"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GRACE IMMERSION ~ DAY 28

{sorry I had to cram this one in this week, but it's the last one of Week 4 so it just had to be here}

We really have been immersed in GRACE this week in Romans

DAY 28
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GRACE IMMERSION


Week 4 
DAYS 22-28

"The Tensions of Grace"

"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, 
but under grace."
Romans 6:14

"Does Grace Protect You?"
was such an important one for me, I couldn't forget sharing it before moving on


{sorry but it seems that the devotions may no longer be available online by following these links}
*Sorry you'll have to click over and read the actual devotion at Grace Immersion ... really too bad  but there is still his book

"... we are sometimes granted healing grace that takes away our pain;
but we are always granted sustaining grace that strengthens us
in our pain."~Rene Schlaepfer


... here are the questions at the end for our discussion in the comments:


"In what area of your life do you sense that, for right now anyway, God is saying “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness”?


How in the world would it bring God more glory to work through some of your pain instead of simply eliminating all your pain?
How has God worked through weakness and pain in your life, both for your good and for others?
Thank God that He redeems the pain to bring good out of it. Thank Him for at least one specific way He has done that in your life. Then bring to Him any situation causing you pain now, and ask Him to either remove it or work through it to bring Him glory. Then rest in His grace, knowing He will answer in the best way."

*It's too bad that this study seems to have been taken offline, but it is a wonderful book! 
We will continue with Week 5 on May 10th, 6 p.m. you'll see why tomorrow

GRACE IMMERSION ~ DAY 27

Yep, GRACE IMMERSION every day 
this week
and
for today
to end Week 4 in April

Now this is really
GRACE IMMERSION

DAY 27
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GRACE IMMERSION


Week 4 
DAYS 22-28

"The Tensions of Grace"

"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace."
Romans 6:14

Let's read
1 Peter 1:13b
for
today

Day 27
"Grace and Rewards"

{for me, GRACE is THE reward, but this devotion shares more of our heavenly rewards that we need to hope in}


{sorry but it seems that the devotions may no longer be available online by following these links}


"Have you ever given a cup of water to someone, or visited someone sick? Imagine Jesus joyfully rewarding you in heaven for that deed, as He said He would. What is your response to Jesus?


Explain in your own words how the idea of eternal reward does not contradict the idea of grace.
Express to God your thanks that His grace will extend even to rewarding you for the smallest good deed. Praise Him for His grace! Ask Him to help you see needs for you to meet in a gracious way."


Don't forget I still have the last one for Day 28 later today and it's a really good one


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GRACE IMMERSION ~ DAY 26

DAY 26
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GRACE IMMERSION


Week 4 
DAYS 22-28

"The Tensions of Grace"

"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, 
but under grace."
Romans 6:14

Reading
2 Timothy 1:8b
for
"NO BROWNIE POINTS"

{I remember desiring these and working for them}


{sorry but it seems that the devotions may no longer be available online by following these links}

 Here are the questions at the end for our discussion in the comments:


"Why do our good works not make God love us more?

If that’s true, then why do good works?"


Make the lyrics of "Rock of Ages" ... into your prayer today.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GRACE IMMERSION ~ DAY 25

DAY 25
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GRACE IMMERSION


Week 4 
DAYS 22-28

"The Tensions of Grace"

"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, 
but under grace."
Romans 6:14

Read
Romans 6:1-4


{sorry but the devotions may no longer be available online by following these links}

 Here are the questions at the end for our discussion in the comments:


"Do you agree or disagree with the Martyn Lloyd–Jones quote? Why?
"The true preaching of the gospel of grace always leads to the possibility of this charge being brought against it. There is no better test as to whether a man is really preaching the New Testament gospel of salvation than this, that some people misunderstand it and misinterpret it to mean that it really amounts to this, that because you are saved by grace alone it does not matter at all what you do; you can go on sinning as much as you like… If my preaching and presentation of the gospel of salvation does not expose it to that misunderstanding, then it is not the gospel.
I would say to all preachers: If your preaching of salvation has not been misunderstood in that way, then you had better examine your sermons again, and you had better make sure that you are really preaching the salvation that is offered in the New Testament… there is this kind of dangerous element about the true presentation of the gospel of salvation." (Quoted in Swindoll, The Grace Awakening, pp. 39, 40)
Are any of the three symptoms of “grace abuse” above true of you?
  1. There’s a lack of love and care about how your behavior affects others
  2. There’s a rationalization of blatant sin
  3. There’s an unwillingness to be accountable

Ask the Lord to show you if you’ve been using grace as an excuse for a lack of discipline, or blatant sin. Ask Him to remind you that though grace is free to you, it cost Jesus so much!"


Monday, April 27, 2015

GRACE IMMERSION ~ DAY 24

GRACE IMMERSION 
EVERYDAY THIS WEEK

DAY 24
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GRACE IMMERSION


Week 4 
DAYS 22-28

"The Tensions of Grace"

"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, 
but under grace."
Romans 6:14

Read
Matthew 22:34-40


Sorry but you'll have to click over and read the actual devotion at Grace Immersion but here are the questions at the end for our discussion in the comments:


"Why do you think it is so easy — even natural — to slip from a vertical focus to a horizontal focus?
Why would a true vertical focus on God naturally demonstrate itself in a genuine horizontal love for others?
Today simply allow yourself to luxuriate in that vertical relationship: God loves you and lavishes grace upon you!"



 « Day 23 Grace Immersion site or book Day 25 »

Sunday, April 26, 2015

GRACE IMMERSION ~ DAY 23

DAY 23
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GRACE IMMERSION


Week 4 
DAYS 22-28

"The Tensions of Grace"

"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace."
Romans 6:14

Read
1 Peter 1:3-5
Jonah 2:8




Sorry but you'll have to click over and read the actual devotion at Grace Immersion but here are the questions at the end for our discussion in the comments:


"Have you ever refused help because of pride? What happened?

Were you once too proud to receive the grace of God? How did things change?

Ask God to show you where you are proudly clinging to idols — of pleasure, of security, of any kind — and refusing His grace"


In Healing Grace, David Seamands lists several barriers to grace related to pride:

1. Cultural barriers

2. Theological barriers

3. Family barriers





Saturday, April 25, 2015

SOS ~ GRACE IMMERSION ~ WEEK 4 ~ DAY 22

DAY 22
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GRACE IMMERSION


Week 4 
DAYS 22-28

"The Tensions of Grace"

"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, 
but under grace."
Romans 6:14

Read 
Matthew 20:1-16



Sorry but you'll have to click over and read the actual devotion at Grace Immersion but here are the questions at the end for our discussion in the comments:


"As Philip Yancey writes, “In the realm of grace the word deserve does not even apply.” Can you live with that?

Do you agree or disagree with Marla Alupoaicei’s statement? Why?

"Christians say that we want grace, but what we really want, deep down, is justice. We want the so-called “good people” of the world to be rewarded and the “bad people” to be punished. When we see the floodgates of heaven opened and God’s grace poured out on the seemingly deserving as well as the undeserving, many of us act like the miffed older brother of the prodigal son or the laborer who worked the entire day for a denarius and grew disenchanted when he saw another worker receive the same pay for one hour’s work."
Is it hard for you to accept that a certain group or person can receive God’s grace? Would it be tough to see someone in heaven? Who?
Thank God for being a big spender when it comes to grace! If there’s someone you resent or have difficulty imagining “graced” by God, bring that person to God in prayer now. Ask God to soften your heart."

Can you live with
GRACE?

or better said
can we live without it?




{I'll be posting one of these every day this week and 2 on April 30th, sorry}
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Sermon at TLC


Thursday, April 23, 2015

SOS ~ GRACE IMMERSION ~ DAY 21

DAY 21
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GRACE IMMERSION


Week 3 
DAYS 15-21

"Why Grace?"
Grace in Romans

GRACE IMMERSION

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
Romans 3:23–24

You will have to click over and read the actual devotion at Grace Immersion   (sorry
for Day 21 as
you read
Romans 12:1-2
2 Corinthians 3:8
and
let it change you


so here are the questions at the end for our discussion in the comments:


"How can the same exact things — Bible reading, prayer, evangelism — bring you joy or seem like drudgery? What makes the difference?
Have you been able to experience the spiritual disciplines, such as Bible reading, prayer, quiet time, etc., as times you actually look forward to? Why?
The Grand Canyon’s a wonder of the world, but spend time today thinking of the world’s biggest wonder, God’s grace toward you! Thank Him specifically for some aspect of His grace!"

"How are you trying to grow spiritually — by grace or by law?"

I just had to pause and think on this one truthfully
throughout my spiritual journey
how have I done

My discontent is that I think
I have not been growing as much as I should have
and I'm not as mature in fruit
as a Christian with this
blessed many years
should be

and
just perhaps
this is why

I just have not
grasped
GRACE 
completely 
but I sure am trying
{that could be the problem}
especially in
allowing
that same
GRACE
for others

Yes, I'm beginning to be
Changed by GRACE alone
Peggy

God's GRACE 
toward you and me
endless, limitless, aMazing
pausing to remember my parent's anniversary date today
and all the years of GRACE they have in heaven
as I have here until my time comes




{On to Week 4 this Sat., SONday...}


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