Sunday, October 31, 2010

GIG 264 - There Is No Record Against You

Talking this week about the good news of the fact that God is not counting your sins against you! The Bible calls it "the ministry of reconciliation." God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them. Guess what? There is no record against you! You're free from guilt and condemnation!

Here's this week's quick GIG-Bite, as a sample of this week's program.


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

You Don't Have To Rewrite Bach

I was watching VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs the other night, and they came to "You Really Got Me," the 1964 hit from The Kinks - a band that is "recognized as one of the most important and influential rock acts of the era." This song, their third single, is what catapulted the group into prominence, when it became an international hit, topping the charts in the U.K. (where the band is from) and the U.S.

On this VH1 special, eccentric music icon Iggy Pop commented on how the song influenced him early on in his career.  He noted the very simple guitar riff (da na na na na, da na na na na) that starts the song off and continues throughout the song.  Pop said it made him feel good, that if that sounded good (the simple guitar riff), then he knew that he himself didn't have to "rewrite Bach" when he made his own music.  In other words, in order to make good music, it didn't have to be a complicated or complex process.

The same is of course true when it comes to whatever it is that you've been called to do in life.  You may indeed be a modern day "Bach," being proficient in the more complex aspects of whatever it is that you do.  Or you may be a modern day "Kinks," making simple work out of the things you do.  The point is, be who you are.  If you're a "Bach," don't look down on others.  You are not superior.  You are wired differently, not better, than others.  Or if you're a simpler person who has a "Bach" or two in your life, you may feel inferior or insufficient because you're not like them, but you're not!  You're who you are.  You don't have to "rewrite Bach" in the things you do.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

GIG 262 - Is God's Forgiveness Based Upon Our Remorse?

It's all right to feel sorrow over some of the things we've done. But... is God's forgiveness based upon how much sorrow or remorse we feel? Listen in to hear some thoughts about that on this week's edition of Growing in Grace. Thanks for listening. Feel free to drop us a note to let us know you're out there, and/or to share your thoughts with us. Our contact info is on the right column.

Here's this week's quick GIG-Bite, as a sample of this week's program.


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Repent!

A scene from The Young Ones, a British show I used to watch on MTV back in the 80's. This scene features a guest appearance by Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley) as an in-your-face door-to-door evangelist. :) Please forgive me for posting this!  (I'll repent later).

Sunday, October 10, 2010

GIG 261 - Living by Law vs. Living by Grace

Some would say that we've been saved by grace so that we can now keep God's law. But that misses the whole point of why God's law was given. Was it given with the expectation that people would ever actually keep it? The book of Hebrews says that there was a problem with the Law and Old Covenant. The problem was that people couldn't and didn't keep it!

So a new covenant was needed that had nothing to do with "us." This New Covenant has nothing to do with what we can or can't do, or what we do or don't do, but is solely based upon what God already did. And our daily lives in Him are not a matter of what we can do for Him, but rather a matter of what He does in and through us. It's the grace of God, not the law of God, that motivates us and empowers us to live godly lives in Christ Jesus.

As a sampler from the program, here's this week's "GIG-Bite."


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Saturday, October 09, 2010

No one understands you... but God does.

I may be misunderstood 'cause I wouldn't ever fake it
You're the only one who understands my pain
'Cause You get me
It doesn't matter what they do, what they think, what they say
At the end of the day I'm ok anyway
Lord, You get me.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Sin Abounded To People Through One Man's Offense...

...And Grace Abounded To People Through One Man's Righteous Act

Romans 5:20 says that the law entered that "the offense" might abound, and that when sin abounded, grace abounded all the more. For years I've taken this to mean that when a person is confronted with God's law, it causes sinful behavior to increase in their lives, and then grace "abounds" even more. But looking at the whole passage (Romans 5:15-21), I think Paul is saying something else. Consider it with me, if you will. In a nutshell: Through one man's offense/disobedience, sin abounded to people. And then through one Man's righteous act/obedience, grace abounded to people. This has nothing to do with sinful behavior being increased when a person is under the law.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

What Crazy People Think

"Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God's Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren't smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?"

Galatians 3:2-5

GIG 260 - We Love Because He First Loved Us

"We love Him because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19)

Is our love for God and for others to be based on commandments?  If we love because we're commanded to - because we're "supposed" to - is it really love?  What about Jesus' mentions of the two Old Testament laws - "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength" and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself?"  Was He laying down the law for Christians?  Jesus said the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments... but does the gospel hang on them?  What about Jesus' "new commandment" that He gave His disciples, that they love others as He has loved them?  Is this "law" for the Christian?

Is it our responsibility to love God and others more?  Or perhaps does love for God and others come some other way?  Check out our thoughts on all this on this week's edition of Growing in Grace!

Here's a quick snippet from the program. This week's "GIG-Bite."


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