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The Foul line

Every Wednesday, my husband and I take part in a 10 pin bowling pensioners league. I am not particularly good but I have learned the rules, how to score and the etiquette. Or course, nowadays the bowling machine does everything for you – sets up the pins, counts which ones you knock down, gives advice on how to get the rest and scores for you. It even monitors the foul line, gives a loud beep if you overstep, and displays a big red F next to your score, discounting any points you might have otherwise earned in that frame.

Yesterday, for the first time since I’ve been bowling in the league, I set off the foul line alarm. Not once, but three times. The first time I would have got a strike. I thought I had got a strike until I saw the ugly red F next to my name. It’s not like I did it on purpose! There was something about my bowling style that was wrong. After the third time, I was almost in tears. When I heard the beep I froze and checked the position of my front foot. It was way behind the line. Someone suggested my ball was too low and setting off the alarm. I could barely bowl at all during that game getting my lowest score in a long time.

Some people think God is like a bowling machine, just waiting for you to break one of the rules. They think Christianity is following a set of commandments. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Christianity is about relationship. God longs to have a relationship with us but our sin- nature (wanting to do things our way and being gods of our own lives) causes a barrier between us. Jesus did away with that barrier by taking our sin-nature upon himself and giving us His righteousness, removing the barrier to relationship. That sets us free to have a relationship with Him.

Phil 2:13 reads, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

If God works within us making us want to and able to do things His way, we’ll probably find that we’ll end up keeping the commandments anyway, but that is a by-product. We already have His approval. We don’t need to earn it. It is a gift.

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For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8)

My husband and I are reading through a little book by Randy Alcorn called “Grace.” First thing every morning he reads the day’s passage to me while I drink coffee in bed. So I am reading a lot about grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favour given to the undeserving.

Yesterday I was given a graphic illustration. Our youngest son was returning to Russia after a holiday in Australia and was given a business upgrade together with his two companions. They didn’t apply for it, they didn’t ask for it and since they hadn’t paid for it, they didn’t deserve it.

May I never take for granted God’s grace to me. It is free to me but cost Christ everything. It is not cheap and I certainly don’t deserve it. It gives me the right to call God, My Father, and for me to be His child. I have all the privileges of the children of a loving, rich and powerful king. How blessed I am!

Prayer

Father, may I never take your grace for granted but live in an attitude of gratitude, extending grace to others. Amen.

Broken Pieces

The following was sent to me via Whats App and I thought it was good enough to share.
I was at the grocery store this morning and heard a loud crash and something shattering. Being nosy, I walked towards the sound and saw some people whispering and looking back to the end of the next aisle. When I walked down that aisle, I saw an older lady had hit a shelf containing dishes with her cart and many had fallen to the ground and broke. She was kneeling on the floor embarrassed, frantically picking up the shattered pieces, while her husband was peeling off the bar code from each broken dish saying “Now we will have to pay for all this!”
I felt so bad for her, and everyone was just standing there staring at her!! I went and knelt beside her and told her not to worry and started helping her pick up the broken pieces. After about a minute, the store manager came and knelt beside us and said, “Leave it, we will clean this up. Let’s get your information so you can go to the hospital and have that cut on your hand looked at.”
The lady, totally embarrassed said, “I need to pay for all this first.” The manager smiled, helped her to her feet and said, “No ma’am, we have insurance for this, you do not have to pay anything!”
For you who have read this so far, I would like you to give me a minute. Wherever you are, close your eyes, and imagine God doing the same for you!
Collect the pieces of your broken heart from all the blows life has thrown at you. God will heal all your wounds, and I assure you that your sins and mistakes will be forgiven. 
You see, we all have the same insurance, and it’s called Grace. When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and ask for forgiveness, the Manager of the universe, GOD, will say to you “Everything has already been paid for, now go on your way, all is forgiven!”

Thank you to the Unknown Author.

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Coffee with Wings June #3

This is part of the Coffee with Wings Challenge.

Every Monday think of a bible verse or inspirational quote  that has been meaningful to you in the last week or which you’d like to take into the new week with you.

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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (Romans 5:1 NIV)

Coffee with Wings June #2

This is part of the Coffee with Wings Challenge.

Every Monday think of a bible verse or inspirational quote  that has been meaningful to you in the last week or which you’d like to take into the new week with you.

coffee take away

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8)