Grace & Life

Satan’s Two Favorite Lies

BY CHAD BIRD

Jesus cuts right to the chase when it comes to the evil one. He calls the devil “a liar and the father of lies,” (John 8:44). And the father of lies has his pet anti-truths. These lies, repeated often enough, can slowly drown out the promises of God.

Satan’s Two Favorite Lies

What Have You Done for God Lately? Too Much.

BY CHAD BIRD

If I were the devil, I wouldn’t just entice believers to do bad things. We’re experts at that anyway. I’d strongly encourage them to do more for God. Just a gentle nudge in that direction. And before you know it, some of them would be so hog-wild about doing stuff for Jesus…

  What Have You Done for God Lately? Too Much.

Grace for When You Can't Forgive

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

She was my friend, walking through marriage troubles.  Her husband was unfaithful to her, with the technicalities and carefully drawn lines of “not technically sex” and justifying himself, which had wounded her deeply.

Grace for When You Can't Forgive

The Greatness of the Gospel

BY MARTIN LUTHER

This is one of the best and most glorious Gospel lessons, such as John particularly wrote. It is worthy to be written in golden letters, not upon paper, but if possible upon the heart; it ought to be made the daily lesson and meditation of Christians, who should repeat it to strengthen their faith.

The Greatness of the Gospel

Grace Twists Braids

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I saw a beautiful picture of grace yesterday. A real bestowing of favor on someone less deserving.  I saw a father braiding his daughter’s hair. It wasn’t some random thing I happened to catch in the corner of my eye. I know these people. I know their stories.

Grace Twists Braids

The Confession of a Prodigal

BY KATHY STRAUCH

It happened instantaneously. His beloved teacher had just washed his feet. Hours earlier he reclined at the table with his Lord and recalled the Passover. Now, his regret was beyond comprehension. Everyone and everything around him disappeared as the Lord turned and caught his eye.

The Confession of a Prodigal

The Offensive Law, and Salvation Without Regret

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

If our job is to magnify the Lord to the world, God must have decided to use our children to magnify our own sins so we can see them.  My children hate correction.  They take it as a personal insult.  No matter how gently, or grace filled I correct, padding it on either side with nice things, they receive it like a punch from a bully.

The Offensive Law, and Salvation Without Regret

Escape from Monkey Hill

BY JAY SAWRIE

In New Orleans, you can buy a day pass and go to the Insectarium, aquarium, and zoo for a discounted price. This is a top-notch zoo with live exhibits where you can see and even touch the animals. We’re newlyweds and so of course poor. But this, I’m all over this; Day 3 of Husband Jay is going to kill it.

Escape from Monkey Hill

Carseats, Gluten, and Opinionated Bloggers

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

Never has the law fallen so hard on me as in motherhood.  Never before was I more aware that my best wasn’t good enough.  If parenting doesn’t drive you to your knees, you’re doing it wrong. I remember a conversation with a mom-friend years ago.

Carseats, Gluten, and Opinionated Bloggers

When God Disappoints

BY CHAD BIRD

In the tiny Bible-belt town where I grew up, tragedy brought people together. Friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers would go the extra mile for a family in need. House fire? They'd hold a community fundraiser. Funeral? Enough casseroles would pile up in the kitchen to feed an army.

When God Disappoints

Was the Son of God a Sinner?

BY MARTIN LUTHER

A Christian is beloved of God and a sinner. How can these two contradictions be harmonized: I am a sinner and deserve God's wrath and punishment, and yet the Father loves me? Christ alone can harmonize these contradictions. He is the Mediator.

Was the Son of God a Sinner?

Grace Has No Expiration Date

BY BRAD GRAY

I, like you probably, have an uncontrollable aversion to any food product that is past its expiration date. Even if it’s only by a few hours. I don’t care what food or drink you give me, if it’s anywhere close to being over that “best by” date, to me it’s an offering straight from the devil’s kitchen that’ll surely torment my bowels.

Grace Has No Expiration Date

The Kind of Grace Named Jesus

BY DONAVON RILEY

Our complaints about God's grace always sound the same: "It was good to see him in church with his son this morning. But, I can’t believe pastor let them come up to communion. And did you see? I mean, pastor's just got to know he blew half the family's savings on booze and drugs. You know what else?

The Kind of Grace Named Jesus

Jedi, George Beverly Shea and Good Works

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I finally got around to watching The Last Jedi.  I was caught up in the stirring story of the faltering band of rebels, on the verge of extinction, fighting valiantly for the good against overwhelming odds.  My heart soared with the dramatic music when the warriors went into battle…

Jedi, George Beverly Shea and Good Works

How to Make Grace Unamazing

BY CHAD BIRD

Amazing grace is a sweet sound not just because it saved a wretch like me, but because it saved a whole wretched world like me. God did not enter into a contract with us. He simply said, “You’re justified. You’re forgiven. I love you. All is complete.”

How to Make Grace Unamazing

Why Confess Sin?

BY DONAVON RILEY

Why confess sin? Is it so we can get rewarded by God? A little extra grace or material good for our troubles, maybe. Maybe, if we make a good confession, we can earn forgiveness? But, how much sin must we confess before we get what's coming to us?

Why Confess Sin?

“Christianity Isn’t for Everyone”

BY CHAD BIRD

Let's face it, Christianity is not for everyone. If you've made such huge strides in holiness that you deem grace a crutch for those still handicapped by sin, if you detect the faint applause of angels clapping their wings at your obedience, if you've led such an exemplary life that you've landed a spot on heaven's honor roll, then you’ll feel like you’re slumming in Christianity.

“Christianity Isn’t for Everyone”

A Walk In The Woods: Enchanted by Christ

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

A few minutes from where I live there is a flat trail that leads for miles through a thick forest. I like to take my dog Winston there for walks, often over my lunch break, the sprightly excursion a nice respite from the office, meetings and other tasks that usually make up my day. 

A Walk In The Woods: Enchanted by Christ

Agree With Your Free Salvation

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

I’ve found that most people struggle to agree with God that we are fully forgiven, redeemed and justified by pure grace alone, for the sake of Jesus Christ alone. I know it’s difficult for me. That is why we need this gospel preached to us over and over. But wait. What about good works and loving my neighbor?

Agree With Your Free Salvation

New Trees In An Old World

BY DONAVON RILEY 

All the verbs of our salvation are passive. God calls and gathers people to him through his Gospel. We don’t find him like an explorer finds the headwaters of a river. We are saved by Jesus’ death and resurrection. We don’t save ourselves.

New Trees In An Old World