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

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

Posted by in Obervations, Scripture

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

ICE – Winnebago County Detention Center

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75%of the arrests by ICE in the United States are of violent offenders. 25% of arrests currently are of offenders that are willingly breaking the law even if “minor.” Should Immigration and Customs Enforcement use our local facility to house the felons even temporarily? They asked me to sign a letter from clergy to force outcry against it. Why in the world will that be an issue for a pastor? Maybe it is a good idea too… My initial thoughts: #1. It will bring more men and women into the…read more

Drama drama

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Well life goes on … Lord willing, I will make live the posts I have had to hold back until the foster kids are a part of our family officially.   Until then … just a few shadows running around.  A life on hold. These little foster kids have some other issues that need to be addressed by our court system.  In the defense of “privacy” we are forbidden to upload pictures of them online until such a time as their status changes.  There is a few cultural and psychological…read more