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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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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Blest Be the Ties that…Attach

The sports pages were flabbergasted by an earth-shaking event on July 25th: “Team USA Suffers Stunning Loss to France in Men’s Olympic Basketball Opener.” Given the concentration of NBA players on the United States squad, their first hoops competition of these Olympic games should have been an American romp. Other analysts knew better – this was a defeat that was …

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Symbols On Your Hands

In my previous Voice of Grace (9/5/2019), I shared about my lack of discipline in waking up early to go to the gym, looking for any excuse to skip out even though I knew the benefits of having that early morning workout. When COVID-19 shut down the country—including gyms—I acknowledged that I would need even more discipline to develop the …

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Worship: Emotions, Encounter, Engage

Hey GRC, If you don’t already know this about me, I really enjoy worshiping with you all every Sunday!  And I really hope that comes across consistently, mostly because I believe that is how God has wired me to connect with my fellow believers as we live out our lives in a biblical community (one of our church’s core values!).  …

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