Posts Tagged with "Jesus Christ"

Resurrection

Sunday, April 24, 2011

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My favorite holiday??   Easter, of course!! Not because of the chocolate or Peeps; but because of the miracle of the resurrection.   The resurrection is the exclamation point of the Gospel. It is the proof of Jesus’ words, “with God, all things are possible.”   And in real life and real-time, it says that […]

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Still

Friday, February 11, 2011

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A lot of people think that only “good” people go to church. A lot of people think that they are no longer worthy to be near God or be involved with God’s people. A lot of people think that their sins and pasts disqualify them from having a God-given purpose. But, see, there’s this thing […]

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The Other Side (of the Wilderness)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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I have never physically been in a desert or wilderness. I flew over one once in Africa. I have read about them. But I have been in the wilderness. I know the wilderness. And I suspect many of you do too. Let’s talk about the wilderness… In the Bible, the wilderness is an arid, dangerous, […]

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For You – From God

Friday, December 3, 2010

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It loves you and accepts you – knowing (or not knowing) what you have done or where you have been – it loves and accepts you just as you are. There is nothing you can do or have done or will do to make it turn away from you. It has no limits. There is […]

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Nearness and Hope (What We Need)

Friday, October 22, 2010

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“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18   We live in a world of joy and heartbreak. But it often seems like the heartbreak is more prominent. Reading or watching the news gives a daily dose of everything that is wrong in the world. But we know […]

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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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The Making of a Pastor

Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Psalm 139:15-16 The Making of a Pastor   “You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all […]

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The Heart of a Pastor, Part I

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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In the last couple of months, I have been vividly reminded of why I do what I do. Pure ministry – loving, leading, and encouraging others in Christ’s name by Christ’s power. To be the presence of Christ, an ambassador, in the best and worst times of His people’s lives. To offer prayers when words […]

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Life and Death

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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John 5:24 Life and Death            “It’s urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father…has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from […]

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