Join us for a fundamental and basic perspectives of the Grace of God in a short class that might be called “Grace 101” – based on Romans 5:1-5.
God’s grace is offered to you and me and all humanity, whether we want it or accept it or not. God’s grace is offered to everyone – and that means people will not “get what’s coming to them” – even if we believe that’s not fair!
Ceremonies and calendars – rituals and regulations – programs and prescriptions – are the center of all reality for religious captives and addicts. Jesus is the center of all reality for Christ followers.
We are loved by God. We are treasured and cherish by him. Above all, that’s who we, as Christ-followers, are.
The best time to plant a tree is 20 or 30 years ago… the second best time to plant a tree is today!
Apart from the life of our risen Lord living in us, we are all dead men and dead women walking.
Beware of those who loudly and dogmatically request you to look at their traditions and faithfulness when in fact we need to fix our eyes on Jesus.
Jesus is not searching for people who are worthy of his love or who will love him right back, in an equivalent manner. Jesus loves us as and where we are, transforming us into his new creation, far from what where we were when we initially trusted him.
What is heaven? Where is heaven? Is heaven achieved and must we qualify for it in order to “make it”? Can we labor in such a way that we eventually climb up to heaven?
Kenosis is a Greek word that Paul used to describe the self-emptying, self-giving, self-sacrificial love of Jesus. He came to give rather than acquire. He came to serve rather than be served. He came to be condemned rather than condemn.
Does God love us in and when we deserve his love? Must we live so that he will love us, or should we live because he already loves us?
As Christ followers, people of The Way, we are pilgrims and sojourners, not settlers, because we do not find anything in the here and now worth settling for.
We lean on Jesus because of his goodness and grace, not our own – and when we trust and believe Jesus, and thus lean on him he may lead people to lean on us and so be directed to eventually lean on Him.
When God is created in the image of humans, he keeps religious rules and is capable of being manipulated by the deeds and obedience of humans.
The gospel invites you and me to The Three B’s – Believe (in and on Jesus), Belong (to Jesus, to his kingdom and his universal church) and Become (a transformed child of God).
Grace is all about the divine and miraculous lifting of a weight, expectation or spiritual measurement. Grace is for when our best is not good enough, when we can’t measure up No Matter How Hard We Try.
We can’t save ourselves from the messes in which we find ourselves but we can always trust Jesus to save us and give us rest from the exhaustion we experience trying to save ourselves.
Apart from God’s grace, we are all as worthless as a discarded car or truck in a junkyard, and as desperate as the junk yard dogs who fight for the dead carcasses that might be found in such places.
Join Greg as he reflects on lessons learned from 50 years of marriage.
If our only hope is our own ability to do enough things to please God we are all dead meat.
God’s love is endless. Much of Christ-less religion emphasizes our search for God, but the gospel is clear – God will relentlessly and incessantly search for us.
As Christ following pilgrims we long for a better country, and in Christ, by the grace of God, we are enabled to cross over from now to then… from here to eternity.
Have you ever felt compelled to explain that you, as a Christ follower, are not THAT KIND of a Christian? Join us as we ponder this topic.
Mothers are superb examples of self-giving love, but the ultimate demonstration of self-giving love is Jesus, and we are called to pass on that love to others.
Christ-less religion is filled with charlatans, fakes and actors who wear a costume and act out a role, pretending, posing and posturing. Jesus proclaims, “Get real!”