Most people keep a pot of anger on low boil! But you aren’t most people. Look at your feet. They’re wet, grace-soaked. Jesus has washed your feet. He has washed the grimiest parts of your life. To accept grace is the vow to give it. You don’t endorse the deeds of your offender when you forgive them. Jesus didn’t endorse your sins by forgiving you.  The grace-defined person, still sends thieves to jail and expects the ex to pay child support. Grace sees the hurt full well. But it refuses to let hurts poison the heart. Where grace is lacking, bitterness abounds. Where grace abounds, forgiveness grows. So let the … Listen Now

Victoria Ruvolo doesn’t remember the 18-year-old boy leaning out the window, of all things, holding a frozen turkey.  He threw it at her windshield.  It shattered Victoria’s face like a dinner plate on concrete. John 13:14 -15 says,  “Since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. Do as I have done to you.” And that’s what Victoria Ruvolo did. Months later, she stood face to face with her offender in court. He was given six months behind bars and five years’ probation. Everyone in the courtroom objected to the light sentence. He sobbed while she spoke. … Listen Now

If hurts were hairs—we’d all look like grizzlies!  So many hurts.  When teachers ignore your work, their neglect hurts.  When your girlfriend drops you, when your husband abandons you, when the company fires you… it hurts.  Rejection always hurts.  People bring pain.  Sometimes deliberately.  Sometimes randomly.  So where do you turn?  Jim Beam and friends?  Pity Party Catering Service? Retaliation has its appeal. But Jesus has a better idea! Grace is not blind. It sees the hurt full well. But Grace chooses to see God’s forgiveness even more. Hebrews 12:15 urges us to, “See to it that no one misses the grace of … Listen Now

Attempts at “self-salvation” guarantee nothing but exhaustion.  We scamper and scurry, trying to please God, collecting merit badges and brownie points and scowling at anyone who questions our accomplishments.  The result?  We are the weariest people on earth. We so fear failure that we create the image of perfection. Call us the church of hound-dog faces and slumped shoulders. Stop it!  Once and for all, enough of this frenzy!  Hebrews 13:9 tells us, “Your hearts should be strengthened by God’s grace, not by obeying rules.”  In Matthew 11:28  Jesus promises, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” … Listen Now

I became a Christian about the same time I became a Boy Scout, and I made the assumption that God grades like the Boy Scouts do– on a merit system.  Good scouts move up.  Good people go to heaven. So I worked toward the day when God, amid falling confetti and dancing cherubim, would drape my badge-laden sash across my chest and welcome me into his eternal kingdom where I would humbly display my badges for eternity.  But some thorny questions surfaced.  How many badges does He require?  How good is good? Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been … Listen Now

Christ took away your sins.  He endured not just the nails of the Romans, the mockery of the crowd, and the spear of the soldier, but he endured the anger of God!  God didn’t just overlook your sins, lest he endorse them.  He didn’t punish you, lest he destroy you.  Instead, He found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner.  Jesus took your punishment, and God gave you credit for Jesus’ perfection. As long as the cross is God’s gift to the world, it will touch you but it will not change you.  Precious as it is … Listen Now

We are incarcerated by our past.  We have been found guilty!  Our executioner’s footsteps echo against stone walls.  We sit on the floor of the dusty cell, awaiting our final moment.  We don’t look up as he opens the door.  We know what he’s going to say. “Time to pay for your sins.”  But we hear something else! “You’re free to go. They took Jesus instead of you!” The door swings open, the guard barks, “Get out.” And we find ourselves shackles gone, crimes pardoned, wondering what just happened?  Grace just happened!  Christ took away your sins. Romans 3:24 says, “God in his gracious … Listen Now

Not all guilt is bad.  God uses appropriate doses of guilt to awaken us to sin!  God’s guilt brings enough regret to change us!  Satan’s guilt on the other hand, brings enough regret to enslave us. Don’t let Satan lock his shackles on you. Colossians 3:3 reminds us, “your life is hidden with Christ in God.”  When God looks at you, he sees Jesus first.  In the Chinese language the word for “righteousness” is a combination of two characters, the figure of a lamb and a person.  The lamb is on top, covering the person.  Whenever God looks down on you, … Listen Now

Satan’s condemnation brings no repentance or resolve…just regret!  Satan has come to steal, kill, and destroy.  To steal your peace, to kill your dreams, to destroy your future.  Satan has deputized people to peddle his poison.  Friends dredge up your past.  Preachers proclaim all guilt and no grace.  And parents, “Why can’t you grow up?” they say.  “When are you going to make me proud?” they say.  But your accusers will not have the last word. Jesus has acted on your behalf.  Jesus has risen to your defense.  Hebrews 10:22 says, “…let us come near to God with a sincere … Listen Now

Voices in our head whisper, “You aren’t good enough!” “You’ll never improve.” “You failed—again!”  Voices in our world.  Voices in our head. Who is this morality patrolman who issues a citation at every stumble?  Does he ever shut up? No. Because Satan never shuts up!  Revelation 12:9-10 says, “For the Accuser has been thrown down to earth, the one who accused our brothers and sisters before our God day and night.”  Satan is relentless, tireless.  The Accuser makes a career out of accusing.  But he will not have the last word. Jesus has acted on our behalf.  He stooped.  Low enough to be spat … Listen Now