God’s hand and the words, “You’re forgiven.” It&rsq...

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Thinking About Family Ministry

I read an article last week in the Journal of Family Ministry called “The Problem and The Promise of Family Ministry” [JFM 1.1 (2010): 36-43]. The article mentions three trends characterizing ministry to families over the past couple hundred years and suggests that in recent years, a fresh appreciation for the biblical call to parents is taking hold f...

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Unquenchable Love

“Surging waters cannot quench love, floodwaters cannot overflow it” (SS 8:7 NET).   The love described here is a fiery love with a deep, resolute devotion in it. It’s a love that cannot be moved, even under the harshest opposition. It’s a resolved commitment. The decision has been made, and it’s impossible for it to be undone. Like skyd...

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Help for Parents

Paul Tripp has a great deal of wisdom and God has used him to shape much of my thinking about how the gospel impacts daily living. He has a lot to say about parenting in this light. Desiring God has posted a great “DG Live” video that I hope you'll take the time to watch, whether you're a parent or not. Paul Tripp on the Heart of Parenting...

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Raise Them Up

What might it mean to raise up our children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph.6:4)? Robert Plummer has a helpful article on the subject in theJournal of Family Ministry. Here are some excerpts (emphases mine): “In one setting, a father might fulfill Ephesians 6:4 by sharing the stories about Jesus that he himself has learned orally whi...

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What Is Repentance?

Fundamentally, in the Christian sense of the idea, to repent is to turn from wrong thinking and attitudes about Jesus, to right thinking and attitudes about Jesus and his gospel. To repent in this sense is to turn away from thinking that assumes Jesus was just a man, or just an example, or just a counselor, or, maybe, just some crazy person, etc. It’s to turn away f...

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Glorify God at Work

Happy Saturday! Many of you will have today "off" from your regular work and engage in more leisurely and restful activities. Great! Enjoy. As you rest and gear up for another week of labor on Monday, take a few minutes to read the June 4 post on the Desiring God blog. It suggests 12 ways to glorify God at work. ...

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A Funny Look at Small Groups

Small Group ministry is important to us at CRC!  God's kingdom is best displayed when his people joyfully embrace his passions and priorities (i.e., his glory in the salvation of his people and their representation of him in the world) and pursue a lifestyle that reflects them - in family relations, neighborhood relations, in workplace relations, in fr...

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