Church, Look in the Mirror!

Hello GRC –  Given my distracted season at home (all good) and the chaos in our country, one might think it’d be a good season to sit on the sidelines, but I feel a pastoral-leadership burden to share a couple of thoughts, even if they’re a bit muddled… A number of charismatic Christian leaders who describe themselves as modern-day prophets, …

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

If you watched the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” (if you haven’t, you should), you probably remember the premise of the movie.  On Christmas Eve, a crisis triggers George Bailey’s insecurities and his deep-seated resentment at spending his entire adult life working for the tiny Bailey Brothers Building and Loan, rather than doing the great things—traveling widely, building impressive buildings—that …

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A Joyous Christmas Surprise

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.”​ — Psalm 107:1-2.  Christmas Looks Different: Is There Something Missing? Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” sets the scene for today’s Voice of Grace. Looking through God’s 20/20 vision, the changes in our church is a testimony of His redemption: seeing God on the move, …

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Duality in Reality

Have you ever seen this image?  What do you see? It is a well-known optical illusion in that depending on how you look at it, it is either the face of an elderly woman or the profile of a much younger woman.  The same image conveys both interpretations depending on the viewer.  I think we can all relate to instances …

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The Sweet Aroma of Grace

I recently listened to Gay Girl, Good God written by Christian author and poet Jackie Hill-Perry.   In the book, she describes the moment she encountered God – the moment Her heavenly Father came knocking at her bedroom door, revealing Himself to her through the stirring of the Holy Spirit.  She was sitting in the privacy of her bedroom wrestling …

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Walking in Trust

As some of you know, I am a foster parent.  I never know when the state is going to call and what child they’ll ask me to take for a time.  Two months ago they asked me to provide a home for a beautiful and spunky 15-month-old baby girl and I’m so glad I did! Though baby girl moves very fast by …

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Science Fiction and Missions

In 1953 Arthur C. Clarke published a science fiction story titled “The Nine Billion Names of God.”  The premise of the story is that a group of Tibetan monks believe that the true names of God can be written in no more than nine letters, and that there are nine billion of them.  So they have purchased a computer to …

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What is the Reason for this Season?

…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.– Galatians 5:6 As we come to the end of 2020 – typically the most celebrated time of the year – we have trepidation for what the end of this year might bring… The new uptick in COVID cases and setback to some of our reopening efforts continue to gnaw away …

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God’s Gift: A Good Shepherd

Hello GRC!   I miss so many of you.  I miss the richness of our extended spiritual family.  Laughing, masklessly, together.   Enjoying a cup of coffee or jostling for position at the donut feeding trough.  I miss placing a freshly broken-off piece of communion bread into your hands, looking you in the eyes, and calling you by name.  I miss preaching to a full sanctuary, …

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