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When Love Exceeds Expectations

After growing up in the foster care system, Heather was left with the feeling that God had abandoned her. It was one of the most difficult periods of her life, she says, one filled with more bad experiences than good ones. Years later, when her friend Meghan introduced her to Hoboken Grace, Heather had more than a few reasons to [...]

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Looking Outward

Resolutions are one of those things people seem to love or hate. Love is a strong word, but as a frequent journaler, I get pretty into them. I’m not talking about your ordinary “go to the gym” resolutions, though — I’ve never been able to follow through on those. I have what I call annual “do something” goals. Each year, I aim to do at least one [...]

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5 Reasons to Sign Up for a Dinner Group

2019 Dinner Groups resume the week of January 7th and new groups launch January 21st. You can sign up for a Dinner Group now! Dinner Groups are a great way to find a place to belong, start building community by engaging with God, all while having fun. Here are 5 reasons we think you should join us for [...]

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The Top Blog Posts of 2018

Our annual list of top blog posts is back, and this year there seems to be a pretty obvious theme. Clearly, any blog post that dives into the relational part of our lives. (A handful of posts that just missed the top 10 were also about relationships.) There are also stories here about finding financial freedom (a huge theme this year at Hoboken Grace), [...]

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The Band Behind One of Hoboken’s Largest Concerts

This past Sunday marked yet another sold out show filled with crying, adoring fans. The crowd of over 1,300 people just couldn't get enough of these musical prodigies. The band members are humble and practiced for weeks. But, when it came time to go on stage, some were hit with creative inspiration, some coudn't contain [...]

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Thank You Notes – “Hoboken Christmas Exchange”

Over 1,900 individuals were impacted this past Saturday as the result of over 600 donors, and 276 volunteers. Read that again. Including all the partners, 3,400 people participated – in a city of 55,000 people! All of this is only possible because of you. After your amazing outpouring of love to your neighbors, we were able [...]

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Have You Ever Questioned Your Faith?

Remember RadioShack? Yeah, I know. It’s hard to believe they used to be one of the premier retailers of the ’90s. They had a slogan that went, “You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.” It was wildly successful. So much so, that I’m still quoting it from 1991. So, here’s a question for you: Have you ever [...]

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Six Ways to Keep Up Momentum After FPU

You’ve taken FPU, applied the steps and celebrated the wins. But now it’s all over. Those days of gazelle intensity seem so long ago and you’re wondering where to go from here. Here are six ways you can continue on your Baby Step journey: 1). Make the Baby Steps a habit. At Hoboken Grace, we often [...]

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This Is Why I Wanted You Here

Missions trips are something that are hard to put into words. It’s difficult to articulate just how impactful and emotional a trip can be. I’ll give it my best shot! I joined Hoboken Grace early last year and was in awe of how much love existed in one place. The second time I attended it just happened to be Missions Sunday — when Pastor Chris and Anthony [...]

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How a Gift Exchange Grew From One Person to 2,000

The Hoboken Christmas Exchange started with a simple desire to give. Kara had been looking to donate some baby items, but she was unsure how to get them into the hands of a family in need. Her search led her to not one, but several families that fit the description. They needed other basic items as well: [...]

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12,800 Reasons to Celebrate

We decided nine weeks ago that we weren’t going to engage debt the way most people engage debt, that we weren’t going to prepare for our future the way that our culture typically prepares for the future. We decided we were going to tell our money where to go, as opposed to us wondering where it went. And after going […]

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November Rhythms

One of the most difficult and yet beautiful steps in our maturity as disciples of Christ is the embracing of our disabilities. The scriptures are incredibly clear that it’s in our weakness that His strength is displayed and yet we continue to act as if this journey is about our strength instead of His. He calls us to live in light of our disabilities. [...]

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Oh, Baby!

Have you noticed the baby boom going on in our church family lately? At least seven babies were born over a span of just two and a half weeks! (A few of them were even born on the same day.) As one person joked, what are they putting in the coffee these days? Here's a look at some of 301 Garden's newest faces. Josephine “Jo” Marie was born to [...]

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When One Buddy Isn’t Enough

As parents, one of the many things we do is worry. It’s natural. We love and care for our children so much and have a huge responsibility to take care of them in so many ways that it can lead to so much worry. We can’t help but wonder… Will they do well in school? Will they make friends? Will they make wise choices? [...]

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Killing Idols

Week after week, I sit with people who know what their idols are, but seem incapable of eliminating them. It’s a conversation I have time and time again, and in almost every circumstance there is a principle missing from the discussion. And that principle may be the most important thing we need to know if we’re going to battle with the idols in our lives. [...]

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