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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Reading The Word

Item:   The Bible has been translated into 3,200 different languages, an all-time high.  Global literacy is at 86%, also an all-time high.  That means that more people than ever can read the Bible. Item:   According to a 1994 Barna Research Group survey, among those identifying themselves as born-again, only half knew John 3:16, and only a quarter could define the …

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Gospel DNA

If you have been around Grace Redeemer for any length of time, you may have heard the terms “gospel-centered” or “gospel DNA” in how we describe ourselves.  What does this really mean?  If I were to try to sum it up in a few words, I would say: the gospel of Jesus Christ is the key means by which meaningful spiritual …

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Biblical Principles for Social Media

About a year ago, I finally gave in and joined Facebook to see my friends’ family and vacation pictures, reconnect with old friends, and satisfy my curiosity. I almost regretted the decision upon seeing so many strong political posts unwilling to consider any other position. My time on Facebook has convinced me that social media has significantly contributed to the …

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Scandal: You’re Not Immune (Part 2)

Last week I shared some thoughts last week about this tsunami of sexual harassment situations… and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  Two days ago, Michigan Congressman John Conyers resigned following a series of allegations.  Today, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was scheduled to release a statement, and the indications are that he, too, will resign.  These transgressions are by no …

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Scandal: You’re Not Immune

As I sipped my coffee yesterday, I pulled up the news on my phone and saw the latest shocker:  Matt Lauer fired from his job as one of the anchors of NBC’s Today Show.  Harvey, then Kevin, then Charlie… a head-spinning series of downfalls of prominent men, especially in the world of politics, entertainment and media.  Both female and male …

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Giving Thanks for Everything

As many of you know, I have a little two-year old friend living with me.  It’s been an adjustment transforming from a single, carefree woman to a mama of a toddler.  Though at times it’s been tough, it’s also brought a lot of laughs and smiles too.  What I didn’t anticipate was how much this little boy would teach me. …

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Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Academically speaking, I am an above average test taker. I have a good memory, study well, and don’t panic when I sit down in front of a test. Years of experience have taught me that I can face a test for which I am prepared with confidence. But I am still afraid of tests. In my experience, most people are …

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