Songs We Sing (07.31.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of July 31, 2016, Redemption band We Come Alive led music and we sang:

 

LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS
Written by Elisha A. Hoffman, 1887. Music by Anthony J. Showalter. “What have I to dread/What have I to fear/Leaning on the everlasting arms …” I think of my grandparents when we sing this song. They left a rich legacy of faith for me and they came from a generation where “leaning on the everlasting arms” meant so much more than it does now (in many ways).
Download “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (Live)” by We Come Alive.
 
ENDURE
Written by Kurt Neighbors, Daniel Ross, Andrew Kieffner and Mike Weisensteiner; 2011. This song was inspired by Psalm 72 and II Timothy 2 and has lyrics that focus on the goodness and might of God and how we should live in light of that truth.
Buy “Endure” by Redemption Christian Church (feat. We Come Alive).
Buy “Endure” by Narrow Path.
 
A WAY OUT OF NO WAY
Written by Daniel Ross, Kurt Neighbors; 2010. This is a song of hope and trust knowing that God is in control of things, not us.
Buy “A Way Out Of No Way” by (Redemption band) Narrow Path.
Download “A Way Out Of No Way (Live)” by We Come Alive here.
 
ROCK OF AGES
Written by Augustus M. Toplady, 1776. Music by Thomas Hastings, 1830. I love the line “Let the water and the blood/From Thy wounded side which flowed/Be of sin the double cure/Save from wrath and make me pure.”
Download “Rock Of Ages (Live)” by Alyssa + The Trio.
 
HOSANNA
Written by Brooke Fraser; 2006. The word “hosanna” is a Hebrew word that means “O save!” It is a simple cry for our salvation. I love the line in this song that says “break my heart for what breaks Yours.”
Buy “Hosanna (Live)” by Christy Nockels.
 
I SAW THE LIGHT
Written by Hank Williams (Sr.); 1948, Additional lyrics by Johnny Cash and David Crowder. The only Hank Williams song we sing a Redemption is this one. It’s a simple song about the utter joy of being saved by God through Jesus.

Buy “I Saw The Light” by David Crowder Band.
Download a free live version of “I Saw the Light (Live)” by At One.

In Memoriam: Dan Kieffner

By DARREL LAND
Redemption Senior Minister

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Today, we begin a two-day process of celebrating the life of Dan Kieffner. (Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. today and the funeral tomorrow at 11 a.m. All of this takes place at Redemption Christian Church.)

In addition to encouragement for the family and friends, we will do our best to pay tribute to one of the finest men I have ever known. It is not a cliché or just something you say, but the honest truth. I sat with the family and funeral director as the obit was being written and it was beautifully done. That being said, there is no way words on paper or a post on social media could do justice to Dan. My friendship with Dan is one of the most valuable things in my life and certainly in the ministry of Redemption (CCJ). He has encouraged me, mentored me, prayed for me, and taught me so much.

He taught me about real joy. There is no way you could be around Dan and not see the joy of the Lord in his life. No matter what he was facing, or how sick he was, he was constantly joyful. His attitude exemplified Paul’s words about being joyful and content in all circumstances.

He taught me how to be a better pray-er. I am not sure I have ever met a more fervent and passionate person in their prayer life. If you could see his Notes iPhone app, you would be amazed at how he tracked answers to prayers and would follow up and ask about something we prayed for months ago.

He taught me how to shoot straight. Dan was very nice and was never mean but he wouldn’t hesitate to pull me aside and call me out or hold me accountable when he felt I needed it.

He taught me how to treat my wife. Dan loved Gloria like Jesus loved the church and continually would encourage me in that as well. He would say when it was just the two of us, “How are you doing with spending time with your wife and making her a priority?” He also taught me to prioritize my kids as well.

He taught me to use everyday moments to minister to people and point them to Jesus. I watched him every single week at our prayer time at Shoney’s do this with other customers and servers. I watched him do this when going with him to treatments. I watched him do this in the lobby at church. He did it everywhere.

He taught me how to endure. Dan went through so much — especially during treatments — but it wouldn’t stop him from living life. He didn’t just live life, but he lived life to the fullest.

He taught me the eternal perspective I preach about could be lived out. He truly looked at his time on earth as a blessing to be used for God, but also just a dot on the line of eternity with Jesus. He loved and lived out 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 where Paul says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

I will miss Dan very much but I am truly joyful that I had him in my life and that his 14-year battle with cancer has been won and he is now enjoying what is eternal and, through Christ, has overcame the temporary for good.

Crash Course II: Biblical Answers for Modern Issues

Our first Crash Course was on sharing your faith.

Now, Crash Course II: Biblical Answers for Modern Issues will offer an opportunity to grow deeper as a disciple of Jesus. We will look at such issues as …

Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
What is the purpose of government?
What are responsibilities of citizenship?
What happens when we die?

Crash Course II: Biblical Answers for Modern Issues will offer biblical responses to these questions on Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 6 p.m. in Worship Center B.

No registration is required, just show up.

Songs We Sing (07.24.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of July 24, 2016, Redemption outreach band Narrow Path led music and we sang:

 

OH LORD, HEAR ME
Written by Daniel Ross, Kurt Neighbors; 2013. Taken from Psalm 143. This driving rock song echoes the psalmist’s plea for God’s help in the midst of enemies surrounding him. Our enemies may or may not be flesh and blood today, but the psalm is no less relevant.
Buy “Oh Lord, Hear Me” by Narrow Path.
 
HERE IS LOVE
Written by William Rees, sometime in the mid- to late-1800s. Music by Robert Lowry, 1876. Arrangement by Ex Nihilo and Narrow Path. “Who can cease to sing His praise?” In eternity, this won’t be a problem.
Download “Here Is Love (Live)” by Narrow Path.
 
ONLY HOPE
Written by Daniel Ross, 2010. The song is more or less taken from Ephesians 2, a great part of Scripture dedicated to explaining how we are dead in our sins but God’s saving grace makes us alive. Verse one leads into a pre-chorus that is a question (“born of man and choosing sin/who will bring me to life?”). Verse two leads into the same pre-chorus but is now a statement (“set me free and now I can see/who will bring me to life.”).

Buy “Only Hope” by (Redemption outreach band) Narrow Path.
 
OH GOD
Written by Zach Bolen, 2012. In the valleys, in the heights, God has shown us through the sacrifice of Jesus, He will won’t abandon or forsake us.
Buy “Oh God” by Citizens & Saints.
 
COME AS YOU ARE
Written by Ben Glover, David Crowder, Matt Maher, 2014. Isaiah 55:1 says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” This song, along with songs like the old hymn “Just As I Am” reflect that thought. We can come to Jesus and find forgiveness just as we are, not having to clean ourselves up first. Thank God, he finds us in our lowly estate and rescues us from darkness.
Buy “Come As You Are” by Crowder.
 
LIFT YOUR HEAD WEARY SINNER (CHAINS)
Written by David Crowder, Ed Cash. Seth Philpott; 2014. This “stomp” song is an anthem for all of us as “prodigals” stumbling towards grace. The chains of sin can no longer hold us as Jesus has wiped away all our sins and broken the bondage of sin.
Buy “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)” by Crowder.

Songs We Sing (07.17.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of July 17, 2016, Redemption band At One led music and we sang:

 

I AM
Written by David Crowder, Ed Cash, 2013. Taken from Exodus 3, this song uses clever wordplay to show that THE I AM is holding on to us in his sovereignty and we, in turn, are holding onto Him (all we can really do).
Buy “I Am” by Crowder.
 
MADE ALIVE
Written by Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger, 2012. This song is inspired by Colossians 2 and Ephesians 2 and focuses on how Jesus’ grace has bought us back and made us right before God.
Buy “Made Alive” by Citizens & Saints.
Download “Made Alive (Live)” by We Come Alive here.
 
OUR GOD
Written by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman; 2010. “Our God” is one of the most popular songs sung in churches in the past few years. The bridge is especially, powerful, echoing Romans 8. “And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?”
Buy “Our God” by Chris Tomlin.
 
OH MY GOD
Written by Daniel Ross, Bob Foote; 2014. This original CCJ song is centered on the fact that the Gospel is deep and unfathomable, yet still simple and easy enough for a child to understand. It inspires reverence toward God, where we can simply say “oh my God, what a wonderous love/That You would show us grace.”
Buy “Oh My God” by (CCJ band) At One.
 
10,000 REASONS (BLESS THE LORD)
Written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin, 2011. Taken from Psalm 103, this song is a great song of adoration and praise. We have so many reasons (and eternity to do it) to praise God for His goodness toward us.
Buy “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman.
 
YOUR NAME IS MATCHLESS
Written by Colin Edge, Neil DeGraide, 2015. What God has done for us is matchless. We were adopted as children of God through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus. Because of that, we sing glory to His name.
Buy “Your Name Is Matchless” by Sovereign Grace Music.

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