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Jesus Is ______: Scandalous Grace

Jesus Is ______: Scandalous Grace

Jesus is _____. How would you fill in that blank? That question is at the heart of a campaign The City Church launched a couple of years ago with the goal of getting Seattle to think about Jesus. Our purpose wasn’t to tell anyone what to believe. We just wanted people to get Jesus on

The Grace-Given Give Grace

On a November evening, Victoria Ruvolo, a forty-four-year-old New Yorker, was driving to her home on Long Island. She’d just attended her niece’s recital and was ready for the couch, a warm fire, and relaxation. She doesn’t remember seeing the silver Nissan approach from the east. She remembers nothing of the eighteen- year-old boy leaning

A Return to Glory and Grace: God’s Wild, Secretive Plan

From all of our beginnings, we keep reliving the Garden story. Satan, he wanted more. More power, more glory. Ultimately, in his essence, Satan is an ingrate. And he sinks his venom into the heart of Eden. Satan’s sin becomes the first sin of all humanity: the sin of ingratitude. Adam and Eve are, simply,

Romans-5-8

God v. You

From the beginning of time, people have wrestled with the power of sin. It comes in many forms: pride, jealousy, immorality, and every other form of self-satisfaction. These all stem from the root of original sin, and just as Satan appealed to Eve’s appetite for the only thing God withheld, so Satan stands before us

Forgiveness For All

I came across an interesting online article this morning. The headline read “38 Stars Who Were Arrested in 2012.” My curiosity compelled me to click on the link. The article showed some of our beloved Hollywood A-listers, B-listers, even C-listers in a less than flattering light. We’ve seen them in movies. We’ve listened to their

Refining Grace

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I

By Grace You Have Been Saved

This Grace in Which You Stand

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. — Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) Even when we were dead in trespasses, [He] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). There are times when we say words that we wish we could

An Encouraging Word from Max Lucado

Unscrooged Hearts

Some people resist the change. The ungrateful servant did. In the story Jesus told, the servant owed more money to the king than he could ever repay. Try as he might, the man couldn’t make the payments. He’d sooner find frogs in the clouds than he’d find cash for the debt. “So the king ordered

Forgiveness: Receive the Gift of Grace

  Forgiveness: Today I will remember that my failure to forgive myself is a prideful choice to not receive your grace. If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone. The new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 What can we learn about forgiveness from one of the greatest saints

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