Grace: Be All You Can Be

“Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes” –Martin Luther There exists a mentality among Christian believers where our faith will somehow grant us a pile of ‘nice things.’  This concept tells us that material possessions are a sign of His blessing.  If we just have enough faith, we willContinue reading “Grace: Be All You Can Be”

We Are Truly Marvels to Behold

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 “God created the world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.”   —MartinContinue reading “We Are Truly Marvels to Behold”

Luther and His Salvation

“If ever a monk could get to heaven through monastic discipline, I was that monk. And yet my conscience would not give me certainty, but I always doubted and said, ‘You didn’t do that right. You weren’t contrite enough. You left that out of your confession.’ The more I tried to remedy an uncertain, weak,Continue reading “Luther and His Salvation”

Living Tethered to the Cross

St. Francis of  Assisi once wrote, “The devil never rejoices more than when he robs a servant of God of the peace of God.” Sometimes I think I’ve made the devil dance far too many times. I confess that peace has never been real high on my list. Love, joy, kindness and even goodness are clearContinue reading “Living Tethered to the Cross”