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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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By cass.miller15 - May 30 2019
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These podcasts are an amazing way to start and end my day. I love hearing Leonce preach and I feel like I’m actually in Renovation church just listening to these. I saw Leonce on a YouTube video of racial reconciliation years ago and have followed him ever since. He has a was of speaking that makes you feel like his friend and gives the cold hard truth. I love the vulnerability and rawness in his messages. God is truly working. I hope to one day visit Atlanta and go to Renovation church and see all that God is doing!

Saved My Life

By FireFileHead - Sep 19 2018
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I first visited this church as a wayward prodigal. God has used all of the elders, pastors, as well as lay members of the community to teach me The Gospel. I grew up a pastor’s kid with a rebellious heart and it took twenty-seven years as well as this very special breed of church (one that is transcultural, theologically sound, intellectually honest, and methodologically charismatic) for The Holy Spirit to break through my stubborn mind and hardened heart. My soul is now safe thanks to Renovation. This is my church and my family and I’m so thankful for them!!

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
37
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LOVE these podcasts

By cass.miller15 - May 30 2019
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These podcasts are an amazing way to start and end my day. I love hearing Leonce preach and I feel like I’m actually in Renovation church just listening to these. I saw Leonce on a YouTube video of racial reconciliation years ago and have followed him ever since. He has a was of speaking that makes you feel like his friend and gives the cold hard truth. I love the vulnerability and rawness in his messages. God is truly working. I hope to one day visit Atlanta and go to Renovation church and see all that God is doing!

Saved My Life

By FireFileHead - Sep 19 2018
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I first visited this church as a wayward prodigal. God has used all of the elders, pastors, as well as lay members of the community to teach me The Gospel. I grew up a pastor’s kid with a rebellious heart and it took twenty-seven years as well as this very special breed of church (one that is transcultural, theologically sound, intellectually honest, and methodologically charismatic) for The Holy Spirit to break through my stubborn mind and hardened heart. My soul is now safe thanks to Renovation. This is my church and my family and I’m so thankful for them!!
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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: Guilt & Shame

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This sermon concludes our three-week series, “My Emote-Control.” The premise for this series is simple: all of us have emotions that, to one degree or another, infrequently or often, control us. The immediate sense of guilt we feel when we worship ourselves or our things or other people in place of God is there not to condemn, but to convict. Condemnation drives us away from God, but conviction drives us toward Him. Guilt is a healthy emotion God has given us to have a sense of right and wrong. However, lingering guilt can be a pathway to tormenting mental and spiritual bondage. Guilt and Shame prevents us from having intimacy with God because it makes us feel unworthy and distant from Him. Guilt and shame prevents us from having intimacy in the community of Christ, because we fear being found out for how “filthy” we are, so we fake it.
Here are two truth’s Pastor Leonce encourages us to meditate on, think about, and pray to believe: 1. In God’s grace my guilt is carried away, and I am granted access to Him through Christ. 2. In God’s grace my shame is covered and I am clean because of Christ.

(Colossians 1:21-22)
Apr 21 2013
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Rank #2: For The Love Of Money

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So many of us have been lured into believing that enjoyment is found in money and products and the pursuit of them. We think we can enjoy what we attain, because what we gain is enjoyable in itself.

In fact in both the pursuit and the acquisition we think we have the power to produce joy for ourselves. But if we are honest, endless hours have never actually satisfied. And no product we’ve been able to purchase has ever produced a lasting happiness, let alone joy.

We are willing to bet that every one of us has saved for something we believed would alter our emotions, or reposition our status, or become a symbol of our accomplishment, and when we finally got it, the let down was more than we could have possibly imagined.

So, yes, I LOVE his story, because it gives me hope and should give you hope as well. We too can choose the counterintuitive path.

We can choose to organise our lives around living rather than around working for things. We can choose to not pursue the American dream and instead enjoy God’s vision for us.

This is at the heart of what the Teacher wants us to see today. It’s not that money or the things we can buy with it are inherently evil. The issue is if we love money and the life it can provide for us, then we will miss what it is we are actually searching for—joy. Even stronger, the Teacher says that Only God gives the power to enjoy money and possessions.

Vanity | For The Love Of Money | Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9
Jul 16 2017
42 mins
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Rank #3: God Is Near

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For most of us, at one time or another, the troubles of life have caused in us a sense of abandonment and being overwhelmed. Feeling all alone and completely in over your head. The question we have to ask ourselves is. what do we do when we feel completely abandoned and overwhelmed by the circumstances and tragedies of life? What do we do when the troubles of a broken world begin to unravel our life and we feel overwhelmed and abandoned?

For the Christian, we turn to the scriptures to remember and lean on the promises of God. Today Pastor Doug will unpack a song in the Bible that has given hope to the people of God for thousands of years.

Stand Alone Sermons | God Is Near | Psalm 46
Sep 03 2017
35 mins
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Rank #4: 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 #5: The Value of Life

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How do we valuate human life? Who determines the variables by which value is bestowed? These are questions that have been answered for us in the poetic praise David directs toward God, here in Psalm 8:1-9. Hear from Pastor Léonce that if we’re “pro-life”, we’re pro-all-of-life. From birth to death, well off, or welfare. Orphaned or parented. Imprisoned or innocent; we ought to esteem human life...because our God does.

Stand Alone Sermons | The Value of Life | Psalm 8:1-9
Feb 21 2016
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Rank #6: To A New Season

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We often resist the new work of God because of fear and familiarity.

God has something He wants to do in me, in you, in us… at all times… but because we are afraid of what it might cost, or what we might lose, or how it might feel, or what someone will think, we shrink back.

The hope for today is that we will be set free from fear and not be captive to familiarity, so that whatever new work He is doing in each of us, and through each of us, we might welcome it with gladness and freedom.

Why? Because as Jesus is going to show us—by way of what He taught others—is that The new season of God is unfit for the old.
May 05 2019
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Rank #7: Time

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We think time belongs to us, and we can do whatever we want with it. And anything that comes against our time, is an assault to our very existence. Whether we have ever voiced those thoughts or not, we know this to be true of ourselves. Something in this past week didn’t go as planned. How did we react? You didn’t get the grade on the test you expected, that you poured multiple hours studying for. How did you respond? The person you’ve poured days into investing, turns their back on you and rejects your help. What’s your response?

Because we think time belongs to us, and we should be able to do whatever we want with it. We think we’re the King of the Clock. The Masters of Time; Acting confidently that Time should be obedient to us. And yet life as a self-proclaimed Time Master drives us to autonomous, angry, anxiety laden lives.

Today we dive into the third chapter of Ecclesiastes to hopefully discover the truth that can help us see time properly. Time belongs to God and, this demands we stand in awe of Him.

Vanity | Time | Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Jun 18 2017
32 mins
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Rank #8: Renovation Church | A City On A Hill

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A world awakened to the wonder of God and His transcultural church.

Do you have the desire to be apart of something bigger than yourself? As a people, we are designed with an innate desire to make a positive impact on the world around us. But how can we fulfill these desires? What is the best way for us to engage the world around us in a way honoring to Jesus?

This past week, during our bi-annual vision Sunday, Pastor Léonce spoke on what it means to be engaged in the life of Renovation Church. Renovation Church is to be A City On a Hill; a light in a world filled with darkness.
Sep 11 2016
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Rank #9: How To Pray

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We don’t talk to God like He is a loving father.

I know that seems like a strong accusation to open with. I think with a little reflection we will all agree this is true about us to one degree or another. The reasons for this will vary wildly.

For some us, it will be that we have a strong religious background. If you grew up in another religion, God as a father is most likely completely foreign. Your perception of Him is one of distance and otherness. A god that is separate and far off.

Or perhaps you grew up in the church, but the scriptures that describe God in his cosmicness where overemphasized. The stories your parents or pastors emphasized where about God being surrounded in unapproachable light or when Moses ask God to see Him, and God responds that you can not see me and live. For those that grew up in those traditions often feel as though we are offensive worms and God is a judge simply holding back his anger because of Jesus. As a result, we tend to pray to God in a manner that is aware of His holiness but absent His affections.

The second group of us actually talk to God like He is a father, it’s just as a reflection of the sins of our earthly father. We talk to God out of our daddy issues. Our communication with God was formed in how we communicated with our earthly fathers. For those people, myself included this manifest itself most commonly in a few ways.

We talk to God from a place of shame. We pray to Him as though He constantly disapproves of who we are. Almost as though we feel like He believes He made a mistake in creating us.

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Walk talk to God from a place of fear. We pray to Him as though He is at any moment we could push him over the edge. It sometimes feels like at any moment He will abandon us. So we pray from a place of trying to keep punishment at bay.

So the idea of talking to God as a loving father seems foreign.

While these categories by no way cover everyone, I think we can all agree that we don’t talk to God like a loving father.

For most of human history the ideas of distance, shame, and fear were normal for humanity’s understanding of its relationship with God.

But in the story we are going to read this morning, we are going to see a very different relationship that. In fact, scriptures position is that our heavenly Father wants to hear the heart of His children.

How To Pray | Stand Alone Sermon | Matthew 6
Dec 30 2018
33 mins
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Rank #10: God Sees The Unseen

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We often feel as though we are all alone in this world. Whether we are an immigrant, a traditionally marginalized people, or a caught in the trap of corporate ladder climbing. We often feel as though we are not truly seen for who we are.

In the book of Luke, we have a scene the God intentionally put in scripture so that we would know the lengths he has gone through to let us know, he sees the unseen.

Visible | God Sees The Unseen | Luke 7:11-17
Nov 05 2017
31 mins
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Rank #11: Boundaries

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Church In The Wild is a sermon series through the book of 1 Corinthians preached at Renovation Church.

For more information please visit www.renovationchurch.com
Aug 04 2019
36 mins
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Rank #12: 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 #13: Anti Christ

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Mar 27 2011
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Rank #14: The Persistent Widow

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If we are honest, we don’t like to pray. While there may be many reasons for this, at the base of it is we sometimes feel as though God doesn’t really care. He isn’t actually listening.

We very easily lose heart. We grow discouraged. We cease to believe that which we long for, or long to see will ever come to fruition. Our thoughts become consumed with the idea that things will always be this way. They will never actually change. We think to ourselves, God doesn’t hear me. God doesn’t care. The injustices of this world are overtaking my sight, and sucking life from my soul— We. Feel. Abandoned.

And though all of these feelings are real, and not to simply be ignored, they are met with this resounding, wondrous truism, a promise from He who cannot lie. Words we must speak over ourselves in moments of deep doubt, and mounting discouragement—God hears our cries, and acts on our behalf, so we should not lose heart.

Yes, it often seems vindication comes slowly. It often seems prayers go unanswered. It often feels as though things will never change, and we will remain stuck, or heartbroken, or unaware of which way to go. But Jesus assures us in this beautiful, short little parable, that we are not forgotten.

Parables | The Persistent Widow | Luke 18:1-8
Apr 02 2017
28 mins
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Rank #15: God Talk

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Mar 06 2011
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Rank #16: Money As God's Gift

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If we’re honest, as a whole we believe generosity is optional, or circumstantial, or what we do with what’s left over, or has nothing to do with our standing with God.

And yet from the Old Testament declaration of God getting a tithe, 10%, from all that He’d given His people (Leviticus 27:30-32); to Jesus’ words about the inseparable connection between heart and resources; to Paul’s admonition to the ancient church at Corinth that they should prove their love by excelling in generosity as they did in faith, speech and knowledge (2 Corinthians 8:7-8); and that God has a special place in His heart for the radically generous (2 Corinthians 9:7), it seems genuine faith and faithful generosity are indivisible.

True salvation and radical generosity cannot be uncoupled.

Sex Money Power | Money As God's Gift | Luke 19:1-10
Oct 15 2017
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Rank #17: Higher Thinking

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The life of the mind is an essential dimension of progressing in our new nature. Regrettably though I believe it fair to say that after we experience this irrevocable newness from God, we often live on autopilot, failing to thoughtfully approach how we walk in our newness. You know this to be true. We believe in Jesus, yes. We believe that we’re new. But we challenge and diminish the effects of that belief by failing to consider how we think about God, His scriptures, or this life.

Start, Stop, Repeat | Higher Thinking | Colossians 3:1-2
Jan 24 2016
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Rank #18: Enjoyment

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All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves. - Blaise Pascal

Vanity | Enjoyment | Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26
Jun 11 2017
35 mins
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Rank #19: Why Mission?

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Jan 23 2011
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Rank #20: Wives & Husbands

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We all want our marriages to thrive. No one gets into a marriage just to survive it, though it feels that we are just barely surviving sometimes, that it’s not what we’d choose if we could help it. We want to thrive. We all want to be the 70 or 80 year old couple that still gets giddy when they see each other, still holds hands, maybe even smooch a little in public. Maybe even get a little pinch on the hindquarters every now and then. That’s the dream! But how do we get there?

What we will find today as we search the scriptures together is that Marriages thrive when Wives and Husbands diligently pursue one another's joy, desire and honour. That is what will help to create a thriving, healthy marriage.

Relationships: Messy & Marvelous | Wives & Husbands | Proverbs 5:18-19, Song of Songs 7:1-13, 1 Peter 3:1-7
May 07 2017
44 mins
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