Posts tagged ‘2 corinthians 12’

December 7, 2015

Grace and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

by Lester Young

From the jtGn archives…

Let’s talk about Grace today. No, I’m not referring to the Princess of Monaco, Ms. Jones or even the little prayer many of us say just before ingesting excessive quantities of foodstuffs. I’m referring to the Grace that portrays God’s overwhelming attitude toward mankind – the motivating force that sent the Lord Jesus on the most important Mission ever undertaken, period. But before we delve into it, it’d probably be prudent to establish a working definition of Grace that can be objectively applied. One description that quickly comes to mind is “unmerited favor” – and it’s absolutely fitting. Another illustration I’ve heard from a wonderful man of faith goes something like this: “‘Grace’ is God’s overwhelming desire to treat you and me as though sin had never existed.” That one indeed paints an amazing and glorious picture.

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October 5, 2015

When the Going Gets Tough

by Lester Young

Patiently and humbly walking the course the Lord has laid out for us isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do. (It is, oddly enough, the simplest thing in the world to do: it’s encapsulated in John 2:5… but I digress.) It can be confusing, mentally taxing and, as a result, downright physically strenuous. And when you find it as such… well, I’m gonna just go ahead and say this at the risk of incurring your wrath, because it needs to be said: When you find walking the path confusing, mentally taxing and physically strenuous, it’s because you’re doing it wrong.

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May 11, 2015

Don’t Get Discouraged!

by Lester Young

Have you ever been so disgusted with yourself you just couldn’t stand it? Maybe you were committing some clear-cut sin. Or maybe you were doing something that in and of itself might not have been “wrong,” but nevertheless you’d been sensing the Lord didn’t want you doing it. Or perhaps you’d simply been trying to kick some bad habit. But whatever the situation, you seemed to find yourself continuing to do it. Despite your most sincere ‘I’m-putting-my-foot-down-and-that’s-all-there-is-to-it!’ resolution to yourself, and even after some short-term success, a toe from the very foot you set down gets caught and trips you back into the same behavior you thought you were finally free of. You’re frustrated, disappointed, hurt… and you can feel every jagged-edged tooth as your conscience chews you up and spits you out in little bite-sized, semi-digested chunks along the sidewalk of your day.

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