Month: January 2018

Leading our Youth to Christ

Great Escape (GE), the annual NY/NJ Presbytery’s youth retreat, the  is taking place this weekend.  In one sense, my job is to keep GRC youth alive and well from Friday through Sunday. Plain and simple. However, when I’m not getting super anxious about the unlikely, I remember that my focus at this presbytery-wide event is not merely to sustain the …

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As the Body without Spirit is Dead, so Faith without Deeds is Dead

(James 2:26) Why do we gather each week as Christians?  Couldn’t we easily just wake up late on Sunday morning, stay in our pajamas, download this week’s most amazing sermon from anywhere in the world, and be on our way?  Better yet, how about searching for a sermon that matches up with your specific needs for this week…a la carte …

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The Small Boy’s Big Lunch

I may have written about this before, but it is pressing on my heart to retell it. The story is of Jesus feeding the five thousand. If you have not read it, go ahead and read it yourself and to your children, if possible.  All the gospel writers narrate the story (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15). This …

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Worthwhile Resolutions

Making resolutions is always a big thing at the beginning of a new year. We make small or grand plans to help improve ourselves and our lives.  In the months of January and February, the gyms are a little more crowded. Diet trends have an uptick. We try to quit old habits.  We watch what we spend and how we …

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