Author Archives: Ruth Chou Simons

Favor You Cannot Earn

Favor You Cannot Earn

OPENING Have a volunteer read the opening out loud for the group. It’s that panicked feeling… you know, the one that comes to the surface when you see a friend celebrated for an accomplishment, and you think, “Wait, what am I doing with my life?” Or, it’s that sinking feeling when you reach the end

God’s Gift of Grace

A long red envelope — subtle enough for a hundred-dollar bill to feel extravagant, but extravagant enough for even a single dollar bill to feel elevated. If you’ve ever received one, you know. It’s a thing of elegance and expectation. The red envelope’s edges are crisp and, if adorned, exquisite. The flap is sealed, and

When Grace Replaces Striving

Have you ever read the familiar verse, Be still and know that I am God. — Psalm 46:10 and wondered: Well, how, then do I manage my chaotic life, my disobedient children, or that project at work that my boss expects me to complete if I want to receive a promotion. Does “cease striving” (as

Grace Makes New, Not Better

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. — 2 Corinthians 5:17 Striving for self-improvement is a dead-end street. The temptation to fix yourself, better yourself, feel good about yourself by cleaning yourself up — that temptation is real. We aren’t alone

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