grace basics

Take the grace test

July 6, 2011 // 4 Comments

A few weeks ago someone asked me, “how well did you understand grace before you understood grace?” Now it’s time for me to ask you that same question; how well do you understand grace? Below is a very simple test to find out. Because this is a grace test, I’ve filled in the perfect answer [...]

How well did I understand grace before I understood grace?

May 27, 2011 // 88 Comments

Have you ever seen those Magic Eye 3D pictures that look random at first glance but then reveal a hidden picture? Maybe there’s a group of you looking and someone says, “Wow – look at that! It’s a ship!” Then another person sees it and now they’re both describing the picture to you. But try as you [...]

Is God’s love unconditional?

May 17, 2011 // 59 Comments

“How do you know God’s love is unconditional? The phrase ‘unconditional love’ is not in the Bible!” Ever heard this? It’s a fair question that cuts to the heart of the grace message. Grace says that God loves us with no strings attached but read the Bible and you will find that sometimes there are [...]

The test of your gospel

May 8, 2011 // 38 Comments

I once heard a preacher say that “80 to 90% of Christians are unacquainted with the gospel of grace.” I guess this estimate is not far off the mark as evidenced by the large numbers of believers who are still trying to earn what God has freely given them. If you were to ask these people about grace they would [...]

Who do you think you are?

April 24, 2011 // 15 Comments

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). I’m sure you’ve read this verse many times, but have you ever thought about what it means to be new? You are not merely improved, modified, tweaked, re-conditioned, re-upholstered, or re-branded. You are wholly new. Indeed, a new creature, [...]

Before and After

April 16, 2011 // 4 Comments

Before he was saved, Paul was a Pharisee (Php 3:5), and like any Pharisee he would’ve prayed the prayer seen on the left (source: Encyclopedia Talmudit, Vol.4, Jerusalem 1956, p.371). Religious pride feeds itself by drawing lines between us and them. It says, “Thank you God that I am not like other [...]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

February 5, 2011 // 13 Comments

Escape to Reality is one year old today! I started blogging on 5 February 2010 for no other reason than I couldn’t help myself. I had words inside me that needed to get out. I didn’t know if anyone would want to read them, but to those of you who have, thanks! And to those of you who’ve taken the time to [...]

The axe of forgiveness

December 24, 2010 // 20 Comments

Have you ever noticed how Jesus went around forgiving people who neither asked for forgiveness nor deserved it? A paralyzed man is brought to him. Everyone watches for the physical healing but Jesus says, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven” (Mt 9:2). A woman caught in adultery is brought to him for [...]

What keeps Christians weak and unproductive?

December 20, 2010 // 123 Comments

If you were the devil and you wanted to keep Christians barren, sick and ineffective, there is one simple thing that you could do: you would hide or distort the good news that we have been totally and eternally forgiven. Show me any Christian who is making a mark for God today, and I’ll show you someone who [...]

Does God use correction fluid?

December 8, 2010 // 50 Comments

Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? If so, are you worried that Jesus may blot out your name? It seems that many Christians are. They are afraid that they might do something that will cause Jesus to blot out their names from his Book of Life. It’s like Jesus is sitting in heaven with a pen in one [...]

Son, Servant, or Friend of God?

October 4, 2010 // 53 Comments

How do you mainly identify with God? As a (a) servant of God, (b) a friend of God, or (c) a son of God? When a friend posed this question on his Facebook page yesterday, I was so surprised at the results, that I decided to poll E2R readers on E2R’s FB page. (Before you read on, answer the question for [...]

Laodicea, Part 4: “Buy” Your Salvation (Rev 3:18)

May 21, 2010 // 18 Comments

UPDATE: This is an old article. An updated and expanded commentary on this passage can be found in Paul’s book Letters from Jesus. The letter to the Laodiceans is just 222 words long. In 47 of those words Jesus describes the Laodiceans and lukewarm and self-sufficient. The thing that made them self-sufficient [...]