Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church
Life in the Kingdom: Set Your Mind on Things Above
How do we set our minds on Things Above?
Locations & Times
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  • Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church
    7127 Dutchland Pkwy, Liberty Township, OH 45044, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM

Welcome to Royal Redeemer!

We're glad you made the choice to join in worship today.  We'd love for you to leave this hour knowing God is with you and you are energized to live out your faith through love for family, friends, and all the people God gives you.  We'd like to get to know you better and respond to any needs that you or your family may have, so click the link below to record your presence with us and to share any prayer requests or care needs.

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Reach out Lakota - Back to School Program
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Yes, its time to start thinking about back to school and for many families within West Chester and Liberty County the school supplies can be a real financial burden. That’s why Royal Redeemer is supporting the Reach Out Lakota Back to School Program. Check out our table in the Commons area and see how you can help or contact Bob Donnellon bobdonnellon@gmail.com
Foundations Summer Study
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Why are you Lutheran? It's a valid question in this modern age of denominations, distinctions, and choices. Join us beginning Wednesday, July 13th from 6:30-7:30pm to refine an answer
to this question. Register today through Church Center or in the Commons. Make sure to pick up a book today at the Adult Discipleship desk in the Commons. Questions? Contact the Church office, churchoffice@royalredeemer.org or Pastor Ben pastorben@royalredeemer.org
One Worship Service July 31
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On the 5th Sunday of the month, Royal Redeemer celebrates Fellowship Sundays. Join us today on July 31st as we come together for one worship service at 10:00am (w/ holy communion), followed at 11:00am by a potluck lunch and games in and around our campus. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. Please sign up in the Commons to bring a side-item or dessert or contact Janie Robertson at (812) 760-6833 or robertsonjanie@ymail.com Questions??? Please contact Janie Robertson or contact the Church Office.
Church Center Portal and App
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We are integrating a new communication system so we all can stay connected in simple ways. For most of us this simply means that there will a different portal we use for registrations, giving, and groups. Right now, the first step is to download the Church Center App on your phone or click on the “My Portal” link at the top right hand of any page on our website. From there you can create or confirm your profile. Questions??? Please contact Celena Hosford our Business Manager or the Church Office.
How do we set our minds on things above?
Paul wrote the letter to the new Gentile Church in Colassae from his prison cell in Rome, where Epaphras brought him word of certain heresies that the Judaizers were telling the Colossian Chrictians. The heresies were that certain Old Testament levitical Laws needed to be obeyed in addition to accepting Jesus' death and resurrection for salvation. The purpose of the letter was to guide the Colossian Christians away from these heresies and toward Jesus death and resurrection as the only way to salvation.
Paul mentions certain things in verses from our earthly nature that we are to "put to death" (vs 5, 8 & 9) but these are not required for Salvation, they are part of a process called Sanctification, in which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Jesus. This process continues all our life until we either die and go to be with Jesus, or He returns.
Paul answers our question about how to set our minds on things above in verse 16 where he says, "16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly..." That happens when we stay in the WORD. Since Jesus is the WORD made flesh, staying in the WORD keeps us focused on Jesus. That's how we set our minds on things above!
The account of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel Chapter 17 gives us an example of the benefits of setting our minds on things above. Israel's army was focused on the earthly wisdom of Goliath's size, strength and weapons. David was focused on God and the truth of His WORD.
When I get away from the WORD, skipping my morning devotion time for other things that seem more urgent and begin listening to other voices, the circumstances of life can seem overwhelming. When that happens, I confess it, receive the forgiveness that Jesus won for me on the cross and in the empty tomb and get back into my routine of morning Bible study and prayer.
Find a time and resource that works best for you. I find that the morning is best, and I use the Concordia publication called "Today's Light" as my study guide.
I begin my morning's devotions with Luther's prayer to receive the WORD: "Eternal God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, grant us Your Holy Spirit Who writes the preached Word into our hearts so that we may receive and believe it, and be gladdened and comforted by it in eternity. Glorify Your Word in our hearts so that we may find pleasure in it, and through Your inspiration think what is right. By Your power fulfill the Word, for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen."

Go Deeper

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Get Connected

Life is better together! Click below to discover opportunities to connect with others here in fellowship, spiritual growth, or serve communities at Royal Redeemer.

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