When you live without grace, you have to fake it 'til you make it.

Fake it ti you make it

When you miss grace, you're always going to stay away from God like a stern parent that you can never please. Religion leaves you stuck, and wears you out. It tries to appear perfect, and tries to force a change that always seems to snap back into old patterns. When you live without grace, you have to try until you're good enough. The question is "How good is good enough?" 

What real faith does, is lead you to respond to the grace and truth of God. Life in Jesus is completely different than religion. It doesn't make you toxic or judgmental or arrogant or churchy. Your faith is no longer a 'Sunday ritual' but it is a 'whole life' relationship with a living God who knows who you are, so you don't have to fake it. - Dr. Drew Shofner

 

 
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There is only one judge of the universe, and we're not it!

Mercy and judgement

Matthew 7:1-2 says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

If you and I, in our arrogance chose to judge others, look down on others, de-value others, to diminish the worth of others and to not see the other as God Himself sees them, then we are judging ourselves and setting ourselves up for a day of reckoning!

How are you doing showing mercy to your husband? How are you doing showing mercy to your wife? Father's, how merciful are you toward your children? Children, how merciful are you toward your parents? How about at work? How much mercy do you show the people below you? Mercy triumps over judgement. There is only one judge of the universe, and we're not it! -Dr. Drew Shofner

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If we are not a community of compassion, we are not the church!

Live mercy

1 Peter 2:10 says, "Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." 

Everyone who receives adoption as a child of God enters that new life through His mercy and grace. We cannot be a church of the living God and not live His mercy and grace. The real church is a community of compassion, if we are not a community of compassion, we are not the church!
Listen deeply. Let the spirit of God show you how to give grace and live mercy. -Dr. Drew Shofner

It's not enough for you to believe a good story, you have to live one!

Whats your story

The Bible is first about a person; Jesus. It is a story that leads up to one story in Jesus, and that story reveals the very face of God on planet earth. 

The story rose on the third day and the story lives in this day for you and I to choose not to live small overwhelmed lives about us, but to live stories that are awesome for Jesus! It's not enough for you to believe a good story, you have to live one! What's your story?-Dr. Drew Shofner

Speak words that build up, bringing LIFE to life!

Ephesians 4:29

Ephesians 4:29 says, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."

Do you handle other peoples reputations gently? Do you handle their failures gently or are you quick to point them out, to make fun of and to put down? When you see somebody else stumble, do you leap on it like a lion enjoying the next meal, or when you see somebody stumble is your heart broken? Live Gently. Speak words that build up, bringing life to life! - Dr. Drew Shofner

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