Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground,  since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”  Mark 1:14-15 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which is the season of preparation prior to the celebration of Good Friday and Easter.  If you come from a Roman Catholic background, you probably Read more
If you go on the Grace Redeemer website, you will find information about a host of groups: Grace Kids, New Life, Crossroads, Women’s Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Growth Groups, Life Groups … the list goes on and on.  It’s wonderful to see the many ways that people can connect, grow in faith, find fellowship, be discipled, and serve.  But there’s one group you won’t find anywhere on the web site: SOLAS.What on earth is that you’re probably wondering (or maybe not; maybe you’ve already moved on to the next email in your inbox)?  I’ve never heard of that group; what is it and who’s Read more
GRC has recently launched a ministry called Embrace Grace, a support group for single women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Since October, our church has partnered with Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center in leading weekly meetings with this moms-to-be. Our desire has been to provide a safe, nonjudgmental place for the women to hear about God’s grace through Jesus, while GRC members listen to the moms’ stories, provide generous snacks at the meetings, and pray for them and their babies.As the Embrace Grace committee laid the groundwork for this program, I have thought a lot about what it means to Read more
Helping the Wounded Find Freedom:Moving Beyond Hurts, Hang-Ups, and Habitsto Experience Help, Hope, and Healing HELPLife 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 as the 3H’s that form a progression. Hurts from the past that affect the present. If we don’t walk through them with Jesus, we develop Hang-ups or false mindsets that feed you lies about yourself and others leading to  Habits that harm you and Read more
I am plagued by a problem I most likely share with many of you. I am far too easily distracted, by anything and everything. My thoughts zing from one strand to another, totally unrelated ideas. I miss what someone is saying because I’m thinking of what to say or what to do next.  It doesn't matter where I am - whether at work, home or church. It doesn’t matter what I am doing - walking the dog, in a meeting, driving, or making dinner.  Sadly, it rarely ever matters even who I am with. As I have become more aware of Read more
Revelation 17:14They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”Revelation 19:11-16I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, andon his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.  The armies ofheaven were following him, riding on Read more
John 8:54-59Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.  Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.  Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”  “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”  At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.Exodus 3:13-14Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Read more
As a kid, I remember wrapping a gift for a friend in some newspaper comics right before the party.  The party was going to be at McDonald’s and Happy Meals were all the rage back then.  We played pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, and that was the first cake I ever saw that was made out of ice cream!  Those were the days, right?  As a kid, just getting invited stirred up so much excitement because I knew I would get to play some fun games, eat some yummy food and treats, and watch my friend’s smile grow bigger with each new gift that Read more
John 14:5-6Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.John 11:23-27Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to Read more
John 14:5-6Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 18:36-38Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of Read more

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