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November

How does God look at the cities? At NYC? At the borough of Queens, where our church has been called by God to serve? Did you know? Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world. The percentage of people in Queens who are foreign born is 48.5%. Queens has more spoken languages than anywhere in the world – more than 160. Of those over the age of five residing in Queens, 56.16% speak a language other than English in the

Jimi Hendrix has been considered by many as the greatest guitarist of all time. I wonder what would it have been like for Hendrix to surrender his life to Christ and give his musical abilities and talents over to God. Perhaps he could have become an outstanding worship leader, writing songs of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, leading many closer to God, advancing Christ’s kingdom. Yet how often people on varying levels misdirect and misuse and squander their gifts and abilities

We live and work in or near NYC, which is made up of 8.4 million plus people. We’re familiar with houses, businesses, schools, stores, skyscrapers, highways, apartments, parks, warehouses, subways, restaurants, religious buildings, museums, and so on. Did you know that the word “city” is used 724 times in the NIV Bible, and the plural “cities” is used 154 times? This tells us that cities are important to God. God loves the cities. God cares for the cities. God has compassion for

I read a legend of a man who found the barn where Satan kept his seeds ready to be sown in the human heart. On finding the seeds of discouragement more numerous than others, he learned that those seeds could be made to grow almost anywhere. When Satan was questioned, he reluctantly admitted that there was one place in which he could never get them to thrive. “And where is that?” asked the man. Satan replied sadly, “In the heart of a grateful

In Making Grateful Kids, Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo Bono tell about their research on the benefits of gratitude among young people. They’ve found that grateful young adolescents (ages 11-13), compared with their less grateful counterparts, are happier; are more optimistic; have better social support from friends and family; are more satisfied with their school, family, community, friends, and themselves; and give more emotional support to others. Young adolescents are also physically healthier and report fewer physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, and

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