In about a month we will once again celebrate Easter. This is a time of remembrance and sorrow followed by immense rejoicing. I have always loved this time, even before I really grasped the true meaning of it. The spring weather, the family gatherings, and the love felt all around. Mixed in is the miracle of it all. Lately I have found our faith is often cultivated in the waiting.
Jesus was crucified for my sins and yours, buried, and three days later rose again. We rightfully put extreme focus on His death and resurrection but what about what happened in between? What was going on in that three-day waiting period? The answer in short is nothing and everything.
For three long days, the guiltless Christ rested in a grave. He lay there still and blameless, wrongfully accused, yet without regret. … Read More »
I love it when a scripture I have read for years jumps off the pages and grips me in a brand new way. On an ordinary day I began to dig deep into the story of a man that changed the way sinners receive grace. I had one of those moments recently that make you pause and re-evaluate your entire way of thinking.
He was of man of integrity, yet corruption. He was undervalued in the eyes of man, but in the eyes of God he was more than strong enough. This musician and poet was not first pick among his brothers, but he was the one anointed to be king. He was a shepherd turned ruler, one with giant sized faith; a mighty warrior yet—in all of his humanity—made significant mistakes. David was not perfect, but he was someone … Read More »
I have no catchy title or opening line for this article because grace needs no formal introduction. It is in itself something beautiful. It is one of the hardest concepts for some people to grasp but one of the most wonderful realities to behold.
Grace, by definition is “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” Most people love to hear the word free, but if you have much experience with it, many times the word deviously hides stipulations and requirements. Grace however has no conditions, only that you fully accept it. You don’t have to earn it or try and understand why it is allotted to you. It is freely given because it was paid for by the blood of Christ.
To be transparent, I too have struggled … Read More »
In my reading not long ago, the Lord opened my eyes to a simple, yet powerful concept. That morning, I opened my heart a little wider as I re-opened a gift that was purchased long ago. I’m not sure why it never stood out to me, but depending on the tense where forgiveness is used, “give” and “gave” are found in the word itself.
Forgiving is the intentional act of not harboring hurt and hate or feeling like you are owed something. Rather it is a choice you make to give, even in the face of crippling offenses. It is a decision to give another chance, to love, to turn the other cheek, and to let go.
When you forgive, you stop expecting the other person to compensate. Instead you offer love in the face of what scarred you most. … Read More »
If you have ever traveled for a long period of time, you know how important it is to find a place to rest when night falls. On a summer road trip with a friend a couple years ago, one of the highlights was being gifted the opportunity to stay in a five star, luxury hotel. I wanted to hug every staff member, guest, and wall because I was so blissfully happy. We had complimentary valet parking, a view of the city, a lavish room with all the amenities and charms, fruit infused water, and other normally unnecessary features. We were living large to say the least.
This stay was not the usual though. Along my journeys I have checked into some spaces that had me questioning the human race and security of those particular cities. It was less than perfect and … Read More »