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This December

There isn’t a single one of us who isn’t asking the question of value. What value do I have. What am I worth to her, to him, to them. What is my value. This Christmas we explore value, treasure and worth. It’s a conversation you’re already having. It’s a conversation God wants to engage specifically with you.

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PORTRAITS: A Bigger Plan

Traffic was terrible that day. They were going to be late. Emma stared out the window deep in thought as Craig tried to maneuver the car to creep ahead an extra inch or two. Giving up on their usual route, Craig took a detour. Jersey City scrolled monotonously past the window, and then Emma saw it: the word “ADOPT” spray-painted on the side of a building, as they drove to the clinic to start a cycle of IVF.

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Everything Can’t Be Amazing

We want so much for someone to speak truth about who we are and what we’re meant to be, but we often hope that they’ll say something we’ve already contrived, rather than trusting God with what He has given and promised us; rather than trusting Him with the journey of finding our gifts and letting Him direct us as to how to use them for His mission.

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A Passionate Debate

It’s a conversation I’ll never forget. It was meaningless until it completely changed my life. My friend and I were going back and forth about a football team. The argument was pointless and had very little if any actual merit from either side, but I loved to argue. I was presenting my position passionately and with precision when he interrupted […]

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Imperfect.

He calls us to embrace the spaces of our hearts and minds where we are still growing. I can choose to see the good in the world and celebrate His victories and still experience disappointments. I can be fragile and raw and vulnerable and still encourage others. I can love people — and myself — by reaching out to the people God has put in my life when I need comfort and by graciously accepting their love when I need it. I can fall down and inspire others with my bravery to stand back up.

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Lasting Memories

While most of us may fuss over getting just the right gifts for our loved ones this time of year, some families need a little helping hand to bring the excitement of Christmas into their homes. Three years ago, Kara had an idea that brought the spirit of giving to dozens of people and provided gifts to about 25 families in Hoboken. Now with the help of Hoboken Grace, that idea has grown into an annual event that touches more and more lives every year.

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Welcome: We’ve Been Expecting You

One of the most uncomfortable moments in my life was showing up to a brunch that I thought I was invited to and yet no one was expecting me. They must’ve accidentally sent the invitation to my inbox. I showed up at an intimate table of six people — one of them I knew — and noticed there wasn’t room for seven. They must’ve thought I was simply coming over to say hello and then go meet my party or have brunch in another area of the restaurant.

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The Gift of Running

Countless people who attend Hoboken Grace have spent the past year training for marathons, 5Ks and their own personal fitness goals. And while most of them likely got started for the health benefits, many say running's also had an impact on their faith. It's offered lessons about the importance of getting started, building endurance and even developing community.

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Develop Them

This city is going to be packed with leaders! That’s what I thought when we first began to plant Hoboken Grace. Almost every person I encountered was in some type of leadership position in their career. This is going to be incredible. Our church is never going to lack leaders! I could not have been more mistaken. To this day I continue to be amazed at the lack of leadership in leadership positions within corporate America.

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God Uses Everything!

Like many people, my parents divorced when I was young, and it was not pretty. I was angry about my childhood for a long time. I needed healthy parents. I needed a safe place to live where I was loved. I needed to be encouraged and sustained. But God didn't waste my childhood hurts. He knew all along that He would use them for good in my life and in the lives of the people around me.

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A Slice of Serving at the Shelter

For members of the Collection Tables Team, it took a cold winter day to put their support of The Hoboken Shelter in perspective. A truck delivering food to the shelter hadn't made it because of a storm. So when the team arrived to drop off donations, supplies already had been stretched thin. The relieved look on the chef's face and the tears creeping into everyone’s eyes brought the realization of how important their collection is. And it's just one of the ways you can support the shelter.

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So Fitting

By 1 p.m. last Sunday, craft time was over in Grace Kids. The Play-Doh, crayons and construction paper had been packed up. But in an apartment just a few blocks away, craft time was just beginning for the Little Steps teachers. They spent hours measuring, tracing, snipping and gluing costumes for the Grace Kids Costume Party. This year, they're going as Goldfish ― as in the snack.

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