That my life would reflect God's glory - Jeremiah Griffin - pastor Rockford, Illinois

Gemstones from Jesus

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I got in a conversation with a “christian” that was witness to a preaching phenomena where, as the pastor was speaking, gems fell to the ground! He used some obscure verses to show that it was a “real sign” of the presence of God. I was in shock, my skepticism was in high mode and my snarkiness must have been on my face. I tried to put that aside as I listened to him tell me the tale. As part of his offer of proof he stated that he had…read more

Submerged VBS 2016

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What a great week I will upload a ton of photos soon but for now… these will have to work 😉 I took a pie in the face one day — a water balloon the next. The kids had a great time and I think I did too!

For the Cause

Posted by in Hymns, Music

Love the last lines… Let it be my life’s refrain: To live is Christ, to die is gain; Deny myself, take up my cross And follow the Son For The Cause For the cause of Christ the King We give our lives, an offering Till all the earth resounds with ceaseless praise To the Son For the cause of Christ we go With joy to reap, with faith to sow As many see And many put their trust In the Son Christ we proclaim, The Name above every name: For…read more

Hands On

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1 Timothy 5:22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. The word “hasty” caught my attention the other day.  I was watching some brothers and sisters in Christ jump to an individuals aid and start laying on hands and prayer.  I know the young man and in agreement of the efforts I joined them and laid hands on them as they prayed.  That is when someone asked me; “Pastor, why are you so  slow to lay hands…read more

With age wisdom

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How do you react to bullies on social media? Do you ignore? Do you attack? Do you just laugh at them? Do you pray for them? Do you read scripture at them? Do you delete/un-follow/unfriend them? Do you respond with a blatant ‘in your face blog post?” 😀 As a pastor dealing with the often “less than desirable people” you both hear people get called and are called quite a lot of unsavory things.  How we react to that in the heat of the moment often reveals areas of our…read more

Lord With glowing heart I praise thee

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Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee, For the bliss Thy love bestows, For the pardoning grace that saves me, And the peace that from it flows: Help, O God, my weak endeavor; This dull soul to rapture raise: Thou must light the flame, or never Can my love be warmed to praise. Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee, Wretched wanderer, far astray; Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee From the paths of death away; Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling, Him Who saw thy guilt-born fear, And…read more