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Lost Your Work?

Lost Your Work?

How many times have you been working on your computer and then lost all your work because the computer freezes or some malfunction occurs? SO frustrating. You restart trying to remember everything you’ve done to that point thinking there is no way you could do it better the second time around. All we can think about is the work we previously did. When you invite Jesus into your heart recognizing that He is the only Savior we need, Jesus froze…

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Paul’s Reminder

Paul’s Reminder

I really like Paul’s reminder here in Romans chapter 9: 30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.  Are we living our lives as though we can earn…

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Paul writes of the law and grace

Paul writes of the law and grace

We were reading in Romans 3 and this part hit me over the head: 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. It shows that the whole world is in fact accountable to God and…

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We are all sinners

We are all sinners

In Romans 3, Paul levels the playing field for all of us. Stated plainly multiple times, but culminating in the ever popular Awana verse since it was one of the shortest we ever had to memorize as kids – verse 23. For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Here, Paul ensures that we all know that none of us are righteous and we are all sinful. Any arrogant pride that comes from knowing the Bible…

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Grace Causes Us to Change

Grace Causes Us to Change

There is a great excerpt from my all-time most gifted book, The Ragamuffin Gospel where the author, Brennan Manning, discusses how grace causes us to change that I’d like to share with you. “Getting honest with ourselves does not make us unacceptable to God. It does not distance us from God, but draws us to Him—as nothing else can—and opens us anew to the flow of grace. While Jesus calls each of us to a more perfect life, we cannot…

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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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