Be Perfect Therefore as your Heavenly Father is Perfect

“Be perfect therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) Ouch. There’s an impossible task. I might just as well crawl back in bed rather than begin my day. I’ve already failed. Just the other day I was thinking, “All my righteousness is like filthy rags (Isa. 64:6)” If everything I do is like a filthy rag, how can …

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The Gospel and a Hot Meal

In one of the more memorable stories about Jesus in the Gospels, a woman comes to where Jesus is staying, and anoints His head with an exorbitantly expensive aromatic oil. Seeing such a valuable commodity spent in this way, the disciples became indignant, exclaiming that so much good could have been done if the oil had been sold instead. Jesus’ …

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Building Community with Christ’s Love

While spending time in Portland, OR with a friend earlier this month, I was surprised when three separate strangers approached me out of the blue to start a conversation. They didn’t want anything, they simply planned to say hello and share a brief moment of friendliness. This was, or course, heresy to my East Coast sensibilities. I am used to …

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Wanted: Real Heroes

I kept my calendar for Monday night clear because #99 was in the spotlight. Usually #99 is a football player’s number, and specifically, a huge man that plays on the defensive line.  In this case, he’s huge, but he plays a sport that requires agility and speed.  Aaron Judge is the largest man to ever play major league baseball, and …

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The Comforter has Come

King James – Comforter NIV – Advocate ASV – Comforter Bible Basic – Helper Weymouth – Advocate World English Bible – Counselor   When I was in seminary, I used to bristle when students would get up to preach and during the message they would show off their Greek class by saying “the English says this but the Greek says….” …

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Karl Stephens

Dear Grace Redeemer Church, The Session is excited to announce that Karl Stephens has accepted our offer to become GRC’s Director of Worship Ministries.  He and his family will be moving to New Jersey over the course of this summer and will officially begin as those details are settled. This process has been a matter of great prayer for the …

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Our Fears and God’s Majesty

Fear, this is a short but powerful word. As children, we imagine something or someone patiently waiting for us to let down our guard, clutch us by the foot, and then drag us to our death. Now, those child-like terrors are a thing of the past. In the present, our fears are more sophisticated, subtle, more pervasive, and real. As …

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Giving From the Heart

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow has …

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