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City Blog: May 2013

May 28, 2013

Does Jesus Really Care?

Benjamin Spalink
If you've been a Christian for any length of time, you've no doubt been told in a conciliatory fashion - "Don't worry, Jesus cares."  We all know Jesus cares.  Or do we. Sometimes to know something is true we need to see it afresh. Reading the Gospel of John recently, I was struck by what happens to Jesus when he enters Bethany to address the passing of his friend Lazarus.  Jesus was a family friend.  Mary and Martha are devastated - their brother is dead. What's more, they are in agony over the certain knowledge that if Jesus had been ...
May 21, 2013

To walk on water, keep eyes on Jesus

Benjamin Spalink
Ministry has its ups and downs.  Recently, a local NJ pastor, Ken Vanderwall, was recognized for 45 years of campus ministry in NJ. Imagine the dedication and commitment it takes to do anything, let alone campus ministry, for that long!  Ken has become more and more effective with young people as he gets older. He’s in the prime of his ministry right now and is so enthusiastic, he doesn’t want to quit even though he’s past retirement age.  The Gospels tell a story meant to inspire this kind of dedication and commitment.  The disciples are ...
May 13, 2013

Checking Your Vitals

Benjamin Spalink
Top 10 signs your relationship with God is on track (As with any journey, sometimes you have to backtrack when you realize you’ve made a wrong turn.  These characteristics are what you should expect to see in general. This list is not exhaustive.)   Your life is characterized by less and less anxiety and more and more peace. Obedience to God feels less like obligation and more like opportunity. There is less self-preoccupation and more concern about the needs of others You are becoming more comfortable in your own skin because you ...

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