God’s scandalous grace invaded Portage, Wisconsin, with unwelcomed splendor in April of 1994. It targeted a criminal serving multiple life-sentences in the Columbia Correctional Institution. It’s not uncommon for thieves and murderers in prison to receive God’s grace, but this day was different. The person who attracted God’s love was a man who killed 17…
I have frequently thought to myself that if God fully knows me, then there is no way that He could fully love me. My sin is too ugly, I’ve been too broken, and I’ve wondered too far. The reality is, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Bible tells me so. One of the many…
The word repent is one that doesn’t sit too well with many people around the world. What is intended to be a gift and opportunity to encounter the grace of God has now become something individuals cringe at when hearing.
I meet a lot of people who say they wouldn’t be caught dead inside of a church building, that their life is too messed up to be embraced by the arms of God, and that their previous failures are too monstrous to be forgiven by the grace of Jesus.
The beautiful thing about God’s grace is that it’s available to people who don’t deserve it. I don’t deserve it, you don’t deserve, and that person on t.v. who was found guilty of inappropriately touching his sisters doesn’t deserve it either. But guess what? Grace still abounds to those who seek it.
We all fail, make mistakes and are in need of grace and second chances. The beautiful thing about the story of Jesus is that his grace was sufficient for ALL people, the whole world, anyone who calls upon his name (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Dear Ray Rice, I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. As your career and reputation are being burned at the stake by media and news outlets alike, I can help but what is going on in your heart.