Many of you know that I’ve been back in school, starting a Master’s of Divinity degree at age 59.  What I can tell you is that the mind doesn’t work as well now as it used to, but you can not improve on the subject matter.  I’ve had the joy, yes, it is really a joy, to study Biblical Hebrew.  Recently I had to translate Genesis 1 and was struck by verses 26 and 27.  Don’t worry, I’ll give it to you in English:  “Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…' So God created Read more
Most people have heard of Patrick Henry’s defiant call at the second Virginia Convention of 1775: “…give me liberty or give me death!” This was a call to form armed militias in resistance to British law, and in order to repel and repulse a potential incursion by British troops. It was unquestionably an exhortation in favor of rebellion. Other political rebellions have formed nation-states much different from the United States: the first French Republic in 1792; Haiti in 1804; the Soviet Union in 1917; and Iran in 1978. As varied as these examples are, they were all born out of Read more
When Steven and I joined the Youth Group team in Summer 2019, we were excited about many things: serving in a ministry together as husband and wife, the team itself of servant-hearted, Christ-centered individuals, and getting to know a demographic of our GRC family that, up until then, had flown under our radar. What we didn’t realize was how deep into God’s word we would be going! It seems that teenagers (for any of you who have them, know them, or love them), are rather perceptive to hypocrisy, insincerity, and ingenuity, especially when it comes to things of God and his Read more
What is your definition of the grace of God? For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10) The gracious God showed us mercy by sending his Son Jesus Christ who became a man and becoming the bridge for mankind to bring us back to God! But when does God’s work on us stop? Read more
The Minor Prophets are seldom read, let alone studied, by most of us, but they have pertinent God-given wisdom that we should heed as believers. When we read them, we get a peek at what God is doing, why He is doing it, and how He will fulfill His plan for His people. The title, “Silence, God Working” caught my attention because many of us currently resonate with the sentiment it evokes and makes us ask, “Why are you silent, God?” It brings us to the very core of who we are and who He is. God says, “Be still and Read more
Hello GRC –  Given my distracted season at home (all good) and the chaos in our country, one might think it’d be a good season to sit on the sidelines, but I feel a pastoral-leadership burden to share a couple of thoughts, even if they’re a bit muddled… A number of charismatic Christian leaders who describe themselves as modern-day prophets, have publicly apologized for being wrong about President Trump getting re-elected in 2020.  One of them is Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  You’d assume that his online apology would invite criticism as a false prophet or gleeful delight that Read more
Testimony of God’s Mercy ~ YesterdayIn 1 Kings 17, we look at the story of Elijah unfolding during the dark days of Ahab's reign. Similar to the widow, who in the midst of turmoil, was called in faith to feed Elijah, GRC has been called during a pandemic and national crisis. As we have been still and waiting upon the Lord during this season, we see God on the move; helping us to witness a resurrection. You see, the Wanaque church that birthed Father’s Cupboard had closed its doors and halted its food pantry operations. After careful deliberation and Spirit-leading, our Diaconate Read more
If you watched the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” (if you haven’t, you should), you probably remember the premise of the movie.  On Christmas Eve, a crisis triggers George Bailey’s insecurities and his deep-seated resentment at spending his entire adult life working for the tiny Bailey Brothers Building and Loan, rather than doing the great things—traveling widely, building impressive buildings—that he had always dreamed of doing.  In the end, all the people in town whom he had helped over the years come together to rescue him, the so-called “rabble” derided by the greedy banker Mr. Potter.  As George is reminded Read more
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.”​ — Psalm 107:1-2.  Christmas Looks Different: Is There Something Missing? Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” sets the scene for today’s Voice of Grace. Looking through God’s 20/20 vision, the changes in our church is a testimony of His redemption: seeing God on the move, building His body, and changing hearts at GRC! How in the midst of the stillness of Covid, we have no choice but to wait upon Him. Despite what is happening in the world, God is building our faith through Jesus, Read more
Have you ever seen this image?  What do you see? It is a well-known optical illusion in that depending on how you look at it, it is either the face of an elderly woman or the profile of a much younger woman.  The same image conveys both interpretations depending on the viewer.  I think we can all relate to instances where we thought one thing, and it took a catalyst like a plot twist or revelation that amazes us to see how something can be understood in a completely different light.  Same event - two ways to see it.  There Read more

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