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).
Position of Privilege

Position of Privilege

1 Peter 1:10-12, “10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ...

Faith: Living What You Cannot See

Faith: Living What You Cannot See

1 Peter 1:8-9, “8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” It is a strange thing...

Four Solid Rocks Admit Stormy Weather

Four Solid Rocks Admit Stormy Weather

1 Peter 1:6-7, “6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 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...

Scattered and Battered, Yet Blessed by Grace

Scattered and Battered, Yet Blessed by Grace

1 Peter 1:1-2, “1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus...

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...