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“Lamentations 3 tells us “His compassions are new every morning.”  God’s compassions, or mercies are available minute by minute, step by step, decision by decision, reaction by reaction.  We don’t have to get bogged down and label as unable.  We just have to ask God for forgiveness and move on. I am a woman on a journey of learning how to make sure my reactions don’t deny Christ’s presence in me.  ~ Lysa Terkeurst

Grace covers me.  All of me.  There are no spaces of my life where grace and the good news of the gospel cannot flow and bring hope.

No matter what I do, I am covered by His grace.  No matter who I am, I am covered by His grace.

On my best days, and my worst.

In my strength and in my weakness.

This is the good news for everyone.  No matter how dark you feel your soul is, no matter how wild your behaviour, know that the grace of God is enough.   More than enough.

Grace invites us to draw near when we would hide.  Grace comes and sits beside you in your aloneness, in the space you shut everyone out.  It shines light into the corners where we shrink away.  It takes our hand.  It wipes away tears.  Grace is the new morning, the fresh start, the clean slate.  Truly.  Really.  Totally.

There is nothing we can do that will disqualify us from His love and make Him turn away from us. Read the rest of this entry »

Love this incredible post by Tullian Tchivdjian about Noah finding GRACE

 

“Favour” here is the same word that is translated elsewhere as “grace.” In other words, as is the case with all of us who know God, it was God who found us—we didn’t find God. We are where we are today, not because we found grace, but because grace found us. 

The Gospel is not a story of God meeting sinners half-way, of God desperately hoping to find that one righteous man on whom he can bestow his favour. The news is so much better than that. The Gospel is that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  Sinners like Noah, like you, and like me are recipients of a descending, one-way love that changes everything, breathes new life into dead people, and has the power to carry us from unrighteousness to righteousness without an ounce of help.

 

We Don’t Find Grace, Grace Finds Us.

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this has been a hot topic in our housegroup and so i’ll def be listening to this sermon by Newspring church.  where do i fall down on this one – that if you’re really saved, you’re always saved.  that its grace that saved me and grace that will keep me.  i didnt earn salvation and cant pay it back.  my behaviour fell short before and falls short now.  but oh am i glad for salvation and grace that changes me from the inside positionally from sinner to saint, from sinful to righteous.  i live in that reality and that hope and worship the One who gave His life for me to make me innocent.  anything i do and any right way i live i live in response to His great love.

 

 

http://newspring.cc/blog/articles/can-i-lose-my-salvation-sermon-recap-in-10-tweets

1. You can’t lose your salvation if it’s really real.

2. Instead of "Can I lose my salvation?", the better question to ask is "Were you ever really saved?"

3.When you’re saved, the curse is reversed.

4.Believing in Jesus is not a historical fact that happened back then. It’s a present reality that’s happening now.

5.Professing salvation is different than possessing salvation.

6. When Jesus lives in your heart, He won’t move out but He will clean house.

7. The best proof that you’re not saved: You think you can live any way you want and that doesn’t bother you.

8. The government guarantees your money through the FDIC. God guarantees your salvation through the Holy Spirit.

9. God keeps His promises and He completes His covenants.

10. The same grace that saved me continues saving me. The same grace that saved me will keep me. ‪#‎YouAskedForIt‬

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"Here’s the dangerous thing about Jesus: He’s not after your behaviour; he’s after your heart. Make no mistake about it. Jesus is going to relentlessly and passionately pursue your heart. Even when your behaviour tricks everybody else, it just doesn’t trick Jesus. He’s coming after the heart." ~ Perry Noble

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Grace by Beth Moore

Grace is an inflated raft that can submerge to the floor of a sea to save you.

Grace is the silver thread that stitches up the shreds of mangled souls.

Grace is the eye that finds us where it refuses, there, to leave us.

Grace calls the waitress to the table and sits her down to wash her feet.

Grace is the air to draw a breath in the belly of a whale.

Grace races us to the Throne when we make haste to repent and always outruns us.

Grace is the stamp that says Ransomed on a life that screams Ruined.

Lost in Translation

Practicing “When you say ___, I hear ___” slows the process down and often transforms a couple’s communication cycle. Many marital disagreements can be saved before they get hijacked by misinterpretations. –

 

 

 

Real Love Versus Infatuation

Real love is a conscious choice that often employs the rational part of our brains. Some couples have a "free ride" in the early stages of their relationship where they experience the intense feelings characterized by romantic love, but not everyone. And these feelings certainly aren’t necessary for real love to emerge as the relationship grows, as evidenced by the success rate of arranged marriages in other parts of the world. It’s when the infatuation feelings diminish that the couple has to learn that love is a choice,

 

 

 

12 Tests of Love – Understanding the difference between love and infatuation by Chip Ingram

The following 12 tests will help you understand if you are truly in love. But this is not just for single people who are dating or those who are engaged. If you’re married and you are tempted to say, “I’ve been married for 27 years, so what’s this got to do with me?” please think again. Failure to understand the difference between love and infatuation goes well beyond finding the right person. Unless you understand the radical difference between love and infatuation, you may set yourself up for devastation in your future years of marriage.

If you believe that what we will call infatuation is the real test of love, you may be in a very good relationship but feel unloved. Your skewed expectations may be robbing you of a rich, warm, and deep relationship. Furthermore, if you are unclear about the difference between love and infatuation, you may find yourself getting unintentionally connected to a member of the opposite sex who is not your spouse, naively concluding that you’ve now found “true love.”

 

 

 

How Marriages are Made…Not Found

Why do couples who are convinced they have found “the one” end up divorcing each other just a few years (or sometimes a couple decades) into their marriage? There was a time when they couldn’t imagine being apart for five hours; now they can’t bear the thought of being together for five minutes; what happened?

 

 

 

Six Tips for Sacred Marriage

Beauty is fleeting: fall in love with godliness

Marry someone who can handle conflict well.

Choose a spouse who will be a "spectacular parent."

Marry a prayer warrior.

Humility > perfection.

Marry a giver, not a taker

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Gospel work comes out of a life at peace with God, we don’t earn grace or pay back grace but our lives are evidence of it being real inside out. The gospel heals our vertical relationship with God, peace with God, that then is lived out horizontally in our relationships and living.

*** i requoted these on twitter the other day… totally cant remember who said it first… but boom!  i like!

mentoring monday 

Creating the right context and culture for developing leaders is as important as any of the best practices and leadership theories you can ever learn. Jesus illuminates this truth for us, particularly in his relationship with Peter.

Peter would continue to make messes during Jesus’ ministry and slow things down.

  • Peter started to walk on water only to sink and need Jesus to bail him out (Matt. 14:30).
  • Luke tells us that Peter didn’t know what he was talking about when he awkwardly offered to throw together some tents for glorifying Moses and Elijah (Luke 9: 33).
  • Peter tried to override Jesus in washing his feet, and then reversed course and actually asked for Jesus to give his hands and head a cleaning as well.
  • Peter tried to take on the Roman army and cut a soldier’s ear off (Matt. 26:51).
  • Peter disowned Jesus and denied his leader in his darkest hour (Luke 22:54–62).

But in all these messes were lessons that Jesus used to make Peter into the man who would preach at Pentecost and lead the early church. Developing leaders was not a back-up plan for Jesus but was in the DNA of his short season of ministry. He was incubating leaders to further the mission. Peter was a mess. I am a mess. And you are a mess. But it is in the mess that Jesus makes leaders.

 

Creating a church leadership culture that embraces the mess will in large part determine the quality and types of leaders you produce.

The Messy Business of Raising Up LeadersThe Resurgence

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THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  Romans 5:1 AMP

 

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7

 

God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:19-22

 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice fort our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 john 4:9-11

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When Jesus and the woman are left alone, and she acknowledges that no one remains to condemn her, Jesus speaks his final word to her: “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more” (John 8:11). This is where the story gets misunderstood.

“Aha!” we cry. “See! Jesus tells her to shape up! He leaves her with an exhortation!” But look at the order of Jesus’ words: First, he tells the woman that he does not condemn her. Only then does he instruct her to sin no more. This is enormous. He does not make his love conditional on her behaviour. He does not say, “Go, sin no more, and check back with me in six months. If you’ve been good, I won’t condemn you.”

No. Our Saviour does so much better than that.

Jesus creates new life in the woman by loving her unconditionally, with no-strings-attached. By forgiving her profound shame, he impacts her profoundly. By refusing to condemn her, he sets her free to do what she has no doubt already pledged to do on her own: leave her old life behind.

Like the adulterous woman, we are all caught in the act—discovered in a shameful breach of God’s law. Though no one on earth can throw the first stone, God can. And he did. The wonder of all wonders is that the rock of condemnation that we justly deserved was hurled by the Father onto the Son. The law-maker became the law-keeper and died for us, the law-breakers. “In my place condemned He stood; and sealed my pardon with His blood. Hallelujah, what a Savior.”

So now we can sing:

“Free from the law—oh, happy condition! Jesus hath bled, and there is remission; Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Christ hath redeemed us once and for all. Once for all, oh, sinner receive it; once for all, oh doubter believe it; Cling to the cross, the burden will fall, Christ hath redeemed us once for all.”

There on the cross your burden bearing, Thorns on His brow your Savior is wearing; Never again your sin need appall, You have been pardoned once for all. Now we are free—there’s no condemnation; Jesus provides a perfect salvation: ‘Come unto Me,’ oh, hear His sweet call, Come, and He saves us once for all.”

God Threw A StoneTullian Tchividjian

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:28-29

we know.

and we know.

and we have this awareness and revelation.

we know.

we know that God is good and that He is faithful and that He is our Heavenly Father.

we know that He is the same today as yesterday and will be tomorrow.

we know that He has done all that needs to be done to make us His children and that it is by grace and grace alone that we are saved.

we know that God is at work in our lives and His intentions are good.

He is at work in our lives turning what was meant for evil around for good and for His glory.

He is at work for the good.

but i am aware that sometimes OUR perception of good is very different from GOD’S perception of good.

God is at work in our lives to conform us to the likeness of His Son, Jesus.

He is at work in us forming godly character, at work creating a family resemblance.

sometimes character formation isnt a happy task. 

but God isnt at work for the happiness of us.  He is at work for the good.

like a Father.

because of that reality, that WE KNOWNESS, i choose to trust God and His handiwork in my life.

i can trust that He is at work for good and for His glory

there is a reward

there is a triumph

and in the process His heart cry is that we come to Him.

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