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Strengthened by Grace

March 8, 2014

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1 ESV)

I came across this verse in my reading recently and spent some time considering what it means to be “strengthened by grace.”

Most versions say this as “be strong in grace.”

What does this mean? How could this apply in our lives?

I considered first why Timothy might need to be strengthened by grace.

Loss of a Mentor. As Paul wrote his final letter to Timothy, his disciple and “heir-apparent”, he was facing execution. Knowing this loss of a mentor and friend would enter into his young prodigy’s life would be cause for needing grace. 

Problems at Work. Timothy also was facing a number of problems at work (ministry.) There were false teachers needing to be silenced who were attempting to discredit him at every turn.

Perception Versus Reality

November 10, 2013

The other day my son was telling me I was in a bad mood that morning. I assured him I was not as my oldest son agreed. No matter how much I tried to convince my youngest, he would not be persuaded. I had been grumpy.

His perception, whether accurate or not, had become his reality.

This paradox appears in politics and the workplace. You might come armed with facts as to why a perception or an accusation is not true, but facts don’t have the power to sway pubic opinion in an instant

This happens in our marriages. How often do we use words like “always” or “never”. Do we ever find ourselves having conversations like this?

One spouse says, “I do this (task) as much as you do.”
The other spouse (usually the scorekeeping husband (not that I relate to this)), says, Well in fact I do this 72.6 percent of the time as compared to your 27.3 percent.

Missionary Kids

July 10, 2013

Plenty of emphasis is placed on the dangers raising children on the mission field brings. The thought of crime and disease sends shivers down the spine of a parent contemplating “the life overseas”.

Choosing missions for your kids causes them miss out on grandparents and culture in our home countries.

It becomes so easy to whether our children will one day resent the choice we’ve made for them.

But, let’s be honest.

There are so many benefits to living on the field and having our children grow up in this atmosphere.

Let me share a story with you we recently experienced.

To hear the story and engage in a great discussion about the benefits to raising children on the missions field, head over to:

A Life Overseas

What is the meaning of life? Why are we really here?

These are questions making ask today. Solomon asked the same question in the book of Ecclesiastes. At first glance, we can be  easily caught up with words like vanity”, “toil”, “meaningless”, and “chasing the wind” found in this writing.

These are all depressing terms listed in Ecclesiastes. It can seem, that apart from the last verse, the book has its conclusion in despair.

All seems meaningless until we get to the final passage.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 says, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man”

Hopeless

By: momo

This book is a comparison of two ways of living.

The author uses the term “under the sun” to describe one of the worldviews. A life lived this way ends in “toil”, “vanity”, and ultimately is “meaningless”. Even the best life has to offer, ends up meaningless without God.

When I teach on the grace of God, people are always concerned that God might not realize people like to work the system or find loopholes. They make statements like, “God won’t allow people to get away with sin” or “They will only be forgiven as they forgive.”

I understand this. When we stare into the enormity of God’s grace, we feel like God could be abused. We don’t want God who is a push-over, promoting some form of sloppy agape or cheap grace.

Jonah thought this too.

When asked to bring a message of repentance to the Ninevites, he ran and refused to give it. He knew if the people believed it, God would forgive them. Jonah did not feel this brutal people who were enemies of Israel deserved this. His thoughts may have gone a bit like this…