Truth and grace lie on a spectrum. Some of us place a high value on truth. We proclaim boldly and are strong proponents of the counsel of Scripture. Others reside in grace. These people are the type of friend you call first when you’re hurting. Incredibly, Jesus embodies both grace and truth. Where do you need his balance of these two attributes in your life today?
Grace in the Bible, in Fellowship, and to Ourselves
Through the truth of the Bible, we see how to give grace to ourselves and to others. Because of Christ’s work on the cross, we were never on the hook. We are not responsible for saving ourselves. When we continue to ask God and others for forgiveness that has already been granted, we are trying to earn God’s grace and favor, which is not what the Bible teaches.
Because of My Love For You, a Poem of Communion
This poem is by Frank Carpenter, written as a meditation on the act of taking the Lord’s Supper. Because of God’s incredible love for us, he rescues and redeems us through the sacrifice of Jesus and his atonement for our sins. We hope that you read this poem as a meditation and a love letter, and let the beauty of God’s love for you encourage your heart today.
Jesus Exceeds Our Needs
In each of our lives, abundance and scarcity often share two halves of the same plate, divided only by our individual circumstances. Regardless of the uncertainty over our physical needs, material possessions or economic status, we can be sure of one thing: Jesus is our true abundance. In this post, Tammy shares how God meets our every need through His Son, Jesus.
The Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Joy
God's love must be our model for our personal life, our church life and our relationships. It must flow into us from Christ and flow out from us to those around us. Joy recognizes that Christ will lift us up, it sees the hope to come and takes delight even in harsh times. God’s joy (and the joyous knowledge of His love) must carry us through all of our experiences.
The Frustrating Cycle (And Why I Am Grateful For It)
One of our favorite stories in the Bible is the great story of Nehemiah. In it, we find drama, opposition, perseverance, success, and leadership (just to name a few). Most of the time, people focus only on the first several chapters. However, in this post, Keith shares with us why the frustrating cycle of Chapter Nine is worth our time and reflection as well.