In Need of Grace

I have been concerned about a spirit of intolerance in our country.  I’m aware of the political differences and the impatience of even listening to a thought that may be different than your own.  I’m aware there is a movement to restrict our free speech by attaching labels (racist, misogynist, xenophobic, etc.)  to someone in order to try to silence a discussion. Continue reading

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A Helping Hand

I was teaching my Sunday school lesson yesterday, speaking on God’s miraculous grace.  It is not uncommon for me to remember an event that relates to a given subject while I am teaching.  This is the memory that came to me while I was teaching.

When I was going through chemotherapy, I was in a weakened state.  It was in January, I believe, and the left front tire of Terrie’s car was low and needed air.  If it had gone flat, I would not have been able to exchange the tire on the side of the highway.  She would have been unable to change it.  So, picking the lesser of two hard positions, we went to the corner gas station to add air. Continue reading

Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Two

CHAPTER TWO

Sin And Thenewgrowth_300 Saint (Finding Forgiveness Through Jesus)

Our sin debt was paid for by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).  It is by His grace that we were given a new life, but why do we sin after we’re saved?  Is that normal?  The Apostle Paul was one of the strongest Christians that we know of.  Yet, he described himself as the chief of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15).  He knew how our thoughts affected our lifestyle and how bad decisions would lead to sin (Rms. 8:5-11).  As the “chief sinner”, he knew in order to have a right relationship with the Lord, it is essential to seek forgiveness of our sins.  The sin and the sinner must be separated.  How does that happen?  Only through Jesus! Continue reading