We don't worry about meat sacrificed to idols today, but there are other issues we get riled about. Chuck Swindoll tells a heartwarming story about grace extended to an "outsider."
The word grace is a short, simple word. But understanding the biblical depth and meaning of grace can take a lifetime of study and application. It's almost a shame that a word describing suppleness of movement or a short, quick prayer before a meal is the same word we use to describe God's unfathomable love for sinners. Nevertheless, it is grace that moves Him to offer us the free gift of salvation and forgiveness.
Grace is what compelled the Apostle Paul to write of a mystery never understood before (1 Corinthians 2:7-13). Grace is also what allows us to relax into another's accepting embrace as he or she gives us the freedom to discover our unique journey laid out by God. So relax as we journey together down the path toward freedom and the wonderment of the surpassing riches of God's grace!
Chuck Swindoll says there's no one more miserable than the one he calls a "grace killer." This person can't allow room for others to be different, which always leads to condemnation.
Being corrected can sting our pride. Who likes to be called out for misspeaking? But Chuck Swindoll says we can even show grace in the way we receive reproof from others.
Jesus was the model of grace, and yet He wasn't afraid to rebuke others. Chuck Swindoll gives suggestions on how to know when it's time to correct someone graciously.
When you have no rules, how do you know when you've followed them? Chuck Swindoll says some resist grace because they want to have a measure of their spirituality.
It isn't always easy to extend grace to others. And it can be downright risky. Chuck Swindoll gives a measurement for how he knows when he's preaching grace sufficiently.
It's natural to want to reciprocate when you receive a free gift. Chuck Swindoll tells a story of a time when it was hard for him to simply accept another's labour of kindness.
It’s always hard to come up with a fitting definition for such a deep and wide concept as grace. Chuck Swindoll and Michael Easley offer up some descriptions of God’s grace toward us.
Christians since the first century have been tempted to trade grace for a life directed by strict law and high-minded requirement. The Apostle Paul addressed the Galatian church on this very issue, warning them against trading God’s Gospel for a different, human-made gospel. As we hear the word to the Galatians, keeping our message grounded in grace will help our lives exude grace.
A wandering mind drove King David to distraction and became more than he could bear. But his multiple sins refused to stay silent. No struggle is more relentless than sin…especially unconfessed sin. Let’s take a close look at David’s response to his sin and gain some insight for our own lives about God’s blessed gift of forgiveness.