Pastors’ Blog

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    Window on the World
    Dustin Speaks—March 27

    I am a family man. I have a wife, two kids, and another on the way. I even have a dog. One of the great responsibilities and challenges of being a family man is leading my family toward Christ. Recently, I was convicted of the fact that I hadn’t done a good job leading my children in developing a heart for the nations like Christ’s heart.

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    Pools and People
    Mike Yoder—March 25

    Passion Week is soon upon us. It’s a time when even our increasingly numb culture encounters the patterns and traditions of Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Even individuals who aren’t convinced of a resurrection or the significance of a crucifixion can hardly avoid the signs and people who have embraced them both. I hope that includes you.

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    Whispering Oaks Kids Lunch Club
    Dustin Speaks—March 20

    Last summer Grace had nearly 100 people serving as volunteers at Westerville-area Kids Lunch Clubs—serving, loving, and investing in children and families in need. Each week over 300 meals were served to kids who otherwise were unlikely to have a lunch available to them. Following the meal we had opportunity to spend time talking with them, playing with them, and building relationships with them.

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    What was the Real Sin of Sodom?
    Mike Yoder—March 18

    This past Sunday at Grace, we examined the account of Sodom and Gomorrah from Genesis 18 and 19. Among the core issues was the rampant sexual sin that existed in Sodom and led to its destruction. Or was it?

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    Die to Live
    Dustin Speaks—March 13

    Most of us spend our lives searching for something that will invigorate and satisfy us. Our culture sells the idea that self-fulfillment is the ultimate purpose in life. Advertisers give us innumerable suggestions for how we might find true happiness: a new car, new house, new clothes, or a new spouse! However, experience and time begin to show us that none of these things really brings life, satisfaction or lasting happiness.

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    The Happy Christian
    Zac Hess—March 9

    A central component of our human condition is the desire to be happy. I recently asked a group of 5–8 year olds to tell me what makes them happy. At the top of their lists were video games, sports, food, family, and puppies (of course). Whether 5 years old or 95 years old, every human being wants to be happy. The question is not whether we should desire happiness; the question centers around the source of our happiness.

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    Pray for Haiti
    Dustin Speaks—March 6

    Haiti is a country that has been plagued with difficulties over the course of its history. Wars, diseases, and natural disasters have haunted the nation, and the effects are still being felt to this day. It is a land of immense physical and spiritual need, and God has given us—Grace Polaris Church—the opportunity to jump in and serve alongside Caribbean Vision Ministries this spring.

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    Creative Disobedience
    David Nicodemus—March 2

    My kids are creative. If you have kids, they’re probably creative, too. Every week my wife and I accumulate upward of 100 paper kid-crafts from various sources. If I’m honest, very few of them make it into the Nicodemus family hall of fame. Some weeks, none of them make the cut.

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    The Faithful in Egypt
    Zac Hess—February 27

    It’s hard to ignore the state of affairs in the Middle East today. Daily reports include the intentional and systematic persecution and execution of Christians. A video was recently released of 21 young Christian Egyptian men who were beheaded in Libya. These awful developments cause a variety of responses, ranging from anger to sadness.

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    Experiencing the Impossible
    Mike Yoder—February 25

    “You can’t do it. It’s impossible.” Of all the things that we can be told, this has to rank as one of the hardest to hear. As Americans, many of us are ingrained with a “can do” attitude and “anything is possible” mentality. As a people with built-in social, educational, or economic advantages, many of us have embraced a “the sky’s the limit” assumption.