Without exposure to potential failure, there is no risk.
Ruthless trust ultimately comes down to this: faith in the person of Jesus and hope in his promise.
Put bluntly, the American church today accepts grace in theory but denies it in practice. We say we believe that the fundamental structure of reality is grace, not works – but our lives refute our faith.
Define yourself radically as one beloved by God.
By and large, the gospel of grace is neither proclaimed, understood, nor lived.
Too many Christians are living in a house of fear and not in the house of love.
Childlike surrender and trust, I believe, is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship.
We have been given God in our souls and Christ in our flesh. We have the power to believe where others deny, to hope where others despair, to love where others hurt.
The Word we study has to be the Word we pray.
Trust is that rare and priceless treasure that wins us the affection of our heavenly Father.
God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be.
Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.
I believe that the real difference in the American church is not between conservatives and liberals, fundamentalists and charismatics, nor between Republicans and Democrats. The real difference is between the aware and the unaware.
Sin and forgiveness and falling and getting back up and losing the pearl of great price in the couch cushions but then finding it again, and again, and again? Those are the stumbling steps to becoming Real, the only script that’s really worth following in this world or the one that’s coming.
Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try and find something or someone that it cannot cover. Grace is enough.