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Q&A: What's the Best Bible Reading Plan?

Like a gym, our Bibles often get a little more attention in January. We set goals to read the Bible. That’s a great goal. But some plans are not the right plans and we give up. That’s not good. We need to use the right plan that drives us into the Word of God well.

In this session of Redeeming Life: Q&A Pastor Bryan addresses the questions, “What’s the best Bible reading plan?” and “Is there an easier Bible reading plan?”

Hear the answer here:

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"Letters from the Lord" (2 Cor. 3:1-18)

We’re continuing through Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church, 2 Corinthians 3:1-18. Our series is called, “Down But Not Out.” This week, Pastor Bryan opened to the 3rd Chapter of 2 Corinthians. Paul is talking about letters. People are letters of recommendation for Paul’s ministry. People are letters from Jesus. The Old Testament and the New Testament become letters from God. This chapters is all about letters. Listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon here:

“Letters from the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:1-18)

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Fieldcraft: Using What We Have to Get the Mission Done

SSG Catherman. OIF I, 2003. Somewhere in Iraq.

SSG Catherman. OIF I, 2003. Somewhere in Iraq.

Fieldcraft. Technically, this military term refers to surviving life in the field, undetected. It's camouflage. It's movement and observation. But my Army buddies and I used this term much more loosely.

I was in OIF I (the first year of the Iraq War). For us, fieldcraft included unique ways to get supplies, often by bartering with the local economy. It included ways to get things done when there were no resources available. It was stretching things beyond their life expectancy. Fieldcraft was finding ways to use things beyond their intended use to make it happen. It was mission first, no matter what.

When we found a way to install a sit-down toilet in the hootch and we found a sit-down toilet in Iraq . . . fieldcraft. The water heater we wired up and the poncho curtain we use to get in a warm shower, that was fieldcraft too. The cast-iron plates we made to hang on the ragtop HMMWV doors fit the bill. So did daisy-chaining rat traps. So did an RC car "IED disrupter." Using whatever we had to the extent of ingenuity and creativity required to get the mission done we lumped into the term, "fieldcraft."

Here's an example.

I had a color printer/scanner. I needed it for missional operations. Color photos were very helpful for specific missions. However, in the winter, mice would nest inside it, probably cuddled up close to the power supply trying to stay warm. When I fired up the printer, it became a $300 mousetrap. The printhead ran across the track and crushed a mouse in the gears until it ground to a halt. The printer was shot. So was the mouse.

Considering where we were, supply lines, and the significant combat operations still happening at the time, I figured it would take weeks to get a new printer and that was weeks too long. The mission had to continue and we needed the printer. What to do?

Fieldcraft.

Using nothing by my Gerber utility tool and two 16-penny nails, I disassembled the printer part by part. Once I had access to the troublesome mouse pieces, I removed the problem. Then I put the mousetrap. . . I mean printer back together. I did this twice. (The first operation is pictured above.)

I thought it was a fluke the first time. When it happened again, we had to devise a way to keep the mice out but still allow the printer to open and allow it to feed paper. We ended up with an elaborate trap door, made with things we could scrounge up. Would it have just been easier to cut the power when the printer was not in use? Yes. But was that as awesome? Not at all.

Fieldcraft during OIF I was not always this silly. My entire battle rattle utilized fieldcraft to ensure I was the best equipped I could be when things lit up. We ran 550 cord in our vehicles in such a way to be able to slide the radio to speak but let it go without losing it or having to rehook it. It was faster and sometimes 'faster' was a matter of life and death. We put antennas on every vehicle in a convoy and stuck tent poles out every window. Our guys got ambushed far less than those who didn't use this kind of fieldcraft, and we were outside the wire just as much, if not more. Why? Fieldcraft.

I wouldn't have imagined how valuable this skill would be in ministry.

As a missionary planting a church in an unreached mission field, I have to use fieldcraft all the time. It looks a little different but the principle is the same. Our resources are very limited. The mission is great. We need to put everything we've got into the very best we can do in order to move the mission forward. This is what it looks like when God says, "Plant a church in Utah."

Brett, a co-laborer in this ministry, figured out ministry fieldcraft rather quickly. He's moving away, so now I'm trying to train Sarah and Zak in the ways of missionary fieldcraft. I think they both get it and Sarah has already had opportunities to demonstrate her fantastic fieldcraft skills. They too are going to make a great staff team of missionaries.

Sometimes our church gets a little tired of fieldcraft. I don't blame them. They ask why we can't do something the same way a big church in the South might. Or like the way church plants do in Christian contexts, where there are lots of Christians. I get it. Sometimes I get tired of it, too. But then we are reminded of the lostness in this place. 98% of our community does not have a saving relationship with Jesus--the Jesus of the Bible. And we don't have the resources. We're scraping, scratching, and scrounging for every resource to make the mission go. It's not ideal, but the mission is too important. It’s getting the gospel to people who need to hear. Eternity is at stake. So we use fieldcraft. Lots and lots of fieldcraft. Mission fieldcraft. Until the mission is done.

For the Kingdom!
Pastor Bryan

2018 End of Year Statements

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It's that time of year again. . . tax time. End of Year Statements for 2018 are ready. If you've given $0.01 or more to any deductible or non-deductible fund at Redeeming Life Church, there's a statement ready for you.

Realm--our online communication system--has already emailed statements to every person on Realm with an email address.

In the next couple days, we will stuff, stamp and mail envelopes containing your statement to the address on your checks or your address listed in Realm on January 14, 2019.

If you have a Realm account with Redeeming Life and would like to run a report of your giving or print your statement, you may do so on the giving page of Realm.

To print your statement, go to "Giving." On the giving page, you should see some filter options. (It likely says, "Year to Date.") Select that option and set the filter to "Last Year." Then hit the blue Filter button. You should see the total amount you gave in 2018. Then click the button that looks like a printer. When the box opens, hit "Print." It will pull up your statement and from there you can download it as a .pdf file or print a hard copy.

We have a statement or two that does not have an address. We'll likely hand deliver it to you at our morning worship gathering on Sunday.

Thank you for your faithful giving. It's the Spirit of God working inside of you and that's a wonderful thing.

For the Kingdom!
Pastor Bryan

"The Fragrance of Faith" (2 Cor. 2:12-17)

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When we wholly surrender ourselves to Christ, as a living sacrifice, we become a pleasing aroma to the Lord. For those who are being saved, it’s the aroma of life. For those who are perishing, it’s an aroma of death. In this sermon, Pastor Bryan Catherman explores what our sacrifice and worship looks like. And he examines how the gospel is our only hope to be a pleasing aroma to our Lord. Listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon, “The Fragrance of Faith” from 2 Corinthians 2:12-17.

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle Music, SpotifyTuneIn, or on the RSS feed and never miss a sermon! 

New Perspective on Stateside Mission Work

By Zak Harris

I serve with a mission organization called Healing Nations (previously known as Hungry For Life USA) and have been for four years. We connect churches in the US with a missions partners around the globe and help them build long-term and meaningful relationships with one another. At its core, this means sending teams regularly to maintain those relationships. I’ve helped many local churches in the States to develop these long-term relationships and I've managed relief and development work in developing nations. During the past few years, I’ve worked in Uganda, Tanzania, Honduras, Guatemala, and Haiti.

In a strange enough coincidence, I have been a staff member at Healing Nations for as long as Redeeming Life has been a local church. My wife (Tracy) and I were learning and growing at Redeeming Life’s sending church when discussions of planting a new church–what would become Redeeming Life–first began. We had no interest in being involved up until their first meeting when I felt strangely compelled to attend. It was after that first gathering, (when we discussed what planting a church might look like) that Tracy and I felt a strong impression that this was where we needed to be, and so our growing family (Noel – 4, Norah – 2, Aria – 8 months) has been with Redeeming Life ever since.

As some staffing was changing but the serious need for mission work in my local community was not, it became clear that God was opening a door for me to step in and serve my church more (a few hours per week), using the skills and talents I’ve developed over the past few years at Healing Nations.

What a shift in perspective for me! With Healing Nations, I’ve spent time acting as a liaison between our field partners and the US churches that we’ve connected. That involves logistical planning, lots of administration work, and sometimes standing in the brink between two groups who both love God immensely but cultural differences mean they want to express that in ways that are completely bizarre in the eyes of the other.

Now with Redeeming Life I’ll be on the receiving end of the mission teams for the first time. I believe this will give me a new perspective into the work I do for Healing Nations and domestic mission work. At the same time, my experience with sending teams with Healing Nations allows me to understand the perspective of the teams that we’ll be receiving better. I hope that perspective will help us at Redeeming Life to develop a more robust missional culture. What an opportunity!

All my work with Healing Nations is in a self-supported position, so I am familiar with the added joy of getting to build a support team to partner in the work that I’ll be doing at Redeeming Life. I love mission work. I love mission teams. And oddly, I love logistical details. So I love that I still get to do what I do with Healing Nations, but I also get to do more mission work right in my own community with my church.

Zak A. Harris

* We need Zak’s help with incoming mission teams this seasons. Please consider praying for him, looking into how you can follow the ministry he’s doing in Utah, and financially supporting this ministry so we can pay Zak for his time. Learn more about how to support Zak here.

Down But Not Out: "Change of Plans" (2 Cor. 1:12-2:11)

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We love to keep our options open. So many people today avoid RSVPing to an event, just incase something better comes up. On Facebook, people click “interested” on events far more than a yes or no about attending. Why? Because more often than not, we want to keep our options open to our plans changing. Yet at the same time, we don’t like it when God adjusts our plans. We want to be in control of the plan, but it’s not our plan and it’s outside our control. We see this truth in 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11 and we see that playing out these days at Redeeming Life.

Listen to Pastor Bryan’s sermon: “Change of Plans” (2 Cor. 1:12-2:11).

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle MusicTuneIn, or on the non-iTunes feed and never miss a sermon! 

"The Curious Corridor to Comfort" (2 Cor 1:1-11)

Why do some Christians suffer for the sake of the gospel? What are some comforted by Christ? How might we all experience the comfort of the Lord? Pastor Bryan Catherman opened to 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 to examine why those who are comforted by the Lord first share in Christ’s suffering. Listen to his sermon, “The Curious Corridor to Comfort.

Listen to the entire series or find past series in our current series and our sermon archives on this website.  And subscribe our sermon feed on iTunesGoogle MusicTuneIn, or on the non-iTunes feed and never miss a sermon! 

End of Year Giving

If you are a member or guest at Redeeming Life and have faithfully given any financial amount in 2018, thank you! As our church plant is working to get our feet under us, you play a large part. In fact, this year our little faith-family covered more than half our own expenses.

Of course, we are also so grateful for all the outside support we receive to help us in this hard mission field. If you are not a member or attender at Redeeming Life but have given any financial amount in 2018, we are so grateful for you too! Thank you!!! We couldn't do this without the faithful support like yours.

As we close out 2018, it looks like we might end in the red. That's not our desire, so we're praying and hoping for some year-end donations. If you'd like to give a tax-deductible year-end gift to Redeeming Life, you may follow the button link below.

If you would prefer to give via text messaging, you may send a text stating "RLC $(amount you desire to give)" to 73256. The system will send you a temporary, secure link so you can complete the transaction and receive a receipt.

If you're not available to give at a Sunday service, you can mail checks made out to Redeeming Life Church, to:

Redeeming Life Church
901 Nocturne Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Thank you!
Pastor Bryan

Also note: we will mail out giving statements in January. Tax-deductible donations must be received or postmarked before 11:59 PM, December 31st to be applied for tax purposes in 2018. If your donation is received after this deadline, it will apply to 2019 tax accounting.

Redeeming Life Q&A: "What is a Faith-Family

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For a while, we were doing live videos and providing an opportunity for people to send in questions. What we learned is that most of the questions came in a while after the live event. So rather than trying to schedule a specific time to do live videos and answer questions that came in prior to going live, we’ll just shoot the videos and answer questions.

You can ask questions and see additional videos at our Redeeming Life Q&A page.

In this video, Pastor Bryan answers the question, “What is a faith-family”?

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