Lent, pt.29

“Amazing grace how sweet the sound…”

I think everyone knows that song.

It is a sweet sound when I think about how God saved me. His grace is powerful!

The first post in this mini-series was posted yesterday.

That post dealt with stopping grace.

This post, will, hopefully, shed light on God’s saving grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9 mentions grace. God’s saving grace.

God’s grace is the only thing that can save us. The only thing.

Nothing we do or say will accomplish anything regarding our salvation.


If we are drowning in the ocean, God’s stopping grace is like the life-preserver being thrown out to us. We grab hold and stop sinking. But have not been rescued yet.

round life preserver

His saving grace is when someone pulls the rope and drags us onto the boat. We were too tired and exhausted to get into the boat ourselves.

Are you in need of a rescue? God’s grace is only one word away!

Tomorrow, there will be one more post about grace. This grace is only given to those who have received the first two types.

Take time, if you have not already, and enjoy God’s stopping grace and saving grace.

And then brace yourself for God’s strengthening grace.

Lent, pt. 26

I broke out a new game tonight. Everdell.

Here is a picture of a game setup for three players.

everdell

It is a beautiful game. This is actually the collector’s edition. I traded an unwanted game for this one.

And then I started playing. Against myself.

Yep, you read that correctly. I played a three player game by myself.

Me, myself, and I. This is how I learn how to play a game.

And no, this is not the first time I have done this.

Although I enjoy playing games against myself, it was not meant to be played alone.

That is not how board games work. They are designed to be a shared experience.

So is church.

I love going to church. It helps me live the life God has created for me.

During Lent, try going to church a few times.

Who knows, maybe you will meet God in a new way.

Lent, pt. 25

I played Sagrada tonight with my wife and some friends of ours. It was new to the three of them but we still had a good time playing.

sagrada 1

The name, Sagrada, is a word that I didn’t know. The other couple knew some Spanish and they said it meant holy or sacred.

They were correct. It is the Spanish word for ‘sacred’.


That got my mental wheels turning.

Colossians 3:17 says that whatever I do, do it as service to the Lord, giving thanks to Him. That would be my paraphrase you just read.

So tonight, as we ate food and had conversation, we were serving our Lord.

Sure, there was a board game in the middle of all of it but that can be set apart for God too.

I just thought the fact of the name, Sagrada, meaning ‘sacred’ was really cool,

Anything I do, I can do it for God.

During this Lent season, take away this encouragement;

Your life and the things you do can be sacred. They can bring glory to God.

So live…Sagrada!

sagrada 2

Lent, pt. 24

I met someone at the Olive Garden today.

Wait, I always meet people at the Olive Garden when I am working.

I am a waiter so meeting people is part of my job.

og soup and salad

But enjoying non-food conversations and liking them is a whole other story.

Enter Laney.

Seven women (2 adults and 5 teens) came into the restaurant today.

I had the privilege of waiting on them.

It was a great experience.

And then I learned that Laney has cancer.

Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma. EHE, for short.

But you would never know it. She was funny and sarcastic. She seemed perfectly healthy.

It is not fair that an 18 year old girl should get a terrible disease.

I always wonder why God lets these things happen.

But I am not going to focus on that. Instead, I want to focus on the goodness of God.

Who am I to doubt the King of Kings?

Who am I to wonder if the Creator of the Universe can handle cancer?

Who am I…?

As I go to sleep tonight, two thoughts will swirl through my mind:

God, please heal Laney

Thank you for being good.

Lent, pt. 23

Science is cool. I mean, really cool.

science is cool

Science tells me…

  • that there are 206 bones in an average adult human.
  • that if you put all the blood vessels in your body end to end, it would circle the        equator over 4 times!
  • that oxygen and hydrogen are two of the most flammable elements found in nature but when combined, they form water.

Shall I continue?

And God made it all.

He is responsible. The more I learn about the world above me, below me, around me, and even in me, I like God more.

Yep. He did all of it and I think He is awesome.

science and god