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Locked Into Conditional Acceptance

Locked Into Conditional Acceptance

One of the reasons I think it is so tough to accept grace from God and others, as well as give grace to ourselves, is we are locked into a mindset of conditional acceptance. Conditional acceptance means that you are loved and accepted if you are good, and you are...
But For the Grace of God Go I

But For the Grace of God Go I

I remember one time when I was little, I made fun of another kid who had a disability. When my mom heard me, she said something I have always remembered: But for the grace of God go I. What she meant was that it was only by God’s grace that I had a certain level of...
Don’t Let Your Struggle Become Your Identity

Don’t Let Your Struggle Become Your Identity

We all struggle with something. I’m not sure what your particular struggle is, but I bet something came to mind. Sometimes, try as we might, our struggles just don’t go away. Sure, we can go to counseling and improve a bit. But we never get to the place where we have...
As Is

As Is

I was browsing on Ebay the other day, reading ads for used cars. I remember one advertisement in particular was for an older, worn-down vehicle. Somewhere in the description were these words: “As Is.” “As Is” means the buyer agrees to buy whatever the thing is without...
This is Where I Leave You… And Find Grace

This is Where I Leave You… And Find Grace

The other night I saw the movie ‘This is Where I Leave You.’ There was one scene in the move that beautifully illustrated grace. The main character of the film is Judd Altman (played by Jason Bateman). Judd has constructed a ‘perfect life’ for himself, but as the...
Mark Driscoll: How Should We Respond?

Mark Driscoll: How Should We Respond?

Mark Driscoll has been in the news quite a bit lately. And to be honest, the press has been pretty bad. Driscoll has been accused of plagiarizing, using church money to increase the sales of his book, and making derogatory comments on his church website under the...
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