God’s free gift of grace, to me, is. . .

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grace week1

Books about God’s grace and what it means and what it will do abound.   Sometimes I like to boil complex topics down into chunks my simple mind can digest.

God’s free gift of grace, to me, is . . .

      • Outright
      • Undeserved
      • Totally sufficient
      • Exclusively God’s
      • Eternal
      • Universal–available to all
      • Indiscriminate
      • Spiritually given
      • Spiritually received
      • Punctual — God’s grace always arrives right on time. It is never late.1

Kyle Idleman believes unless we experience grace we’ll never understand grace.
As we experience grace it becomes a part of our story.

Do you have a grace story? Have you experienced God’s grace first hand?

What does grace mean to you?

This post is interactive.

I’m asking you to respond.

Will you share with me what grace means to you?

Let’s begin this week immersed in God’s unfathomable, lavish grace.

1Kyle Idleman’s YouTube video, Hitting Reset was my inspiration for this…

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Nuggets – The Land of Uz

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The Land of Uz
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job.” (Job 1:1)

Uz was a son of Aram and a grandson of Shem (Genesis 10:22-23). Shem’s first son, Arphaxad, was born two years after the Flood, and his remaining sons would have been born in some reasonable sequence thereafter, probably around 36 years apart (Genesis 11:10-26). It is unlikely that Aram, Uz’s father, was born past the first century after the Flood. The events at Babel took place during the fifth generation (the generation of Peleg), and Uz would have been alive then.

The land of Uz is later associated with the territory of Edom (Lamentations 4:21), which is near the area southeast of the Dead Sea, toward the upper reaches of the Sinai Peninsula, east of Egypt and just north of the Red Sea. Although that area is not very pleasant now…

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Nuggets – By Any Means

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By Any Means
“And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.” (Acts 27:12)

This seemingly insignificant phrase “by any means” (Greek ei pos) is actually used to express the urgency of attaining some object sought, along with the means for its attainment. It occurs just four times in the New Testament, and it is interesting that these four occurrences seem to follow a significant order.

The first of them is in our text above and expresses a search for physical comfort, as the mariners, transporting Paul to Rome, sought by any means to find a convenient place to spend the winter.

The second expresses Paul’s search for spiritual ministry. When Paul wrote…

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Trial, Tribulation & Turmoil

There was a lot of repetition, but I learned the patience of JOB. He could not understand that Satan was causing these issues until God brought him to truth

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I just finished reading the book of Job recently. I know that it’s probably not on anyone’s top ten list of favorite books of the Bible, but when you step back from the simple narrative, it actually teaches us a lot about how to navigate the disappointments, pain and suffering in our world today.

To briefly summarize the story:  Job was a righteous man who trusted in God and was blessed with wealth and prosperity. Satan challenged his integrity, supposing that Job would curse God if he was allowed to suffer. When the Lord removed His divine protection, the devil orchestrated quadruple disasters that erased all of Job’s vast wealth, killed his servants and all ten of his children. Imagine the loss! The pain and confusion would be overwhelming!! And as if that wasn’t enough, the enemy eventually attacked Job’s health, causing painful sores to break out all over his body…

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Nuggets – Sifted

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Sifted
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32)

In the evening before His betrayal, capture, torture, and trial, Christ turned to Simon with these final words, encouraging him to remain strong. Of course, Peter boldly proclaimed that he would never deny Christ, but Christ knew better (vv. 33-34).

Actually, our text is quite forceful. Christ claimed that Satan has “begged earnestly” (literal translation of “desired”), not just for Peter, but for all the disciples, as seen in the plural pronoun “you,” to “sift you as wheat.” Satan knew (as he still knows) that the fall of Christian leaders causes many others to fall, and if all of the disciples could be made to abandon the faith…

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