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

Gospel Conversations

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People claim to have a “Gospel conversation” without speaking the Gospel… You can be laying the foundation of a Gospel Conversation but until you actually speak the Gospel, you are just being moral. You may say, “Pastor what about 1 Corinthians 3:6-9. I am planning a seed or I am watering a soul. Only God gives the harvest.”  The seed can indeed only be given life by God. What farmer prepares the ground without the intention of planting?  What sower casts seed without anticipation of harvest? What farmer plans 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

The Lord is My Shepherd — J. R. Miller

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“The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need!” Psalm 23:1 The shepherd is a favorite Scriptural picture of the divine love and care. In the Old Testament, the twenty-third Psalm gathers the whole wonderful truth in exquisite lines, which are dear to young and old wherever the Bible is known. Then in the New Testament, when our Lord would give His friends the sweetest revealings of His heart toward them, and tell them what they are to Him and what He would be to them—He says, “I am…read more

December Quotes 2015

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Love the joy of this season. [Show slideshow] 12► “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!” — Benjamin Franklin “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” — John R. Rice “All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” — David Jeremiah “Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was.” – Art Fettig “The…read more

There are but three avenues open to the individual, and “the joy of life” is dependent upon the choice. They are: rebellion, resignation, and reconciliation. –Joseph Fort Newton

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Context is King

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sometimes a verse needs context … sometimes the verse is the context. Ever have that conversation where the person is using a verse with no real understanding of the person speaking or the audience it was being communicated to? Quick questions to ask when looking at a verse  Who wrote this? Who was he speaking to? How did the other church fathers hold this verse? What does it mean to us today? What prompted me to post this was another conversation with a “preacher” where it was someone who didn’t own…read more