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The Challenges of Christianity in Suburbia, Part 1: How Suburbia Shapes You

"The US is not only the world's first suburban nation, but it will also be its last." - Kenneth Jackson, The Crabgrass Frontier Redeemer is located within a somewhat classic example of a suburban setting. We are all familiar with the design of our neighborhoods. If you drive anywhere around this neighbor or that neighborhood in the surrounding streets, you will find m...

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Biographical Sketch: George Whitfield

I love biographies. If you know me at all, you know that I am a book worm to the -inth degree. Biography and history books are my nearly daily food. The people I read about were almost always universally brilliant thinkers, disciplined laborers, and gave extreme passion and zeal to whatever their hands were on, and there is much to learn from them. And as a pastor, yo...

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The Easter service is over... now what?


Most pastors take an extra day or two off after the Easter service for recuperation. As you all know, we prayed hard, labored hard, and worshipped deeply. We had over 30 first time visitors. To begin with, thank you all for all of your help in the preparation for Easter. I wish that Easter was a long and as jubilant as our Christmas traditions are, it certaintly deserv...

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Don’t Hide from the Big Questions: Christianity’s answer to the very meaning of life

Why do you do what you do? What drives you to get out of bed every morning? Does something keep you from going to bed at a decent time each night? What is your foundational motivation for living? Why do you do what you do?...

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Growing this Church Plant 17th Century Style: The Power of Community, Prayer and Service

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Something took place in 1673 England that we can gain remarkable instruction for in 2019 church planting, and is more relevant than ever. ...

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Your hope is in Jesus, not election day


This morning, bright and early around 5am as I ran on the treadmill, the TVs at the gym were already flashing commentary on the latest poll for the election. All the news anchors, with focused eyes and grave faces gave their opinion on which political party may come out on top. Our president has been relentlessly traveling all over, holding rallies to boost the GOP's vot...

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Dear Ocean County, Love your Jewish Neighbor

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In our current times, we are watching our nation make many efforts to overcome racism and prejudice in all its many forms. As we know, America is one giant melting pot, full of various people groups from all over the world. Because of our nations polity, a people group that are large in number who live in one location can begin making a cultural impact on the area, and t...

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The Importance of Biblical Literacy (Intro to the Story of the Bible)

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It is more important than ever in the 21st century to know your Bible. We are being bombarded with various worldviews and belief systems through the intensity of media today that, if we are not careful, will only lead Christians to a conglomeration of worldviews within themselves that is only partly Christian but part-many other things. ...

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Christian, are you experiencing Jesus?


So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvationif indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (ESV) 1 Peter 2:13 Have you tasted that the Lord is good? I'm not asking if you are pious person, a religious person, or a Christian who is sinning ...

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A Call to a Deeper Christian Life Part 1 - The Christian Life Requires Deep Thinking


At one of my old jobs, I used to sit next to a TV that played the top hits of that summer in pop/rock. The music isn’t bad, I guess, but in all of the songs, there is very little depth to the lyrics. During that year, the top ten on the billboard charts within the pop genre, nine out of ten songs are about love and relationships. Only one song is not, but rather is a son...

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A Call to a Deeper Christian Life, Part II: Don't Let Your Appetite Be Your Master


A simple examination of our culture today will tell you that our appetites are being seduced and courted. Apples are waxed and glossed before they hit the shelf. Cheddar often is a very bright and an appealing orange (due to dye). Clothing lines hire the most beautiful people to display their products (even Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO was recently accused if having an "an...

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Searching for Meaning within the Sexual Revolution

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Whether we realize it or not, we are living in the most interesting eras since the 1960’s moral revolution. Before our eyes, we are witnessing an attempt by our culture to redefine what it means to be a human being. We are seeing a massive revolution in the realm of sexuality that has never been seen before in America, or really for that matter, anywhere else in the ...

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Why Replant a Church rather than close it's doors?

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I love reading about a church's history, especially if that church has been in existence for a century or more. Those black and white photographs of an old plain church building surrounded by people who ministered to their communities so long ago - what a great spiritual heritage to have! What a gift and a tresure to continue the work of so many saints who have come befo...

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Why Plant Another Redeemer Fellowship?

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To plant more Redeemer Fellowships takes humility, and the setting aside of preferences for the sake of the expansion of the Kingdom. ...

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Christian Freedom and the American Dream: You are free to be content with less!

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Recently on a NPR special, they were taking calls concerning the realization that the “American Dream” isn’t as readily available for my generation (those born in the 1980s to now) as in past generations. It’s too expensive, good paying jobs are harder to come by, and college is becoming essentially unaffordable for the average American. The question posed was this...

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Why we need more church plants on the Jersey Shore


What is the "state of affairs" within protestant evangelical Christianity in the Jersey Shore region? And how does it show is that we all desperately need to plant, replant and revitalize churches? ...

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Giving Thanks for the Little Things: Thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer


This is an excerpt from Bonhoeffer's book, "Life Together." I haven't read anything outside of Scripture so profound in quite a while. I pray that you will be as enriched as I was upoon reading these words, and that we all can learn to give thanks for the little things in life. ...

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Enjoy your average life today


We live in a celebrity culture where people’s extraordinary talents, capabilities and accomplishments are sprayed across America and touted as being the ideal life for you and I. We see those few people who are indeed “bigger than life,” and suddenly ours looks small, insignificant and mundane.¨ ...

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