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Pastor Marriner shares inspiring thoughts to encourage, minister, edify and empower you.

Pursuing Our Redeemer

December 01, 2018
How can we pursue our Redeemer? Sometimes it requires us to remove layers of ‘stuff’ that separates us from intimacy with him. Too often we put God in a box—subjugating Him to the scrutiny of our limited intellect. However, when we truly pursue our Redeemer, ...

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Pursuing Gratefulness

November 01, 2018
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving—a day traditionally marked by family, friends and feast—let’s remember to pursue gratefulness, not just on this day, but every day. Gratefulness is not just about appreciating the material things that we acquire or enjoy...

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Pursuing the Promises of God

October 01, 2018
In his book “Up From Slavery,” Booker T. Washington wrote about meeting an ex-slave from Virginia. He said that before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, the man had made a contract with his master to buy himself, by paying so much per year. (Read More...)

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PURSUING YOUR DESTINY

September 01, 2018
As children return to school and young adults begin or resume college, September is an opportune time for each of us—young, old, seasoned saints and newbies—to access our lives and determine our next steps. I’ve often said that the two most important days in o...

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Pursuing a Life Balance—Spirit, Mind & Body

August 01, 2018
We hear a lot about work-life balance. The problem with that is the two are competing forces, with one usually prevailing over the other. Even in Jesus’ life, and throughout scripture, we don’t see that kind of “balance.” However, we do read of instances o...

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PURSUING GOD—YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

July 01, 2018
We live in a world where things rapidly change, especially technology. For example, more than 30 years ago Motorola marketed the first handheld cellular phone at a cost of almost $4,000. It measured 13x1.75x3.5 inches and weighed 28 ounces. In fact, the first cell phone was so bi...

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Pursuing Peace

June 01, 2018
Peace is a choice.  We make a conscious decision that we will not allow anyone or anything to take it away from us.  (Read more)

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Pursuing Abounding Joy

May 01, 2018
Abounding joy is simply peace or hope. It’s knowing that even if God doesn’t fix a situation, He is ABLE to do so.  (Read more…)

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Pursuing a Victorious Life

April 01, 2018
We sometimes speak of living a victorious life, but do we really understand what that means? (Read more...)

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Pursuing Sacrificial Giving

March 01, 2018
Sacrificial giving in terms of finances means giving in proportion to your income. Some people believe that their pittance won’t make a difference, and they justify this by saying ‘when their ship comes in, they will give more.’ (Read more…)

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Where’s Your Passion

February 01, 2018
This year, I want us to focus on the word PURSUE.  I encourage everyone to pursue your passion.  Pursue is a verb and verbs require action.  This means that it’s not enough to say it; we must find ways to show it. (Read more …)

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REIGNITING THE PROMISE

January 01, 2018
As we ‘reignite the promise’ of a new year, each of us should pause to reflect upon the amazing legacy and many blessings God has already bestowed upon Grove Church.   (Read more...)

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Harmony, Happiness and Hope

December 01, 2017
What a year—the good, the bad and the ugly! Between politics, gun violence and massacres, Black-on-Black crime, and natural disasters, it’s not always easy to experience harmony, happiness or have hope. (Read more...)

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Emerge Into Giving Thanks

November 01, 2017
Most of us can agree that giving thanks is easier when life is good and things are going our way.  During difficult, painful or uncertain times, it sometimes requires an extra portion of strength to feel grateful.  (Read more…)

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REIGNITING THE PROMISE

October 01, 2017
#blog_comments{display:none;} #blogTitle span{display:none;} #blogTitle span h3{display:block;} In a few short months, Grove Church will celebrate the opening of our new Family Life Center and, as it nears completion, the lessons that I’ve learned along t...

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Shaping the Hearts and Minds of Youth

September 01, 2017
Parents are the first teachers from which children learn. So, be honest:  Do you want your children to imitate you?  (Read more…)

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Celebrating Wisdom and Knowledge

August 01, 2017
This month, we celebrate wisdom and knowledge.  Both are recurring themes throughout the Bible… (Read more)

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EMERGING INDEPENDENCE (FOR YOUTH)

July 01, 2017
With graduation behind them, many of our youth and young adults will begin to embark upon a new journey in life—spreading their wings as theyemerge into independence.  (Read more…)

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Fearless Fathers With Faith

June 01, 2017
Moody Monthly published an interview with a young, successful attorney who said: “The greatest gift I ever received was when my dad gave me a small box one Christmas. (Read More...)

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Mothers Emerging Through Faithful Prayer

May 01, 2017
It’s been said that a mother carries a child inside her body for nine months, in her arms for three years, and in her heart for eternity. (Read more…)

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Saving Mankind – Christ’s Act of Kindness

April 01, 2017
Complaining is easy, but deciding to do something to make a difference can be difficult, timely, costly and even overwhelming. (Read more…)

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Making A Difference

March 01, 2017
Complaining is easy, but deciding to do something to make a difference can be difficult, timely, costly and even overwhelming. (Read more…)

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Celebrating God’s Grace, Mercy and Love

February 01, 2017
Black History Month is a time to pay homage to those individuals whose shoulders we stand on.  It’s also a time to reflect on who we are and from whence we came.   (Read more…)

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EMERGING VICTORIOUSLY: A NEW DAY

January 01, 2017
As we enter this ‘new era’, might I suggest that rather than focusing on who is President, those of us who call ourselves Christian, focus on who is King? read more…

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REflections: From Tests to Testimonies

December 01, 2016
Tests can be hard pills to swallow.  Sometimes we simply refuse to accept that they are for our own good or benefit... Read More

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HOPE REIMAGINED

November 01, 2016
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.~ Psalms 31:24 Several years ago, researchers performed an experiment…read more

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