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An embarrassment to be hidden, or a door for grace to enter through?

Depression, or inability, or any sort of lack are not embarrassments to be hidden, but are means of grace and teaching, doors to a deeper faith, doors through which grace enters. “…the experiences of anxiety and depression make a lot … Continue reading

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Were you hired at the eleventh hour?

“…And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they … Continue reading

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on shaky-foundation days

“When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply; the flame shall not hurt you; I only design your dross to consume and your gold to refine. The soul that on Jesus has leaned … Continue reading

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teaching children grace, not morals

Have you ever wondered how to explain a section of scripture to a child? Maybe the verses are full of the amazing details of God’s might or mercy in a person’s life, but you’re left wondering what He’d want you … Continue reading

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Parenting dyed with the most powerful force

“If you allow yourself to forget the daily mercies you receive from your Father’s hands, mercies you could never earn, it will become easier for you not to parent your children with mercy. Mercy is tenderness and compassion toward someone … Continue reading

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God’s love rubbed into your grief

“The love and hope of God…has to be rubbed into our grief, the way you have to rub salt into meat in warm climates…Your grief is going to make you bleaker and weaker or it could make you far more … Continue reading

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the dazzling display of sovereignty in creation (meant as a primer)

“Why did God create?…God was not inwardly lonely or personally empty; He was entirely self-satisfied, self-content, and self-contained. So God did not create because of some limitation within Himself… He created everything out of nothing in order to put His … Continue reading

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skilled at seeing other’s weaknesses

“Why is it that we’re so skilled at remembering the other’s weakness, failure, and sin and so adept at forgetting our own? Why are we so good at seeing all the ways that another needs to be forgiven but forget … Continue reading

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moving heaven and earth

“…grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves…drawing us sinners closer and closer to Himself…Grace … Continue reading

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Is a different set of circumstances the answer?

“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.” Elisabeth Elliot wasn’t just fiddling with phrases hoping to create quotable sentences. She was combining for us words from our Lord. Words that redirect our faulty … Continue reading

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clear vision in a dark valley

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Psalm 23:4 “Lord, you have brought us to the valley of vision, where we live in the depths but see you in the heights; hemmed in by mountains … Continue reading

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Does God know what you need Him to withhold?

The sentence is there, tucked into Ryle’s explanation of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It’s a short sentence. But the statement comes to mind when I’m in a conversation with someone who yearns for beautiful earthly goods, or when a … Continue reading

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Why don’t they have toes?

“Why don’t they have toes, mommy?” “Because they’re mannequins, honey. They aren’t real.” “They look real. Do they hide their funny feet under their shoes?” “Yes, honey, something like that.” “Or masks. They could use masks. Lots of people hide … Continue reading

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carrying home the water of grace

Enigma. Mystery. Puzzles and conundrums. Scripture is full of what we interpret as paradox. We, fallen, with finite minds, are unable to grasp God’s ways apart from the Spirit’s illumination. We are but dust, after all. And so when God … Continue reading

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dissolved by His goodness

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song, The joy of my heart and the boast of my tongue; Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last, Hath won my affections and bound my soul fast. … Continue reading

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