Category Archives: Grace

Standing up for Truth and Loving our Enemies

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke once said, “The devil is just a mouse with a microphone.” Jesus stripped him of his power on the cross. Now, the only authority he has is what we give him through the lies we believe. The … Continue reading

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Keeping the “Good News” good news

I’ve been looking at Loving our “Samaritans“—those “evil” people who are on the other side, who we think are our enemies, and may actually be. We could be absolutely right about all of that…yet be on the opposite side of … Continue reading

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Dining with Jesus

We’ve been looking at Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. In my post, “The Seventh Husband,” we saw that this woman’s “five husbands” symbolize our trying to find life and fulfillment through our five senses, but they cannot … Continue reading

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God of the Instead

In this world we will have trouble and sorrow—we’ll be misunderstood, rejected, taken advantage of, maybe even abused. This is why we can relate to the Samaritan woman in John 4. We love this story because Jesus doesn’t leave us … Continue reading

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Learning how to love like Jesus

“Who is my neighbor?” That’s what the religious scholar asked Jesus in Luke 10:29.  What follows is a fascinating study in human nature. Last time, I talked about “Loving our Samaritans.” This is a continuation on that theme. In Luke … Continue reading

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Loving our Samaritans

Jesus loves the people we hate. He also loves the people who hate us. As you probably can tell, I think that the neo-Marxist ideologies of the radical left are evil and cancerous. But I don’t feel that way at … Continue reading

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Believing comes before understanding

I’m always struck by the naked honesty of the disciple’s account of Jesus’ resurrection. Rather than making some pretentious claim of superior understanding, they confess their unbelief and confusion over the whole matter. In fact, they disclose that initially it … Continue reading

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The Day that changed everything

This Sunday we will celebrate the Day that changed the world forever. It’s the Day that brought our freedom and restored us to our original identity. In John’s account, we see Jesus talking about what He’s about to do, giving … Continue reading

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Playing in the park after dark

When people ask me if I believe we’re still under the Law, I’ve adopted Bill Vanderbush’s answer: “Of course! I’m under the Law of the Spirit of Life!“ I’m not trying to be clever, just making an important point. Something … Continue reading

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True Grace

Grace is not a declaration from God of innocence; it’s not a “get-out-of-hell free” card you wave at the pearly gates, and it’s not just unmerited favor. We have God’s unmerited favor because Christ lives in us. God empowers us … Continue reading

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