Draw near to the throne of grace.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16, NIV
By Tami Heim
A culturally relevent image and a life-changing invitation occupy the text of a letter sent to Jewish believers. The author knows men and women ache to understand what will replace the life once governed by law, sacrifice, and tradition.
The answer arrives and it’s pure, simple, and amazing. The revelation transforms hearts and alters life ~ forever.
Compassionate High Priest.
Rescues the lost. Mends what’s broken.
Redeems by grace.
Everything fits like new.
Beloved, the message and the invitation remain the same. Confidently drawn near. Listen carefully. Submit wholly. Receive fully. God’s mercy and grace are waiting at the throne for you!
God’s Word instructs us how to love each other well. A compassionate, forgiving, and contrite heart can be a mighty kingdom expanding force. Stand on these verses and The Holy Spirit will empower you to shower others with supernatural mercy and grace.
1. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12
2. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, -Matthew 5:44
3. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. -Matthew 6:12
Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. - Luke 6:7
Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. ~ Psalm 51:17, The Message
by Tami Heim
John Bishop, pastor of Living Hope Church in Vancouver, Washington, spoke at Ruth Graham’s gathering at The Cove, in Ashville, North Carolina last week. During a 2-day intensive on transparency that included diverse minds from around the country, John shared what it means to be a living example of transparency and what Ruth Graham calls outrageous grace.
You see, Living Hope Church was the first mega church to invite Ted and Gail Haggard to speak after their return to full-time ministry following a very public scandal. John transported us back to that day at his church and shared how God moved. It just so happened, Ted Haggard was sitting in the audience at the Cove while John spoke, which amplified the humanity of the moment. Here’s a video that recaps that outrageous grace-filled day at Living Hope Church. You really don’t want to miss this . . .
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. – Romans 7:15, NIV
by Tami Heim
There’s a tension in the body of Christ around words like confession, transparent, holiness, acceptance, grace, and forgiveness. Passions easily ignite when these words arise among believers. Core beliefs and life experience determine how each word ranks in the conversation and how deep that conversation will go. As we engage a needful world in increasingly public ways the question becomes even more imperative: Is transparency in the Church really possible?