What to Do When Christians Disagree

There are many times when people who have the same core beliefs – e.g. Jesus is our Savior – disagree on approaches to worldly problems. Certainly, this last election cycle brought out such differences and  emotions were raw. Gun control has its advocates and detractors. Immigration has its advocates and detractors. Even differences concerning traditional hymns and contemporary songs can …

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Living Lives of Faith in an Age of Doubt

That was the subtitle of the men’s retreat in September of last year. Why is this necessary? When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome to explain God’s righteousness and the salvation from death, which can only be achieved through faith in His only Son, Jesus Christ, he described an unrighteous world under heaven filled with sin that …

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Omission Accomplished: When Doctrine Is Ignored

After the 1912 presidential election, the victorious Woodrow Wilson was approached by a Democratic Party stalwart who had worked tirelessly for Wilson’s triumph. Sensing a request for a favor, the president-elect shut the job-seeker down: “Remember that God ordained that I should be the next president of the United States. Neither you nor any other mortal or mortals could have prevented this.” …

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God Above Us, God With Us, and God in Us

Isaiah 57:15:  For this is what the high and exalted One says he who lives  forever, whose name is holy:  “I live in a high and holy place, (1)  But also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, (2)  to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the  contrite. (3)   “Transcendent” means that God is not like us; …

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Refuge

I’ve been feeling the need to chime in on the refugee issue brought on by President Trump’s executive order.  I’ve delayed partly because of personal schedule, but mostly because I prefer first to listen to others far more qualified with thoughtful contributions on a complicated matter.  One can find plenty of biblically-informed, well-reasoned and balanced statements/opinions on the political decisions, the security issues, the …

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Here am I

I was blessed and convicted during the Missions Conference this past weekend. In the midst of running this crazy rat race we call life, the messages given by George Verwer pierced my heart and made me re-evaluate my purpose and my priorities. What am I chasing after? On what do I devote my heart, time, and talent? For earthly or …

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Hello Church!

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Church, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

A few weeks ago, Betsy and I lead a two part ACE class about Living and Parenting in a Pornified Culture (1/8 and 1/15 ACE videos). If you are a parent, please listen to these seminars. Things are changing so fast that we need to stay up to date on what is going on in the culture. Many of you have commented to me on what a …

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Associate Pastor

Hello GRC! This coming Sunday, we have a fairly unique event in the life of the church.  It represents an aspect of what it means to be Presbyterian and a milestone in Josh’s pastoral ministry.  He will be installed as an Associate Pastor of GRC in the 2nd service on Jan 15th.   Since many of you were not around, or may have …

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