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Grace is…

Posted: March 15, 2018 in bible, grace, life, music, quotes, religion
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Do I deserve God’s grace?

Do you deserve God’s grace?

Because of his kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. ~ Ephesians 2:8 (NLB)

Every single person deserves God’s grace. God is kind, and loves every one of us, and therefore we deserve God’s grace and it is more than any of us ever need.

Broken chains

Posted: February 28, 2018 in belief, grace, life, love, mercy, music, religion, words
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I was reminded at the weekend of a song that has always touched me:

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

Yes, because of Jesus, we have all been set free. Free from every sin, but also free so that we can receive God’s unquestioning love.

I know I don’t deserve His love, but still be loves me – unending love, amazing grace.

Because we are human and have limited resources, we can sometimes be guilty of thinking God has limited resources too. However, just as this image reminds, God’s grace cannot be exhausted.

So whether we’re finding life full of happiness and blessings or struggling to find our way through each day, we must remember that God will be there to give us His power to face each day.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (TLB)

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Santa’s prayer

Posted: December 24, 2017 in belief, birthday, Christmas, grace, heart, life, love, religion, words
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Ever wondered what Santa thinks about the real reason we celebrate Christmas? Well here’s a prayer from Santa about just that, it’s beautiful.

My dear precious Jesus, I did not mean to take your place,
I only bring toys and things and you bring love and grace.
People give me lists of wishes and hope that they came true;
But you hear prayers of the heart and promise your will to do.
Children try to be good and not to cry when I am coming to town;
But you love them unconditionally and that love will abound.
I leave only a bag of toys and temporary joy for a season;
But you leave a heart of love, full of purpose and reasons.
I have a lot of believers and what one might call fame;
But I never healed the blind or tried to help the lame.
I have rosy cheeks and a voice full of laughter;
But no nail—scarred hands or a promise of the hereafter.
You may find several of me in town or at a mall;
But there is only one omnipotent you, to answer a sinner’s call.
And so, my dear precious Jesus, I kneel here to pray;
To worship and adore you on this, your holy birthday.

So celebrate this night when Santa comes to visit, but also remember to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

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Yesterday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remembered the fallen by taking part in a two minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. Across the country, people young and old, in a wide variety of places and circumstances, paused just for a few minutes, just to remember the men, women and children who have died in wars the UK has participated in. They sacrificed their all so we may have the freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we must never forget their sacrifice.

Just as many have given their lives for the freedom of this country, Jesus also paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for us. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died so that we would be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles ~ Psalm 34:6 (NIV)

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God loves us.

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God forgives us.

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God saves us.

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before your they run our completely!

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,
    and in the day of salvation I helped you.”

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

~ 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NIV)

It’s time to remember that God is working in you and through you. Because of that you can feel a renewed enthusiasm in your spiritual life.

Right living

Posted: December 1, 2016 in bible, faith, grace, life, music, religion
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Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

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.

Faith is not about right thinking it is actually about right living. To put our faith fully in God, we must not just know what is right, we must also act or live in the right ay, the way God directs us to.

Are you living your life right?

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God needs all of us, those who have gained university degrees and passed all their schools/college exams with great grades, but he also needs the rest of us too.

To serve God we don’t need to have lots or qualifications, in fact we don’t need to have any qualifications, we simply need to give our lives fully to God and He will give us all the knowledge and training we need to tell others about Him.

Amazing grace

Posted: August 17, 2016 in blogging, grace, life, love, mercy, music, religion
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One of my favourite songs, which, just like yesterday’s blog post, is also about grace – Here’s Chris Tomlin with Amazing Grace:

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

So what is “grace”?

The popular definition for grace is “unmerited favour”. However, this definition is insufficient to describe the just how much value and worth the word actually conveys, but it makes grace indistinguishable from mercy.

If we consider how we use the word grave is normal everyday language, we can get a better idea of what grace means.

  • We call a person a “gracious host” if they provide us with everything we could need, making us satisfied.
  • We call a dance “graceful” if the dancers move around in a lovely and beautiful way.

These definitions reflect the definition of God’s grace, because he is provides everything we could ever need, even if we do not deserve it.

God’s grace is amazing!