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Grace Blog

Life As We Overcome

Posted by J.D. Shaw on

In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the apostle Paul writes this: “But he [Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” And in John 16:33, the Lord himself said this: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have ...

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Social Media and the Fruit of the Spirit

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For a long time I’ve been troubled with how Christians use social media (and how I’ve used it when, in the past, I’ve had a Facebook and Twitter account).  Aaron Earls from Lifeway does as good a job as I’ve seen articulating the misgivings I have about social media. ...

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"All That Dims Thy Calvary"

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From prayer that asks that I may be Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, From fearing when I should aspire, From faltering when I should climb higher, From silken self, O Captain free Thy soldier who would follow Thee.   From subtle love of softening things, From easy choices, ...

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Peace with God

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“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ – you that have believed in Jesus – there is perfect peace between you and God now. ‘Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God.’ Your sin was the ground of the quarrel, but it has gone. It has ceased to be. It is ...

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Active Sanctification

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“In the matter of our righteousness and justification we can never say too often that we do nothing, we can do nothing, it is entirely the work of Christ. But once we are saved and given this new life, then the progressive work of sanctification does not call for passivity, and we are ...

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Robbing Sin of its Power

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“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16.   Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together, writes about the importance of and blessing available ...

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God Has Given Us a Teacher

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“God has given us a teacher. That is why we have the Holy Spirit. ‘When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth’ ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.’   “When we contemplate the great ends God has in mind for us, it may ...

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I Am Only Now Beginning to Understand...

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We know little about the early church father Ignatius of Antioch. He was born soon after the resurrection of Christ, was apparently converted to Christianity at a young age, and eventually succeeded the apostle Peter as bishop of the church in Antioch.   For reasons that aren’t ...

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Stick to the Word

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  Christians often want to know “what is God’s will for my life? What decision would he have me to make in this circumstance?” Elisabeth Elliot, in her book God’s Guidance, focuses rightly on 1 Thessalonians 4:3: “It is God’s will that you should be ...

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Cultural Christianity is Dead; Long Live the Real Thing

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  Christians across America are dismayed, and understandably so, in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court decision enshrining in the Constitution the right for a man to marry another man. Much has already been written, and much more, I’m sure, is to come.   But the ...

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