January 31, 2023 - Quote for the Day
“Grace is a multi-layered word. Its many definitions add rich perspectives and significance to our lives. Grace speaks of abundance and gratitude, of charm and inner beauty, of harmony, mercy and forgiveness. We say grace before a meal. A dance or figure skater is graceful. When a dept is owed and a bill is due, grace periods are offered before penalties begin. The world of music speaks of grace notes.”
Originally published in:
Wonders of His Grace
As our series on faith continues, we continue to study from Hebrews 11 and consider seven critically important facets of faith.
Friend and Partner Letter from February 2023
Let’s start with a quiz: If you had to choose between two images of Jesus which would it be:
1) someone who serves in the law enforcement profession, such as a police officer or judge, or
2) someone who serves in the healing profession, such as a doctor or a nurse?
When those two images are compared and contrasted, a doctor or nurse is the Christ-centered, healing answer.
BUT – why does the vast majority of Christendom lean toward a depiction of Jesus as an agent of law and ...
In this first of a three-part series about faith, we define and explain the core elements of living faith — the faith that only God can give.
Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling reminds us that when we speak of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, we are not only talking about his life, death and resurrection, but also of his ascension to God’s throne. Why is this essential to our faith?(Part 3 in a 6-part conversation with Dr. Bradley Jersak).
January 29, 2023 - Quote for the Day
“Christ-less religion has always attempted to eliminate authentic Christianity. Religion has opposed authentic Christians during the course of history. Religion attempts to bypass or improve upon Jesus – to modify and even counterfeit him and offer a false gospel and bogus salvation in the process. Jesus sets us free from all such encumbrances that weigh us down, allowing us to love, comfort and reach out to everyone – including refugees who have suffered at the hands of religion. Authentic ...
I have just finished reading "Out of the Embers," and you know, I never once thought about sin (at least "sin" as understood in my evangelical context).
Does sin (moral or ethical infraction) mean anything to you anymore? To God?
Great question! In our modern and post-modern context, the word "sin" often carries a lot of baggage and not nearly enough depth.
For example, in the tradition I was formed in, "sin" generally referred to:
1. The "sin condition" I was born with, inherited from Adam's guilt... we called this "the sin nature" and ...
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Greg Albrecht: How Sorry Are We? – pg. 2
Ed Dunn: Our Choice of Words – pg. 5
Brad Jersak: Zaccheus Makes Amends – pg. 6
It's just a little pocket Bible, small enough so my father could carry it with him as he served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. My father was killed when I was only fifteen months old, and while I don't have memories of him, I do have mementos that have been given to me. I have some faded photographs, his old cigarette lighter, the flag that draped his casket when he was buried, some copies of the newspaper describing the tragedy of his death—and I have that little New Testament Bible, which also includes the Old Testament book of Psalms.
I don't know how much ...
Everyone yearns to have at least one BFF, to meet their own true love and come to know their soul-mate. The great news is that not only can we know God, but we can be known of God, and be his best friend forever!
January 26, 2023 - Quote for the Day
“Here, in a tiny little backwater town of Bethlehem, our Creator, the Prince of Peace arrived looking more like a little prune-faced pauper than an adorable Gerber baby born into comfort, safety and hygiene. The first Christmas was a long way from the adorable depictions of baby Jesus we see today, in front yards, on Christmas trees and over the mantle of fireplaces. 2000 years later Jesus has been, in the popular version that is taught and imbibed, adorable, repackaged and shrink-wrapped.”
Isaiah 42:1-4 can help us fit God into the biblical revelation of who Jesus was and is, rather than trying to make Jesus fit into the god Christ-less religion has caused us to know.