Posts Tagged ‘Grace

04
May
17

Breaking The Law

We sometimes believe that sin is not really all that bad. We’ll attach greater weight to some sins more than others. While some sins have greater consequences than others, they’re all the same and Jesus had to die for them all. James wrote:

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. – James 2:10-11 (NIV)

Sin is a big deal. Our sin sent Jesus to the cross. Unforgiven sin sends people to hell. Sin is no laughing matter. Whether you commit one sin in your entire life or 10,000 sins in a week, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment and to pay the penalty for all of our many sins once and for all. Put your faith and trust in Him to forgive your many sins and by the grace of God, He will.
26
Apr
17

I Have To Earn My Salvation

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This is the second message in our series, “Fake News & Alternative Facts.”

14
Apr
17

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

It is Good Friday. Luke wrote in his Gospel:

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:33-34 (NIV)

I wonder if Jesus still asks the Father to forgive us because we don’t know what we’re doing. When we hurt those whom we love, do we know what we’re doing? When we complain to God about our situations and circumstances, do we know what we’re doing? When we sin against God, do we know what we’re doing? Yet God, in His goodness and grace, continues to forgive us even though we have no idea what we’re doing. Jesus was beaten, tortured and crucified because we don’t know what we’re doing. Remember His sacrifice today for by it you have been saved, forgiven and set free. Even though we don’t know what we’re doing, God knows what He’s doing. He’s loving, forgiving and transforming each of us by His love.
04
Apr
17

Grace Talk

When considering how we act toward people who are outside of the faith, we need a reminder from the Apostle Paul about how we talk with them. He wrote:

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

Facebook. Sure, Paul had no clue as to what Facebook would be, but I’m positive he would write, “Let your posts be always full of grace…” My brothers and sisters, Jesus always spoke the truth in a grace-filled way. If Jesus wouldn’t say it or post it, then we shouldn’t either. Screaming and yelling at people who believe differently than you won’t pique their interest in following Jesus. Season your conversations and posts with grace so that people will want to know WHO it is that makes you different. When people are struggling and wanting to know where to turn for answers, will they turn to you because you belittled them and berated them? Or will they turn to you because you spoke the truth in a grace-filled way?
28
Mar
17

Judgment

God is our ultimate judge and we must remember what He says. The Apostle Paul wrote:

Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. – Colossians 3:25 (NIV)

There are two aspects to God’s judgment. First, He sees everything that we do – right and wrong. God sees our good deeds as well as our sins and He will hold us accountable. No matter what sins we have committed, we all answer to the same judge.
Second, God is an impartial judge. Your race, gender, age, religious affiliation and economic status will not help you escape judgment. Whether you sit in the White House or live in the poor house, God will judge you on the same terms as everyone else. You will be held accountable. Everyone from the President to the pastor to the pauper will be judged by God. There is only one way to escape a guilty verdict and that is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s love and grace covers over a multitude of sins for those who follow Jesus. Trust Him and not your good deeds to save you on the day of judgment.
23
Mar
17

Fathers And Children

Good Thursday morning to you! The Apostle Paul addressed the relationship between parents and children in Colossians 3. He said:

​Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. – Colossians 3:20 (NIV)

This hearkens back to the 5th commandment in Exodus 20 when God told His people to honor their parents. He promised that it would go well with them in the future if they did. Next, Paul turns his attention to fathers. He writes:

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. – Colossians 3:21 (NIV)

T​his relationship between fathers and children is so vitally important. ​Dads have the power to embitter and discourage or to inspire their children to great heights. Fathers, don’t be overbearing and harsh with your children. Love them like your Heavenly Father loves you. Be patient with them and show them the grace God has shown you. May our Heavenly Father help you to be more like Him today.
14
Mar
17

We Need More Grace

Good Tuesday morning to you! If we want to be more like Jesus, we have to learn to love, serve and forgive others. These can be very hard to learn, especially forgiveness. Paul says:

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

How did the Lord forgive us? He forgave us ALL of our sins and transgressions. Then He chose to forget them. The Bible says that when God forgives, He chooses to forget and not hold our sins against us anymore. This is how the Lord has forgiven us. This is how we are to forgive each other. It means that we have to be willing to forgive, even if they don’t ask for it. Let’s face it, that’s hard. Forgiveness requires grace. We need God’s grace to forgive us and His grace to help us forgive others. May He give us more grace.



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