Warning! Comfort Zone Ahead
Pastor Bill Snell
There is no reason for boredom in the Christian walk. Think about it, what road has the Savior ever taken that led anywhere but to a place of adventure, discovery, and amazement? When reading the Gospel narratives I don’t get the opinion that Jesus’ disciples were ever looking elsewhere for excitement or purpose in life. On the contrary, the life they saw and experienced with Christ was something far more valuable and exciting than anything they had found in the world. Not only had they found adventure in Christ, they also found grace, acceptance and purpose.
Is God angry with me?
by Pastor Bill Snell
The Old Testament portion of the Bible gives many examples of God’s displeasure toward sin and with sinners. Being absolutely holy in all aspects, God could not relate in fellowship and acceptance with anyone or anything that was not holy as He. Adam and Eve were ushered out of the Garden after their “fall” for this very reason (Gen. 3:23-24). …
Stone Pillared Legalists
Bill Snell, Executive Pastor
Legalism concentrates on morality and a version of obedience because legalistic thinking has determined that while Christ did His part, man must certainly do his part. In other words, a legalist’ response to Jesus’ sacrifice must be evidenced by behavior suitable for a Christian.
While we would all agree that our identity in Christ as a New Creation …
Dealing with a bad report
by Executive Pastor Bill Snell
The very nature of a “bad report” is just that – bad. No one likes to receive one. I hereby move that all “bad reports” be done away with. I don’t want to hear another one – ever!
But, unfortunately, I will…and you will too. So what am I going to do about it when it comes?
It’s All Him!
By Executive Pastor Bill Snell
The struggle Christianity has had regarding the concept of overcoming sin in the life of the believer has been ongoing and significant for hundreds of years. Many, if not most translations of the Bible have human effort as the agency in the translator’s minds for believers overcoming sin patterns and aberrant behavior. Human effort from this standpoint could be understood as denying oneself, dying to self, crucifying self, repentance, etc. Those that hold to this position see the work of sanctification as something which began with the sacrifice of Christ, but is perfected by the flesh.
Sunday At Augusta
By Pastor Bill Snell
Each spring The Masters at Augusta is highly anticipated by those who love the game of golf. Spring time in Georgia brings out every color nature has to offer, and high definition television captures it like the canvass of a skilled artist. Being the most prestigious “major” in golf, professionals from all over the world dream of competing in this venue. For the fortunate few who qualify, or are invited, that dream can end in grave disappointment and regret, or celebration and fame. …
Welcome to Team Grace!
You may not have signed up yet for the “team”, but I consider you a team member anyway. Many of you have already indicated your interest in promoting the message of grace to your colleagues, friends and family via social networks like Facebook and Twitter, as well as your own email list, so we are developing simple ways for you to do just that each and every week.
Connecting the Dots
by Pastor Bill Snell
…I already knew that the “sin nature” had been dealt with once and for all by Christ, but for some reason, I had not grasped the truth that the condemning effects of sin had also been abolished.
I realize now that I am forgiven – period! Past, present and future “forgiven”. There isn’t and never will be any condemnation from God, whether I confess or repent. When I change my mind about my behavior or actions and agree with God about it, I am better off, but He is never folding His arms waiting impatiently till I respond rightly in some satisfactory religious manner.
Having grown up in the church, I’ve been taught to try and fix these episodes by improving my behavior or my so-called spirituality – you know, bible study, quiet time, repentance…that kind of stuff. I have come to understand that those “disciplines” are helpful and healthy as long as I don’t rely on them for receiving and walking in God’s love.
When people find something really interesting and something they feel is worth their time and attention they tend to want to talk about it…when people talk, community forms.
Such is the case with the “shout it from the housetop” good news of God’s grace. …