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

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

Posted by in Hymns, Music

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

For the Sake of His Name

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Go to the world for the sake of His name; To every nation His glory proclaim. Pray that the Spirit wise Will open darkened eyes, Granting new life to display Jesus’ fame. Refrain: In Jesus’ power, preach Christ to the lost; For Jesus’ glory, count all else but loss. Gather from every place Trophies of sov’reign grace. Lest life be wasted, exalt Jesus’ cross. Love the unloved for the sake of His name; Like Christ, befriend those whose heads hang in shame. Jesus did not condemn, But was condemned for…read more

A Debtor to Mercy Alone

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A debtor to mercy alone Of covenant mercy I sing I come with Your righteousness on My humble offering to bring The judgments of Your holy law With me can have nothing to do My Savior’s obedience and blood Hide all my transgressions From view The work which Your goodness began The arm of Your strength will complete Your promise is yes and amen And never was forfeited yet The future or things that are now No power below or above Can make You Your purpose forego Or sever my…read more

Selfless Christianity

Posted by in Obervations, Scripture

My wife gets me.  She has this uncanny knack to get when I am all bummed out, when I am spent. Something about her question tonight made me think about it in a strange light. We have a lot going on. Most of the people don’t care about it, they only see their needs and I have found myself judging them because of their selfishness.  I want to shout “It is not about you!” but then again, when I do that I often make it all about me. There is…read more