Public Reading of Scripture is Back!

Hello GRC! Back in 2019 we tried something new, unsure of whether it’d “succeed.”  We had rotations of GRCers come to the sanctuary hour after hour, to read from a big Bible in the pulpit, continuing until we finished.  We livestreamed the vast majority of that effort to share with one another and the world.  And… it… was… epic!  SOOO …

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How Are You, Really?

Hello GRC – “How are you doing?”  More than ever, I’m hearing directly and indirectly answers like, “Ok…  Been better.  Meh.  Not great.”  And that usually means, the real answer is worse.  My own answer to that question on Sunday mornings, often follows that same pattern.  Part of that, to be honest, is that 16 of you might ask me …

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Ministry Overview: Celebrate Recovery

Helping The Wounded Find Freedom  Moving Beyond Hurts, Hang-Ups, and HabitsTo ExperienceHelp, Hope, and Healing HELP Life is hard! Some grow up under very difficult circumstances while others never grow up! There’s cynicism, disrespect, neglect, abandonment, and/or abuse. Pain becomes so unbearable it leads to difficult relationships, loss of hope, and inadequate coping mechanisms. These struggles at CR, are better described …

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Our Jesus

John 1:1-5 NIVIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, …

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Let’s Pray Together

The end of the year brings a time of reflection for most people. For some, looking at the year produces regret and apprehension of more of the same in the new year. For others, that reflection is a time of proud jubilation at the many accomplishments achieved in the past 12 months while girding themselves to continue that path of …

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Growing in the Fear of The Lord

In the days leading up to the new year, it’s common practice to reflect and make plans for the year to come. For some, this might be a structured, hours-long process resulting in a personal strategic plan of sorts. For others, it might take the form of writing down or mentally noting New Year’s resolutions. Whatever the process, most of …

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God With Us

Hello GRC! With Christmas a little over a week away, that also means college semesters are winding down, and our two oldest kids come home this week!   When they’re at school, we have a weekly video call and we text here and there, but there’s nothing like having them home, sitting down at the dinner table, and being WITH loved …

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Jesus Moved Into the Neighborhood

The traditional Christmas accounts are found in Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels.  The Gospel of John takes a more cosmic approach, but he speaks about Christmas, too.  His first words clearly take us back to the very beginning, in fact, even before the beginning: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He …

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Our Greatest Treasure

I first heard the term “consolation prize” on a television game show when I was growing up. Since I don’t watch television much, I wonder if this term is still used. As a consolation for losing, a small cash prize was given to a player who did not win the grand prize. Why am I talking about game shows and …

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Thankful – Even for Air

Working with kids is always surprising and many times is humbling too.  One of the highlights of my year is getting to meet with and co-teach our children who are going through the Communicant membership process.  We meet with them monthly and each time we meet, I find that their answers challenge, encourage or convict me in some way.  This …

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