Category Archives: grace

Diligence vs Dependence

There is a spiritual tension between two concepts of what we must do to become all that God intended us to be – to live in a way that pleases Him. On the one hand, we are incapable (Romans 5:6) … Continue reading

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New wine! Empowered by grace.

And He was also telling them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will … Continue reading

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His Simple Gift

A major theme in the first chapter of 1 Corinthians is God’s powerful, elegant simplicity.  He makes earthshaking, epoch-defining restoration in the world we have ruined, through humble, simple principles, one individual at a time.  Although “the message of the … Continue reading

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No longer a robot

Romans 6 tells me that I have died to sin when I died with Christ.  Often, I do not feel so dead to it.  Temptation and sin still can have a strong pull, urging me to live for myself and … Continue reading

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Legalism

In Acts 15, the legalists came from Jerusalem with their unsolicited and unendorsed opinion that Gentile converts must be circumcised and follow the other laws of Moses to be forgiven and to have eternal life.  This doctrinal challenge spurred the … Continue reading

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Justifies us “for His own sake”

We start with a sad story of a jilted Lover: “For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; And often He … Continue reading

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The Thoroughness of Forgiveness

Although we feel like we struggle with many difficult life circumstances, the biggest problem we face in life is our sin.  Our life-long sin pattern keeps us from the God who loves us.  If this barrier is not dealt with, … Continue reading

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