Dear Grace-Grippers I have battled a sinus infection since returning from Mepkin Abbey and just haven’t had the clarity to write this week. Hope to “dry up” this problem quickly. Hoping that this Advent brings new birth surprises into all of our lives … in Christ. in his grip, Ken Continue reading
Grace-Gripped will resume on Monday, 11/25. Carolyn and I are at Mepkin Abbey for a week long silent retreat. “Be still … and know I am God”. Thankful . Ken Continue reading Being Still…..
November 15, 2013 “How many loaves of bread do you have?” Mark 6:38 The Message In a race-divided nation a God-appointed preacher said: “The secret of the Christian life is simply the presence of Jesus Christ.” This nail-scarred .. grave-risen man still offers His Life to anyone looking .. longing .. seeking .. running .. … Continue reading Hidden in Plain Sight (2)
“When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, “Look here.” He looked up, expecting to get something from them. Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do … Continue reading “Look here…”
November 13, 2013 “Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life — no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his … Continue reading God’s urgent patience …
November 12, 2013 “God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he love so much. The Son got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating, … We look at this Son and … Continue reading Life in Jesus …
“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in … Continue reading Hidden in plain sight…..
November 8, 2013 “Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.” James 5:16 The Message Confession is more than just admitting you did it. It’s about living in the light. The 5th step in a recovery path for … Continue reading Honesty by another name … confession
November 7, 2013 “Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.” … Continue reading On your own .. or .. one of his own..?
November 6, 2013 “I’m calling it quits on the kingdom of Israel .. I’ve run out of mercy. There’s no more forgiveness. .. You’ve become nobodies to me, and I God, am a nobody to you….” Hosea 1:4-9 The Message Over and over again, God shows you all the cards He is holding. He doesn’t … Continue reading God’s a lousy poker player…