Sunday Collectives 4/27/15 – 5/03/15
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in God’s Grace…
One often hears about “easy or cheap grace” from those who say, “If you preach grace without a focus on how we should be obedient or holy then you cheapen God’s grace.” Perhaps this may not be what you hear, maybe it will sound something like this “If you are always preaching grace you may give those listening the feeling they can go on sinning and thus make grace easy or cheap.”
Throughout the week, my extended family conducts a family prayer ministry. This is a valuable time for all of us to come together and enjoy each other, share the word of God, pray for our family and others and catch up on events. We are not all centrally located so this is a time that is that has become very important to me since I have recently re-connected with my family after being separated for over 20 years.
“Grace is the Miracle-Gro ® upon which the seed of grace is given birth and grows to maturity.” – Pat Badstibner, World Prayr founder
Just finished reading what could possibly be one of the most important books I’ve ever read – other than the holy bible.
There have been many books written about Grace and what it means. There have been even more books written about how important Grace is to each of us. However, this is the first book I have read where all the questions about Grace that I have had most of my life have been addressed!
TO MY ALMIGHTY FATHER…
“THANK YOU FATHER FOR REMINDING ME
THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE.
NO MATTER WHAT I GO THROUGH OR
NO MATTER THE PAIN OR THE HURT,
YOU REMIND ME THAT YOU ARE THERE.”
IF I DO NOT CRUMBLE,
IT’S BECAUSE OF YOU.
I read a lot of parenting articles. I don’t mean to. But someone posts this, I come across that, and suddenly I feel overwhelmed at all the things I’m supposed to do or not do. Be or not be. Threats or promises like, “If you do this, your child will turn out like X” (followed by an article with the exact opposite advice).
Because I’m a rule follower and want to do things the “right” way, it can feel like I’m drowning in a sea of advice I don’t know how to take…
There is much said about our need for works and our need to live out our Salvation. In fact, the process of God transforming us from sin loving, God hating people to sin hating, God loving saints is a process known as sanctification, which is the ongoing act of our salvation. World Prayr believes so much in this that we do not take volunteers, only servants of God. Yet, it is not a focus on the law that invites such outward change, but a focus on how the law crushed and pressed on us and left us gasping for the air of grace.