Gospel of Grace Good NewsThe Gospel of Grace empowers us and saves us. It was Jesus who saved you by His death on the cross; it was the Father’s love that saved you by sending Jesus to the cross in your place; and it is the Holy Spirit who is bringing that salvation into your life by His work of helping you to believe, trust and obey. But the vehicle they are using to drive all this home into your heart and life is the Gospel of Grace. “Gospel” means good news. It is the almost unbelievable good news about the grace of God. Jesus preached the good news of what He called the “gospel of the kingdom” everywhere He went. His message was that God was bringing His heavenly kingdom to earth, giving blessing away to all who will “repent and believe” the good news. By believing the good news, we trust and follow Jesus. New life is child’s play!

The Real Person

Who Is the Real Person? Hint: Not Flesh, Nor the Flesh

“Neither ‘flesh’ nor ‘The Flesh’ is the real person!” That’s what I heard the Lord saying when I woke up. The thought emerging in my mind wasn’t a shout. But its insistence brought me fully awake. Somehow, I knew I was being given a key. Could I use it? Who is “the real person”? Heaven’s Perspective Is Liberating Seeing things from heaven’s perspective is always a key of freedom. Heaven’s keys release us from limitations that our earth-bound understanding imposes,…

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How Good Is God?

How Good is God? Inquiring Minds Want to Know

How good is God? This was the overlooked question. The question no one was asking. Jesus went straight for it. You have to watch Jesus carefully. When you do, you discover that He doesn’t act like your typical Christian minister. He doesn’t seem to care who He offends. He certainly doesn’t practice our social etiquette. Here’s a case in point: Someone asked Jesus a perfectly sensible question about eternal life, but rather than encourage him with kindness (as we would),…

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Powerful Incentives

Two Powerful Incentives (Get You Going!)

These two incentives are out of this world. I doubt any motivational speaker focuses on them. Nevertheless, if you want to be motivated for life, especially for plowing through the tough passages of life, you need these two. Best of all they are powered up by God Himself. So, you don’t even have to work hard at rehearsing them. Just connect with reality, the Reality that is God, and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. His power is released…

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The Step I Missed

The Step I Missed (in Following Jesus)

The step I missed is this: I had been teaching for years just what Jesus said, that in order to follow Him we must first, deny our self; second, take up our cross and third, follow Him. According to Jesus, we can’t follow Him, unless we are willing to deny ourselves (as often as needed) and take up our cross (really bring our screaming flesh to death). That’s clear isn’t it? Get those first two steps first, then we can…

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