Wednesday, April 23, 2008

God's grace at work

Two weeks from today, May 7, we will begin a series of blogging chapter by chapter, weekly, through L.L. Barkat's book, Stone Crossings: Finding God in Hard and Hidden Places. This will give any of you who would like to get your own copy, time. It's in bookstores around here, or if you order it soon you should get it on time to join with us in a discussion of it. I read it last Saturday, and it's well worth the read, though better to do so, slowly.

I love this verse in Acts along with its context:
When [Barnabas] arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
What a wonderful thought, "what the grace of God had done."

In the end, when you think about it, this is what it's all about for all of us in Jesus and in our work in mission for Jesus to the world. It's all about God's grace at work in us and through us, out to others. No matter what we do, if God's grace in Jesus doesn't underlie all, it's to no avail.

Let's remember this and seek to make it a watchword and watch of our heart. That we might know that grace in our own lives, and see it in the lives of others.

What might you like to add about this amazing grace?


preacherman said...

Thank you for letting us know about the series brother. I am looking forward to it. I hope you had a great earth day brother! I also hope you have a blessed week in Christ our Lord.
I will get the book soon.

Anonymous said...

i have the book.

good word on grace.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Great. I think you'll find it stimulating. L.L. is a wonderful writer and the book is challenging on vital, basic themes for us in the hard places of our lives. And who doesn't have some?

Ted M. Gossard said...

Good, Nancy. And thanks. Yes, I love those words in that passage. Jumped out at me, at work yesterday.

The Walk said...

I notice that I never grow tired of being reminded of God's grace...and I never tire of telling others. For that matter, I never lose my need to hear of it, again, and again, and again.

Ted M. Gossard said...

You're right, The Walk. Same goes for myself. And I need to learn to know more of it every day. To grow in the grace of Jesus, as well as the knoledge of him (2 Peter).

Grace and peace to you, and to us all, in Jesus!

Allan R. Bevere said...


I look forward to your review. There is so much out there to read and ponder, and it is simply not possible for each and every one of us to read it all; so it is good to have someone I trust reviewing something that I cannot read for the sake of mere volume of what I must read.

I will look forward to your posts.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks much. It will be an honor, as always, to have you on board.