Grace


They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”    John 8: 6-7, 10-11 (NIV)

As children of God we have all sinned and fallen short of living in obedience to God’s Word. We have two basic responses.  Many people choose the first response and run away from the church, accountability, and God. Because of the Holy Spirit living inside of us we are in constant turmoil, and never at a place of rest and peace. Our second choice, and the most powerful response, is to run to the church so we can meet Jesus again. It is in the church that we can find reconciliation, renewal, and repent.

Jesus was to pronounce judgment on a woman caught in adultery. According to Jewish law, there was no need for a jury and no need for trial. Death by the hands of her accusers was the prescribed sentence. Her accusers, all men who had unrevealed sin in their lives, brought her before Jesus to gain confirmation about their intentions to stone her to death. They came to Jesus looking for validation of the judicial code; Jesus ignored the code, exposed the sins of the men, and gave the woman a directed verdict. Not only did he stop the crowd from their murderous intentions, he also pronounced a life-giving and life-changing sentence.

All of the blessings that Jesus bestowed upon the woman are yours if you are willing to surrender, confess and turn from your sin.  Jesus wants to make you whole. Regardless of your past, your transgressions or your short comings the grace of God is available to welcome you into a new relationship.  The lady in our scripture was looking for love in the wrong places and found the love of her life that would never leave her.

 Prayer: God, even when I blow it and I am disobedient to you, allow me to experience your love and grace. Amen.

William T Chaney Jr
Infinite Grace Fellowship
West Baltimore UMC
Baltimore, MD

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Great is our LORD, and mighty in power; HIS understanding is infinite.   Psalm 147:5 (NIV)

Watching the news we understand the difficulties of life we experience are insignificant to the challenges some other people have. A mother lost her child in a drive by shooting in DC. In Baltimore, a 12 year old girl was held up at gun point on her way to school. Sub Zero temperatures, abnormally high snow fall, and avalanches have blanketed most of the country, and the list goes on and on. We see the people that have been affected and the devastation that has occurred in their lives.

We find hope in knowing that the Lord, our God, is great and mighty in power.  We can face our situations with God because we know there is no barrier that we will face that God cannot handle.  The temporary discomforts we endure are bearable knowing that the Creator of the Universe will be there with us through the challenges.  Knowing God goes before me in the battles of life comforts me in a way no human council can comfort me.  We do not have to rejoice in the sorrow, challenges or suffering of others to experience how wonderful God is.  God not only knows what we are going through, but God also understands every circumstance, every condition, and every challenge.

I often have to explain my different emotions and expressions to my daughter as she is navigating the inquisitive stage of life.  It is often a challenge to explain emotions like exhilarated, exasperated and exuberant. My 12 year old is navigating her own set of emotions, like comprehending the sadness of losing a relative, understanding the adventure of mountain climbing, and sharing the anticipation of going to her first school dance-it can be a daunting task.  My encouragement for her is also encouragement for me. God understands and is with us on the journey. Whatever the range of emotions you may be experiencing, God understands and is with you.

 Prayer:  Creator God, Your strength and power are all we need to endure this life.  Teach us to trust in you alone.

 

 

I burn the palms from last year

A year gone with its dreams.

Burnt offerings to a God who tells me

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

 

The brazier is warm from the fire called down

Which consumes and I wonder what fire is really

What is it that can change hope and joy to ash?

Charity and comfort to soot and smoke?

 

Broken promises, harsh words, betrayed trust

All part of this broken bit of creation

Fractured and pieced together,

The bits and pieces creating a mosaic of beauty, but not completeness.

The body of Christ has been rent and torn

Dismembered by its own limbs

Joints wrenched from their sockets

Bruised and Dislocated

 

Are my dreams but chimera?

Illusion, pipe dreams that smoke

An expectation of prospects that cannot be?

Or are they the substance that makes my life worth living?

Still, I will be obedient.

Hoping that in obedience there is comfort

Lessons to be learned,

Reconciliations to forge.

 

I look forward to that day of reconciliation

Where fire cleanses and the fire forges

Where the touch of a coal will purify

And the dross of self will be burned away.

 

But today, I wait.

The smoke, flame and heat pace me

The silence that never is really silent will be my voice

The void will be my friend

 

Today in obedience, I will wait

And the ash will mark me, branding me with the imprint of my own sin.

The blemish of the cross will stain me

And the weight of that cross will sustain me.

 

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This article is from theresurgence.com  I found it to be informative

Article Link – http://theresurgence.com/2013/05/23/the-places-grace-empowers-us

In fact, God’s grace grounds and empowers everything in the Christian life. Grace is the basis for:

  • Our Christian identity: “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10).
  • Our standing before God: “. . . this grace in which we stand” (Rom. 5:2).
  • Our behavior: “We behaved in the world . . . by the grace of God” (2 Cor. 1:12).
  • Our living: Those who receive “the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 5:17) by the “grace of life” (1 Pet. 3:7).
  • Our holiness: God “called us to a holy calling . . . because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Tim. 1:9).
  • Our strength for living: “Be strengthened by the grace that is in Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:1) for “it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” (Heb. 13:9).
  • Our way of speaking: “Let your speech always be gracious” (Col. 4:6).
  • Our serving: “Serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pet. 4:10).
  • Our sufficiency: “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor. 12:9), “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8)
  • Our response to difficulty and suffering: We get “grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16), and when “you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace . . . will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Pet. 5:10).
  • Our participation in God’s mission: As recipients of grace we are privileged to serve as agents of grace. Believers receive grace (Acts 11:23), are encouraged to continue in grace (Acts 13:43), and are called to testify to the grace of God (Acts 20:24). In John 20:21, Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” God’s mission is to the entire world (Isa. 49:6Matt. 28:19Acts 1:813:47).
  • Our future: God, and his grace, is everlasting. “Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13).
  • Our hope beyond death: “Grace [reigns] through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5:21).

The gospel is all about God’s grace through Jesus Christ. That’s why Paul calls it “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) and “the word of his grace” (Acts 14:320:32; cf. Col. 1:5–6).

For immediate release August 14, 2013

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FORMAN JOINS INFINITE GRACE FELLOWSHIP LEADERSHIP TEAM

Dr.  Scheherazade W. Forman has joined the leadership team of Infinite Grace Fellowship of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Dr. Scheherazade W. Forman will begin her ministry with Infinite Grace on July 1. The church is located at 5130 Greenwich in Baltimore, on the city’s historic “40 West” corridor.

Dr. Forman, a native of Newark, NJ, was formerly co-pastor of Grace Renewed Community Church, in Baltimore, where the mission was to restore men to their families and unite the family around Christ.

During her time in ministry, Scheherazade has served in the children and youth ministries, music ministry, women’s ministry, marriage ministry and pastoral counseling.

“In 1 Peter 5:10 God promises He will strengthen and settle us. God has given me a passion for the family. My devotion to God and commitment to relationships drives me to foster restoration of families.”

Forman is married to Rev. Anthony L. Forman and they have seven children and six grandchildren. Her educational background includes a bachelor and master degree from the University of Maryland, University College and a doctorate from Morgan State University with training at the International Harvest Bible Training Center.

The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 694 congregations with nearly 200,000 members. It is the home of Methodism in America, with the founding of the denomination at Lovely Lane Chapel in 1784.

 

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