Why forgive?

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God’s free gift of grace, to me, is. . .

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The other cheek

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Living under the other shoe

shoe dropFor years I toiled under the weight of a “works” oriented salvation. I believed that to please God I had to work to earn His favor and His grace. When  I did good things I believed my deeds were pleasing to God and, for the moment, I had gained His favor. But, when I sinned (and I did.  A lot) I believed, even when I repented, God would make me pay with some consequence or retribution.  I considered it, “Waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

It was a miserable way to live. I went about my day trying to figure out what the
shoe would be. Would it hurt? Would it drop when I least expected it? Would it drop when I was enjoying pleasant times? Would it drop on my friends? When it dropped would my friends abandon me? Would it grieve me or cause me emotional pain? Would I suffer?

Then in August, 2000, I learned my true identity in Christ. God showed me His grace and taught me I didn’t have to pay for any or all the sins I committed. He told me, “They’re all already paid for. Stop waiting for that shoe and let me show you how much I love you.”

I’ve never worried about that shoe again.

 

I can do some things through Christ who strengthens me.

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Do I have to draw you a picture?

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Riddle: What is full when it’s empty?

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God Bless Atheists This Christmas

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We can’t end racism, stop abortion or save the world for Jesus.

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The Day God Ran

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A young man with the right answers

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Some encouraging words

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“Kind” on my mind

I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately. Thinking there’s not enough of it.

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The Bible Police

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Target stores pander to LGBTs; and the bride’s wearing soiled undies.

CAUTION: Today’s post contains a frank, candid discussion of the state of the bride of Christ. To err on the side of caution, I recommend it for adult readers only.

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Because He lives . . .

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so they hid

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It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Comin’

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I’ve decided I don’t like “Easter”

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Meekness is not weakness

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Admitted we were powerless

At my first Alanon and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) meeting, the first thing they showed me was the 12 steps. I was still a regular church goer in those days. When I read the first three steps,

  1. Admitted we were powerless over _____; and our lives had become unmanageable;
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than myself could restore us to sanity; and
  3. Made a decision to turn my life and my will over to the care of God as we understood Him.

I told my group that night that I had already been through the first three steps (Heck, I was a church-going choir member and Sunday school teacher. I read my Bible. I prayed.  I was a good Christian I told them. I’d been a Christian since I was 10. Let’s move on to Step 4, that searching and fearless moral inventory.)

Nine months later, after I grew weary of playing recovery, I found myself at

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.Luke 9:23

the front door of Step 1. Today, more than three decades later, I’m still there. Daily. Having to admit, sometimes by the hour, where the power in my life comes from. Until that day Step 1 confronted me, my life was a series of tugs of war with my Creator over who would be the sole authority in my life.

It’s not easy dying to self. For me it means no plans, no time, no money, no pleasure, no rights, no defense, no battles of my own. God can not do for me,  all He wants to do for me AND in me AND through me, until and unless there’s nothing left of me. When I’m gone, He can move in. When I’m empty THEN He can fill me with all of His grace and blessings He has for me.

“Down With Christmas” Post Comments

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Down With Christmas!

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God At Work

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Wonder

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The Wrong Shoes

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The Mountain Gospel

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Am I Really Following Jesus?

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!!!SPECIAL POST AND PRAYER REQUEST!!!

cindy and davidWhat started as a small scratch, a break in the skin, turned into a blood infection which turned into a rare flesh-eating bacteria, which resulted in the amputation of both feet and right hand of Cindy Martinez.

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Should We Worry About ISIS?

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Say Goodbye To The Stars And Bars

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Where Are You?

What an ominous question. Continue reading

Jesus Is My Crutch

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Made To Multiply

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Worship? Or Service?

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Bored, Burned Out, Broken or Blessed

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Be Fruitful And Multiply

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More Evidence “Religious Freedom” Is An Oxymoron

This is a sad-but-true story about a church proving there is no freedom in religion.
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A Strong Tower

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“You Don’t Know What I’ve Done.”

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