Thursday, April 7, 2011

G is for...

G is for Guidance, Gifts and Grace.

I read the book "What's so Amazing about Grace" a few years ago and was just flipping through it again recently.

In chapter 4, Yancey talks about what Christianity is able to offer the world that no other religion can. Many religions offer their version of eternal life, many offer types of redemption, but no other religion offers grace. Free and undeserved. It’s really been consuming my thoughts.

In a “dog eat dog world” where “you get what you pay for” – how do we represent this beautiful & unnatural concept?? It is so absolutely opposite to what we know & expect in our culture, and even our world.

Another book/author that I adore is "The Ragamuffin Gospel" by Brennan Manning.

If you want to read about God's grace, please pick up one of his books and read it. A teacher at the Christian school where Andrew taught in Ohio was told he couldn't read this book with his Bible class because it emphasized grace too much. Is there really such a thing?

"My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it." - Brennan Manning

"And Grace calls out, 'You are not just a disillusioned old man who may die soon, a middle-aged woman stuck in a job and desperately wanting to get out, a young person feeling the fire in the belly begin to grow cold. You may be insecure, inadequate, mistaken or potbellied. Death, panic, depression, and disillusionment may be near you. But you are not just that. You are accepted.' Never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that you really are accepted." -Brennan Manning

1 comment:

  1. Wenday, I needed this today. Thanks for reminding me! Love you!!!