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Grace – Grace – God’s Grace

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amAs John describes Jesus – the Word becoming flesh – I am struck by yet another difference between Jesus and me! He was and is full of grace as John writes – and I am not always filled with grace – and at times the church is not as well. I am not – by nature – a mercy person – yet as a pastor I am called to show mercy – maybe another name is compassion. The church is too.

I was listening to a broadcast on the web and they were talking about grace – and restoration – in the church. Amazingly – their stories were that even in the church – there weren’t a lot of people who knew how or were even willing to show grace. Those who have been shown grace – who have been shown mercy – by God – should be the first ones willing t show mercy – forgiveness to others. God’s grace should be evident in our lives. God’s grace is poured out on us and we should share it with others. Continue reading

August 28, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgive As Christ Forgives

Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHow many times have we prayed the Lord’s Prayer – the Our Father – as some call it? In that prayer – using the ecumenical and traditional versions found in the United Methodist Hymnal – we say – Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us – or – And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. I always wrestled with those words.

The reason I wrestled with those words – was because it was not part of my makeup – my natural – normal – makeup – to be a mercy person – a person that easily forgave. I imagine I’m alone here – but confession is good for the soul – so there it is!

If someone harmed me – and I have been harmed a great deal in my life – not as much as some I’m sure – but enough to have experienced harm. I have been bullied – I have been assaulted – I have experienced ridicule for my noises (Tourette Syndrome) and – made fun of for my faith. Please don’t hear that I haven’t done my share of sin here – I am no saint on my own but only by the grace of God. What I am trying to express is that it has been hard for me to forgive in the past – and for legitimate reason – I feel. Continue reading

November 24, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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