The Limits of God’s Grace

The Limits of God’s Grace

 

“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, NRSV)

There is only one thing that limits God’s grace—us!  The degree to which we receive God’s grace is directly proportional to our desire to receive God’s grace.  There is nothing we have ever done or anything we have yet to do that is beyond the scope of God’s grace to forgive.  The only limiting factor is whether or not we want to receive it.

 


Connections

Connections

“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1-2, NRSV)

Last Friday night Ann and I had dinner out.  The weather was perfect, and so we were seated outside to enjoy the night air.  We enjoy long dinners with lots of conversation about a variety of topics.  In our busy lives, it’s one of the times that we can have each other’s undivided attention.  At a table not too far from ours, there was another couple.  They weren’t talking.  They were both looking at their phones.  I wish I had timed how long it was before any eye-to-eye dialogue took place.  It would have been minutes at least.


What God’s Help Looks Like

What God’s Help Looks Like

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, NRSV)

The continuing tragedy of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey is heartbreaking.  Many of us know people in the areas of Texas that have been impacted by this disaster.  I feel helpless at this point to provide care for my stepdaughter, Isabel, and her family who live in Houston.  So far, so good.  All we can do is wait.  And pray!


Greater Than

Greater Than

You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NRSV)

A new school year is upon us, and for all those who are back in school, it’s a clean slate. Whatever happened last year is old news. You have a chance to start again.


Focusing on God

Focusing on God

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” (Proverbs 22:6, NRSV)

These are the days when families, at least those with school-age children, are pushed to the limits of their functioning. With a new school year beginning, there are new schedules, new routines, new expectations, and new expenses that test even the healthiest of families.


Back To...

Back To...

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

August is a hybrid month. About midway through the month, we move from the carefree (albeit hot) season of the summer break to the more routine and structured life that begins with the phrase, “Back to…” with some responsibility in place of the ellipsis.


Giving