New Grace Books
Here are some new releases that have not been reviewed on E2R. Books are listed in order of publication (newest first). Authors/publishers, want to see your book listed on this page? Submit your details here.
Twisted Scripture: Untangling 45 Lies Christians Have Been Told, by Andrew Farley (May 2019)
Confront the lies that hold you back. Discover the truth that sets you free. Let’s face it – the Bible contains passages that are challenging to interpret and can even incite fear. Sure, we want to believe that God’s grace applies to our unique troubles: addiction, divorce, habitual sins, or a feeling of distance from God because we don’t seem to measure up. Still, perplexing Bible passages eat at us.
Bestselling author and national radio host Dr. Andrew Farley is known to challenge legalistic and lifeless interpretations with his discerning take on controversial Scriptures. In Twisted Scripture, Andrew skewers sacred cows and shatters destructive lies, bringing the undiluted truth about God’s love and grace in a colorful and conversational look at the most controversial passages in the New Testament. This book offers more than just encouragement and freedom. It may change everything about the way you see yourself and God.
It’s Your Time to Shine, by Rob Rufus (March 2019)
Enjoy one of the best books on grace you will ever read. This has been a project in the making for many years and we believe will expand your horizon and revelation into God’s grace and make you shine! As you delve into the good news, I believe you’ll experience an open Heaven and an atmosphere of undiluted, unfading glory. As this message goes out, some will be healed as they turn the pages, just reading. Transformations will take place. The miracles of God will manifest. Lives will be edified as we enjoy the goodness of our God.
Simply Gospel: Discover Just How Good the Good News Really Is, by Nathan Tanner (November 2018)
What you believe about the gospel is potentially the most important aspect in your relationship with God. You win in life or lose by the gospel you choose to believe. In Christian society, the gospel can mean anything from a type of music, the Bible in general or even promises of heaven or threats of hell. The First century church believed the gospel to such an extent that they were willing to give up their possessions, yes even at times their own lives for what they believed about God. So, what is the Gospel? Join me on this exciting journey to discover what the Good News really is and how to share it clearly, lovingly and supernaturally. You will be surprised by the goodness of God
Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors: How Less-Than-Perfect Parents Can Raise (Kind of) Great Kids, by Jami Amerine (October 2018)
As moms, we know we’ve messed up in so many ways. Royally. Maybe you think you’ve failed your children, your spouse, and your God.
But did you know that in the midst of your failures and fears, you are still loved—royally? As a child of noble birth? Do you believe your children are in better hands than your own and that you don’t need to hold on so desperately?
Jami Amerine, author of Stolen Jesus, delivers a totally relatable account of her hilarious and honest experiences and misadventures in motherhood. She’s eager to help you see how to let your Heavenly Father parent you, so you can embrace peace as you parent your children.
Come meet with the One whose presence turns sticky floors into sacred ground.
Lost in Grace, by Jim Fielder (Aug 2018)
A series of 100 Bible-based articles on the subject of lostness. They provide devotional mini-Bible studies for those feeling lost in life or in a religious space to the discovery of being lost in wonder at amazing grace. Suitable for individual meditation or group discussion.
The Grace Exchange: The Pursuit For More of God, by Craig Sparrow (July 2018)
Divine purpose is fulfilled as grace exchanges empower your dream. In this book, Craig Sparrow shows how the potential to carry and demonstrate the fullness of God is both available and accessible. He explains how grace exchanges enable every believer to encounter a greater reality of God’s fullness.Grace exchanges are the pathway to discovering and living out the more.
Every believer’s assignment is to become more aware of this greater reality. With revelation and insight, Craig shows how grace exchanges offer a dual role to restore and resource your life to fulfill your divine purpose. As grace interchanges with more grace, believers are transformed—which in turn, offers an invitation for others to also encounter God’s goodness. In this book, Craig Sparrow shows how the potential to carry and demonstrate the fullness of God is both available and accessible. He explains how grace exchanges enable every believer to encounter a greater reality of God’s fullness.
Life According to Perfect: The Greatest Story Never Imagined, by Ralph Harris (April 2018)
Terrific stories have been written about following and meeting with Jesus. They happen on a high place or in a magical land. But what if the meeting didn’t happen in a distant or magical place, somewhere you had to go? What if it occurred inside of you—every day, at any moment—and you were God’s happiest, most magical place to be? Meet Elliot Samuelson. He’s 12 and lives in the little town of Sarx. He has already learned to cope. He copes with his dad’s expectations. He copes with his mom’s need for a sparkling family image. He copes with his teacher’s rules. He copes with the bully’s threats. He’s a coper. In fact, everyone in Sarx has from a young age learned how to cope—and that’s the problem. They all know how to cope. But no one knows how to truly live, until Elliot meets a stranger on the edge of town, who shows him a better way. A Perfect way. And Elliot’s life, and the town’s, are never the same. Yours won’t be, either.
The Cross Worked: Why You Can Have Confidence On The Day of Judgment, by Zach Maldonado (February, 2018)
“You will be treated like Jesus on the Day of Judgment!” That is exactly what the entire New Testament is shouting to believers. There will be no fear, no shame, and no guilt on the Day of Judgment. Instead, we can have confidence on the Day of Judgment because we are totally forgiven and just like Jesus. In The Cross Worked, Zach Maldonado explores the Scriptures about forgiveness, reward, and judgment, and dismantles the popular religious jargon around these verses, revealing: Believers are forgiven of all their sins–past, present, and future; believers will not be judged for their sins; Jesus Christ is our Reward; we are secure in Jesus. Discover how the truth of the cross enables you to enjoy Jesus and live each day with confidence!
Grace360, by Edem Light (January 2018)
The gospel has never been about man’s works. It is time to unlearn the exhausting Self-Help philosophy of this world and the death dealing law of Moses which have been passed off as the gospel for so long, and become acquainted with the rest filled grace of Jesus. This is what this book is about; It reveals grace, not as a part of the gospel but as the gospel of Christ Jesus
Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior, by Jami Amerine (October 2017)
Let’s be honest. The journey to discovering Jesus—Real Jesus—can be complicated, messy, and a little crazy. Just ask Jami Amerine. Banned from the Mormon church as a child, she’s spent the rest of her life trying to reconcile Fifth-Grade Jesus, Catholic Jesus, and Americanized Jesus (just to name a few). But when she met Real Jesus, everything changed.
You can meet Him too—right here, just as you are. With designer coffee in hand or your jar of pickles for lunch. (Jami will tell you that story in chapter 1.) If you’ve ever felt confused by the conflicting representations of Jesus you’ve encountered in the world, you’re invited to join Jami’s quest to release all the wrong ideas and get to know Jesus as He really is—bewildering grace and all. (Oh, and Stolen Jesus? He sits on Jami’s mantel. You’ll get to meet Him too!)
His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love: An intimate, interactive study of the Song of Solomon, Chapters 1 & 2, by Kim K. Francis (September 2017)
Christian, do you know that you are the pure, righteous, and holy bride of Christ, and your Spiritual Bridegroom only has eyes for you? Your brain may be going tilt-tilt after reading that statement, but it’s completely true! Jesus Christ longs for you to personally experience His cherishing love and exuberant life in your Monday-through-Sunday living. He knows that as you enjoy His lavishing, unconditional love, you won’t be able to help but express it in this world. The secret to loving is living loved in Christ, your Spiritual Bridegroom. His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love is the first of three intimate and interactive six-week studies of the Song of Solomon, an allegory describing the divine romance between Christ and His bride, the church. Spanning chapters 1 and 2, this premier installment will help you renew your mind with the following refreshing and liberating truths: • As the bride of Christ, you are completely forgiven for the sins of your lifetime. • Through Christ’s finished work on the cross and your identification with Him in His crucifixion and resurrection, you have been made brand-new, and Christ is now your very life. • The new covenant made in Christ’s blood has forever sealed you in Him. Your Spiritual Bridegroom will never leave you nor forsake you, regardless of what you do or don’t do. • Because of His grace, you are free from law-based living to be completely enamored with Christ alone. • You have a real, invisible enemy who is trying everything within his limited power to hoodwink you into accepting his lies about who you are. Once you learn his most effective strategy, you will be armed and dangerous to the kingdom of darkness. If you long to know Jesus as the love of your life, this study is for you!
What I Really Believe: Established for a Supernatural Lifestyle, by Nathan Tanner (September 2017)
Do you desire to operate in great faith? Are you ready to experience the supernatural every day? Your beliefs have the power and potential to change the world in which you live. You do not need to understand everything in the bible. You do however need to know a few key truths and know how to get them to work in your life. That is the purpose of this book, to help you establish the truth of Christ’s finished work in your own heart and to help you see God as he really is, not as you may have been taught to believe. This book will help lay a solid foundation so that you can experience God and operate in His supernatural power every day. The results will be the most incredible awakening to the Gospel that the world has ever seen.
Clash Of The Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee, by Michael C. Kapler (May 2017)
Have you been robbed by religion? Have you ever wondered where you really stood with God? For everyone trapped in a mindset of wondering whether God is angry or disappointed with them due to a lack of performance or dedication, help is on the way. In fact, it already arrived more than a couple thousand years ago.
The current reality of unconditional love, peace, freedom, forgiveness, and everything else that is good, has been gifted to us by God’s grace through the finished work of Jesus Christ. This is the message most people have been longing to experience, but it may require a complete change of mind from a lifetime of traditional church doctrines that have left many drowning in guilt and feeling as though they are in a state of bondage. God has provided a way of escape from the burdensome religious business—it is through a New Covenant where it is impossible for us to fail, because Jesus is the mediator and guarantee of this better covenant, and it has been established on better promises.
The Truth About Job’s Suffering: God’s Not Guilty, by Mahesh Taank (May 2017)
The Truth About Job’s Suffering, explains Job misunderstanding God and how we can avoid the same mistakes. (1 Cor 10:11) Many people honor Job as a giant of the faith who was renowned for his great patience. But Job was not listed in Hebrews 11 among the other heroes of the faith… find out why in this book Is the premise of the book of Job about a good man going through bad times, or a gracious God who desires to bless us no matter what the circumstance? In this book, you will experience God revealing Himself in a fresh and new way, shattering all our false imaginations, perspectives and myths which we have embraced outside of Christ.
This book unravels Job’s dark journey of discovering that God was not the source of his troubles, or the architect of any calamity but of blessings and peace. You will receive fresh and living hope in the midst of the problems in life by discovering that the Lord is working with you to bring a happy end to the situation. (Jer 29:11)
Children of the King, by Andrew Nelson (May 2017)
Amoria, a magical land of beauty, wonder, and turmoil where four friends must find the long lost King, the only person who can defeat the evil Silirion and restore peace to the land. “…an inspiring allegory that will both entertain and encourage readers of all ages.” Andrew Farley, bestselling author of “The Naked Gospel” “…a timeless adventure that is crafted to touch the hearts and minds of readers at any age. A classic parable by all counts.” Tracy Levinson, bestselling author of “Unashamed.”
Seeing Beyond the Grit to the Pearl: A Pathway to Spiritual Awareness & Your True Self, by Robbie Grangaard (April 2017)
Our current day is exciting and challenging! Are you longing to make a difference or be of influence in today’s world? Do you hear a call to authenticity, awareness, and clarity beyond the ordinary? A call to adventure, purpose and fulfilment? Conscious decisions will be needed on the path of hope, which direction to take, which signpost to follow. Ladies, there’s an urgency to pervade the atmosphere with the fragrance of God. That’s challenging, and yet it’s so exciting!
A Path of Significance: This book is for the one who is of incredible value and worth, the one who may or may not be conscious of that truth. Your life purpose awaits definition and you want to know your true identity. This book will call you to see with deeper perception who God intended you to be and to become aware of your purpose and destiny. Fragments of the author’s own path, and possibly fragments of your own, weave their way throughout the chapters, meeting at times to new discernment and clarity. You are on a path to significance! You are about to become radiantly alive in God!
Grace-Full Business Devotional, by Evan K. Beecham (Feb 2017)
Identity theft is said to be the number one crime in the world, so we do everything we can to protect our identity from theft. To lose our identity to a thief is a devastating thought. The first act of identity theft occurred in the Garden of Eden. This incident affected every human ever born. Losing our identity, not knowing who we really are, is like spending our lives groping in the dark, searching for a light to help us discover ourselves. This book is dedicated to those who have struggled with life because of identity theft. If we don’t know who we really are, then we won’t know just how priceless, accepted, and loved we really are. I have written this book with great excitement to share this life we all have been looking for and just how fulfilling our businesses and occupations can be, fulfill your passions–a gift from God, your redemption is complete in Christ Jesus. Let the journey to freedom begin today.
The Garden Theology: Discovering Design Acquiring Identity, by Jan H. Lamprecht (February 2017)
What is commonly diagnosed as an identity crisis – when we cannot seem to grab a hold of our purpose in life, is in actual fact a design crisis. Somehow our design evaded us. Or did we circumvent it on account of a different influence? I believe the latter to be true. The serpent in the garden presented man with an alternative design which resulted in an alternative identity. In ignorance, we treated the symptom of fallen man and remained oblivious to the cause of the symptom. We tried to make all sorts of unfitting identities stick, whilst there remains only one true identity for man – Christ as our very life. If we are to remedy a design crisis, we need to get to know the Designer who designed us and trouble-shoot all the way back to the garden. Hence the title – The Garden Theology.
The Father We Never Knew: The Unbinding of the Lazarus Church by the Restoration of the Gospel, by Phelim Doherty (February 2017)
The gospel of God’s grace announces nothing less than the abolition of religion. But we have taken a supernatural message and turned it into a mere natural one, and the result is a spiritually immature church that sees strength primarily in natural terms, and church growth as being about congregation sizes and resources rather than revelation. When the glitter of religious performance-what we can achieve for God-is peddled in the church as real gold for long enough, then we raise a generation of believers who know how to do things for God, but not how to be the children of a joyful Father! We raise a nation of holy orphans who, not knowing their Father’s righteousness as their spiritual DNA, live constantly trying to prove their parentage through their performance. The result is a church so sin-conscious and self-conscious that she is like a bride so insecure in her identity that she has buried the likeness of her Father beneath layers of makeup. In this book the author begins to peel back that makeup to reveal the simple beauty of the gospel: Christ in us.
Deconstructing Religion, by Derrick E Day (December 2016)
Deconstructing Religion aims to tear down religious traditions that hinder the disciple of Christ from experiencing the power that comes from a whole relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ.
The Treasure of Design and Purpose, by Karen Moffett (December 2016)
For children: Ahoy, Matey! Come along for a fun-filled, educational adventure that explores Gods treasure of design and purpose. We will make all kinds of amazing discoveries. Do you know where we are in space or why we are there? Do you know why fish don’t walk on land and trains don’t fly? The world without design and purpose would be topsy-turvy. God has given His creation everything we need from the Milky Way Galaxy, our home in space, to the amazing force of gravity that keeps our feet on the ground and not flying around upside down. Of course, the most treasured design He made in the universe is YOU! Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen. Were going on an adventure of exploration!
God’s Love Mystery, by David R Carley (October 2016)
God’s love mystery is the most precious gift that can be given to mankind. God created within every human heart a basic yearning for an eternal life filled with freedom, joy, peace and love. This desire can only be satisfied by its Creator. In this book you will explore the secrets of God’s love mystery. In this book you will look at the devastation vain “Christian” beliefs have inflicted on the lives of countless saints. God’s word says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:18). God’s love mystery can help to finally set you on the right track to begin breaking free from the satanic chains of fear, confusion, doubt, and unhappiness you are experiencing. The more you understand and believe in the secrets of God’s love mystery, you will increasingly enjoy the eternal freedom, love, joy, and peace that God put in your heart to desire so deeply.
All Things New: Starting Where Jesus Finished, by Chuck Elmore (October 2016)
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ fundamentally changed humanity and established a new creation way of life. In this new creation, the old rules, nature, and powers-that-be have been overcome, and those who have been adopted into the family of God are blessed with friendship, communion, and a vital connection with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Enemy has tried to obscure Christ’s victory over sin and death with distractions that center around self, whether it’s self-gratification or self-righteousness. This book exposes those schemes and reveals the Good News to be infinitely better than we believed. All Things New will help you: • Remove the veils of legalistic mistruths to behold the face of God. • Recognize and withstand the Enemy’s attempts to keep your eyes off Jesus. • Understand the victory Christ has won for you and be transformed into your identity in Him. • Leave the wearying cycle of performance, striving, sin, and despair to be restored to hope and full reliance on the Lord and His power within you to overcome. • Move on to greater things in abundant, new creation life.
The Gospel that Paul Preached, by Paul Edwards (August 2016)
What is the standard that God requires in order to be acceptable to Him? The answer is the “gospel,” the New Covenant of God’s unmerited favor. Through the Lord Jesus finished work at Calvary, believers have been restored to a place of favor with God. No longer servants—but sons and daughters of King Jesus.
For many believers, the New Covenant really is something new. The great tragedy is that most people know exactly what the Ten Commandments are. Failure to divide the Old Covenant from the New creates a crippling concoction of confusion and condemnation. The revelation of grace that is found in the Lord Jesus and His finished work at the cross liberates believers from the tyranny of the law and its impossible demand for righteousness.
In this book you will discover “who” righteousness is and who believers have become by believing the good news. Learn to interpret scripture in the light of the New Covenant. Understand the purpose of the Law and its place in the believer’s life when scripture is understood in context. And most of all have your eyes opened to the Lord Jesus the lover of your soul and mediator of the New Covenant.
Freedom, by Jeremiah Johnson (July 2016)
From the beginning of creation it has been God’s will that his children live in freedom. The human heart cries out for freedom and often searches for it in the worst places, because the church at large has not always been a model for freedom. BUT… Jesus is bringing freedom back to his church, to make the church beautiful again, to make the church attractive again, to make the church a place people actually want to go, not run away from. After all the bible does say, “Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” Wherever Jesus is, in that place you will find freedom, wherever Jesus is not, in that place you will find an absence of freedom.
This book is about my pursuit of freedom. Initially I chased after Hollywood’s lying dreams of freedom in parties and sex, drugs and rock and roll, which left me in the slavery of addiction. Then I found freedom briefly in the arms of my savior before being ushered into the slavery of manmade religion. Then finally, Jesus rescued me from the clutches of manmade religion with his amazing grace. Join me in this journey as we pursue and protect this freedom that Father God wants us to have.
The Not Confused Series, by Gavin Cox (July 2016)
The Bible documents seven covenants or contracts. Terms and conditions apply. Anyone not clear on which contract applies to them, why, and how, will inevitably be confused regarding what Christianity is all about. Book 1 is simple, straight-forward and clear. It will help you read your Bible with understanding. You will know what Jesus did and why, and how it applies to you. You will also be able to approach any passage of Scripture armed with that knowledge, and be able to apply it appropriately to your life and circumstances.
Book 2 explores exactly what the Gospel is – what is meant by this Good News. As you read you’ll discover why the Gospel is timelessly and universally applicable, how it saves, and what the innumerable benefits of that salvation are. The Gospel’s greatness lies in the simple fact that it is the continuous application of that which the Lord accomplished through the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. “Why the Gospel is the Best News Ever!” takes time to celebrate the rich, multi-faceted, eternal beauty of who Jesus is, and of what He has done!
Living in the will of God is the application of the New Covenant in our day to day lives. Book 3 is full of well illustrated and very practical instruction on how to do just that. The will of God is the will of God for all of His children, and you too can confidently live in it.
Beyond Forgiveness, by Joe Langley (July 2016)
Forgiven… Freed from guilt… Our sins separated as far as the east is from the west… The “once and for all” sacrifice for sins accomplished. But the Bible speaks of something more. “We were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, but how much more shall we be saved through His life!” What is that “much more?” How are we saved through His life? What is the bigger picture of our salvation?
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: The Good News I Found When Close Doesn’t Count, by Amber Brown (June 2016)
Sometimes all it takes is a moment of revelation to change everything. This is a book about a personal journey to a simple truth that took an exhausted and questioning believer to a place of rest and fullness. For so many that are experiencing confusion, anxiety, lack and fatigue, it’s time to experience an overwhelming tide of good news that is for every area of life. This revelation is about more and discovering the game changer that takes a life that is impossibly hard to a life that is effortless. Good news anyone?
Grace Unchained: Discover the Power of Grace, by Andrew Nelson (May 2016)
Jesus came to give His followers abundant life, yet a look at the spiritual lives of many Christians reveals a life full of everything but abundance. In despair many of us wonder, “Is this all there is?” Andrew Nelson invites you to journey with him as he answers this question with a resounding “No!” As Andrew answers some of the most challenging questions of our time, discover why the gospel truly is the “good news” of God. Fall in love with Jesus all over again, or for the first time. Embrace the truth that sets you free.
Limitless: The Life You Were Meant to Live, by Ben Dailey (April 2016)
The relentless, unwavering grace of God is staggering. It blows up your misunderstanding, your false pride, and your secret fears. In Limitless, Ben Dailey reminds you that when you focus on God’s grace, His amazing love will destroy your fears. You’ll learn to accept that despite the cataclysmic disruption caused by sin, God has never given up on you. Through Limitless, you’ll remember that you don’t need to earn His love through duty nor do you need to try and prove yourself. Simply receive it, bask in it, and let it change you from the inside out. Allow Jesus to fill your heart with an ocean of His love, forgiveness, and acceptance.
Knowing Spiritual Reality, by Jeff Moore (April 2016)
This book explains what is really going on when we make choices. What part God plays and what part we play in the saving of our own soul. Also it makes it clear how salvation works by grace through faith which means our choice of faith is our part in reconciliation. It takes two I do’s to make a marriage not just one. God reconciled all but He left it up to us to agree with His choice. Yes He paid for all but not all are yet saved in this life. Salvations three stages are discussed greatly while the last part of the book deals with our attitude and how it determines our altitude. We are to humble ourselves to see God as He is today then we are to grow up into His likeness of what we saw. Humility is key to the submission and insight that it takes to be an overcomer in this life. We are not waiting for a coming Jesus until we have overcome all His enemies! Psalm 110 It is our responsibility to grow up or not. It is our choice to be willing. This book is written to both the seeker and the studier who wants to know God personally. It has personal testimonies to bring the context into reality. There is no end to how or to whom this applies for many are confused and misinformed. Universal Reconciliation and the grace verses free will groups are both dealt with here. Each chapter has an illustration or chart to help the reader understand the spiritual view of things. This book is full of answers for both the hungry and the hurting Christian. It is written to those whom God has chosen to call His own. You!
Good God, by Lucas Miles (March 2016)
God is neither responsible for your pain, nor is He allowing it. In fact, He is against it and wants nothing more than to prevent it. Deep inside every person is a hope that God is good. Yet faced with personal hardship or the world’s tragedies, it’s easy to doubt God’s character and to blame Him for our pain.
Good God unpacks our misguided concepts of God so that we can begin to see Him as he truly is — pure, loving, and completely good. If you’ve wondered if God is testing you — or perhaps worse, punishing you, you are not alone. Most of us want to believe that God is good, but we cannot find a way to harmonize God’s goodness with the evil that exists in this world. Good God introduces the God that we all want to believe in but have been too afraid to embrace. With the Bible as his guide, Lucas takes readers on a journey to uncover the lost and forgotten nature of the Creator of the Universe and discover a real relationship with God.
God Tone, by Haans Erlandson (Sept 2015)
Hearing from God has become a laborious process that people have disqualified themselves from. In God Tone you will discover that God has designed us to hear Him as a normal part of our life. You will be encouraged in your identity and inspired in your relationship with Him. What man often complicates, God has simplified through the finished work of His Word—Jesus! You will know that God speaks from His point of view—his Love. Learning to hear from how He defines you gives you the power to be who He made you to be. Hearing from God creates an unseen advantage to implement His plan through who you are not merely what you do.
Success is determined by hearing God’s voice through relationship, not merely copying principles. You will hear the tone in which He speaks to you, which includes His love, logic, and intent for blessing your life. At the heart of any relationship is healthy communication. To communicate vibrantly, we must take confidence in the fact that Jesus has qualified us to hear the God Tone.
Grace in Brokenness: Hearing God’s Heart in Divorce, by Lori Fry (Aug, 2015)
Divorce is one of the most difficult and divisive subjects for believers. Marriage was designed by God to reflect the oneness we have with Him. So what is Father’s heart on this subject? We know that He is a God of oneness and reconciliation. We want to exhaust all possible means toward restoring oneness and reconciliation in marriage. But having said that, does God always insist that His children stay in an abusive, neglectful, or irreconcilably broken marriage at all costs? Does reconciliation necessarily mean that the marriage survives? Does He expect even the innocent victim in a divorce to remain alone forever? Is there such a thing as a graceful divorce?
Staying Connected, by Jeremiah Johnson (Jan 2015)
Why is it we see a person meet Jesus, get born again, begin to bring forth fruit of a changed life, and then we see another person meet Jesus, get born again, and they bring forth little to no fruit? There seems to be a genuine lasting change in one person’s life but then in the other person’s life no lasting change. Sometimes you will see change for just a short time and then they’ll go back to the old life they came out of. This may have happened to you. I know it happened to me. Why is it we see some people come to Jesus and get delivered from destructive lifestyles and other people seem doomed to remain in bondage? Why is it we see some people set free from depression, sexual addiction, cutting, self-hatred, eating disorders, drug addictions, alcoholism, anger, lying, cheating, stealing (the list goes on and on) and some do not? WHY do we see more change in some people’s lives than others? It is a question that has challenged me my entire born again life.
If God is the creator of the born-again experience, then why does it appear that some of his handiwork is beautiful and fruitful and others appear to be a flat failure? Something is wrong; there is a breakdown somewhere. We know there is nothing wrong with God, and if there is nothing wrong with God there can be nothing wrong with his finest work the beautiful work of redemption through Jesus. God is the artist behind the born-again experience, but it appears some of his work is unfruitful. We know that thinking is wrong, so what exactly is the answer? The answer is simple. The answer is easy. The answer is Jesus and his amazing grace. I invite you to come and see how all the things you have been striving so hard to gain and accomplish are easily received in an abundance of grace. Amazing grace keeps us connected and fruitful, not in our strength, but his.