Grateful for grace
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One of life’s bitterest ironies from God’s point of view is that the lowlifes of Jewish society, the tax collectors and prostitutes and “sinners,” were more likely to listen to Jesus and welcome his message of grace and forgiveness. The church people, the Pharisees and teachers, didn’t need him and didn’t want him. It’s because they weren’t aware of their many sins and because they rated themselves proficient and advanced in personal holiness by comparison with the lowlifes that they... Read More
Transforming Grace
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Could there be a better example of God’s transforming grace than Rahab of Jericho? She is usually identified as “Rahab the harlot,” for at one time she apparently plied the ancient trade of prostitution. But our God uses all kinds of people to advance his plan of salvation. She listened to reports about the advancing Israelite nation and rightly concluded that Jericho was doomed because Israel’s Lord was the true God of all. She sheltered the scouts that Joshua had... Read More
Road rage/Road grace
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I think I’m a better driver than most. I bet you do too, and most drivers probably do too. When there’s a slowdown or stressful freeway lane changes, I’m pretty sure it’s the fault of the dopes and idiots around me. Judging from all the road rage incidents every day, there seems to be a lot of blaming going on. Sinful human nature being what it is, we have figured out fairly quickly how to express our anger: horn honking,... Read More
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One minute you’re an expert on the South Korea impeachment scandal. The next you’re a viral video because your kids crashed your Skype interview with the BBC. I’m sure you’ve seen the video by now—and laughed. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? I mean, not live on BBC World News discussing the South Korean president being forced out of office, but we’ve all had our kids surprise and embarrass us a little. People across the globe are laughing so much... Read More
Mother-love models grace
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Most people know the experience of being chewed out by a boss or put down by fellow workers. Abuse from people around us starts early. Every schoolkid knows what it is like to be picked on; gossiped about; or mocked because of his or her clothes, shoes, grades, hair, or speech. Where do children go when they’ve been made to feel worthless, stupid, and ugly? You know the answer: they go to Mom. Mothers have great restorative power in their... Read More