'grace' tagged posts

Getting What We Don’t Deserve

When I was a new Christian, it was difficult to read the Old Testament. Most of the preaching and teaching focused on Jesus, the disciples and the work of the Holy Spirit. In Genesis 43, we read the story of Joseph and his relationship with his siblings after his rise to power in Egypt. This…

Grace to Fight Temptation

I was again reminded this week of the importance of prayer. As Christians, it is easy to fall into the temptation of taking God for granted. This leads to letting our guards down and falling to the wiles of Satan. Jesus’ reminder to pray regularly against temptation reminds us just how prevalent and dangerous the…

The Pursuit of Grace

There is a saying that goes like this, “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” The meaning of course is it is easier to use something good or sweet to motivate than something sour or negative. We apply the same principle with using positive reinforcement in motivating people, in particular children to conforming…

From Prosperity to Poverty

Recent years in Canada, and especially in Alberta have seen business slowdowns, decreasing profits, layoffs, new housing slowing down, foreclosures, personal and business bankruptcies, bank failures, investment company collapses, the loss of retirement funds, and problems that go with the downturn. After years of plenty, we seem to have developed an attitude of entitlement. We…

Who Needs Grace?

I want to begin by asking a question: Which person needs God’s grace more: the conscientious, dutiful, hardworking Christian or the most decadent hard-living sinner? I once heard that grace was defined as making up the difference between God’s righteous law and what we lack in living up to those requirements. No one can merit…