Tag: Grace

Seeking transformation toward a more enduring authentic Christian life

One of the things we do not consider is the review mirror effect of looking back on our lives. Going through some of my previous writings, and musings, I found this. Originally written in January of 2014. I happened to attend a MARS Hill Church in Shoreline, Washington. The sermon finished up a series based off the book ...

Abide in Christ always

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. ~ John 15:4, ESV ~ There is a reason we are called to empty ourselves out. Prior to our new life in Christ, we lived in doubt, ...

Let our speech be seasoned with Grace and Salt

 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. ~ Colossians 4:6, ESV ~ What does it mean for our speech to be seasoned with grace and salt? How we speak toward self and others makes an impact. To season our speech with grace and salt, ...

He strengthens us when we are weak and weary

 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. ~ Isaiah 40:29 ~ Powerlessness comes when we are no longer capable of utilizing our volition to make sound choices. When we move beyond addictions and co-dependency issues, we also come to realize how limited our power is. However, we also come ...

Blessed in times of difficulty

Today's reading: Gen. 29 - 30:43; Ps. 8:1-5; Prov. 3:13-18; Matt. 10:21-42 He who does not take up his cross is not worthy of me God has a greater plan for all of us. Yet, we walk by faith each day. Throughout our lives, we will experience hardships and difficulties. We are called to live ...

Standing in assurance and dignity

If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31, ESV ~ We have a place to stand. Faith and trust in God leads to standing in dignity and assurance. Our confidence is not beget within ourselves. Our confidence, courage, and wisdom is beget through the intimate relationship we have with our ...

Be ye therefore perfect in Christ

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~ Matthew 5:48, ESV ~ When we come to Christ, it had a significant impact on our lives. We are drawn out of our illusion of innocence and former beliefs. Prior to our faith and conversion, we viewed ourselves as innocent individuals, victims of circumstances, and ...

10 Guiding premises of living a “focused” and mindfully spiritual Christian Life

2019 is a a year of Focus. What does it mean to be focused? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary the term is either used as a noun or verb. As a noun, we understand this to mean a point of convergence, or, center of activity/energy. As a verb, the word focus is about bringing into clarity. This latter part has a reference ...

Come follow me

Today's reading: Genesis 23 - 24:67; Ps. 7-1-5; Prov. 3:7-8; Matt. 9:1-17 I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to Follow Me A simple and poignant command. Follow Me! Throughout scripture, we read how God has called people out to follow Him. To enter into an intimate relationship with Him. God is still calling ...

Let us be content

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens ...

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