Category Archives: forgiveness

The ‘Grace Turned Outward’ test

We’ve been forgiven, so we forgive. We’ve been loved, so we love. We’ve been freely accepted, so we accept others freely. We’ve been given mercy, so we are merciful. We have escaped judgment, so we do not judge. We’ve been … Continue reading

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Who are we all in this together with?

And suddenly there was with me An ocean of humanity A sea of many faces In waves of warm embraces And while I questioned how to judge them all Who would rise and who would fall I found myself among … Continue reading

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Marti’s Thanksgiving Day message

On this side of eternity, we have been asking each other, “When is the church really a church?” Is it a church when it is gathering on Sunday morning, or is it still a church when it is scattered out in … Continue reading

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Where is Nelson Mandela when we need him?

In our interview with Os Guinness this week, he spoke of his admiration for America even though he is not himself an American, because of the revolution of 1776 and the great experiment of democracy which formed a vision for … Continue reading

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Evangelicalism broken down

EVANGEL: the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ for you and for the sake of the world. ICALISM: other stuff; might be good, might be bad, but it’s not the evangel. I received the quote above from a … Continue reading

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A better way to His heart

“If you meet that poor wretch that thrust his spear into my side, tell him there is another way — a better way — to get at my heart. If he will repent, and look upon the one he has … Continue reading

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A soldier’s cross

Maybe you remember it when this story first came out almost 10 years ago — the photograph of a wooden cross strangely draped with a military dog tag and a purple vestment and crowned with an army helmet. It was … Continue reading

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‘ALL HAVE SINNED’

The sign inside the historic Church of the Open Door, once in downtown Los Angeles, is remarkable if you think about how many churches would be willing to put “ALL HAVE SINNED” over the front of their church. Think of … Continue reading

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