"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." - James 4:6

Grace is not law

by Nathan Rambeck on

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14

Wow. That is a powerful statement and there is a lot in there, but I want to focus on one thing: the distinction between law and grace. They are not the same thing. In fact, they are totally different and the Bible regularly explains grace by contrasting it with law, like in the verse above. Some of you might be saying, duh, of course they are not the same thing. But I want to tell you that there are millions of Christians across the world who believe that law and grace are the same thing. And there are millions more who mix the two to some degree. Is it possible that you could be mixing law and grace as well?

Grace is more than favor

by Nathan Rambeck on

grace (Gr. charis): good will, loving-kindness, favour

The word grace in the Bible simply means kindness or favor. And while the definition of the word and it's meaning are important, some make the mistake of thinking that the grace of God is simply Him being gracious and showing favor to the world. Now it is certainly true that God does show favor and has shown favor since the beginning of creation, but it's important to understand that God's grace discussed in the Bible isn't talking about simple favor, but something much more.

Foundations of Grace: Introduction

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Grace is the foundation of the gospel. It has the power not only to save sinners from guilt and judgment but also to transform those same sinners to be like Christ. Yet many who have trusted in Christ have never experienced the full transformation that God’s grace is meant to have in their lives. They continue to struggle with sin, guilt, condemnation and a lack of intimacy with the God who created them and gave His life for them.

When I was a young Christian, struggling to earn God’s favor, I came across this short passage while reading through the book of Galatians.

Full Quiver Legalism

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As I discussed in A Full Quiver, our culture is awash in negative attitudes toward children with almost no vision for the biblically described blessing of a full quiver. Yet, because many who embrace the full quiver vision tend to add legalistic rules to their beliefs, I thought it would be worthwhile to discuss those as well.

A Full Quiver

by Nathan Rambeck on

When we meet for church on Sundays, our family is usually one of the smallest in number, so it sometimes takes me aback when someone responds with utter incredulity when I tell them we have 5 kids.

People must think they are being novel when they make statements like "don't you know what causes that?" or "I'm glad they're not mine." (By the way, the kids are glad they're not yours as well!) It really is a wonder to many why we would have more than the accepted American standard of 2.1 children.

So what's the deal with all the kids?