Category Archives: Grace Notes

Lent V- Friday

Our plans and preparations work to a point, but we don’t have perfect lives. We live in “real life” and it’s here that we see that our plans and preparations are shortsighted; however, this opens up the door for us to turn to and accept God’s gifts. Jesus never said bring more people to the Read More »

Lent V- Thursday

Jesus gave a new commandment to his disciples at the Last Supper. He told them that they should love as He loves. This command is not easy to follow. Because although many of us are able and willing to help others at the drop of a hat; to allow others to love us in the Read More »

Lent V- Wednesday

Days before His crucifixion some people tried to trap Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar. Jesus responded to them, “If Caesar wants his stuff give back to him, you should, it’s monogrammed with his face on it, but give to God what’s God’s. That’s the image we were made in.” The brilliance of our Lord’s Read More »

Lent V-Tuesday

I don’t believe that the primary goal of following Jesus is behavior modification. What I mean is that we are not only trying to get rid of our bad habits. When I think about Jesus I think more often about the types of things he did rather than didn’t do. However, Jesus is more than Read More »

Lent V- Monday

We don’t often think of it this way, but Jesus shows an amazing amount of patience for His followers. For us it’s hard not to want things now. Sometimes we may feel like God is slow in answering our prayers. However, look at it the other way: do we believe that the salvation of God Read More »

Lent VI- Friday

Many problems arise when there are qualifications for understanding our faith enough. At which point is our knowledge sufficient or sincere enough for forgiveness? I know more about my faith now than I did when I was in high school. God’s forgiveness is a gift we didn’t choose. God will act upon His own decision Read More »

Lent VI- Thursday

Each of us has a preferred self that we’ve designed. Because we believe that we can construct a better existence than the one that God has given us. The problem is that something is always stopping us from reaching this preferred self. And we do this in several ways: we tell ourselves, “If I only Read More »

Lent VI- Wednesday

Anyone who calls themselves a Christian becomes a teacher of the faith by default. When people know that we are Christians we are the examples of what the redeemed life in Jesus looks like. However, the Church has never been made up of perfect saints. The church is full of sinners. It’s led by sinners. Read More »

Lent VI- Tuesday

Lots of things lay claim to our priorities, our time, and our resources, but there is a counter reality that Jesus offers that brings us together. We call it fellowship, but that doesn’t get to the heart of the word. Biblical fellowship isn’t just having a potluck occasionally or even having lots of friends in Read More »

Lent VI- Monday

The mercy of Jesus Christ is for fatigued souls and weary minds. People can be awfully hard on themselves, but there’s no Biblical mandate for this. We don’t receive mercy because we’re failures. Through mercy Jesus takes the weight of life off of us. The Christian faith makes the most sense to people who recognize Read More »