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Sermons, Articles and News from Redemption Hill Church in Lawrence, KS

The God of Loving Restoration

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: October 13, 2019 | Text: Hosea 14

Sermon Summary

Sometimes, when we realize the depth of our sin, we are fearful that God would ever forgive us. Why would God welcome us back when we have sinned so egregiously against him? He does because of his mercy and grace. In Jesus Christ, God's wrath against sin is satisfied and through our faith and repentance he lovingly restores us to himself. Have you experienced this mercy and grace?

Worthy of Worship

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: October 6, 2019 | Text: Hosea 13

Sermon Summary

Idols seem appealing, but their promises are empty. We pursue idols because we think they will satisfy us and provide what we want, but they will always come up short. Only God is worthy of our worship because only God can truly satisfy and save us from our sins.

God's Continued Faithfulness

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: September 8, 2019 | Text: Hosea 12

Sermon Summary

It is easy to forget the faithfulness of God. But we need to reminded of it. We need to know God is faithful to justly discipline us for our sin. We need to know God is faithful to forgive when we have sinned. We need to know God is faithful when we are suffering. We need to know God is faithful when we are discouraged. God has always been faithful and he will continue to be faithful. Praise God for his faithfulness!

The Sovereign Grace of God

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: August 11, 2019 | Text: Hosea 11

Sermon Summary

Many people characterize God's character in the Old Testament as that of an angry, hateful abuser. He is called a God of wrath who has no love. But this is not the God of the Old Testament. The God of the Old Testament, who is the same God as today, is loving, merciful, and gracious. He hates sin and punishes it righteously, but his sovereign grace abounds beyond our comprehension. In Jesus Christ, God's justice and mercy meet, and he pours out salvation to all who believe in him. 

God the Judge

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: July 7, 2019 | Text: Hosea 9-10

Sermon Summary

All sin results in God's judgment. Because God is perfectly righteous, he must judge sin. And because God is totally sovereign, he has the right to judge sin. But God's righteousness and sovereignty are also showcased at the cross, where God poured out his judgment for sin upon Jesus Christ, providing a way for salvation for all who believe in him.

The Nature of Sin

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: June 30, 2019 | Text: Hosea 7-8

Sermon Summary

Sin is an inconvenient truth. We don't like to think about it and all its gross qualities, but if we do not, we risk being lulled to sleep to the deadly consequences it brings. All sin leads to God's judgment. The good news is that Jesus offers to bear the burden and receive the judgment for anyone who turns from their sin and believes in him.

God's Grace of Repentance

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: June 16, 2019 | Text: Hosea 5-6

Sermon Summary

Repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of heart resulting in a change of action. Repenting does not mean doing acts of penance, but rather acknowledging our sin and our need for a savior. Repentance is a necessary response to God's work of salvation where we turn from our sins and turn to God. But no one can repent without being drawn to repentance by God. Praise God for his grace of repentance!

God's Unexpected Love

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: April 14, 2019 | Text: Hosea 3

Sermon Summary

Looking at our sin against God from a human perspective, we have no hope. God has every right to cast us away and reject us for our unfaithfulness to him. But God's love is not like our love. God loves us faithfully and patiently. He loved us enough to die for us. Have you experienced the love of God?

Diagnosing Idolatry

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: March 3, 2019 | Text: Hosea 2:2-23

Sermon Summary

Idolatry is spiritual adultery. When our desires become greater than our desire for God, we seek to fulfill them by any means necessary. We ignore the fact that idolatry is infidelity, misplaced trust, and unfulfilling. We merely see what we want and seek it out. What is the solution? God. God draws us back to himself. God restores intimacy with us and removes our idolatrous desires from our hearts. He only asks us to turn from your idols and believe in Jesus Christ. Will you trust in him?.

Faithless People, Faithful God

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: January 27, 2019 | Text: Hosea 1:1-2:1

Sermon Summary

The book of Hosea was given by God to identify and rebuke idolatry. In the first chapter he indicts those who give worship to idols and promises that they will be judged. Idolatry is spiritual adultery, as the real life example of Gomer illustrates. We, like Gomer, are unfaithful to our covenant partner. But God gives hope, through Jesus Christ, that we will be able to turn from our idolatry and receive mercy.

Jesus, Son of David, Son of Abraham

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: December 2, 2018 | Text: Matthew 1:1-17

Sermon Summary

It's easy to be desensitized to Jesus' birth at Christmas. We can be caught up in traditions, shopping, and family and miss the significance of the incarnation. However, we need to see that his birth fulfills centuries of expectation of the promises of God. As the descendant of Abraham, Jesus is the one who brings the promised blessing to the world in the form of salvation. And as the descendant of David, Jesus is the eternal king who reigns over all. Through faith, we can receive this blessing. And through repentance, we can submit to his rule. What is your response to Jesus?

Living By the Book: God's Promise for Children

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: November 4, 2018 | Text: Ephesians 6:1-3

Sermon Summary

Children play an important role in God's plan. He has designed them with a great capacity to glorify God which we can see from his perspective towards and commands to children. Children should see themselves the way God sees them, and follow the commands God has given them. Adults should value children as well, and help them be disciples of Jesus Christ.

Living By the Book: Unity in the Church

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: October 14, 2018 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

God desires to glorify himself. One means of doing this is by creating a unified people in the church. No longer do the differences of age, gender, social status, or ethnicity divide believers in Christ. This means that married and single people need to pursue unity with each other. Believers pursue unity through love for one another, love that seeks the best interest of another person.

Living By the Book: Satisfied in Singleness

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: September 23, 2018 | Text: various

Sermon Summary

God created the pattern for marriage and displayed it in the first man and woman. Ever since then, marriage has been the normal pattern for humans, but a significant portion of us live as singles, whether never having been married or being no longer married due to divorce or death. Some reject marriage and intentionally use their singleness to exercise their freedom in disobedience. Physical intimacy is good within marriage, but sin outside of it. Others despair in their singleness, thinking God has something inferior for them. But God shows his goodness to singles in his sovereignty, his Son, and his calling. Singles, as well as all people, must find their satisfaction in God.

Preach It

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Speaker: Michael Dietzel | Date: August 26, 2018 | Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-2

Sermon Summary

In the 1st Century, false teachers attempted to lead people astray by perverting the message of the gospel. In the 21st Century, false teachers continue to oppose the truth of Scripture. Thankfully, false teachers are not the only carry over from the 1st Century. Scripture is also alive and active now as it was then. God's Word is is not chained (2 Tim 2:12) and is able to bring people to salvation through faith in Jesus (2 Tim 3:12). Because both of these are true, that false teachers and God's Word are still alive and active, Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 4:1-2 that we must faithfully preach the Word.