Month: July 2020

Woman rejecting man's offer of flowers

Seeking Authentic Community

Not a day passes without at least one TV or internet commercial referring to how we bear up during the COVID-19 pandemic: we are awesome, so we’re told, fearless, self-sacrificing, tough as nails and heroic. Then the sponsor brand appears so we will know who to thank for the encouragement… …or is it flattery? I know. It is hard to …

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white crown suspended by thin wires

Jesus and the Insignificance

We’ve been having a great time in Grace Kids these days!  For those of you who aren’t aware, we’ve done a virtual Christmas in July VBS and have been meeting with the kids on Wednesdays to learn about Jesus our Savior who was born for us at Christmas.  I’ve enjoyed having a little Christmas tree up at my house in July and …

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Serving: Handfuls of Purpose

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”   – Prov. 11:25 This “handfuls of purpose” was the King James Version description of gleaning that Ruth utilized in a hopeless and dire economic time (Ruth 2:15–16). The GRC Food Pantry uses the same principles. It’s about being grateful for God’s grace and provision in our lives and then providing for …

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2020 Vision

“It’s tough to make predictions—especially about the future.”  – Yogi Berra Whoever coined the term “tools of ignorance” to describe a baseball catcher’s gear obviously never met the sage of St. Louis, the beloved of the Bronx.  Yogi was a lot smarter than he appeared to be.  You laugh at some of the things he said—and then you think “hmm . . .”. …

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Spiritually Connected in Worship

GRC, I have missed seeing you in person, face-to-face.  As restrictions have lifted, I’ve seen a few of you in person, and that has been precious.  And I’ve seen some of you much more through a screen over the last few months than I previously did before social distancing, and for that I’m thankful.  I praise God for the new and different connections …

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