Each year Momentum Youth Conference is a highlight of the summer for our student ministry. There’s something about getting away for several days that helps you change your perspective and makes you more open to what God might want to say to you.
Every summer Grace Polaris Church sends out short-term teams to engage in new cultures among new people for the sake of the Gospel. Participants hope to draw nearer to Christ and have an impact for Him in a variety of locations among a number of different types of people.
Entropy glorifies God by dissatisfying us until we seek something better; it drives us to seek the reality we know is supposed to be. It reveals God as the only perfection, the only ideal, the truest reality, and the only One who can fill our longing for permanence and perfection. He is what is supposed to be.
Camping has become a “thing” for the Stanley family. Each of the last several summers we have spent at least three days away in a state park campground, and the memories are great. The kids love it, the adults get to unwind and unplug, and things just happen at an altogether different pace.
In the midst of a book full of graphic violence about people groups we’re not familiar with and sins which look very different in our modern world than they did back then, we might be shocked to see this cycle is something that we easily fall into today!
“What am I going to do with my life?” This question has weighed heavily upon me as I consider how I will spend my numbered days on earth, and I may have been crushed by the pressure or frozen out of fear if I had not encountered a very old doctrine in a very new way.
Satan tells us “honest trifles.” He’s truthful about the possible gain of certain sinful actions, but he doesn’t tell us the whole story. The incredible destruction sin can cause is the real story of sin, but his temptations rave about only what we can get from sin.
It’s pretty common to hear someone quote or paraphrase Matthew 7:1, in which Jesus says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.“ Often the person quoting the passage is objecting to being criticized for his behavior.
During my visit to Encompass World Partners’ headquarters, my heart was stirred by the clarity of the call God has given His people to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” It is evident from Genesis to Revelation that God is jealous for His name to be exalted to the ends of the earth.
This week most of our pastoral staff attend The Gospel Coalition National Conference in Indianapolis, IN along with 8,000 of our closest friends. Here are several takeaways from the conference…
God has told us to “make disciples of all nations.” If I’m honest, this is hard to do because there are a lot of people groups living in Columbus who are very different than me. I need help beginning new relationships with those who don’t share my culture and, in some cases, my language.
We believe God is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. We believe God is able to change hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. We believe that God is able to do the things that look impossible to us!
Grace Polaris Church and Pregnancy Decision Health Centers: this is a partnership that began 32 years ago when a task force was formed at Grace to investigate the possibility of establishing a pro-life pregnancy center in the northern part of Columbus.
If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, thank you! I trust a few of these posts may remind you of some challenges you’ve received. If you only occasionally stumble upon the Pastors’ Blog, maybe you’ll be encouraged by some things you’ve missed.
As Christians, there is one thing in which we do find agreement when it comes to the office of the President of the United States of America, we must pray.
Kenyan voices rang over the parking lot, children jumped in massive bounce houses, and people ate food from several different cultures. There were tables set up with crafts, activities, and foods from Brazil, Ghana, Korea, China, Nigeria, and Mexico.
Technology is not the ultimate evil, in fact, it can be very helpful. But what we really need is time at the feet of Jesus. We need to regularly put down our connection to the world so that we can hear and feast on what God whispers to us about himself and ourselves.