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It Is By Grace!

Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

profileI’ve got good news and not so good news. The not so good news is that – on our own – we will NEVER get to heaven! We cannot do enough good to offset the bad we have done – the sin we have committed. The good news is that we do not have to try and earn an audience with God when we die – it is a free gift – offered by God called grace.

The Good News is that the Father made a way for us to come into His presence – through His Son – Jesus the Christ. It is by grace!

Grace covers all our sins – as if we had never sinned! It is amazing and such a gift! Today’s passage in partial context reads like this – Ephesians 2:6-10 – 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Love me some grace! Continue reading

October 31, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Condemnation!

Romans 8:1-2

1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

profileWhen I was younger – one of the things I was really good at was looking at two pictures of the same item with small or slight differences and finding the differences. I also could find the items that didn’t belong in a picture. Highlight Magazine was one of my favorites as a kid. I hated getting to the doctor’s office and find that someone ahead of me had circled or colored the items that didn’t belong in the picture (I usually found some that they didn’t – lol).

Raising children is not an easy task. Too often we can easily fall into the trap of being a disciplinarian – always (and I mean always) seeing the wrong in our children way before we see the good. We can fall into this trap with our spouse and with those we work with as well. It is good that we can see what is wrong with this picture – but we need to see the good as well. Continue reading

April 30, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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