Missions Week Kick Off

March 14, 2019

Dear Friends and Family at Grace Redeemer, In his first letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul unabashedly oozes with love and affection toward the believers. He writes, “So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had … Read More

For Such a Time as This

March 7, 2019

Around 450 years before the time of Jesus, God’s people were in exile under the Persian Empire. A plot arose to destroy the Jewish people, but God, in his providence, had placed Esther, a young Jewish girl, as the queen of Persia to appeal to the king and save her people. She did this at … Read More

Preparation for Lenten Season

February 28, 2019

“For while we were still weak at the right time Christ died for the ungodly… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  – Romans 5:6-8 (ESV) As Lent begins on March 6, I find myself motivated to be focused on the cross and Jesus’ … Read More

George Washington & Others

February 21, 2019

We just celebrated President’s Day. Can you name all 45 of them? Who was 19th? Name one thing William Henry Harrison did? He served for 31 days. Do you remember that William McKinley was assassinated? Grover Cleveland? Wasn’t he a Sesame Street character? The real question isn’t about presidents. The question is one of influence. … Read More

God and the Graveyard Shift

February 14, 2019

The first full-time job I ever had was as a telephone operator at a Marriott hotel. Given the pay differential, I took the 3rd shift, i.e. 11pm to 7am. Weeknights were tame but weekends were awful-inebriated wedding attendees calling every other minute: the nice ones wanting extended conversation while the mean ones were threatening to … Read More

Talk To Yourself

February 7, 2019

Prior to Matt Redman’s hit “10,000 Reasons,” I was well acquainted with the line “Bless the LORD, O my soul” from Psalm 103. This psalm was so often read during service, preached about, and quoted from, that I felt, it was more of a Christian saying (aka Christianese) than an actual Scripture verse. But God … Read More

There is a Season (turn, turn, turn)

January 31, 2019

Hello GRC! Last week I was away, but not really. I stayed out of the office, cleared my schedule of any evening commitments, and took one of my two annual study leave weeks. Some of you veterans know what this means because of old Voice of Grace articles, but not everyone does. I’m taking the … Read More

That’s Not Fair

January 24, 2019

Whether you are a football fan or not, you have most likely heard of the missed passed interference call at the end of the NFC Championship Game this past Sunday that effectively changed the game’s final outcome. Anyone who has seen the play (including the officials themselves) would agree that a flag should have been thrown … Read More

Appetizers for Your Soul Food Diet

January 17, 2019

At the beginning of the year, we often focus on resolutions: exercising more, eating better, spending more time with our loved ones. So perhaps this is a good time for us to consider our spiritual diet, in particular the books we read (I’m hoping that you are a book reader; if not, we need to … Read More

The Picture On The Wall

January 10, 2019

We used to have a very large picture hanging in our family room. It was taken in the early 1980’s, Judy, our two sons and me. It wasn’t too long ago, I think around 2008, when we had friends come to the house for the first time. After sitting in the room for a few … Read More