Tag Archives: sin

God’s Field of Grace

The Lord is my Shepherd. He cares for me always. He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. (Psalm 23:1-2) God’s field of grace is vast and extravagant. His grace is much more indulgent than ours. We tend to look through eyes that pick apart features and dress and tattoos […]

Metamorphosis, Part 2

Shedding the Old “Since we have confidence in the new promise, we speak very boldly. We are not like Moses. He kept covering his face with a veil so the people of Israel, who were fearful of it, did not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. “However, their minds became […]

Metamorphosis, Part 1

The New Promise I generally read a couple of devotionals each morning, and turn to my Bible – the Living Word – to study quoted verses in context. I was captivated after reading Chapter Three in the Second Letter to the Corinthians because I’ve read this letter many times; yet upon this reading, this particular […]

Grace and Sin

Love and Judgment I have a friend who is perplexed about the emphasis “we” Christians place on sin. Well, I admit, sometimes I’m perplexed, too. Sin before Christ is accepted (Is our mission to call out sin?) I often read or hear the following rationalizations from evangelizing Christians: “If we don’t point out their sin, […]

Dad Likes Me Best

“Mom always liked you best!” That was Tommy Smothers’ surefire comeback after a litany of insults from his brother, Dick. His on camera persona was not the brightest bulb in the pack, but he was certainly the more humble of the two brothers. We could learn a thing or two from the older Smothers brother. […]

Salvation

My Prince You saw my sin, my back was turned I lived inside the dark I’d fallen so far off the path I could not disembark.   I searched for exits, any signs That I might turn and flee I did not recognize my Prince Who came to set me free.   You whispered and […]

Blessed are the Humble

For they will inherit the earth Matthew 5:5 It’s one thing to sing “Amazing Grace.” It’s something else to experience amazing grace. Reverend Stan Long When I came to the faith, I don’t think there was a single Sunday during those first six months that didn’t weep in church. My tears spoke of a deep […]

Heart Condition

Judge Not… “We plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” 2 Corinthians 6:1 As often as I peruse the ‘net, the number of times I see judgment about others outnumbers the stars in the sky. Whether it’s conservative or liberal, religious or non-religious, finger-pointing has risen to an art form. […]