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

How do we reflect that which we do not see?

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“The turning of the mind upward is half the battle. We cannot expect it to reflect that toward which it does not turn.” — Charles H. Spurgeon Thinking this morning on Colossians 3 about keeping our focus on God.  It is so hard in this world of entertainment and escapism to find a focus that keeps us heavenward. It is in this heavenward focus that we must rule over our imaginations, emotions, thoughts, feelings, ideas, and actions. A Christian is to see everything, including these passing earthly things, against the backdrop…read more

Revival

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I was recently musing over a request in a pastors forum for books on Revival.  I never did quite determine if it was a history of revivals that the pastor was looking for but what happened as people started listing titles and Authors… and then I noticed something.  Almost all the titles being offered were “why revival doesn’t come.” books.   Why doesn’t revival happen in America?  Why don’t we see another great revival again?  Well to begin with, no one repents any more.  Revival starts with repentance.   2 Corinthians…read more

To attend or not to attend?

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Q: Should I make my child attend church with me? A: YES!  (with some care and mercy thrown in) Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it It is a rule, I am the leader of my family.  And you are correct in assuming I don’t have to assert myself that often because we have left no room to question and when they do we have worked through it in scripture and in practice.  The house…read more

Oh Be careful little eyes

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No screens July is upon my family once again and I think I am the one that pays the biggest price. (has the biggest obstacle to overcome) My late night Netflix binges and Vudu account purchases as I work online is meant to be just a distraction, but often becomes a consummation of my eyes and soul.  We use Covenant Eyes as a check point for our children and each other.   The family plan is worth the $15 every month and sure pushes our family conversation to be more…read more

One in the chamber

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Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may…read more

Greater than your mistakes

Posted by in Music, Obervations

Ever feel like you are stuck in a mistake?  Like you are reliving Ground Hog day over and over again, where nothing goes right.  Where you keep choosing to do the things you don’t want to do.  Where you keep trying to do what is right and you still end up making the wrong choices…  yeah.  One of THOSE DAYS. Romans 7:19 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh; for I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry…read more