Grace is a gift, not a free pass
Jesus came to give us a new life, not a new excuse! There’s NOTHING we can do to earn salvation. It is 100% a FREE gift – undeserved and unmerited. But how we live still matters. Because sin has consequences. It hurts us and it hurts others. And our conduct speaks volumes, especially to a […]
Kindness Wins According to God’s Mercy
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, […]
Grace: The Greatest Gift of All
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast”—Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV). When someone gives you an unexpected gift, how do you react? For example, if someone blesses me with a Christmas present, and I […]
The garment of patience
I’m a summer girl. I like dresses, I like bikinis, I like skirts, shorts and little tops. I like the feeling of freedom that comes with summer holidays and the shorts and bikini which become my daily uniform. I was the same as a little girl. I hated wearing heavy jumpers. I wanted the light […]
Be yourself… everyone else is taken!
Be Who You Is – If You Ain’t Who You Is – You Is Who You Ain’t. Or, Be yourself; everyone else is taken. There’s lots of cute ways to say it, but the message is… be yourself…the challenging part is to figure out who that is. Even at age 53 ¾ I drift on […]
Are You a Believer or Achiever?
We have been saved by grace…through faith. What a wonderful gift! Sadly though, too many Christians live the way it’s described in Galatians 3:3: …Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh? That’s a really good question to ponder. How do we get ourselves […]
Lessons of grace from my vacuum cleaner…
Yes my vacuum cleaner sucks! This is clearly what it was designed to do. Sometimes it does this job well, others times not so great. What does this have to do with God’s grace? The other day I was doing the routine job of vacuuming, when it felt like I was bending down to place […]