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Through the Lens of Lions

I’ve made it no secret we are canine and not feline in theology here at ENCNJ. The Dog says in his heart: ‘You feed me, clean up after me, and care for me... You must be God!’ A cat, on the other hand, says, ’You feed me, clean up after me, and care for me… I must be...

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Live With Passion

It’s passion that pushes someone to do one more crunch when swimsuit season is right around the corner. It’s passion that pushes the athlete to run one more lap. It’s also passion that is often the key to success in business because it will push you to go that extra...

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Don’t Walk Alone

Do you have a dream in your heart that is bigger than you, beyond anything you thought you could? But, all you can do is wonder how you are going to pull it off? Sixteen years ago I too had a dream. It was to become a senior minister of a church. Here was my resume: I...

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Wedding Crashers

The world paused for a few hours to drink in the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. My wife, who loves her sleep, set her alarm for 4am to get up and take in the nuptials. I even caught my Golden retriever fixated to the TV. What draws us? I believe...

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Better Together

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm...

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It Is Better to Give Than to Receive

There are specific times in our lives when we really need help. For instance, we may need funds to pay incoming bills. Or we may need to find a new/better job. There are also seasons where we are stuck in our faith, and we need a fresh awakening of our spirit or deep...

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The Original Avenger

“.....that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an Avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:6) If we could be honest, certain sections of scripture can be like reading...

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Live in the Moment

When I think of living in the moment, it brings back memories that are so etched in my mind. Some of which were from long ago. They are memories where I was embracing the moment to the fullest. I remember these moments so vividly even still today. I remember the day I...

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God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

Have you ever experienced a moment where God was asking you to do something, but you just did not want to do it? Then when you finally do it, He shows up and gives you the answer you have been asking Him for a long time. In sixteen years of ministry, I have noticed...

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Shining Light at Rikers Island — Kim Frias

In February, joined a non-profit organization called Shining Light for my second-year of work on Rikers Island.   Rikers Island. The words alone have a negative connotation: bad people and lots of violence. If you google it, you will see Rikers is notorious for inmate...

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Experience the Power of God

I will always remember the prayer that changed my life forever. I was invited to church service by one of my customers. At the time, I was a bartender and Church was a place I had no real interest in attending. But Julie was very persistent and she continued to invite...

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Fixer Upper

I remember growing up in a time when TV’s weren’t flat, your entire family only owned one, and would gather around it as a group to enjoy our favorite show. There were no such things as remote controls (that's what kids were for) and there were roughly 3 stations to...

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You Are What You Eat

Have you ever gone on a junk food binge? I sure have. My biggest temptation is sweets. I can be at the mall around lunchtime with all the different aromas of food filling the air and the one thing I am drawn to is a warm gooey Cinnabon! Once I see it, I’m hooked. And...

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Living On Mission for Jesus

I recently read the story of David and Svea Flood. Swedish missionaries sent to minister in the Congo in the early 1900’s. They teamed with another couple Joel and Bertha Erickson. They made their way through the jungles of Africa, eventually establishing a small...

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The Power of Your Words

Our words have more power than we realize. We have all experienced the pain when someone says something hurtful to us. On the other hand, just one encouraging word from someone can lift us up greatly, giving us new life. There was a man in Bible named Joses. He was...

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Olympic Gold

“so that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7 As we approach the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, I’m...

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Excellence is Attractive

For years I worked a waitress and a bartender.  I so enjoyed my work because I love people and take delight in serving others. I found doing it with a spirit of excellence to be the most rewarding part. There is something so satisfying about doing things God’s way....

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Get Your Hopes Up

What comes to mind when I say the word, “HOPE”? Have you ever met a person that was downright delusional in what they wished for and yet they called it hope? Or are you inclined to be like my wife and I, who tend to be afraid of disappointment so can at times forbid...

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