• Dr. Mike Routt


I do not know many people who are grieving because 2020 is almost over. People will remember this year as one of the craziest and most stressful in our nation’s history. If you are a student of American history, you know this country has experienced in its past craziness, tragedies, and stress in great quantity and high degree: the War of 1812, the Great Depression, the Civil War era, the assassinations of US presidents, the Spanish Flu, and various world wars. But, as this year nears a close, it ranks right up there.

When I think of a passage of Scripture to share at the “dawn” of a new year, I am reminded of Philippians 3: 13-14: “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of GOD in CHRIST JESUS.”

I also think of ….

Isaiah 43: 18-19 declares: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

GOD is doing a new thing at Redemption Hill! As you read Ross Jager’s super encouraging building update below, it is now apparent that after many delays, the construction of our new church campus is imminent! Hallelujah! I praise GOD for His continued faithfulness to navigate us through this faith-challenging journey.

We broke ground in April 2019, believing we were ready to start construction in September. But the city “put the skids” on our project with last-minute unreasonable demands. Yet, as we look back, we see the sovereignty of GOD. Had we begun construction at our projected time, we would have finished the building right in the middle of this coronavirus pandemic. To GOD be the glory!

So, as we launch into a new year, we will follow the teaching of GOD’s Word in Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Here is the latest update from our Executive Pastor, Ross Jagers:

Hello Church Family

I wanted to let you know about some huge news that we found out last week from the city regarding the creek improvements. As you know we hired a lawyer back in November to help us figure out what to do with the incredible burden that the city was imposing on us for improving the creek. On Tuesday, December 22nd, we had a meeting with the lawyer, and she advised us of another client that she has who contacted a person with the city whose name we had not heard until a couple of days prior. This client was able to negotiate a deal with the creek improvements he was asked to make. While his situation is different from ours it did give us hope that we might be able to do the same. We reached out to the city official on Tuesday afternoon to set up a meeting to discuss what our options would be moving forward. He responded quickly, and we were able to have a virtual meeting Wednesday, the 23rd, at 9:30am. From that discussion he agreed that the improvements that we will have to make to the creek will be greatly reduced from what we were previously told. The cost of our creek improvements has gone from $1.5 million to $400,000 and maybe even lower than that!

Not sure why this city official was not a part of the meetings that we have had up to this point but glad we were finally able to move in a positive direction with this issue. We are hoping that we can get the development plan approved by the end of January or first of February and begin construction February or March.

Praising God for his hand in this process and his perfect timing!

Ross Jagers

Executive Pastor

Redemption Hill Church

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