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Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

The more than 100 blog posts written on this site in 2015 chronicle a year of hope, courage, vulnerability, trust, obedience and gratitude. They demonstrate growth in faith, growth in character and the expansion of our church community. But most of all, these are stories of love – about the ways we have learned to love one another and the […]

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A Hoboken Grace Proposal

It was a Sunday afternoon at Hoboken Grace after the last service on November 22. Teams were slowly disassembling the room. Others milled about and chatted idly about Thanksgiving plans. Supplies were being packed up and put away. Then suddenly, the lights dimmed. The speakers popped. A video flashed on the televisions at the front of the room. And before anyone […]

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Gifts That Give Gift Guide

This year, give and give back. The following are holiday gift ideas from some of our favorite organizations around the globe. In addition to making a great gift, everything on the list supports a great cause. Click through our top picks below for a few ways to give presents that have an impact! Restore International Support education and human rights […]

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Finding Gratitude Amid Grief

For much of the last year and a half, I have lingered in a strange space of utter heartbreak and stubborn joy. The job descriptions I have wanted more than any other in life have been to be a wife and a mother, but things have not gone according to my carefully laid plans. With that, I have had to reconsider everything I assumed […]

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You Had ONE JOB!

We’ve all had those moments. When we’re working, serving, helping a friend, planning an event or just trying to do life and we just drop the ball. Something goes wrong, we forget an important detail, we miss a deadline or, for whatever reason, we just screw it up. And if feels like you let the whole world down. I’ve had […]

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Choosing Joy

As a teacher in Grace Kids, I’m always mentally juggling all the big and small things I want kids to learn. We have our monthly themes, our monthly bible verses and our bottom lines. But the Sunday school lessons are just part of what the kids are learning. We are also working to teach them the life lessons that God […]

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Praying Through Pain

Sometimes I find it hard to trust God. I have experienced His love and grace in such richness throughout my life, so I know He will prove faithful yet again. However during difficult seasons, my heart can easily seize up, unable to believe that He will truly meet me in the midst of my pain. My prayers become desperate with […]

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How A Rock Concert Changed The Way I Worship

I used to be such a stiff when it came to worship. Lifting my hands felt so awkward. I found it so hard to let go of wondering what people might be thinking of me. Then one May evening in 2009, everything changed. I was at a concert for one of my favorite bands, an indie group from Kansas City […]

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Crossroads. Where passion meets a need.

Paul Manansala dreams of a church at the heart of Jersey City’s bustling intersections, where people from all walks of life come together to discover God’s love. This December, he’ll launch Crossroad Community Church in the city’s West Side – a passion project God has been leading him to his whole life. Paul grew up in a church in Jersey […]

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Why We Create

If you’ve been attending any of our services regularly the past month or so, you may have noticed a few things.   We’ve started a dance team that choreographed and performed an original piece about baptism, our spoken word team has been writing and creating beautiful, poetic works, we’ve installed backdrops made from scratch, we created powerful activities at Teams […]

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That Fear Can Show You the Most Beauty

New York is not a city that believes in personal space – physical or mental. We stand nose to nose with total strangers on the subway, and continuously feed our minds an endless stream of news, emails and tweets. We’ve adapted to it, but for many of us, this noise and crush has become so familiar that we feel lost […]

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