Six years and counting…

Last Sunday, July 29, my family and I celebrated our sixth anniversary at Grace Life. We arrived in July 2012. Because of the way God has wired me, I am naturally a reflective person at key milestones. I remember those strong desires while serving as an assistant pastor in Pennsylvania, to preach and shepherd God’s people. I remember when I first heard about a

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When Christians Fast

To seek God’s wisdom and direction in ministry.  Mathew 4, Mark 1 and Luke 4 teach that Jesus spent forty days and nights fasting and praying before He began the work that His Father gave him to do. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas fasted for the elders of the churches before commissioning them into their pastoral ministry. To seek deliverance or protection. With

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Praying for Boldness (Acts 4:23-30)

The American church feels the force of cultural winds that blow against her. Culturally, sexual expression and experimentation is embraced, encouraged and considered enlightened; preserving intimacy for marriage is seen as archaic. Religiously, the idea that there is only one way to God through Jesus in an age of pluralism appears uneducated, uninformed and arrogant. What does a church do when facing these external

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How to Pray

“If only God would tell me what I should do next?!” These are the words of every Christian (and some non-Christians) who are bewildered about the next step or stage of life. Single moms ask this question. Teenagers ask this question about choosing a major and college. Parents ask this question when frustrated with their parenting. Men and women ask this question when facing

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Motivations: Why We Pray?

A holy man sat on a prominent street corner of his city. He covered himself with ashes as a sign of humility. When tourists asked permission to take his picture, the mystic would rearrange his ashes to give the best image of destitution and humility. Many times, our practice of Christianity amounts to nothing more than rearranging religious “ashes” to impress one another. The

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Worship Songs July 15, 2018

| In Christ Alone| Christ is Enough | Be Thou My Vision (Will You Guide Me?) | O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer | His Mercy is More | |In Christ Alone| |Christ is Enough| |Be Thou My Vision (Will You Guide Me?)| |O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer (Sovereign Grace)| |His Mercy is More|

When You Don’t Want To Pray

Sometimes, we Christians don’t feel like praying. Jesus addresses this in Luke 18. This  parable starts in a city with an unscrupulous judge. This judge has no morals, no ethics and no sense of justice. He does not fear God nor respect man.  A widow is taken advantage of and the judge refuses to help. Maybe he knew she didn’t have the resources to bribe

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