Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
What is Grace?
Is grace God saying that He is going to help us to be holy so that He doesn’t have to punish us?
Is grace God empowering us to live holy lives that enable Him to save us?
Is grace God lowering His standards so that we can sin without worrying about judgment?
Is grace “the power God gives you to do what pleases Him, the provision He supplies you to carry out His will”?
Is grace unmerited favor, a gift rather than a wage?
Where does grace come from?
Who is the originator of salvation by grace through faith and what does the recipient of grace bring to the equation?
What motivates legalistic leaders to add requirements to the gospel’s justification by grace through faith alone?
What does grace do?
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
(Dr. Harold Senkbeil in "Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness")
We have been saved by grace and specifically “not by works” so that no one can boast and I have to tell you that there are few things that can get my blood boiling like seeing people I love lured into taking up the unbearably heavy burden of salvation by human effort under the guise of “fearing God”. This week I listened to a supposedly Christian Pastor BOASTING that he had confidence on the day of judgment because he had been “doing right” over the course of his life. - Wow! - don’t walk; run to the nearest exit if this is what is being preached in your church.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We read books on prayer to help us grow as Christians and to learn from others, and so we should.* But the simplest form of prayer is to remember that God is our Father and we can go to Him as children, bringing ourselves and our concerns, knowing that He hears.
As long as we live we shall never exhaust the possibilities of prayer, it is, after all, communion between the human and the Divine. Communication is two-way. It would be a strange telephone conversation if only one person talked. Yet that is often how our prayer times are – we do all the talking.
Robert C. Savage says prayer is “practising the presence of Jesus” (echoes of Brother Lawrence). So I imagined Jesus standing right in front of me. What would I say to Him if I could actually see Him – what would I ask? Then I realized I would not want to talk at all but just listen. Like Mary I would want to drink in His every word. Wouldn’t you? Then after a while I might ask, “What do You want for so and so?” rather than asking that He give certain blessings to that person. The things that the Lord would bring to mind would probably not be material at all but some of His spiritual gifts of inner peace and assurance. Or perhaps He would want that person to be bolder in taking a stand for Him or to step out into a new sphere of service.
Psalm 46:10 NIV says, “Be still and know that I am God” and Jesus warns against “babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” (or “much speaking” KJV). He reminds us in the same passage (Matthew 6:7, 8) “...your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Perhaps when we come before the Lord to pray we ought to be silent, realize the God of glory is there with us and wait for Him to speak. Perhaps I should remember to be quieter in my Quiet Times.
*Books on Prayer:
Approaching God by Steve Brown
Talking With My Father by Ray C Stedman
Pocket Prayers by Robert C Savage
Can You Hear Me? By Brad Jersak
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
“GRACE” is so woven throughout the fabric of the New Testament that to try to remove it from its content would be to cause the whole clothe to fall to pieces. It fills the text in the same way that salt permeates seawater, and yet it is one of the least understood of all the wonderful words recorded therein.
I hope you will join me this Sunday morning at DCC when we will be trying to gain a little bit deeper understanding of this important word and the ramifications of its meaning.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
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Thursday, May 05, 2011
I hope you will be able to join me this Sunday morning at DCC as we celebrate what God has done for us in Christ, and continue to grow in grace - by feasting on His Holy Word.
Pre-Service prayer begins at 9:45 followed by a wonderful time of praise and worship beginning at 10:30.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! (Isaiah 49:15)
This week we will also share Communion and mark Mother’s day with a word of exhortation and a small gift for all the moms who are present!
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
My message will be the conclusion of “The Gospel of His Great Mercy” which I started way back on March 27th. I want to look further at an apparent contradiction in God’s character as He has revealed Himself in scripture. Is He the condemning judge of sin and wickedness or the merciful, forgiving prodigal’s Father? Topics to be discussed include: - The “Prosperity Gospel” explanation, - The problem with making the text subjective, - The problem of reasoning with post-modern thinkers, and - The orthodox solution.