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Applying God’s Grace 1

Applying God’s Grace

"Rob" had gone to church all his life. He worshipped each week and even attended some Bible studies over the 80 plus years of his life on earth. I imagine he had heard close to 3000 sermons in his life and had been in numerous studies of both the Old and New Testaments. He knew the Bible and the doctrine of the faith and could quote it at people, too, – which he liked to do. This all sounds great, – but most people avoided "Rob," because he was cranky and negative and very self-centered. "Rob" had never really made the "effort to apply" the love and grace of Jesus into his life and into his relationships with others.
What Would You Ask For? 0

What Would You Ask For?

"The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, `Look, the Lamb of God!' When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, `What do you want?' They said, `Rabbi' (which means Teacher), `where are you staying?' `Come,' he replied, `and you will see.' So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him." - John 1:35-39 If Jesus suddenly appeared before you and asked, "What do you want?" how would you respond? Maybe you'd ask for physical healing for yourself or someone you know and love. Perhaps you'd ask for the restoration of a broken relationship. Or maybe you'd think much bigger and ask for peace in our world or the end of poverty.
The Quilt 0

The Quilt

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.