Grace is used in the King James Version of the Bible 170 times. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for grace is Hen which means favor, grace, charm, displaying a favorable disposition, for example “to find grace in someone’s eyes.” The meaning of grace in the OT remains the same no matter what scripture you are reading. Grace is grace.
In the New Testament the Greek word for grace is Charis which means the state of kindness and favor toward someone, gift, benefit, credit, blessings. As in the OT, anytime you see grace in the NT it has the same meaning. Grace is grace.
Where grace flips the script is in its definition. Continue reading
On Friday, Pastor Donald Chisholm (Latter Rain Cathedral, Lockport, NY) shared these words on the Weekly Wrap-up Show:
“Jesus had no fear. Suppose you had no fear? When you heard God you responded right away because you would have no fear of what someone would do or say. The power of God could flow through you uninterrupted. Fear interrupts the power of God in your life.”
Wow, those words stuck with me as I developed the teaching for this week.
Suppose you had no fear? How could God use you for His greater plan?
As I shared today on the Morning Prayer Call you can live fearlessly. The word declares in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
So if the spirit of fear is not from God it must originate from other sources: self and/or the enemy. Continue reading
Hello Surrender Fast Family,
In their article Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt: Which is More Healthful authors Angela Haupt and Kurtis Hiatt put the two yogurts to the test to see which would be the ultimate grand champion of all that is good and healthy!
Eating Greek yogurt is the new hip thing to do, but does it really pack a punch against its counterpart? Here are the facts:
Greek yogurt is high in protein, making you feel fuller longer. An average a 6-ounce serving contains 15 to 20 grams of protein which is the same amount in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat (good for vegetarians looking to get more protein in their diet). In contrast the regular yogurt contains 9 grams. Continue reading
Hello Surrender Fast Family!
So you’ve made it to week 2. For those who are new to fasting, that must feel like a huge feat. Praise God for His staying power. Keep on surrendering, the best is yet to come!
This week we are continuing to unpack this Cycle’s theme: Mastering the Art of Contentment. As we learned last week being contented is feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation. Contented Christians find joy in every situation and circumstance because they have learned that God’s plan is best and if He allowed a situation in his/her life, He has equipped him/her with the tools to go through. As the scripture reminds us, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
I received an excellent question from Dave Dickinson via Facebook. Dave writes,
If you’re not comfortable with your job, should you be content? I am praying to control my anxiety over my work conditions. To me, contentment means just accepting and being happy with what I currently have. I have humbled myself and my lifestyle, but I am not content because I want better for myself. Is there a balancing point between the two or am I missing a lesson? Continue reading