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GraceQuotes is Moving!

1 Jan

GraceQuotes.com was set up in 2011 to proclaim the gospel of God’s love and grace as revealed in Jesus Christ. Two years later, and with more than 500 quotes published, this site has become an archive of grace gems from more than 60 authors, preachers, poets, as well as agitators, heretics and trouble-makers.

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From 1 January 2014, GraceQuotes will be moving over to Facebook. No new quotes will be added to this site. We are making this change in response to readers’ preferences. Already far more people follow GraceQuotes on FB than by email or Twitter.

In the coming year we plan to double the number of quotes published with new GraceQuotes uploaded every day. To ensure you don’t miss out on these tasty nuggets, head on over to Facebook and click “like” on the GraceQuotes page.

We’ll see you there!

My Favorite Parable

20 Dec

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father,

“Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.”

So the father divided the property between them.  It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

That brought him to his senses. He said,

“All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.”

He got right up and went home to his father. When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech:

“Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.”

But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants,

“Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here–given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.”

Jesus Christ

Lk 15:11-24, Message Bible

The One Nail

18 Dec

I sometimes wonder that you do not get tired of my preaching, because I do nothing but hammer away on this one nail. With me it is, year after year, ‘None but Jesus!’ Oh, you great saints, if you have outgrown the need of a sinner’s trust in the Lord Jesus, you have outgrown your sins, but you have also outgrown your grace, and your saintship has ruined you!

CH Spurgeon

Sermon No. 2207

Behind Every Door

11 Dec

I had grown up with a heavy emphasis on finding God’s will. I was taught that God has a perfect will and a permissive will… Needless to say, this view of God’s will paralyzes those who adhere to it…

In discovering God’s will is Christ in me and Christ through me, I could see that God was behind every door, even the door of sin. I’m not saying sinning is OK or that God wants us to sin. Of course not! What I mean is that whether or not I choose a particular door in life, God will always be there. He will always be there because he’s in me. He’s not just with me, but He’s in me. So wherever I go, there He is!

Andrew Farley

The Naked Gospel, Zondervan, 2009 , 210-1

What Would You Do?

4 Dec

There are two ways to hide from God’s love – rebellion and religion. Rebellion, illustrated in the prodigal son, defies God’s love and seeks to cover up guilt and shame through the indulgence of sensual desires. Religion, on the other hand, is far more subtle. It seeks its cover-up through good works and obligation. However, like the prodigal’s older brother, it still denies the Father’s place in our lives and leads us no closer to knowing him for who he really is.

Simply, religion is keeping score – striving for acceptance through our own performance whether it be in our good works or in ritualistic activities. Those things put the focus squarely on us and what we can do to be accepted by God, thereby dooming us to failure.

Most of Paul’s letters were written because even the earliest believers found themselves trading relationship for religion. Instead of learning to live in the security of his love, they would go back to traditions, creeds, disciplines, and laws as an attempt to earn it themselves. He reminded them again and again that God’s love would take them further than their own efforts and achievements ever would…

What would you do today if you knew God absolutely loved you?

Wayne Jacobsen

He Loves Me: Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection, Windblown, 2007, 137-8

More Than Enough

27 Nov

“I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!

Watch what comes next: I’ll bring my people back from the north country And gather them up from the ends of the earth, gather those who’ve gone blind And those who are lame and limping, gather pregnant women, Even the mothers whose birth pangs have started, bring them all back, a huge crowd!

The people will climb up Zion’s slopes shouting with joy, their faces beaming because of GOD’s bounty– Grain and wine and oil, flocks of sheep, herds of cattle. Their lives will be like a well-watered garden, never again left to dry up.

Young women will dance and be happy, young men and old men will join in. I’ll convert their weeping into laughter, lavishing comfort, invading their grief with joy.

I’ll make sure that their priests get three square meals a day and that my people have more than enough.”

Jeremiah the Prophet quoting God

Jer 31:3,8,12-14, Message Bible

How to Spell Relief

20 Nov

God created humanity with a burning need for love. That’s why you’re sitting there needing love. If you didn’t need love, you wouldn’t need God. In fact, that’s why you were created with needs, period. God is the supreme authority figure who has the market cornered on being able to supply all our needs. Thus, He created a bunch of people who have a ton of needs. This way, some of us would recognize our need and turn to Him through Jesus to get our needs supplied His way. God spells relief J-e-s-u-s.”

Bill Gillham

Lifetime Guarantee, Harvest House, 1993, 18

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