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5 Characteristics of G.R.A.C.E — April 22, 2020

April 22nd, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 5 Characteristics of G.R.A.C.E — April 22, 2020)

During these challenging days, some of us find ourselves locked up at home and spending 24 hours a day 7 days a week with our loved ones. This is a time when we must show each other grace beyond normal. I  know many of you may think of grace as follows:

Gods Riches At Christ Expense. 

But I would like to give you another example of how to think about Grace.

1. The first Characteristic #1 G which stands for Gift

A.  Ephesians 2:8 & 9, says, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Grace is a gift from God to you and from you to others.

A gift cannot be achieved;….. it can only be received.

2. Characteristic  #2 R – Revealed

In Titus 2:11 we read, “… For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,

It Appeared, it showed up, it was revealed so all men could see it.

The grace of God is not hidden; Grace is reveled through Christ.

Grace has been revealed; is being revealed; and will continue to be revealed – past, present, future.

 3. Characteristic #3 A – Acceptance

Because of Christ we are acceptable to God, but we don’t always believe that or accept that.

A. Ephesians 1:6 says, to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the one he loves.

It is in his grace that He has made us acceptable; accepted into the family of God.

People will go to extraordinary lengths today to be accepted.

This craving to be accepted often drives people to do very damaging things to themselves in an effort to gain  acceptance.

4. Characteristic # 4 C – Calling

A. Grace is a calling. Just as I was called to be a Pastor we are all called to show grace.

B. Romans 1:7 Paul says, to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Here he describes the Christians as those “…called to be saints…”

When God calls us into service, He then gifts us with spiritual abilities to do what He has called us to do. Grace is one of those spiritual abilities.

5. Characteristic # 5  Eternal Life

We live in a world of uncertainty. 1 John 5:12 & 13 says, 

He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

In Summary:

(1) Characteristic # 1 grace is a gift.

(2) Characteristic # 2 grace is  revealed.

(3) Characteristic # 3 grace is  acceptance.

(4) Characteristic # 4 grace is a calling.

(5) Characteristic # 5 grace is eternal life.

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ALLIANCE HISTORY AND THOUGHT. 

AFRICA :  The first Alliance missionaries entered Africa in 1884, serving in the Belgian Congo. By 1892, nearly 30 Alliance missionaries were sharing the good news of Jesus throughout the continent.  Today, The Alliance has national churches in nine African countries, with an inclusive membership of more than 1 million believers. During the past decade, more than 400,000 people have come to faith in Christ through Alliance ministries in Africa.

Mid-Week Thoughts from Pastor Ron – April 15, 2020

April 15th, 2020 | Posted by John Klassen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Mid-Week Thoughts from Pastor Ron – April 15, 2020)

Many times when we pray we simply bring a list of wants to God without recognizing who he is and what he has done for us. The disciples never asked Jesus to teach them to heal or perform miracles or to turn water into wine. In the book of Luke, they  asked him to teach them one thing, “How to pray”, this should show us how important prayer is. 

Notice the pattern of prayer Jesus give us.

Luke 11: 1-11 KJV: 

11 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Give us day by day our daily bread.And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Our Father, when we call God our Father it implies we are all brothers and sisters in Christ as we have the same Father. We are related.

When we pray we must first recognize God for who He is, (Holy be your name) and seek his kingdom to exist here on earth and for his will to be done.

Then look at how many times “us” is used, bringing the attention to ourselves.

Give us, forgive us and lead us deliver us. When we pray we should use this same pattern, God first, us second.

Give us our daily bread, give us enough to survive another day.

Forgive us for our sins daily and lead us where you want us to go and deliver us from evil.

Give us, forgive us, lead us, deliver us!

 

ALLIANCE HISTORY AND THOUGHT.

The Alliance work in the Philippines began in 1901 with Miss E White, the first C&MA missionary sent to the Philippines,  CAMACOP  (Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of the Philippines) now has more than 2.900 churches; about 8.400 local workers and church planters, 52 units of national and international ministry workers [missionaries] serving in 17 countries around the world. There has been established(9) residential Bible institutions and 24 non-residential training centers.