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Baptism Celebration: June 2016

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On June 26, we celebrated six people's decisions to publicly declare their faith in Jesus. It's amazing to see how God continually pursues us, and His patience and grace while we figure things out. Be encouraged! God is on the move in New England :) BAPTISM CELEBRATION: June 2016 from Harbor...

Ally returns!

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Harbor family, We're excited to share that Ally Moran will be joining our staff team as an intern this summer. A few weeks ago, she graduated from Gordon College (then promptly hopped on a two week road-trip with her friends to celebrate!).  Over the past few years, God has been...

Snow on the 2nd day of Spring

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  My daughter was confused this morning when we woke up to snow… And who can blame her? Yesterday was the first day of spring. I stood outside in my t-shirt (and pants, for those of you wondering) and grilled chicken on our deck. It was wonderful. We kicked the soccer ball around...

Mornings on the Merrimack

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  For the last year, I’ve dropped my daughter off at daycare and driven along Pawtucket Boulevard, passing the beach at Heritage State Park and the UMass Lowell Boathouse before crossing the Rourke Bridge to come into the offices at Harbor. I was always in a rush to get into the...

Note from Jed's Desk (#11)

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Harbor,  Several weeks ago, I was talking with my son about marriage and children! Without skipping a beat, Brooks looked at me and casually announced, “Dad, I’m not going to have children until I’m fifty because I don’t want to die!” Thinking that...

Hard-Earned Provision

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The other night, as my wife was praying for us, she said something odd. "Lord, we thank You for Your provision... And that You've gifted us with the ability and drive to work hard. We're grateful for this 'hard-earned provision.'" The phrase struck me... First in its' peculiarity and then in...

The Force of Grace (short film)

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Steven Furtick: When we think of grace, we often see it as a gentle, forgiving aspect to our salvation. It waits idly for us to make a mistake so it can go into action. But there is another side to grace that we often don’t see. Grace is an infinite force. It is central to our existence...

Jesus The Homeless

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I saw this article on NPR this morning, and it really challenged the way I picture Jesus... What do you think? Would you want this statue out in front of Harbor? A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church. The statue depicts Jesus as a...

What "puking my brains out" taught me this week

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Some might consider me special... While people typically only get one stomach virus per season, I GOT TWO! In five days, no less. From Saturday to Sunday... I was a mess. Then healed and happy-go-lucky Monday and Tuesday, then again... explosively rejecting all foods and liquids (and words of...