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Mar
30

The Grace of the Cross

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 On this weekend as we reflect on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, my heart is gripped by the beauty of Christ’s sacrifice, the depths of his obedience, the riches of his gift, and the disconcerting path God chose for our redemption. And I am drawn to reflect on the grace of the cross.

Jesus, declaring the purposes of his earthly ministry, stood up in the synagogue (Luke 4:18) amidst the religious systems of his day and proclaimed that his heart was for the poor, the brokenhearted, those bound in sin, the ones blinded, and the oppressed. Foretastes of grace reverberated throughout the atmosphere; the rumbles began, as Jesus declared that the prophecy of Isaiah 61 was being fulfilled.

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Feb
19

Living Well When Life Hurts

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Today as we celebrate the birth of our Christ, my desire is to focus on Him, His goodness, and His glory. Because God came as a human, dwelt in a fleshly body, lived a perfectly sinless life, gave Himself to pay for my sins and your sins and the sins of the whole world, and offers us redemption, I will celebrate His birth today in several ways. My family and I will read the story of Jesus’ birth. We will celebrate communion together, and we’ll enjoy the treasures of family. We’ll live life fully today because Jesus came. Here are my 5 best things about knowing God ( x 2 …  I just couldn’t stop at 5 so I figured I could say 5 x 2).

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Nov
26

When It Seems Too Late

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shoppping frenzyOn the day after Thanksgiving, I awakened to my 2:45 a.m. alarm. I slipped out of bed and tiptoed into the bathroom, trying not to awaken my husband. The night before, I had laid my clothes, my shoes, my jewelry, my phone, my coupons, and my small shopping purse, which goes over my head and across my body so as not to be in the way of the day’s serious work. I quickly dressed for the day’s task, right down to my tennis shoes which are my personal requirement for a major shopping day.  I downed a cup of coffee faster than you could say Black Friday.

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Nov
20

Do You Need to Forgive Yourself?

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forgivenessWhat is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? What is the worst mistake you’ve ever made? What is the greatest harm you’ve ever committed to another human?

Do you have your list? Did the pictures in your mind come up faster than high-speed internet?

Most of us don’t have any trouble recalling the worst moments of our lives. I imagine that when I asked those questions, you not only recalled the “bad” things you have done, but you also reconnected to some feelings of shame and guilt.

A foundational truth of Christianity is that we come into relationship with God through forgiveness based on the work of Christ. We maintain the flow of fellowship both with God and man by confessing our sins and appropriating the purifying work of Christ into our daily lives.

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