Category Grace

Faith Is Simply Receiving

…the one automatic faculty with which the creation is endowed, as well as being the most elementary and utterly simple is the faculty of reception….the Creator-creature relationship is in the nature of things of one kind only, that of giving and receiving. The Creator gives all by giving Himself, the creature receives all; and the […]

Ephesians 1

Says we are . . . Saints Faithful Blessed with all spiritual blessings Chosen Holy Blameless Predestined Adopted as sons Accepted in the Beloved Redeemed Forgiven Lavished with His grace To the praise of His glory Saved Sealed Redeemed Given faith and love We have . . . Knowledge of the mystery Obtained an inheritance […]

God with us

We don’t need to run after God’s attention; we already have it. Psalm 139:7 David laments: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from you presence? God is present with us. But God is more than present with us, He knows us. He doesn’t follow alongside of us, He lives inside […]

God’s Glory Restored To Us

John 17:22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: When God made man, the Bible says that God crowned him with glory and honour.[1] The word crowned here means to encompass or to surround like a glorious circle. The glory of […]

Loving As He

When the Holy Spirit asked me to love every tramp on the road it was not I who really became responsible for them but God. He said, “You do to them what the father did to his prodigal son in the parable.” I knew well what that father did; I had preached on it many […]

Not Under Law

Not Under Law The law is an unbearable yoke. (Ac 15:10) Romans The law reveals sin but cannot fix it. (Ro 3:20) If the law worked then faith would be irrelevant. (Ro 4:14) The law brings wrath upon those who follow it. (Ro 4:15) The purpose of the law was to increase sin. (Ro 5:20) […]

Messy Spirituality

In her book, Travelling Mercies, Anne Lammott recounts her conversion to Jesus. Things were not going well in her life: addicted to cocaine and alcohol, involved in an affair that produced a child whom she aborted, helplessly watching her best friend die of cancer. During this time, Anne visited a small church periodically. She would […]

The Mystery of Union

Paul’s teaching to believers focused on a great mystery. To the church in Colossae he wrote of; “…the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among […]

Revelation

The Holy Spirit teaches both by revelation and experience. The revelation can be instant and direct, without being transmitted by any formal “teaching.” We say, “Oh, I see.” The Spirit then uses seen and temporal experiences to work that revelation into us. The revelation gets established in us through personal experience. Some people have a […]

Inability to Unify/Only One Center

Inability to Unify One might think that, with the Bible as the center of Christianity, the unity of Christians could be easily realized. But unfortunately this has not proved true, though we can consider it fortunate indeed that, as this inability to unify proves, the letter of the Bible cannot really replace the living Christ […]