Grace Period

Grace Period is a blog from the heart of a Christian. I enjoy sharing my faith, my hopes, my dreams - and especially my opinions! Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's sad. Hopefully it's always thought-provoking.

The Way of Good Men

This week’s broadcast is up @ www.thesoundofgrace.com. Proverbs 2 teaches us to receive and love wisdom, “That thou mayest walk in the way of good men…” Godly Christians, described by Hebrews 12:1 as a great cloud of witnesses, encourage us to wisely follow the Lord. Over the next few weeks we will detail some examples of good men (and women) from Christian history in whose ways we can and should walk. Music by Babbie Mason.

Posted 202 weeks ago

The Places You Will Go With God

This week’s broadcast is up @ www.thesoundofgrace.com. This is the second part of a three-part series on the places you will go with God, if you follow His leading. People usually don’t find these places on their own, but are top places in a journey with the Lord. The second place we discuss in this week’s broadcast is the place of happiness. Music by Shenandoah Haven Choir.

Posted 204 weeks ago

The Places You Will Go With God

This week’s broadcast is up @ www.thesoundofgrace.com. This is a three-part series on the places you will go with God, if you follow His leading. These places people usually don’t find on their own, but are top places in a journey with the Lord. The first place we discuss in this week’s broadcast is the place of holiness. Music by the Cathedrals.

Posted 205 weeks ago

An Old Promise for a New Year

As we stand in the threshold looking ahead at a new year with all of its uncertainties, I thought I would remind you of something that is sure to never change. Our Lord promised that He would be with us “even unto the end of the world.” What a comforting thought!

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:18-20).

If you will “go” for Jesus in 2015, you have this promise from the Savior that He will always be with you. This has been a very dear promise proven to the saints down through the ages. These final words from our Savior to His saints have offered light in the midst of darkness, comfort in midst of affliction, hope in midst of despair and peace in the midst of strife.

Note the number of promises derived from this one simple statement of our Lord:

  • A Promise of Affection
  • A Promise of Affiliation
  • A Promise of Blessing
  • A Promise of Benevolence
  • A Promise of Comfort
  • A Promise of Companionship
  • A Promise of Devotion
  • A Promise of Divinity
  • A Promise of Empathy
  • A Promise of Eternity
  • A Promise of Faithfulness
  • A Promise of Friendship
  • A Promise of Grace
  • A Promise of Glory
  • A Promise of Help
  • A Promise of Hope
  • A Promise of Intimacy
  • A Promise of Infinity
  • A Promise of Joy
  • A Promise of Jesus
  • A Promise of Kindness
  • A Promise of Keeping
  • A Promise of Life
  • A Promise of Loyalty
  • A Promise of Obstacles
  • A Promise of Overcoming
  • A Promise of Pathways
  • A Promise of Peace
  • A Promise of Responsibility
  • A Promise of Rejoicing
  • A Promise of Sustenance
  • A Promise of Shelter
  • A Promise of Trial
  • A Promise of Triumph
  • A Promise of Valleys
  • A Promise of Victory
  • A Promise of Work
  • A Promise of Worth

If this many promises come from one single utterance of our Lord, imagine the wealth of promises given to us through the whole of inspired Scripture! These are “exceeding great and precious promises” because, as the writer of Hebrews declares in Hebrews 10:23b, “He is faithful that promised.”

Let us face this unsure year with a sure faith in the promises of our Lord!

Posted 206 weeks ago

Merry Christmas!

I’ve mentioned it before, but our church reads a chapter a day from the Bible together. Today’s chapter is Psalms 22. I encourage you to read it with us. You can find it here. How appropriate it is that we read this prophetic Psalm concerning the cross of Calvary on the day we’ve set aside to remember the birth of Christ. For, you see, that is why He was born. He came into this world to save sinners, and the only way to save sinners was to make an atonement that would eternally please the Father.

The writer of Hebrews explains it to us, “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God…” (Hebrews 10:9-12).

That was the reason He was born of a lowly virgin. Paul told us in Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

And so today, on this date we’ve set aside to remember the incarnation which eventually culminated in the crucifixion and, thank God, the resurrection, I lift my voice (and pen) with the Psalmist in Psalms 22:22, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.” For He alone is worthy.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Merry Christmas!

Posted 207 weeks ago

Holy Ophthalmologist

Sometimes in life our vision can become blurred. Usually when that happens we make an appointment with the eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment which may include surgery. But what about those times when our spiritual vision becomes blurred or cloudy?

This can happen as a result of sorrow, sickness, or even sin in our life. What do we do? Where can we turn? There is a wonderful place to go when our spiritual and/or emotional vision is impaired. It is the Word of God.

David said in Psalm 19:8 that “the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” God’s Word will never lead you wrong. You can depend on His holy commandments to steer you in the right direction, and even perform vision correction.

The commandment of the Lord is pure, and that means He will lead you to pure things. When you do not know what to do, or which way to go, the Scriptures can give you direction if you will heed them. The Word of God can help you discern between the pure things and impure things. If the decision is something that might lead you toward deceptive or impure thoughts, motives, or actions, then you can be sure that it is not the Lord leading you in that direction. If the decision is between two things that both seem pure, allow the Word of God speak to your heart. Do not impose upon the text your own “interpretation,” but simply let the Holy Spirit impress upon your heart the application of God’s Word. And then obey. He makes no mistakes.

And when you know you aren’t “seeing” things like you should. Whether it’s interpersonal relationships, or even your spiritual relationship with the Lord that seems out of focus, the Word of God can detect and correct that, too. We may smugly say, “Well, I just don’t see it that way.” Honestly, that may be part of the problem! Allow the Word of God to “enlighten your eyes.” God’s Word has a way of helping us to see what is most important in this life, and in the life to come. It helps us to focus on what really matters – the eternal.

Lord, thank You for Your Holy Word that was inspired and preserved for us that we might know You, and see Your will accomplished in our hearts and lives. Give us the honesty and faith we need to hear, heed and apply Your Word to our thoughts, speech, and actions every day. Amen.

Posted 207 weeks ago

Politics As Usual

I enjoy politics most of the time. Battling for my views and principles within the arena of ideas is much preferred to a real battlefield. However, politics as a gamesmanship can be “taxing.” During this time of year with the passing of “Cromnibus,” all of the wrangling over gasoline taxes, and the enormous amounts of sales tax being collected, the Messiah’s birth could get crowded out.

It has happened before. In Luke 2:1-7 a form of the word “tax” is mentioned four times. It seems 2,000 years ago that taxes were a big deal then, too. In the hustle and bustle of an empire-wide census, the birth of the Messiah was pretty much missed by all but a few shepherds, some foreign wise men, and of course Simeon and Anna.

There were no decorations, no parades, no parties. It was business and politics as usual. This year, let’s not let the usual things steal our attention and affection away from the One whose birth was the most unusual!

Merry Christmas!

Posted 208 weeks ago

Christmas Trip

Psalm 8:3-4 KJV
[3] When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; [4] What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

To think that the darling Son of God would travel past the starry heavens He created to visit us and go all the way to Calvary to pay for our redemption instills the greatest awe within my heart. That truly is my only reason to celebrate Christmas.

I am so thankful that Jesus loves you and me that much!

Posted 209 weeks ago

The Light, the Love, and the Lamb, Part 1

This week’s broadcast is up at www.thesoundofgrace.com. It is the first part of a three-part Christmas series entitled, "The Light, Love, and Lamb of Christmas.“ Jesus is truly the reason for the season. We will also be sharing some of our favorite Christmas songs. I hope they will become your favorites as well. This week’s Christmas music is by the Martins.

Posted 210 weeks ago

I Have All

This week’s broadcast entitled, “I Have All” is up and ready at www.thesoundofgrace.com. You can also download the podcast through iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sound-of-grace/id308225585?mt=2. Writing from a cold, dark dungeon Paul had nothing this world calls important. He didn’t have a retirement fund or a second home - he didn’t even have a first home - but he was able to say, “I have all and abound.” Paul knew that true thanksgiving comes from the love of the Savior and not our circumstances. Music by the Middle Tennessee Baptist Church Choir.

Posted 211 weeks ago