By Pastor Christy Mitropoulos
Associate Pastor of Healing Grace Church
Several months back I was going through a difficult time in my life, and as much as I wanted to trust God to work things out in a specific area, I knew I was struggling, not resting.
If someone had asked me at the time, “Is God trustworthy?” I would have answered, “Of course He is!” But for some reason, in this one area of my life, I felt as if I was much better suited at handling things than He was. Oh – I knew He was God – and could see everything from beginning to end; it wasn’t that I thought I knew MORE than He did; I just felt like in this particular area of my life…
As a Christian, I do not confess sin to God in order to be forgiven; and furthermore, I am cleansed of sin and have become the righteousness of God in Christ. That does not mean I never interact with God about sin, but it does mean it is a fruitless religious exercise to ask for what has already been given.
(Pure Grace, page 95)
Confession of sin to God by a believer is for healing not for forgiveness. We have already…
Have you ever felt like God has hit the mute button and you can’t hear Him? Let me encourage you that He has not, but sometimes it sure feels like it. I am going through a time now where it seems like this is the case and I just can’t hear Him speaking. One thing we have to remember is just because…
Pastor Bill Snell January 6th 2013
I. To grasp the Kingdom one must know the The King
II. Access to Kingdom life is “grace through faith”
III. Kingdom realities:
a. Faith, hope and love…
The Gospel of the Kingdom – Sermon Notes, Announcements & Handout – Pastor Bill Snell
“If you are “working” to please Him, you are in for a lifetime of unfinished business, and it will leave you perpetually exhausted!” (Pg. 40 Pure Grace)
Jesus proclaimed, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30).
Bloggable Grace: More On The Purpose of Confession
By Randy Thomas (cross-posted from here.)
Christians are not required to confess their sins to God in order to be forgiven, we already are forgiven. There is no Biblical basis for believer to confess sins to God for forgiveness. To each other for healing, yes; but not to God for forgiveness. (Page 20 Pure Grace).
This past Sunday Pastor Clark said something I have heard in various forms over the years but appreciated his direct and succinct way of putting it:
Jesus did not die on the cross to make your life more complicated. … Jesus wants a Bride, not a maid.
Finding Love in a Hopeful Place
by Randy Thomas
Contemporary Pop Princess Rihanna sings her heart out in a song titled “We Found Love (in a hopeless place).” I can certainly relate to that because Christ definitely found, and rescued, me from a lost and hopeless place.
However, since then I have not only found His eternal and constant love, I found love in His Church. In a twist on Rihanna’s title, I have found love in a hopeful, and hope filled, place.
I remember the first Sunday at Grace Church. I knew God had told me to go. In the following 6+ years I have definitely gone through many more joyful seasons than trial. I’ve not only grown spiritually, I have grown relationally to both God and His people.
This is the podcast of the sermon by Pastor Clark Whitten titled “Treasure in Earthen Vessels “The Treasure of Healing” For September 11 2011.