It’s All About Mercy

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5   Works vs. Faith has been an argument among Christians since the beginning of Christianity. Clearly the people St. Paul and St. James wrote... Continue Reading →

The Great Escape

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 Could there be a greater love than... Continue Reading →

Two Things For Certain

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23   Growing up I always heard there were only two things that were certain in this life – death and taxes. I guess whoever coined that phrase didn’t know... Continue Reading →

You’re Putting Me On?

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, Colossians 3:12   When someone’s trying to tease you there’s a common response in our English language of, “You’re putting me on”. I never really understood that expression or how it got started. It’s a way of responding... Continue Reading →

Stop Building Dams

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13   As a kid I loved watching court room dramas like Perry Mason. I always thought it would be cool to grow up and be a judge. However, as I matured and began to realize how difficult... Continue Reading →

Servants of Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." Matthew 5:7     As Christians, we talk a lot about grace. We’re saved by grace, and we couldn’t make it through a day without grace so it’s only natural that we think a lot about it. Brennen Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a few... Continue Reading →

The Date of Our Death

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:1-2   Obituaries have changed a lot through the years. If you read an obituary from several decades ago, it would probably tell a story... Continue Reading →

Invincible?

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8   Do you ever feel completely helpless? I hope so, it keeps us humble. A healthy developed self confidence wants to accomplish things on its own, and if the person is... Continue Reading →

Betting On God

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalm 23:6   Have you ever bet on a “sure thing” only to lose? We probably all have at one time or another. Growing up, I was always an avid... Continue Reading →

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