Rick Hanna

Rick Hanna serves as Senior Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Guilderland, NY. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Heather, and is a father to ssevenchildren. He is passionate about international student ministry and adoption and enjoys reading, music, and sports (though as a Philly fan & Purdue alum, it usually means supporting the losing team).
Charge To Timothy To The Glory Of God

Charge To Timothy To The Glory Of God

In English class, they teach you not to write sentences and thoughts that go on longer than they should or directions that they should not go. They call these “run-on” sentences, or in conversations, you might say that they got off on a tangent. As a parent of a child...

Marinating in God’s Word

Marinating in God’s Word

It is almost summertime in Albany and in our family that means that at least once a week we enjoy cooking something on the BBQ grill. Sometimes it may be hamburgers and hot dogs, while other times it may be BBQ chicken, but our favorite is to grill chicken that has...

Swerving From A Shipwrecked Faith

Swerving From A Shipwrecked Faith

Recently, my wife and I bought a gazebo to put outside our house. Unfortunately, it came in one of those boxes that says, “Some assembly required.” Knowing my limitations with being handy, I had hoped it would come just as it looked set up in the store! I have yet to...

Fear God, Keep His Commandments

Fear God, Keep His Commandments

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 What do you want on your tombstone? It was the catchphrase of a commercial a few years back for Tombstone Pizza.  It is also a phrase that we relate to what is the way someone wants to be remembered. It signifies a message that is to be...

The Futility of Life This Side of the Sun

The Futility of Life This Side of the Sun

Ecclesiastes 1:3-11 When I was younger, my mom used to tell my sisters and me that the kitchen was closed. This grand announcement would be made from time to time, but always in connection with a fully cleaned kitchen. All the dishes were washed and put away, and the...

Festival of Faith

Festival of Faith

1 John 5:13-21 Recently my daughter and I were throwing around ideas for a possible mission statement for our church, one that would shortly and succinctly state what we, as a church, are purposed to do in our community. In a similar way, John gives us his purpose...

Light, Darkness, Commandments & Brothers

Light, Darkness, Commandments & Brothers

I will confess that as I began to look at writing this article, I read the paragraph in view in 1 John 2:7-11, then expanded to the context of chapter two, then expanded to the context of the whole letter, and kept on expanding further to 2 John, the Old Testament,...

Worthy Citizens Workout

Worthy Citizens Workout

Before we go too far into Philippians 2:12-18, we are met with an apparent paradox: Paul tells us in vs. 12 to “work out your salvation”, and then follows this up in vs. 13 by telling us “it is God who works in us.” So which is it: we work or God works? Do we just...

The Good Life

The Good Life

The invitation to “the good life” is ubiquitous. Whether it is the newest car, the retirement plan that will lead to an easy street or the latest iPhone; we are told that the good life is out there if we will just put in the effort (and money) to make it happen. While...

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

Last year, at this time, God opened up the door for me to serve as pastor at Grace Baptist Church. One of the questions that was asked at the Q&A time during my candidating visit was “What is your vision for the church?” I answered that my vision is that we would...

Walking Worthy

Walking Worthy

Ephesians is one of my favorite books of the Bible (I have 65 other favorites too) as it is equal parts theology and practice, giving the theological foundation and the principles for living that are built on that foundation. While there are practical applications in...