Why Should I Obey?

Yesterday, I felt as if I were supposed to share on obedience in the Bible Study I facilitate. But as I began preparing my notes, I felt as if God said, “Stop. Before you share on obedience, remind them of grace.” So, we began our discussion by remembering some truths: 1. We are righteous (right with God) because of Jesus’ perfect obedience not ours. (II Corinthians 5:21). 2. We are...

The Rainbow

U I read this quote the other day and was impacted by it: “I refuse to be a Christian who is generous with damnation and stingy with Grace.” Too often our image of God and our portrayal of God, is one of an angry God, sitting in heaven sending floods, calamity, sickness our way to punish. How many times has trouble come our way and the first question we think...

Jesus’ Secret

She was guilty. No doubt about it. She was caught in the very act. They dragged her out of bed, half-naked, head hung, ashamed. She was a pawn in their twisted game. This angry mob demanded justice. She was an adulterer. The law was clear, she deserved stoning. She deserved an horrific, embarrassing, shameful death. What would this Jesus do? If He were truly a prophet, if He were truly...

Grace Transforms

I am a woman of grace! The theology of grace has transformed my life. Grace gives us the power to live like Christ. Understanding our identity gives us the freedom to live like Christ. Consider the words of Paul, the teacher of grace, in Colossians 3. He begins by reminding us who we are – raised with Christ (conjoined) and seated at the right hand of God, lives hidden in...

Qualified

This week two friends read a scripture and thought they were disqualified from blessings because they weren’t perfect in their execution of the scripture. But let me tell you a secret: The law disqualified. Jesus qualifies! Allow what Jesus did while He walked on earth to speak louder than your interpretation of scripture. Allow the grace He exhibited when interacting with tax collectors, prostitutes, adulteresses, and Gentiles form your theology....

Not Separated

Does God walk away from us when we sin? Does He stop talking to us when we sin? When Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, they hid. They covered. God continued to speak to them. God looked for them. David said, “Where can I hide from His presence. If I make my bed in hell, He is there.” An aversion to sin did not prevent Jesus from allowing...

Misappropriated Grace?

You are too busy if you don’t have time to visit a friend in the hospital. You are too busy if you don’t have time to focus on what God has called you to do. You are too busy if you don’t have time for your family, even if they are grown and gone. You are too busy if you don’t have time to care for yourself by exercising and...

Respond with Grace

It has happened again. Another Christian leader involved in a scandal. (A collective sigh fills the Body of Christ.) I’m sure many Christians want to bury their head in the sand in embarrassment and pray for Jesus’ speedy return. Others are quick to point an accusing finger and blame a lack of holiness teaching in the church. Believers who refuse traditional church, shake their heads and say, “See, that’s why...

Not my Brother’s Judge

My brother and I grew up in the same home. A Christian home. We were baptized together. He was six. I was four. We both faltered in our teens, made bad choices. But even in my rebellion, I continued attending church. He did not. But we have remained close. Last night I asked my brother if he believed Jesus was the son of God. His reply, “Yes, but my faith...

Blinded by the Light

For most of my life, I read the Bible through the lens that God was angry and ready to smite me. But as I now read the Bible through the lens of His grace, I see things totally different. For instance, I have always thought God struck Paul with blindness during his Damascus Road experience. But in rereading that story this morning in the light of Grace, I come to...