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Why I’m voting for David Hamilton for Texas State Representative in Fort Bend County

My friend David Hamilton is running for Texas State Representative in Fort Bend County. David is a Christian who teaches Sunday School at his church and has been very active in pro-life ministry. He and his wife Katie have two young children – a two-year-old named Brad and a newborn named Brooklynn. David played college and semi-pro basketball, and now works in the oil & gas industry. As a State Rep he will be a leader we can trust to do the right thing and fight to build a better future for Texas.

He is running against an incumbent State Rep who has been arrested twice on felony charges, is currently under indictment on 10 felony counts, and is currently being sued by 15 different health care companies in the Houston area that accuse him of basically stealing hundreds-of-thousands of dollars.These alleged illegal activities hurt small businesses and drive up health care prices in our community – yet he campaigns on his support for small businesses and affordable health care! Here is an article about the incumbent’s legal troubles:

Please consider helping David in one or more of the following ways:

  • Forward this email to anybody who cares about Texas, and would prefer a strong Christian conservative to a personal injury lawyer with serious legal baggage
  • “Like” David’s facebook page at
  • “Follow” David on twitter at
  • Make a donation to his campaign at or by mailing a check to: David Hamilton Campaign; 810 Hyacinth Place; Missouri City, TX 77459
  • Tell your friends, neighbors, and family that there is a Texas State Rep under indictment on felony charges who could be making decisions that impact you, your family, and your business and that David is running to restore integrity to HD27!

Visiting Redeemer this Sunday? Here Are Some Major Schedule Changes that You Need to Know (Due to Family Camp)

This Sunday morning the majority of our church will not be at our normal location for worship. We will be at Trinity Pines Retreat Center, at our second annual Family Camp, returning Sunday afternoon.

However, there will be a worship service at Baptist Church of the Redeemer on Sunday. So, if you’re unable to join us for Family Camp, or you’re planning to visit Redeemer, let me encourage you to attend on Sunday. Here are the significant changes that you’ll need to be aware of:

1) Location: The location of our service will be in the same building (Main Building as you come into the campus). We have moved the service from the main sanctuary to a smaller assembly room nearby. You can enter through the same door that you would as if you were heading to the sanctuary and follow the signs and greeters to the proper location.

From the main double doors: Walk down the hall (sanctuary on your left) and take your first right down the hall. Then turn right just before you enter “David’s Hall.” The assembly room will be the first room on your left.

2) Time: The time of our service will be the same as usual: 10:40am.

3) Sunday School & Lunch: There will be no Sunday School or Fellowship lunch this week. We will resume both SS and lunch next week, Lord willing.

4) Childcare: There will be no nursery or children’s church this week. However areas outside of the assembly room will be open to parents if needed.

If you have other questions about this Sunday’s service, please call 832-655-2515.



Redeemer’s New Worship Location Beginning this Sunday

These are exciting days. As many of you already know, we are moving into a time of discussion and prayer about a potential merger with First Baptist Church, Missouri City. If you’ve been around Redeemer for a little while, you’ll know that this possibility has been on our hearts and in our prayers for several years now. Recently FBC decided to move forward with the conversation and we’ve had one meeting together (the first of many) to discuss the possibility of merging our two churches into one. We want to let you know that this will be a process involving much discussion, prayer and deliberation.

As we begin these discussions about a potential merger, we do have an important announcement to make that will have an immediate impact on our meeting location. First Baptist Church has graciously invited us to begin worshiping in their main sanctuary, located at the entrance of the campus, beginning this Sunday, August 28th. As was announced last Sunday, we will continue to meet in the Family Life Center for Sunday school, and our fellowship lunch following our time of worship. Our worship time will remain the same, beginning at 10:40am.

So, let me ask you to be prepared to be flexible and ready for a few changes in our normal routine over the next few weeks. Small changes will occur as we discover the most efficient ways to transition back and forth and as we work out all of the details that go along with a new worship location. We greatly appreciate your patience and help. Please continue to pray for God’s leading in our discussions about the potential opportunity to merge with FBC. We are so thankful for the opportunity to minister in this community, with this group of Christ followers. What a privilege!

New Website for Baptist Church of the Redeemer

Today the new website for Baptist Church of the Redeemer went live! Take a moment and browse around to see some of the new features and the new look.

Be sure to check your podcast feeds to make sure they are the same for the weekly sermons. Also, you’ll need to change your podcast settings for Alethia Audio. We have a new sermon player dedicated to the audio from the Redeemer Institute as well, so be sure to sign up! Here’s all you need to know:

New Podcast Links:

Redeemer Sermons:

Alethia Audio:

The Redeemer Institute:

I want to be sure and thank the folks who have worked to make this happen: Thanks to John Thacker who created and maintained our previous website. Thanks to Joseph Doty who worked on getting things together with servers and who was patient with pastors who change their minds often! Thanks to the folks at Faith Connector who made this really easy. Thanks to Richard Fields who took the initiative to get this thing done and who oversaw the entire project.

Our prayer is that this website will serve the saints at Redeemer and those across the city for many years to come. Stay tuned for upcoming additions as they become available.


Dr. Tom Schreiner Preaches Jim Hamilton’s Installation Service

Jim Faculty Pic

Jim Hamilton has recently been called as the pastor of preaching for Kenwood Baptist Church, in Louisville KY. This past Sunday, Tom Schreiner preached an inspiring installation message! I commend it to you and agree with Dr. Schreiner that Kenwood is getting a wonderful blessing in their new pastor!

Listen here:Tom Schreiner, 1 Timothy 4:10-16

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Going to ETS Next Week? Rock the Vote!

Denny Burk:

Here’s the gist of what we’ll be debating. The current doctrinal basis of the ETS consists merely of an affirmation of inerrancy and of the Trinity. We propose to expand this basis to include the doctrinal basis of the U.K.’s Tyndale Fellowship. The Tyndale fellowship unites around evangelical truths a broad group of Christian scholars from varying denominational and theological perspectives (Calvinists, Wesleyans, Baptists, Anglicans, etc). The members of the Tyndale fellowship agree to the statement of belief used by the U.K.’s Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF).

Read Denny’s full post here.

Thoughts on a Historic Tuesday…

Below you’ll find reflections on the election from people that I trust. I think they are worth your time. Join me in praying now for our new President Elect, Barack Obama.

Al Mohler: America Has Chosen a President

Denny Burk: Post Election Reflections, and Post Election Columns to Read

Justin Taylor: President Obama

Eric Redmond: Living Soli Deo Gloria Under Obama (HT: Justin Taylor)

Randy Alcorn: It’s Over, But It’s Not Over… (HT: Justin Taylor)

Mark Driscoll: In God We Do Not Trust (Pre-Election Thoughts…)


Worship With Us This Sunday at Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land

Oyster Creek Park

Oyster Creek Park

If you are in the Houston area this week, or you are displaced from the storm, or just looking for a place to worship the Living God, join us (Baptist Church of the Redeemer) this week as we worship at Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land. Here is the e-mail that I sent out to our church today:

As I type this e-mail, I know that many of you will not receive it because you are still without power. So, we are planning on making phone calls today and tomorrow to ensure that everyone gets the details about this Sunday. As many of you know, FBC Missouri City is still without power from the storm, which has postponed our clean up process to prepare for church services on Sunday. So WE WILL NOT BE MEETING AT OUR NORMAL FACILITIES (FBC MC) FOR WORSHIP THIS WEEK.

We have reserved the amphitheater at Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land for our Sunday meeting this week. Our worship service will be a little earlier than usual, beginning at 10AM, this Sunday, September 21st. We will not have Sunday School. We do want to encourage everyone to bring a picnic lunch, if you’d like to stay and fellowship after the service. Oyster Creek does have the capabilities for power, but they are currently offline, like many of you. Pray that power would be restored so we can have a microphone and perhaps some fans blowing 🙂

Here are the Details in Sum:

*We are Meeting at Oyster Creek Park, this Sunday at 10 am for worship. (Click here for a map)

*Oyster Creek Address: 4033 State Highway 6 South (77479)

*Directions from 59: Exit Highway 6 and head South toward Missouri City. Oyster Creek Park will be just past Settler’s Way on your left.

*Things to Bring:
Lawn Chairs (we will bring some from FBC if you don’t have a lawn chair)
Picnic Lunch–there are not many tables at Oyster Creek, so bring your own if you’d like or a blanket.
Bottled Water
Casual (cool) clothes
Your Bible!
A friend who is displaced from the storm
Frisbee, ball, etc…(for after the service of course)


What Did He Mean By “Above My Paygrade?”

Obama answers that question regarding his response to Rick Warren at the Saddleback Church forum and a few others about his faith in the below “This Week” interview.

(HT: Real Clear Politics)

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The Cost of an Olympic Prayer Band

This is a picture of Pastor "Bike"Yesterday, I received prayer bands for my family reminding us to pray for the persecuted church in China, especially during the Olympics. Here is how the idea got started:

Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan, known for traveling across China on a bicycle to evangelize, was arrested by Chinese police just two days before the Olympics began. Pastor Bike was the inspiration for the recent partnership between The Voice of the Martyrs and China Aid Association to create the Olympic Prayer Band.

Earlier this year, Pastor Bike pleaded with VOM staff to ask Christians to pray for persecuted Christians in China during the Olympics. The pastor voluntarily preaches the gospel openly in China despite being persecuted. He has asked for his identity to be revealed to bring continued attention to the persecution of Christians in Communist China.

Pastor “Bike” was the inspiration for this movement of prayer…and he is currently paying the penalty in a jail cell:

On Aug. 6, Pastor Bike was arrested while trying to deliver medicine to his ailing wife. His wife and another pastor were also arrested. We have also learned this week that Chinese officials are opening a full investigation of the Olympic Prayer Bands that were distributed to house church members within China. Despite this increased pressure from Chinese authorities, Chinese Christians continue to ask for prayer and to make their plight known.

Obviously, you don’t need a prayer band to pray for the persecuted church in China and across the world. Let’s pray that the Lord would allow pastor Bike and others to rejoice in suffering, knowing that this is not their final home.

You can order your own prayer bands here and also make a donation to the Voice of the Martyrs.

(HT: Voice of the Martyrs)

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