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Renovation Church

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Renovation Church is a Spirit-Led, Expectant, Jesus-Centered, Authentic, Socially Conscious, Generous, Transcultural, and Intentional community in Atlanta, GA.

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Renovation Church is a Spirit-Led, Expectant, Jesus-Centered, Authentic, Socially Conscious, Generous, Transcultural, and Intentional community in Atlanta, GA.

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Renovation Church

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Renovation Church is a Spirit-Led, Expectant, Jesus-Centered, Authentic, Socially Conscious, Generous, Transcultural, and Intentional community in Atlanta, GA.

Rank #1: #justice

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Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas Police Officers... Our country has immense problems. The question for us today is, how should we address them? What is the role of the disciple of Jesus, with regard to #justice?

Jul 10 2016
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Rank #2: Going Through

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“If the letter of James were sent to the Christian communities of certain countries [today] that suffer from violence and exploitation, it would very possibly be intercepted by government security agencies. The document would be branded as subversive.” - Elsa Tamez Today we begin a rather lengthy, but I anticipate enjoyable, journey through the letter, James. What we have before us in this letter is a group of people going through it, suffering economic hardships at the hands of the wealthy and the temptation to either lose hope or sinfully regain control, and their Pastor is writing to them deeply concerned that as they go through it, they do so in a way that reflects who they truly are and what they say they believe. This quote fairly accurately captures the nature of James’ ancient words. His letter is powerful, unsettling and comforting all at the same time. I imagine this will speak to many of us, particularly those of us from cultures that have historically endured oppression. And yet, as those who have been drawn into a conciliated community through Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s generosity, even if we are not from a people who have been historically oppressed, we can enter into the narrative of our sisters and brothers because of our common communion with Jesus. As we explore James words, and the context in which they were written, we will find ourselves together wrestling with our perspective on wealth and poverty; the depths of Justice; public policy; how to endure difficulty well, and reward for doing so; wisdom in what we say and how we say it; preferential treatment and the nature of Justification, which is, for those of you who may not yet be Christians, what it means to be square with God. I hope that as we spend the summer wrestling with these words together, we will grow not just as individuals, but as a community, because this was James’ intent in writing the letter, and God’s intent in preserving it for us. James | Going Through | James 1:1-12

May 13 2018
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Rank #3: I Need Answers

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For many of us, fasting is an outdated practise for super-spiritual people—if we even believe it has any relevance at all. Let us just be honest about it. We know that some of us are thinking to ourselves, “I believe Fasting is important…” OK, but do you believe it is essential? And if you do believe it is important, when is the last time you did it? We say all of this because, with the sheer number of distractions in our lives, mounted on top of a regularly vacillating Faith, we need to regularly Fast for our own benefit, but also to recentre and remind us where our help comes from and who ultimately has the answers we need. God is not silent, in fact He is almost always speaking to us in some way, great or small. And God always answers, but we must be diligent to seek Him, and be patient in our waiting as we pursue an answer through Fasting and prayer. This we see today in this very brief glimpse into the life and faith of a simple man who has a very complex experience as he seeks an answer from the God he loves. Let’s look together. Need | I Need Answers | Daniel 10:1-21

Jan 07 2018
53 mins
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Rank #4: Hollow

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If we are honest, I think we can admit We have a tendency to respond to suffering from bitterness. Now, I know you are thinking, well no… I get sad… angry… frustrated… confused… hurt… yes, and there are a myriad of other emotions that can be captured with other words, but all roads lead to bitterness if we are not careful to immediately address how a hurt has impacted us. If we believe God to be on our side, then difficulties will only drive us deeper into His arms, and make us more secure in His care. But... Suffering embitters us when we believe God is against us. This we will see proven true today in Naomi’s story, perhaps by exploring her story, we can avoid it in ours. For the most part, particularly in the West, when we need food we go out and we buy it. In fact, these days, rarely do we even prepare it, as the average number of nights people eat out in our country has been increasingly on the rise for decades. Four to five times a week people in the U.S. eat commercially prepared meals. That is about one every other day over the course of a month. Because of this, the idea that God must make it rain for the ground to produce a crop, and for that crop to be harvested, in order for a meal to hit the table is a foreign concept to most; foolish to some. God’s providence in providing for us is often lost in the midst of our modern amenities. Ruth | Hollow | Ruth 1:6-22

Nov 26 2017
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Rank #5: Wait On Him

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We have no patience for anything...especially in the midst of difficulty. Everything must be now, and most often on our terms. In categories as far reaching as food service to relational expectations, now is the only answer we know. And for Christians, it shows most clearly when we show not patience for God to step in and sort out our circumstances or solve our problems. We would rather take the reigns, feign control, and power through, rather than wait for God to do what He will, working always on our behalf. The call from James, though, cuts through our tendencies, and points us to a better way—Be patient through your difficulty; the Lord is coming—the Lord is near. Wait on him with patient confidence, He will never fail to keep His word. James | Wait On Him | James 5:7-12

Jul 22 2018
45 mins
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Rank #6: I Am With You

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We all fear that God abandons people those who claim to follow Jesus and those who don’t. Maybe that’s why you’ve never believed in him.You figure he’s just going to leave when it gets tough anyway. We all fear that God is going to leave us, that he has left us, that we are beyond his redemption, that there’s no way he could be in any proximity to us. And though these feelings are real and powerful and very much universal, God reassures his people, those who trust in him, that... God has redeemed you and is with you—always. Stand Alone Sermon | I Am With You | Isaiah 43:1-3

Feb 25 2018
31 mins
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Rank #7: I Need Deliverance

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What do you do when your back is against the wall? What do you do when there is no easy way out? What do you do when you find yourself in a situation in which is not easily identifiable? What do you do when you find yourself in a situation from which you cannot “save” yourself? What do you do? If we are honest, our first response probably isn't asking God for help. What is it about even the committed follower of Jesus that makes us treat God as a last resort in desperate times? And for the follower of Jesus, this is the absolute worst thing we can possibly do. Why would we try to think our way out BEFORE going to God, rather than thinking our way through WHILE submitting all things to Him and His mighty hand? If we are in tune with our minds as it relates to our relationship with Him, we know that is usually when the light bulb goes off, and the solutions come quickly—AFTER we have spent time asking God to deliver us in our desperation. Here is a truism you must never forget—God desires to be our Deliverer, He wants us to come to Him FIRST. Need | I Need Deliverance | 2 Chronicles 20:1-21

Jan 14 2018
47 mins
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Rank #8: Clap Your Hands

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We believe we can praise the way we prefer and that it’s OK to stay there...and indulge that preference. And we explain it away as how we grew up, our personality, how we feel, etc. We don’t really believe we need to grow in the way we worship. Sure, need to read the Bible more. I want my prayer life to be richer. But when was the last time you said, “man, my praise needs to get better. I’ve started moving a little but I feel like God really wants to grow me in letting loose and being more exuberant in worship”. However good you may feel about the current way you worship, God has a challenging word for us today. And that’s that... Genuine worship means all people praise the Lord exuberantly. (... if he is king...)

Nov 27 2016
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Rank #9: Hopeful

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At the centre of this story is a woman, formerly known as Naomi, Pleasant and plump with life, but now known, at her own instruction, as Mara, Bitter, broken, gaunt, and hollow. She has suffered greatly, and that suffering has revealed a fischer in her faith. It is not as strong, perhaps, as she’d presumed, and she blames God for all her losses. “Full I went,” Mara says, “but empty YHWH brought me back.” Some pain seems unrecoverable. This is where we left off in Naomi’s story. Her suffering showing what is beneath the surface of her person. Her life seemingly void of Hope. And I believe we can identify, which is why I asked the question. When faced with mounting difficulties we so easily lose hope, ceasing even to be able to dream beyond the point of our pain. Our vision becomes myopic. We lose sight of any sense of a future. Yet, if we are attuned to what is happening around us, even through the ordinary means of God’s hand at work, we will see the little glimmers of hope He hands us, even in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations. Ruth | Hopeful | Ruth 2:1-23

Dec 03 2017
43 mins
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Rank #10: Wise Family

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“I’m just trying to get through the day.” Everyone of us have felt this way at some time or another with respect to our marriages and children. I know I have. You see, although marriage and family have been postured by the Church as the ultimate goal of life, once we actually enter the complexity of these relationships and the difficulty of actually turning a house into home, we quickly realise that what we romanticised is quite a bit more complex than what we perhaps anticipated. We must remember, it is really apathy that is is most dangerous to our marriages. We must remember, who our children become is directly related to how we shape them, raise them, train them and intentionally invest in them. Therein is the connection. Like an artist sculpting a masterpiece, we take incredible care and invest significant hours in the most valuable work we will ever produce. The message for us today is this: A wise family is established by mutual honour and purposeful investment in one another. Wise | Wise Family | Proverbs 6:20-23; 22:6; 24:3-4; 31:10-31

Mar 18 2018
42 mins
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