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Scott HoezeeThe Grateful Heart

Gratitude somehow builds up in us during the ordinary and good times of life so as to make us less likely to be defeated when the bottom falls out on us in this or that area of life. 

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Imagine approaching a church as a total stranger and asking permission to use the facility for a memorial service and luncheon, within the next 48 hours. Two weeks ago, I was the stranger. 

July 26, 2017 0 0 0 comments

This is the fifth sermon of a six message series written by Pastor Jack Van de Hoef based on the book Live by World Renew and Micah Challenge.

July 26, 2017 23 0 0 comments

This annotated bibliography includes many newer materials and resources, while keeping some old standards, such as Mental Health Ministries, Pathways to Promise, and NAMI FaithNet.

July 25, 2017 76 0 0 comments

“There’s no single way to do intergenerational engagement. There’s no hard and fast rule or one silver bullet. It’s all about experimentation and failure, even,” says Amanda Bakale, a pastor at Community CRC in Kitchener, ON. 

July 24, 2017 93 1 0 comments

The free online webinar, Worship in a Diverse World, with Sandra Van Opstal is now available for you to watch and learn from!

July 24, 2017 48 0 0 comments

What struggling Christians desperately need to hear is not merely that God affirms them, regardless of their sin. What struggling Christians desperately need to hear is that God empowers them toward life in the Spirit.

July 23, 2017 133 2 4 comments

Two verses for teachers on the cusp of summer. 

July 23, 2017 85 0 0 comments

On Wednesday, July 26, at 11:00 am EST, Pastor Josh Friend will present on the joys and challenges of including all abilities in worship in a FREE one-hour webinar.

July 21, 2017 52 0 3 comments

Calvary CRC in Wyoming, MI, has an opening for a part-time associate pastor.

July 20, 2017 139 0 0 comments

There is a group of us on Facebook who have decided to form a small group. Has anyone else done this? If so, do you have suggestions that might help as we begin our group?

July 20, 2017 57 0 0 comments

Alberni Valley Christian Reformed Church in Port Alberni, British Columbia, has a full-time or half-time opening for a Worship Ministry Coordinator and other church ministry work. 

July 20, 2017 30 0 0 comments

This is the fourth sermon of a six message series written by Pastor Jack Van de Hoef based on the book Live by World Renew and Micah Challenge.

July 20, 2017 43 2 0 comments

"Ten Ways to Care for Creation" includes ideas such as starting an intergenerational gardening project, holding a storytelling series, and much more! 

July 19, 2017 133 1 0 comments

Does anyone have guidelines for a congregation to set up a scholarship fund for (young) members who show an interest in education towards full or part time ministry?

July 19, 2017 37 0 1 comments

How can church leaders maintain appropriate boundaries that ensure safety, without discriminating or feeding into sexism or legalism?

July 18, 2017 968 4 16 comments

In just over two weeks, something big is going to happen. For the first time ever, people across the CRC will board planes and pile in cars to meet in Detroit, MI, and be INSPIRED. What are you most excited for? 

July 18, 2017 316 2 1 comments

Our first unofficial week of camp brought together IMPACT Club members from Armenia, Albania, Moldova, and Romania. IMPACT Clubs work to create positive change in their own communities through service. 

July 18, 2017 139 0 0 comments

We hear a lot about World Renew's approach to fighting poverty, and how a "hand up" is better than a "hand out." But how does this look? This recent example from Kenya paints a picture of community. 

July 17, 2017 77 1 1 comments

I would like to make use of the book "Austin's Topical History of Christianity." To do this, I need permission from the current copyright holder, perhaps a descendant of Bill R. Austin. Can you help?

July 17, 2017 47 1 0 comments

Rev. Dr. Eugene Callender left a lasting legacy of evangelism, social justice, and imparting wisdom to African American leaders in the CRC. Frankly speaking, I'm able to serve in the CRC because of leaders like Dr. Callender. 

July 17, 2017 187 2 0 comments