Posts Tagged with "heaven"

Something’s Missing

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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I thought about it when I caught the final hour or so of the film, The Shawshank Redemption last week. Red is in prison and meets Andy, who functions as a Christ figure. Red’s encounter with Andy is life-changing, life-saving really. Andy, who was wrongly convicted, escapes prison and tells Red that if and when […]

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One Bread, One Body

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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Remix of Sunday’s Sermon Sharing… Sharing Communion is one of the most powerful and meaningful experiences for Christians. The language, the theology, the unity, the presence of the Spirit, the tastes, the music – for a few moments, it often does feel transcendent and “heavenly” – as it should. But as you know sometimes we […]

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Proof

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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So one Sunday just before worship started, this church member named Barb came up to me and stopped me. And she joyfully said, “Christopher! I was reading my Bible last night. While I was reading, I came across this verse and I thought of you…You’re our letter!!” I thanked her and then looked at the […]

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Homecoming

Friday, October 8, 2010

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In June, I began my final sermon in Grandville with the story of my parents, Kate and Carter, and how they worked for many years at the youth center in my hometown, Fair Lawn, New Jersey. They were very good at “adopting” young people who were at-risk or just didn’t have many friends. I talked […]

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Passing Through

Saturday, August 7, 2010

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I never thought I was that kind of person… The kind of person that needed to learn how to appreciate things. I’ve always tried to be purposefully thankful for everything. Or so I thought. But the last week has reminded me of what is truly treasured. It started with being in my hometown, a place […]

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Heavenly Peace

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Philippians 4:6-7 Heavenly Peace (Remix of Sunday’s Sermon – audio at www.firstgrandville.org under Resources and Downloads) Peace, real peace seems hard to come by these days. Where can it be found? In the world, in our nation, in our churches, in our communities, in our homes and in our hearts – there is little peace. […]

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Turning Point

Friday, August 28, 2009

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Turning Point O Lord! When someone lets go of decades of pain and suffering and begins to move toward wholeness – We turn to you and give thanks that healing is possible through you. When our young people, despite our best efforts, lose their way and find themselves in all kinds of prisons – We […]

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All Things New

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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  “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5     If you have ever stood and wondered, in the quiet of a cemetery, at the grave of a loved one – you have thought about it.   If you have ever held the shattered pieces of your life in your hands and thought, […]

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Completely

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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Psalm 103:8-12 Completely  “God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his […]

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The Way Back

Monday, October 27, 2008

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Hosea 6:1-2 The Way Back   “Come, let us return to the Lord. For he has torn, that he may heal us. He has stricken, and he will build us up. After two days, he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up, that we may live before him.” Hosea 6:1-2 (RSV) […]

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