Grace, God’s Grace

August 15, 2011

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Dear E-News Friends,

The book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning is worth reading. Here are some of his thoughts about grace and how we don’t really understand God’s grace. I will be the first to admit that I struggle with grace.

  • The institutional church has become a wounder of the healers rather than a healer of the wounded.
  • The American church today accepts grace in theory but denies it in practice.
  • By and large, the gospel of grace is neither proclaimed, understood, nor lived. Too many Christians are living in the house of fear and not in the house of love.
  • The emphasis in our culture is on what the individual does rather than on what GOD is doing.
  • Our huffing and puffing to impress God, our scrambling for brownie points, out thrashing about trying to fix ourselves while hiding our pettiness and wallowing in guilt are nauseating to God and are a flat denial of the gospel of grace.
  • Grace is understanding “the furious love of God.” He is not moody or capricious; He knows no seasons of change. He has a single relentless stance toward us; He loves us. He is the only God man has ever heard of who loves sinners. False gods – the gods of human manufacturing – despise sinners, but the Father of Jesus loves all, no matter what they do. This is almost too incredible for us to accept. This is the Good News, the gospel of grace.
Are you living by grace or are you seeking to impress God with your good works?
God, help Eastside to not only to believe in grace but help us to practice grace daily.
Blessings,
Pastor VG

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