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Free Gifts

Free Gifts

When we purchased my wife’s car, one of the advertised benefits of purchasing the car there was the free “car services” that were thrown in with the purchase of the vehicle. Essentially, free inspections and free oil changes. But, they’re definitely not free services. Because what seems to happen each time you bring the car in is they want to notify you of things that are either already going wrong with the vehicle or of things that are about to go wrong with it. In other…

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Receive Like a Child

Receive Like a Child

Jesus says often that we should become like a child: Matthew 18:3 – “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Mark 10:15 – “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” Luke 18:16 – But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder…

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The Tale of Two Gods

The Tale of Two Gods

The book I’ve gifted far more than any other is “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning. I wanted to share an excerpt from the book that describes the difference between the God of grace and the legalistic God that many Christians follow. Manning states: This is the God of the gospel of grace. A God, who out of love for us, sent the only Son He ever wrapped in our skin. He learned how to walk, stumbled and fell, cried…

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We’re Obsessed with Justice

We’re Obsessed with Justice

If you watch the news, you’ll notice that we’re obsessed with justice. Someone, somewhere is fighting for justice. Or we believe things are unjust – or unfair. And the Bible talks a lot about justice as well. Thankfully, we’re not subject to justice. If we were, we’d all be in trouble. There are a three ways that God can deal with us. He can give us justice, provide mercy, or extend grace. You might ask yourself, how might you define…

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We Need Grace

We Need Grace

One thing that is abundantly clear to me is my dire need for grace. I am constantly stumbling in my walk with the Lord. Many times, I stumble despite my best efforts. Paul talks about this struggle in Romans 7. Starting with verse 15, he says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do.” He goes on, but closes with this, “24 What a wretched…

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