God's Character

The Sovereignty of God

By Jana White 
Editor for The Daily Grace Co. 

This year most of us have experienced something unprecedented. We have faced a global pandemic—a virus that spread throughout the world causing death and destruction. With this came a disruption in normalcy.…

It Was the Will of the Lord to Crush Him

By Joy Lopes 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Honesty Hour  

A tainted view that I held for many years and have heard from the hearts and mouths of believing and unbelieving friends alike, is that God the Father only loves us because of what Jesus did on the cross—that before Jesus’ sacrifice, God did not love or want me and that His wrath was against me fully and finally, until Jesus stepped in to appease Him. 

The lie of those words feels heavy even to write, but it is something I believed for a long time. In those years of misunderstanding, I did not know there was anything wrong with my theology—what I believed about God. I figured it did not matter much because I was in Christ, and so God the Father saw Him and not me anymore. I thought I was hidden from Him; I did not have to face His disappointment, disapproval, or rejection. In a way, it was like I had disappeared completely, and only Christ was left–which is not wholly false.  

Scripture Interprets Scripture  

But I would read verses like Galatians 2:20 which says that I have been crucified with Christ and He is now the One who lives, and I would use that to fuel that misconception of Father God’s view of me. The Scriptures themselves do not pollute our understanding of God, but the preconceptions we bring to them can influence our application, or misapplication, of the Bible. This is why we need Scripture to interpret Scripture for us and not our own, extrabiblical ideas. This means that we should rely on other parts of the Bible to shape our understanding of more difficult passages and continually ask the Holy Spirit to guide us.  

If I had allowed the rest of the Bible to influence my understanding of Galatians 2:20, I would have understood that while its words were completely true—that I have been crucified with Christ and that He lives perfectly in my place before the Father—I would have also seen that Jesus’ blood covers me in this way because the Father purposed that it should, in order to draw me near to Himself. His blood cleanses me to make me presentable to the Father, not to hide me from His view (Ephesians 5:25-27).

But Is He Kind?

By Joanna Kimbrel 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways.” These words from Psalm 145:17 have often been a comfort to me. A reassuring reminder in the midst of brokenness. I look around and see circumstances that are out of my control, injustice that appears unrighted, and events whose purposes I cannot understand.…

Can God Spread a Table in the Wilderness?

By Sarah Morrison 
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 13 

For several weeks I have been studying Ecclesiastes. It’s been an extremely confusing time in our lives recently and it has served me well to think critically and mediate on wisdom, the chaos and uncertainty of this life, and the assurance that a life filled with faithfulness to God is never wasted or futile; it is prudent and a good use of wisdom to live in a way that all actions and hopes are founded on the Lord.…

The Silencing of Tamar

By Aubrey Coleman
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Through a seminary course reading assignment, I was first introduced to the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13. I was surprised that I’d never read or heard of this passage in the Bible.…

Present Troubles, Glorious Future

By Stefanie Boyles 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

I can’t help but think, “Someone is going to make a movie about COVID-19 one day.” It feels surreal. At the moment, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending 8 weeks of social distancing, which means we should strive to stay 6-feet away from people outside of our immediate families.…

How Can a Loving God Allow People to go to Hell?

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

I recently found myself telling my daughter (age 6), “There’s no such thing as a dumb question.” I wanted to encourage and engage her curiosity. Like most families, we strive to protect wonder and curiosity and open communication in our home. We enjoy hearing our kids’ questions, even when the occasional incessant string of “why’s” has the potential to drive a person mad. This is because questions are powerful.…

Amazing Grace

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for the Daily Grace Co.

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up in the church in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, the gospel presentation seemed to have a “hook-and-bait” feel. The riches of God’s grace and love were presented, and I was beckoned to come feast at the banquet of God’s forgiveness of my sins.…

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