The Grace Awakening

GRACE: Defending—Truth On The Scaffold (Part 1) by Charles R. Swindoll

February 26, 2019

From: The Grace Awakening While most people in the world are busy building towers with highest hopes of making a name and gaining fame, God’s truth sets the record straight.  On the basis of God’s Book, his Holy Word, it is my plea that we simply admit our need and claim God’s grace.  Instead of striving for a manmade ticket to Heaven based on high achievement and hard work (for which we get all the credit), I suggest we openly declare our own spiritual bankruptcy and accept God’s free gift of grace.  “Why?” you ask.  “Why not emphasize how much I do for God instead of what he does for me?”  Because that is heresy, plain and simple.  How?  By exalting our own effort and striving for our own accomplishments, we insult [...]

GRACE: Warning—Heresy On The Loose by Charles R. Swindoll

February 19, 2019

From: The Grace Awakening You’ve heard words like that, haven’t you?  If you’re like me, you’ve heard them since you were just a child.  They sound so right, so inspiring.  “Just reach down real deep and pull up hard on your own bootstraps, and you can make it all on your own.  You can endure whatever.  Nothing is out of reach, so press on.  Climb higher!  You can make anything of yourself.  You can even attain Heaven!”  (Or, as in Luther’s day, at least buy a quicker way to Heaven for someone else.) What seems so right is, in fact, heresy – the one I consider the most dangerous heresy of Earth.  What is it?  The emphasis on what we do for God, instead of what God does for us.  Some are so convinced of the [...]

GRACE: The Free Gift by Charles R. Swindoll

February 12, 2019

From: The Grace Awakening For the next few minutes let’s think about heresy.  To begin with, answer this question: What would you consider the most dangerous heresy on Earth?  Stop and think before you answer.  The one I have in mind is not so bold and ugly that it would make angels blush.  This one is subtle, rather attractive.  For a long, long time it’s been a favorite of many.  Actually, it has been around since the Garden of Eden.  Let me give you a few hints: It is a philosophy found in numerous self-help books, many poems, and most rags-to-riches biographies. It is a recurring theme in political speeches and commencement addresses. It flourishes in academia. It feeds our pride, it fuels our self-centered bent, it pleases [...]

GRACE: Some Practical Expectations by Charles R. Swindoll

February 5, 2019

From: The Grace Awakening Most of you are familiar with the story of Rip Van Winkle, the man in the children’s fairy tale who went to sleep for twenty years and awoke to a very different world from the one he had known before his two-decade slumber.  All the while he was asleep, wonderful changes were taking place around him about which he was totally ignorant.  Like Rip Van Winkle, many of us are slumbering under the oppressive opiate of those who would keep us from experiencing the marvelous grace-filled life available to those of us who would be made fully alive to its liberating potential.  Wake up!  Sleep no longer!  The grace awakening is upon us.  And what can you expect upon rising from your uninformed stupor?  Let me [...]

GRACE: Grace—A Many-Splendored Thing by Charles R. Swindoll

January 29, 2019

From: The Grace Awakening We use grace to describe many things in life: A well-coordinated athlete or dancer Good manners and being considerate of others Beautiful, well-chosen words Consideration and care for other people Various expressions of kindness and mercy Those statements remind me of Christ.  What a perfect illustration of grace!  Think of several examples with me.  He stood alongside a woman caught in adultery.  The Law clearly stated, “Stone her.”  The grace killers who set her up demanded the same.  Yet Christ said to those self-righteous Pharisees, “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”  What grace!  Under the Law they had every legal right to bury her beneath the rocks in their hands – and [...]

GRACE: Grace—Let’s Understand The Term by Charles R. Swindoll

January 22, 2019

From: The Grace Awakening What exactly is grace?  And is it limited to Jesus’s life and ministry?  You may be surprised to know that Jesus never used the word.  He just taught it, and, equally important, he lived it.  Furthermore, the Bible never gives us a one-statement definition, though grace appears throughout its pages – not only the word itself but numerous demonstrations of it.  Understanding what grace means requires our going back to an old Hebrew term that meant “to bend, to stoop.”  By and by, it came to include the idea of “condescending favor.” If you have traveled to London, you have perhaps seen royalty.  If so, you may have noticed sophistication, aloofness, distance.  On occasion, royalty in England [...]

GRACE: “No Faces—“Yes” Faces by Charles R. Swindoll

January 15, 2019

From: The Grace Awakening Dr. Karl Menninger, in a book entitled, The Vital Balance, at one point discusses the negativistic personality.  That’s the type of person who says, “no,” to just about everything.  Calling these sad folks “troubled patients,” Menninger (no doubt with tongue in cheek) mentions several of the things that characterize their lives.  They have never made an unsound loan, voted for a liberal cause, or sponsored any extravagances.  Why?  He suggests it is because they cannot permit themselves the pleasure of giving.  He describes them in vivid terms: “rigid, chronically unhappy individuals, bitter, insecure, and often suicidal.” I would add one further description – they have never given themselves [...]

GRACE: Grace—It’s Really Amazing! by Charles R. Swindoll

January 8, 2019

From: The Grace Awakening The moralizing and legalizing of the Gospel of God’s Grace is a dull heresy peddled to disappointed people who are angry because they have not received what they had no good reason to expect. (Richard J. Neuhaus) There are killers on the loose today. The problem is that you can’t tell by looking.  They don’t wear little buttons that give away their identity, nor do they carry signs warning everybody to stay away.  On the contrary, a lot of them carry Bibles and appear to be clean-living, nice-looking, law-abiding citizens.  Most of them spend a lot of time in churches, some in places of religious leadership.  Many are so respected in the community, their neighbors would never guess they are living next [...]