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

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!

Life on Mission 2016

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What a joy of looking forward to the new year.  Yet I find myself in a strange transition as I become more aware of what GOD wants me to be and do rather than what I have always planned.  This process of sanctification I have studied and researched int he lives of others but as the Gospel works itself out in my life I am constantly wowed by the Power of God unto Salvation and the journey my life is.  What a journey of restoration we are on… Where there…read more

Prayer – a change in direction.

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I am again under conviction that I do not pray enough, I do not give myself over to it or correctly go about it.  I realize that this is what grace and mercy is for, but still I want to be more disciplined. So I have my list.  Not a list of wants and needs, but a list that asks for guidance and wisdom in my day.  I spend less time and am more focused because of that list… not sure it is working.  Do you use a list? I…read more

It is okay to cry (part 1)

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It is okay to cry. I have been telling my kids that for the last few months. They have dealt with death and loss and the pain of being let down. They have had betrayal by friends and forgotten by teachers and broken promises, mine included.  Sometimes the pursuit of painless perfection and a disappointment free world for our children leaves us stumbling for a better way to protect their world. We do our best to inoculate our kids from discomfort. It isn’t the physical pain that we deal with…read more


Why Doesn’t my Kid want to go to Church (Part 3)

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Part 3 in observations from a Pastor’s heart: Why Doesn’t My Kid Want to Come to Church? [Part 1] [Part 2]   Graceless was left to struggle alone in the Slough of Despond. But he kept his face turned toward the distant hills, and even while floundering in the mire — he now and then caught glimpses of the shining light. By and by, he reached the farther side; but there the mire was deep, and his burden was so heavy that he could not climb out. For a long…read more