Grace Disco – Out Today!

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In a couple of months Escape to Reality will be five years old. Five years isn’t a long time, but my goodness, a lot of water has gone under that bridge. Truly grace is a fast-flowing river that will take you a long way in a short time. Here’s a comment I received from a kind reader: “I have learned more truth in less than one month following E2R than I have learned in 21 years of religion.” Does this mean I am the world’s greatest teacher? Nope. But Jesus is the Truth I have written about in every article here on E2R. Indeed, he is the Reality in E2R. (Incidentally, I have a theory that … [Read more...]

Keep Plowing or Die! (Luke 9:62)

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Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62) Is Jesus calling you to a life of unswerving service? Is he saying, “You’re here to work and work hard”? Well if he is, then he’s contradicting what he says here: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28) See the problem? In one verse Jesus exhorts us to “Plow” and in another he says “Rest.” Plowing is hard, back-breaking work. You can’t plow and rest at the same time, so which is it? “It’s both,” says the mixed-up … [Read more...]

Is it Wrong to Ask God for Forgiveness?

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“Beware the grace Pharisees who jump on you if you dare to ask God for forgiveness. They will say you’re operating in unbelief and legalism.” This claim is sometimes made against those who preach grace. Because we say God has forgiven all your sins, apparently it’s wrong to ask him to forgive you. Apparently asking God to give what he has already provided is an insulting sin. But I don’t buy it. It’s true that God has forgiven you, but if asking helps you to receive, then by all means ask! There is nothing wrong in coming to the throne of grace in your hour of need to receive mercy … [Read more...]

Herod’s Death and the Wrath of God

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The Old Testament writers record a brutal history of divine wrath that came to an abrupt end at the cross. Before the cross, wrath was poured out on… - a world hell-bent on violence and self-destruction (Gen 6:13) - Sodom and Gomorrah on account of their “grievous sin” (Gen 18:20) - the slave-owning nation of Egypt (Exodus 7-11) - a generation of sinful Israelites (Heb 3:17) - the Amorites because of the “full measure” of their sin (Gen 15:16) - Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu (Lev 10:2) - ten fearful spies (Num 14:37) - the rebel Korah and his men (Num 16:31) - the pagan enemies of … [Read more...]

Message to E2R Subscribers

Normally when you publish a book you seek endorsements from famous people. However, for my next book – a compilation of Escape to Reality’s Greatest Hits – I’m seeking endorsements from ordinary folk who have been blessed in extraordinary ways by my message of grace here on E2R. Is this you? Would you like to write a short endorsement for my forthcoming book? If so, please use the contact form below to send me: Your short endorsement (2-4 sentences) Your first and last name Your occupation and city Here are a couple of examples to show you the sort of thing we’re looking for, … [Read more...]

What Pleases the Lord?

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Scripture exhorts us to “find out what pleases the Lord” (Eph 5:10). Do you know what pleases the Lord? You do! You are his dearly-loved child and your heavenly Father is thrilled to bits with you. You need to know this otherwise you will spend your life trying to earn what you already have. You’ll fall prey to those who say, “You need to improve yourself to please the Lord.” Or “You need to clean yourself up before God will be pleased with you.” Such messages will distract you from God’s grace. They will draw your attention to your sin instead of his Son. They will cause you to fall from … [Read more...]

What is Godly Sorrow?

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“For godly sorrow worketh repentance…” (2 Cor 7:10). What is godly sorrow? Apparently it’s when the Holy Spirit makes you sorry for your sin. “God grieves over you, you sorry excuse for a Christian. You have become an enemy of God!” There are some who insist you must weep and wail when you repent. “You need to show some godly sorrow,” they insist. “Repentance must be marked by regret, tears, and grief-stricken anguish.” In other words, if you don’t weep, your repentance isn’t genuine. Spurgeon had a different view: A curious idea men have of what repentance is! Many fancy that so … [Read more...]

The Big House – Out Today

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My first children’s story has just been published. It’s called The Big House and it comes out today. It’s a story about two siblings, Theo and Audrey, who discover that their new home is full of wonders. But one door leaves them in a strange and empty land from which they must embark on a desperate journey back—a journey that will not only reveal their deepest fears, but take them beyond their wildest dreams. In a word, The Big House is a story about a father – a father who is greater and more amazing than his children know. As I mentioned in a recent post, I wrote The Big House … [Read more...]

Myth 5: Hyper-Grace Preachers say God is not Grieved by your Sin

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“Hyper-grace preachers say God doesn’t care when we sin.” Actually, we say God cares very much because sin hurt the objects of his affection—us! Sin damages people, fractures friendships, and destroys families. Sin hurts you, and that makes your Father sad. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:30–32) Is God oblivious to our … [Read more...]

How Does the Holy Spirit Convict Us?

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“Through the law,” says the mixed-grace preacher. “It is by God’s law that we are convicted. When you sin, the Holy Spirit will remind you of God’s holy commands and show you the way to go.” The Bible says you are not under law, but grace. But if we get rid of the law, how will we know how to please the Lord? How will the Holy Spirit set us on the straight and narrow? Or to use a recent example I read on Charisma News, how will we know it’s a bad idea to steal from Walmart? The mixed-grace preacher says the law shows us the way of life. Yet the hyper-grace preacher Paul said the law … [Read more...]

Fatherless Fiction

Hansel and Gretel by James E. McConnell

I have four children under the age of ten so I read a lot of children’s books. Sometimes I even read them to my kids! A recurring theme I have noticed in children’s literature is this: Moms and dads are usually absent. And if the parents are mentioned, they are often negligent kill-joys who hinder and sometimes even harm their children. As a parent, I can’t help but wonder what message this sends to our children. I first noticed the absence of parents thirty-odd years ago reading the Famous Five stories. Each story would typically begin with Mom and Dad going overseas and dumping … [Read more...]

“The Romance of Grace” by Jim McNeely

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Reviewed for E2R by Steve Hackman. As the message of grace spreads through the church it goes without saying that grace authors face an increasingly difficult challenge; distinguishing their grace book from the plethora of others that have recently hit the market. In The Romance of Grace Jim McNeely does just that. His Romance transcends the feeling of intimacy a grace book naturally generates and takes it to the next level... God doesn’t just love you. No indeed. God is in love with you! McNeely sets the tone for this passion at the beginning of The Romance Of Grace by invoking … [Read more...]