Theme of the Week: Pursued By Grace
Friday, May 19, 2017
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Key Bible Verse: Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. (1 John 3:20)
Dig Deeper: 1 John 3:18-24
You can run away and hide, but grace is relentless.
Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, the Bible says they lived life naked and unashamed. But the moment sin came on the scene, they were ashamed and did their best to hide from God.
Sometimes when our secret sin gets exposed and we can no longer hide it, then we go into hiding. As much as possible, we do our best to avoid the people who know. Shame becomes our constant companion who relentlessly whispers, You're not worthy of forgiveness. You don't deserve a second chance.
But here's a surprising characteristic about grace—grace chases you. You can run away and hide, but grace is relentless. Grace will chase you down. That's what's happening to some of you right now, and you don't even know it. With every word you read, grace is gaining ground.
As a pastor, I love witnessing the moment grace finally catches up to someone's mess. The phrase I use to describe that moment is "beautiful collision." Those two words don't seem to go together. Collision brings to mind words like broken, busted, and wrecked—not typically words that fit with beautiful. But the Gospels are full of beautiful collisions. When a broken, busted, and wrecked life collides with Jesus, it's a beautiful thing.
—Kyle Idleman in Grace Is Greater
Adapted from Grace Is Greater: God's Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story by Kyle Idleman. Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group (BakerPublishingGroup.com), copyright © 2017. Used by permission. All rights to this material are reserved. Material is not to be reproduced, scanned, copied, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without written permission from Baker Publishing Group.
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Prayer for the Week
Savior, let me receive the astounding good news of my salvation like I’m hearing it for the first time.
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