Trust Me, He Said

This summer, our family embarked on one of our craziest journeys. No, it wasn’t a “busting out of a pandemic lockdown” once-in-a-lifetime getaway. With a daughter entering her teenage years, a 10-year old son not far behind, and a gracious gift of a daughter born last year, we were feeling cramped in our two-bedroom, 1100 sq. ft apartment. It was …

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The Heart of Discipleship

Discipleship.  What’s the image that comes to your mind?  Bible study?  Working through a curriculum in a group?  Serving in the church?  Memorizing Scripture?  Sharing the gospel with non-Christians?  All of the above?  Discipleship certainly includes those activities and others like it.  But the heart of discipleship is a relationship… a call to follow Jesus, to be with him, to know …

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Becoming a Servant of Christ

In the Diaconate, we are investing time to equip ourselves as servants and as leaders in God’s church.  We are currently reading Francis Chan’s Letters to the Church, and this month’s chapter was called “Servants”.  Throughout the chapter, we are reminded of God’s word pertaining to servanthood, like in Matt 20:28 when Jesus tells His disciples “The Son of man …

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By Faith – Our Grace Story

Hello GRC! We’d like to tell you a story.  Actually, many of you know this story because you ARE the story!  And because God’s the One at work, telling His-story through our lives, it’s GRC’s Grace Story. This story is extra-unique, because of the world-changing events of the last 18 months.  Like every Grace Story, there’s struggle, pain, times wondering …

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Children are a Gift

I’ve been at Grace Redeemer for nine years and I’ve always known there was something special about our kids.  I love the New Living Translation when it says, “Children are a gift from the Lord.”  This verse rang so true as we returned to in-person Children’s Ministry this past Sunday for the first time in 18 months. As I popped …

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A Woman Who Fears the Lord

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord and who meditates on his law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by the water, that yields …

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A Constant Source of Community

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “community” simply as individuals with common interests living in a particular area.  We see community everywhere we look: classrooms filled with children, teenagers playing soccer on the town field, or different departments working together at a corporate office. God knew that community would be a crucial element to human life; he designed us to need one …

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An Update on Youth Ministry

Today’s VOG is a two-part perspective from Don Thampy, who chairs the Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries Search Team, and Pastor Steve, who is coordinating the Youth Ministry Team in the interim. From the Search Team: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and …

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Make a Joyful Noise

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song…Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker…” (Psalm 95) When I hear the phrase “make a joyful noise” several different images …

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Fatherhood

As my children reach their teenage years, I hear the echoes of popular advice from friends who have gone through the experience: “say goodbye to communicating, understanding, and relating to your children from here on out” and “this is the end” are the most popular refrains, even from Christians. Similarly, churches and modern church culture tend to place tremendous importance …

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