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A Rhythm of Rest

When we adopt a rhythm of rest, such as the Sabbath, it's about much more than an opportunity to refuel. It’s about experiencing freedom from the idea that we’re defined by our work, or how well we fulfill society's demands and expectations. It’s a weekly reminder that our value is based not on what we produce, but who we are and who God intended us to be.

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Let’s Talk About Lust

It's become abundantly clear: A lot of people are struggling with lust, but no one likes talking about it. To be sure, the term "lust" covers a wide range of behaviors, from addictions to an overzealous love for Tinder. It all comes back to the same core emotion, and it manifests itself differently in every person. This story is Part I in a series about lust -- the many ways we struggle with it, and the ways we can fight it.

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Living a Life of Financial Freedom

Frustrated about finances? Drowning in debt? Befuddled by budgets, investments and retirement planning? Join the countless others who have found financial freedom through Financial Peace University. This nine-week course has transformed the lives of countless families at Hoboken Grace. Here are some of their stories.

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The Third Voice

One of the most important principles for us to engage as a church family is the principle of "The Third Voice." It's not simply a principle for families to consider. It's a principle for all of us to consider. Every year, twice a year, we make a public commitment to create a safe place for the kids of Hoboken Grace to meet Christ. We commit to show them the authentic love that Christ has for them. If we're to keep our commitment we must understand and practice this principle.

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Your Story

"Where have you seen God?" It’s a question Pastor Chris challenged us to think about this week. But for the Writing Team, it’s the question that drives everything we do. As we think about what stories to feature in the newsletter and on the blog, we ask ourselves week after week where we see God working in our church family and in our city.

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Improv for a Cause (College Edition)

Over the past year, Improv for a Cause has raised money for organizations in Hoboken and around the globe. The events have benefited a community mentoring program, an orphanage in Mexico and a local homeless shelter. The next event is this Sunday, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Willie McBride's. And this time, we're sending someone to college!

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Next Series

Uncontainable, overflowing, overwhelming. These are words that those who’ve come before us have used to describe their response to God. However, they aren’t usually words we would use or words that would be used to describe us. What have we missed in this? What if the whole time we’ve been focused on the wrong thing and in the process we’ve […]

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The Fight: Now What?

How do we ensure that our stories are defined by God’s will instead of our appetites? What lies are we letting stew? How do we back away from our weaknesses and instead embrace His promises? Our five-week series about the life of Jacob might be over, but that doesn't mean the battle is. Here are five ways you can continue "The Fight."

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Lights, Camera, Popcorn

Under constellations and against the backdrop of New York City’s lights, picnic blankets and lawn chairs dot the grass at Pier A Park each Wednesday night. But there's something different about this year's Movies Under the Stars. The air is saturated with a hint of salt and butter. Moviegoers wait in line along the sidewalk. And a group stands in the corner, handing out free bags of popcorn.

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A Bond That Spans Thousands of Miles

Liberty in North Korea is one of Hoboken Grace’s longtime partners, and a missions team has worked with them in South Korea each year since 2013. This week, the LiNK staff sent an email worth sharing, thanking those who visited in May and everyone from Hoboken Grace who has supported their work to settle refugees fleeing economic and political oppression.

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Growing Together and Separately

While Hoboken Grace offers couples the opportunity to join dinner groups together, many continue to attend a group on their own. "While it is important that my husband and I grow together in our faith, it is also important that we grow separately," says Sarah. "The more time I pursue Christ on my own, the more I recognize Him as my Savior and the one certainty in my life, and I don’t expect my husband to step into that impossible role.”

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‘All They Wanted Was to Be Loved’

Thirteen people returned earlier this month from Hoboken Grace's annual trip to Mexico, where they visited the staff and children of Casa Hogar Alegre orphanage. The team helps out in almost every aspect of the children's lives, from painting and cleaning to playing and helping out with homework. For those who go on the trip, one of the joys of returning year after year is developing bonds with the children.

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