171 results for tag: grace

How Grace “Works”

God "works out" and produces his good purpose, workmanship and handiwork in our lives, because he has already "worked in" the life of our risen Lord.   https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR436.mp3

From Garbage and Manure to New Life

The riches and treasures of God's grace arrive in amazing and miraculous ways in our lives, often coming from something that seems to have little or no value. God is in the recycling business!   https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR433.mp3

Retribution… Or Restoration…?

God is concerned with relationship, expressed as restoration, redemption and reconciliation; rather than religion, which is so often defined as retribution, rules, revenge, and retaliation.   https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR431.mp3        

Just What Do You Mean … The Narrow Gate? – by Greg Albrecht

By Greg Albrecht— Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.—Matthew 7:13-14 This passage is often preached from the perspective of how hard it is to obey God and keep his laws—how hard it is to "make the grade" to get into heaven—how relatively few souls will be counted worthy of heaven while the broad majority will end up in hell. Matthew 7:13-14 is one of those passages that is regularly preached to mean something altogether different than the meaning that God ...

Surprised By Grace

The parable of the Sheep and the Goats teaches us that God's grace is shocking because it insists that Jesus is absolutely the center of our lives - far more important than paying our dues and keeping our religious accounts in order.

Confessions of a Write-Off by Brad Jersak

I was a write-off - I know, I know. We don't like to descend into the dehumanizing "worm theology" of those degrading faith traditions that spout our "total depravity." I firmly believe we're all precious children of our heavenly Father and no matter how disordered, we still bear the image of God. By using the term "write-off," I'm not talking about our identity in Christ. I'm describing my subjective experience... how I have often felt in times when the human condition gets the best of me. In those periods of cloudy introspection, it's easy enough to conclude, like David (in Psalm 22), "I'm a worm and not a man." It's not a statement of reality but ...

April 2023

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Brad Jersak: Logos, Light & Lamb – pg. 2 Greg Albrecht: Everything Happens for a Reason? – pg. 4 Greg Albrecht: Nailmarks, Scars & Doubts – pg. 7

No Carry-on Baggage Allowed – by Greg Albrecht

Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are born by beasts of burden. The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the weary. They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity. "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." —Isaiah 46:1-4 If you have flown commercially lately, for business or pleasure, you know ...

God’s Grace Has You Covered – Pt 2

God's grace is sufficient - there is enough of his grace to cover you and me during our suffering. In Christ we see God's grace personified and exemplified - he entered into our pain so that we might grow and mature in him.   https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR364.mp3

God’s Grace and Our Pain – Pt 1

In this first of a two-part series on pain and suffering we ponder the paradox Paul explained - when he was physically weak he was strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). Join us as we discover that in Christ our suffering does not need to be meaningless and how God can transform us in the midst of our pain.   https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR363.mp3

Q&R with Brad – “Why pray for forgiveness if we’re already forgiven?”

Question: The sin issue is cropping up again. I lose my temper.  I get stressed out.  I am short with my family... but I have gotten to the point where I feel as though Christ once and forever dealt with sin (alienation, darkness) at the Cross and my constantly asking Christ directly for forgiveness (again and again) for the same sins seems hopelessly pointless. Response: The reason why I regularly pray, "forgive us our trespasses," is first of all, because Jesus taught us to do so. He quite literally says, "When you pray, pray this: Our Father,..." And while some folks dismiss this prayer as "pre-cross" and "old covenant" ...

Grace at Church – by Greg Albrecht

KEYNOTE SCRIPTURE:  To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: "God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.   But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner."  I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home ...

Grace = No More Score Keeping!

Keeping tabs on human performance in the family, at school and at work as well as in the world of athletic endeavors fascinates humans - but did you know that God's grace means no more score-keeping? https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/RCWR325.mp3  

November 2022

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: Generosity Without Expectations – pg. 1 The Peace of Thanksgiving – pg. 2 Count Your Blessings – pg. 5 Infernal Interruptions! – pg. 6 In Plane Site – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8

It’s All About Grace – by Greg Albrecht

Keynote Passages: Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. —Romans 3:31 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. —Romans 4:4-5 This is the third message in our three-part series discovering what the introductory chapters of this great book of Romans tell us about God’s amazing grace. The first sermon, In Need of Grace, discussed the fact that we are spiritually sunk without God’s grace. We reflected on Romans 1:16-17, as well as the ...