Flowing Faith

March 30, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Ready for a Risk of Faith?

A risk of faithWhat would it take for you to take a risk of faith? What would it take to get you out of your comfort zone and into an adventure of faith? These are the questions that have been running through my head as I’ve been reading the fourth diary in Mary DeMuth‘s and Frank Viola‘s brand new book The Day I Met Jesus: The reavealing diaries of five women in the gospels.

The fourth diary is of a woman with a flow of blood. Her story is found in Mark 5:25-35. She had been bleeding for 12 years and because of that she was an outcast as a ritually impure. Then she heard Jesus was coming and she knew that if she only could touch his robe she’d be healed. She managed to do that and she was healed due to the power of God and her own faith, as Jesus put it.

Frank Viola writes “Contrary to popular conception, faith isn’t something mental. It’s not hope, hype, wishful thinking, or natural expectation. Faith is a specific kind of trust in God that’s built on an internal knowing. This is why Paul writes, ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’. Faith is the channel by which Jesus’ power can operate.”

Is your faith channel open for Jesus’ power?
Do you trust God unswervingly?
Do you believe in the power of God in your life?

This woman’s faith, willingness to take a risk, and her determination challenges our comfy life styles. Jesus was taken by this woman’s faith, she was the only woman in the New Testament Jesus  addressed by the name of Daughter. Wouldn’t you like to hear this words from Jesus “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague” (Mark 5:34, MSG).

What would it take for you to take a risk of faith?
How could you live boldly for Jesus today?
Could you stake your whole life on Jesus?

 

Gracious God,
I am so humbled yet encouraged.
Increase my faith, Lord.
May Jesus’ power operate in my life today and always.
Enable me to always trust you unswervingly.
Give me everything it takes to stake my life on Jesus.
Show me how to live boldly for you every day of my life.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Is your faith channel open for Jesus’ power? Are you ready for a risk of faith?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you stake your life on Jesus!

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March 27, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Healing Words for a Broken Heart

healing wordsDo you feel like you heart is breaking? I am sorry to hear that. No matter what has caused your broken heart, help is near. You are not alone.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
(Psalm 34: 18, NIV,*)

I can testify for this. Nothing will separate you from God. Nothing at all.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39, NLT,*)

Just know that this too will pass. Time does not heal all the wounds, though. But God does. Rest in him.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows]. (Psalm 147:3, AMP,*)

God loves to heal your heart. Just remember to give all the pieces to God. He will create something beautiful out of them.

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
(Romans 8:28, CEB,*)

So cry your heart out to God, he listens.
Rest in Christ’s arms, he heals your wounds.
Abide in the Holy Spirit, he will lift you up.

 

Gracious God,
I come to you with my broken heart.
Put me back together, Lord,
because I can’t.
I am at the end of rope here.
Thank you for always loving me,
always believing in me,
always encouraging me.
I trust you, Lord.
I rest in you.
Heal me, Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Has God healed your broken heart?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let God heal your broken heart. Better things ahead!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

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March 25, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Guard Against Trifling

guard against triflingAs we approach the Holy Week, it is time to do some self examination. Are we disobedient, slow to repent, full of doubt? Even just on a small scale?

He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another [whether God or man], who will give you that which is your own [that is, the true riches]? No servant is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches, or anything in which you trust and on which you rely). (Luke 16:10-13, AMP, emphasis added)

We might think the small things do not matter. Who cares about the minor stuff? Well, God does. Because, in many ways, it is a matter of life and death. It does not look like it. We don’t think our conversations matter or how we conduct business. We are certain our eating, drinking or smoking habits would matter that much to anybody. Or what kind of books we read or how much TV we watch. But as Richard Foster has put it “the battle is won or lost precisely in the trifling areas of life.”

Hannah More hits the nail on the head on this matter: “A life devoted to trifles not only takes away the inclination, but the capacity for higher pursuit.”

Ouch.

The truth hurts.

But it is a blessing if it turns us to God.
It is a blessing if it gets us to repent.
It is a blessing if it gets us to guard against trifling.

Because we are called to stop devoting our time to activities of little importance. We are called to train our hearts toward God. And nothing is more helpful than practicing faithfulness in small things. Consider now whether God is asking you to let him work in you in these matters.

We don’t want to be disobedient or delay our repentance or feed our doubts. Instead we want to guard against trifling. What to do then? Let’s first turn to God and repent. Second, let’s ask how each of us can guard against trifling. We can be certain God is more than happy to answer. When we have learned to guard against trifling, we are ready for higher pursuit.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive me for trifling,
for using my precious time for activities of little importance.
Cleanse me inside and out, Lord.
And show me how to guard against trifling.
Help me to be faithful in the small matters.
Guide me to choose right spiritual practices for me
so I could become what you’ve created me to be.
Make me ready for higher pursuit.
Bless me indeed with your grace.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you trifle? What does help you to guard against trifling?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you are faithful in the small matters and become ready for higher pursuit!

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March 23, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Effect of the Living Water

the effect of the living waterOn Mondays I’m blogging through Mary DeMuth‘s and Frank Viola‘s brand new book The Day I Met Jesus: The reavealing diaries of five women in the gospels. The woman of the third diary is found in John 4:1-42. It’s the story of the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at the well. This encounter at the well is the longest personal conversation reported in the gospels. It gives us all hope.Frank Viola points out “Consider this, dear reader. If your Lord could love an insignificant, uneducated, ‘worthless’, sinful Samaritan … a multiple divorcee… an outcast among her own people, then you can rest assured He loves and accepts you too.” Powerful, isn’t it?

God’s love has no boundaries.
No one is beyond the reach of God’s grace.
No one.

And when we meet this love in Person, we are transformed like the Samaritan woman. She was used to avoid public places and encountering other people. But after meeting Jesus, she became the first evangelist for Samaritans. She was no longer concerned about her situation, she was focused on the Messiah.

The Living Water has that effect on people. And that’s how we are invited to live too: Freely, joyfully and always refreshed, supported, and strengthened by the Living Water.

Gracious God,
You are more than we deserve.
But never less than what we need.
Thank you for loving us without boundaries.
Thank you for transforming us with your grace.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Has Jesus transformed you? How does the Living Water affect you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let the Living Water change you inside and out!

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March 20, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Knowing God On a First Name Basis

knowing God Do you know the real Self of our heavenly father? Because of Jesus, you are free to get to know God personally. Don’t miss this opportunity. Pray all your excuses to disappear. Pray that you will have an urge to spend more time with God. There’s nothing quite like it than be on a first name basis with God Almighty!

With the words of J.I. Packer “What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?”

This is what Jesus’ prayer reveals about knowing God: And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. (John 17:3, AMP,*)

We – as children of God – are called to know, to recognize, to become acquainted with, and understand God. This is not a superficial way to know of God but to intimately know the heart of God. Priceless in my book. Because God is the only true, real and living God. His true and real heart loves all the people and has gone to great lengths to get us to know him personally.

God’s offer sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. It’s a real, valid, and honest to goodness offer. And it works. God does embrace us with his love and grace whenever we come to him. Love is the true self of God and he wants to extend it towards everyone.

The deal does not even end there. God also wants us to become closely acquainted with him. He wants us to be best friends with him. That is quite incredible. But true nonetheless.

J.I. Packer puts it this way: “There is no peace like the peace of those whose minds are possessed with full assurance that they have known God, and God has known them, and that this relationship guarantees God’s favor to them in life, through death and on for ever.”

Knowing God on a first name basis is the best there is. God has created you and loves you and wants to hear from you. But he also wants to be known. God wants you to explore how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

Nothing better, friends. Nothing better.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for not taking you on your offer.
Forgive us for thinking it can’t be true.
Your love is truly amazing.
We receive it with open arms.
We want to know you intimately.
Take all our excuses away.
Create hunger for you and
fill us with you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you know God intimately?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you keep on becoming better acquainted with God!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

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March 18, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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We Will Not Lack

We will not lackGod is so good. God’s Word is so good. Any time I open it, I am in awe of God’s loving kindness. I am not surprised God is taking care of me. That’s his promise for all of us. I am now days expecting it and looking forward to it. But I am always surprised how he does it. How simply, how effortlessly, how gently he does it. How easily he refreshes me. I am always blown away, always in awe of his mastery. Like this evening. One of the most beloved chapters in the Old Testament just wrapped me in God’s tender loving care.

The Lord is my Shepherd
[to feed, guide, and shield me],
I shall not lack.
(Psalm 23:1, AMP, emphasis added)

What else do I need than Someone to feed, guide, and shield me. That’s everything I truly need. And that’s what Shepherd does: takes care of his flock. And the flock can be joyfully dependent on him. We will not lack.

We can rest in God’s grace. We shall be supplied with anything and everything we need. We might not have everything we desire but that’s a blessing because we do not know what’s best for us. Or God might make us wait for the optimal time and that’s a blessing too. Only God knows what’s best and when something is best for us. We can just rest in him. He will feed, guide, and shield us.

He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
He refreshes and restores my life (my self);

He leads me in the paths of righteousness
[uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
(Psalm 23:2-3, AMP, emphasis added)

God will take care of our daily bread (green pastures). The streams of the Living water will make us glad. And he will restore and refresh us according to our needs. And not just our lives but our very beings. God has created us unique and he will care for us according to our unique needs. How precious is that! We are safe in God’s hands. Not just physically and spiritually but emotionally as well.

And all this care does not happen because we’d be so worthy. It happens because of him, for his name’s sake. It happens by grace. And this grace makes us right with God. This grace makes us holy. This grace makes us blessed day by day.

We will not lack. Ever.

 

Gracious God,
Your tender loving care
goes far beyond our needs.
Thank you so much
for feeding, guiding, and shielding us
according to our unique needs.
Thank you so much
that we are wholly safe in your hands.
Be praised for ever and ever, Lord.
You are always more than we can understand.
Thank you for making us yours.
Thank you for your amazing grace towards us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you familiar with God’s tender loving care? How have you lately experienced it in your life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you rest in God’s arms!

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March 16, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Leaving Self-Righteousness (at the Foot of the Cross)

Leaving Self-RighteousnessLast week I started blogging through Mary DeMuth‘s and Frank Viola‘s brand new book The Day I Met Jesus: The reavealing diaries of five women in the gospels. The woman of the second diary is found in Luke 7:36-50.

I’ve always been in awe of the woman who wet the feet of Jesus with her tears and wiped them with her hair and soothed his feet with perfume. Would I dare? Do I love Jesus as much as she did?

After I read the diary of this woman written by Mary DeMuth I am humbled. We so easily forget how much suffering other people have had to endure. We truly should extend more compassion to whom we meet.

Frank Viola points out there’s a sinner loving God and a self-righteous judging God in the story. We live the same story in our lives too. We need to decide whether we want to love God and his people or judge him and his people.

Frank writes “the sober reality is that self-righteousness will bar many from the kingdom of God”. Something to think about this season of spiritual spring cleaning. Do we think we are beyond needing forgiveness?

Shame on us. If we claim, “We don’t have any sin,” we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8, CEB)

And pity on us. The one who is forgiven little loves little (Luke 7:4t, CEB)

We truly need to meet Jesus every day of our lives. Because he is the only one who can save us from ourselves. Jesus is the only one who can pour out grace upon grace on us. Only when we are grace-filled, we are ready to meet the world with God’s love. And that’s the Jesus way to live. Time to leave self-righteousness at the foot of the cross?

 

Gracious God,
Forgive me for judging others
and falling for self-righteousness.
I should know better.
Pour our grace upon grace, Lord.
Show us what it is to love much.
We want to leave our self-righteousness
at the foot of the cross.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you struggle with self-righteousness?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to love much!

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March 13, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Practicing the Presence of God

practicing the presence of God Do you spend time with God regularly? Do you live out your faith or is it something you reserve for Sundays only? And, most importantly, do you practice the absence of God or the presence of God?

Too often Christians are so busy running their lives that they forget God. They forget that God exists and wants to be part of their lives. Even if they say they are Christians, they practice the absence of God. They forget what it is to revel in the presence of God. Hence, they live under their privileges as children of God. Is that you? Now it’s time to turn back to God and start practicing the presence of God. I’ll show you how.

And, beloved, if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God, 22 And we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we [watchfully] obey His orders [observe His suggestions and injunctions, follow His plan for us] and [habitually] practice what is pleasing to Him. 23 And this is His order (His command, His injunction): that we should believe in (put our faith and trust in and adhere to and rely on) the name of His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and that we should love one another, just as He has commanded us. 24 All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us. (1 John 3:21-24, AMP, emphasis added,*)

1) Observe God’s suggestions and injunctions.

If you believe in God, you need to follow him.
If you believe in God, you need to act like it.
If you believe in God, you need to put God’s guidance in practice.

2) Follow God’s plan for you.

The main element of God’s plan for you is to abide in Christ and Christ to abide in you. It does not happen if you keep away from God.

If you don’t pray, you are practicing the absence of God.
If you don’t read the Bible, you are not filled with God’s words.
If you don’t listen to God, you can’t hear him.

3) Practice what is pleasing to God.

Let Christ be a home to you and you to be the home of Christ. Open your heart to Jesus and let him reside in you and work in you and through you. Desire all the spiritual gifts and seek to become more Christ-like. Be filled with the Holy Spirit, spend time in the presence of God.

Live out your faith every single day.
Live your life with God.
Converse with God all the time.

With the words of Brother Lawrence “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.”

Practicing the presence of God is not difficult. In some ways it is the most natural state of a child of God. It is about basking in the presence of God, feeling his love towards us, and loving him back. Just put your faith in practice. Talk to God and go from there. Practice makes perfect. You will learn as you go.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for running around like crazy
and forgetting you.
While you are the One who is our everything.
Show us how to continually converse with you.
Send your Holy Spirit to wash everything that needs cleaning.
Make room for Jesus,make room for your presence.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you practice the absence of God or the presence of God? How do you do it?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you abide in Christ and Christ abides in you!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

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March 11, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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How to Have Peace of Mind

How to have peace of mindDo you desire to have peace of mind? I think we all do. When we have peace of mind, we are happy. It is that wonderful feeling when you know all is well and all is going to be all right.

But how to have it in the midst of every day chaos? How to have it as the world gets tougher day by day? How to have peace of mind when it seems all we have is the opposite? Is peace of mind even possible any more?

Peace is possible. But only through faith in Jesus. This is something people don’t want to accept. They want peace of mind on their own terms and that’s when things start going wrong.

People want to manage their sin, not to repent and be forgiven and healed.
People want to have relief from sin but not the only cure available that’s readily offered to anyone who asks for it.

Because that would mean they would turn to Christ without veto power. They would need to trust God. And trust does not come easily to people these days, doesn’t it? But trusting God is the way to peace of mind. There’s no way around it.

Elizabeth Elliot reminds us “Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”

Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations. (Deuteronomy 7:8, AMP)

When we trust God, we dare to admit who we are and what’s wrong with us.
When we trust God, we dare to ask for forgiveness.
And when we do, we receive not only pardon but future in God.
And peace upon peace.

 

Gracious God,
We so desire to have peace of mind.
Forgive us for looking for it in all the wrong places.
We come to you as we are and
ask you to forgive our sins and
make us yours.
Show us what it is to live in you,
to enjoy your presence
and peace of mind.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How have you received peace of mind?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you dare to admit your need for Christ and seek forgiveness and receive peace of mind in the process!

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March 9, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Experiencing Grace

experiencing graceHave you met Jesus? Do you know what it is like to be experiencing grace? Last week I promised that I will be blogging through Mary DeMuth‘s and Frank Viola‘s brand new book The Day I Met Jesus: The reavealing diaries of five women in the gospels.The first diary is of the woman who caught in adultery.

Then they all went home, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 7: 53-8:11, NIV)

Let me just say that after reading the diary of this woman written by Mary DeMuth you will never think of this text or the woman in the text the same way. And maybe you will see the love in Jesus’ eyes more clearly.

I’ve been singing praises to Mary DeMuth’s writing so far. But today I will focus on what Frank Viola wrote and that does get us deeper into the text. Frank talks about how cleverly Jesus was able to answer the pharisees and indeed he did. He talks how self-righteousness does not save us. He points out that in this text Jesus reestablished righteousness on the basis of grace.

The quote I love most is here: “Grace ushers in forgiveness, but it also empowers us to walk in a new way. Holiness, then, is built on the experience of grace, not on the fear of Law. Christ came not to judge the world , but to save it (John 12:47). He’s in the business of rescuing and releasing us, while at the same time calling our sin for what it is: self-centeredness.”

YES! Grace is not just pardon but also power to walk in a new way. Holiness happens by grace not by law. And God sees us as we are and still loves us. But he loves us so much that he does not leave us there but makes us whole again.

God’s love is not superficial but real and life-changing. When we meet Jesus personally, we are changed. We are seen as we are and loved beyond measure. Loved so truly that we melt in his hands. We are redeemed and restored and released to live fully in Him.

Nothing better than God’s redeeming and rescuing and restoring love. Only then we are able to say goodbye to our self-centeredness. Only then we are slowly becoming Christ-centered. But like said: nothing better. Nothing more amazing; nothing more liberating. This is what experiencing grace means.

 

Gracious God,
We praise you, we love you, we adore you.
Thank you for sending Jesus to
redeem, rescue, restore us.
Empower us to walk in a new way
all of our days.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you know what experiencing grace means?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you over and over again learn what experiencing grace means!

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4. A never-before-released audio conference message entitled “A Woman Inside of a Man” by Frank.

5. Mary’s Book What To Do After People Poop on You in PDF.

6. A never-before-released audio conference message entitled “He’s Not Ashamed to Call Them Brothers and Sisters” by Frank.

7. A 15% discount off The Day I Met Jesus Master Course.

NOTE: Your bonuses will be sent from Alicia or Tiffany at parable.com via email 24-48 hours after you make your purchase. Keep an eye on your spam/junk folder or “Promotions” tab (if you use Gmail) if you don’t see it within 48 hours.

Image courtesy of Mary DeMuth/Frank Viola, design Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Unforced Rhythms, Playdates with God.

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