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Author Archives: Mark Berlin

Baptism-Dead to Sin, Alive to God

| June 10, 2018

Romans 6:1-14 ESV Dead to Sin, Alive to God 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ […]

The Chastening of the Father (Hebrews 12:1-13)

| May 26, 2018

John 15:1-2 (ESV) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does not bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear bore fruit. Hebrews 12:5-9 (ESV) “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the […]

His Story – ✞ Our Songs of Faith Resound…

| April 25, 2018

“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.” Martin Luther Many of the hymns that we sing in church have a history of their own. This history, like […]

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ Drawn from the Four Gospels

| March 18, 2018

This conflation of the Gospel accounts is often read during Lenten mid-week services. Due to its extensive nature it has fallen into disuse. This is unfortunate as it succinctly tells the story of our redemption through Jesus the Christ. I invite you to use this Passion Story as one of your Lenten devotions. –Brought to […]

Mountain Streams

| March 2, 2018

1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel; “Fear not, for I have redeemer you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm […]

Christmas and Epiphany Questions and Answers for Families

| December 12, 2017

The waiting is over. The joyful day is here! Christmas celebrates the birthday of God’s gift to the world — His Son, Jesus. Throughout the 12 days of Christmas the story of the birth of Jesus unfolds. From the shepherds to the Wise Men, from Mary and Joseph to old Simeon and Anna, we hear […]

Marriage Lessons from the Luthers

| November 12, 2017

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Redeemer. In the last couple of months I have submitted Courier articles on the Holy Estate of marriage. As we celebrated the 500 anniversary of the Reformation I thought it appropriate to submit the following article about Martin Luther and his beloved Katharina. It is written by Michelle […]

Whatever You Do: Please Don’t Marry This Man! By Gary Thomas

| October 30, 2017

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ. In the last Courier I presented an article encouraging you to be patient in your marriages as you face the inevitable difficulties that come with it. Marriage isn’t easy. Nothing worthwhile is! But the best way to minimize the difficulties of marriage begins with wisely choosing a good mate. […]

Three Ways to Handle an Unhappy Marriage by Corey Allan

| August 28, 2017

From Pastor Mark’s Desk Joe south wrote the song “I beg your Pardon”. Some of the lyrics are as follows. “I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime When you take you gotta give so live and let live and let […]

Be Our Guest

| June 1, 2015

Summer has just begun. At least I think it has. One thing that is for sure is that we will be hosting a lot more guests as they come for vacation and recreation. Redeemer has been blessed to be in position to serve many of these people with God’s Word and the Good News of […]