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Pursuing a Life Balance—Spirit, Mind & Body

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August 01, 2018

We hear a lot about work-life balance. The problem with that is the two are competing forces, with one usually prevailing over the other. Even in Jesus’ life, and throughout scripture, we don’t see that kind of “balance.” However, we do read of instances of work, rest and celebration, all centered on loving God and others. (Read more...)

PURSUING GOD—YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

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July 01, 2018

We live in a world where things rapidly change, especially technology. For example, more than 30 years ago Motorola marketed the first handheld cellular phone at a cost of almost $4,000. It measured 13x1.75x3.5 inches and weighed 28 ounces. In fact, the first cell phone was so big and clunky that it was nicknamed ‘the brick.” Today’s cell phones are lighter, slimmer, multi-functional and much less expensive. They have changed over time. (Read more...)

Pursuing Peace

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June 01, 2018

Peace is a choice.  We make a conscious decision that we will not allow anyone or anything to take it away from us.  (Read more)

Pursuing Abounding Joy

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May 01, 2018

Abounding joy is simply peace or hope. It’s knowing that even if God doesn’t fix a situation, He is ABLE to do so.  (Read more…)

Pursuing a Victorious Life

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April 01, 2018

We sometimes speak of living a victorious life, but do we really understand what that means? (Read more...)

Pursuing Sacrificial Giving

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March 01, 2018

  • Sacrificial giving in terms of finances means giving in proportion to your income. Some people believe that their pittance won’t make a difference, and they justify this by saying ‘when their ship comes in, they will give more.’ (Read more…)

Where’s Your Passion

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February 01, 2018

This year, I want us to focus on the word PURSUE.  I encourage everyone to pursue your passion.  Pursue is a verb and verbs require action.  This means that it’s not enough to say it; we must find ways to show it. (Read more …)

REIGNITING THE PROMISE

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January 01, 2018

As we ‘reignite the promise’ of a new year, each of us should pause to reflect upon the amazing legacy and many blessings God has already bestowed upon Grove Church.   (Read more...)

Harmony, Happiness and Hope

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December 01, 2017

What a year—the good, the bad and the ugly! Between politics, gun violence and massacres, Black-on-Black crime, and natural disasters, it’s not always easy to experience harmony, happiness or have hope. (Read more...)

Emerge Into Giving Thanks

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November 01, 2017

Most of us can agree that giving thanks is easier when life is good and things are going our way.  During difficult, painful or uncertain times, it sometimes requires an extra portion of strength to feel grateful.  (Read more…)


REIGNITING THE PROMISE

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October 01, 2017

In a few short months, Grove Church will celebrate the opening of our new Family Life Center and, as it nears completion, the lessons that I’ve learned along the way are priceless. (Read more …)

Shaping the Hearts and Minds of Youth

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September 01, 2017

Parents are the first teachers from which children learn. So, be honest:  Do you want your children to imitate you?  (Read more…)


Celebrating Wisdom and Knowledge

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August 01, 2017

This month, we celebrate wisdom and knowledge.  Both are recurring themes throughout the Bible… (Read more)


EMERGING INDEPENDENCE (FOR YOUTH)

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July 01, 2017

With graduation behind them, many of our youth and young adults will begin to embark upon a new journey in life—spreading their wings as theyemerge into independence.  (Read more…)

Fearless Fathers With Faith

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June 01, 2017

Moody Monthly published an interview with a young, successful attorney who said: “The greatest gift I ever received was when my dad gave me a small box one Christmas. (Read More...)

Mothers Emerging Through Faithful Prayer

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May 01, 2017

It’s been said that a mother carries a child inside her body for nine months, in her arms for three years, and in her heart for eternity. (Read more…)

Saving Mankind – Christ’s Act of Kindness

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April 01, 2017

Complaining is easy, but deciding to do something to make a difference can be difficult, timely, costly and even overwhelming. (Read more…)

Making A Difference

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March 01, 2017

Complaining is easy, but deciding to do something to make a difference can be difficult, timely, costly and even overwhelming. (Read more…)

Celebrating God’s Grace, Mercy and Love

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February 01, 2017

Black History Month is a time to pay homage to those individuals whose shoulders we stand on.  It’s also a time to reflect on who we are and from whence we came.   (Read more…)

EMERGING VICTORIOUSLY: A NEW DAY

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January 01, 2017

As we enter this ‘new era’, might I suggest that rather than focusing on who is President, those of us who call ourselves Christian, focus on who is King? read more…

REflections: From Tests to Testimonies

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December 01, 2016

Tests can be hard pills to swallow.  Sometimes we simply refuse to accept that they are for our own good or benefit... Read More

HOPE REIMAGINED

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November 01, 2016

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.~ Psalms 31:24

Several years ago, researchers performed an experiment…read more

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