Grace

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A.W. Tozer once said that all God would have to do to condemn us is to hang a tape recorder around our neck. Then, at the judgment He could play back for us all of the times that we condemned others. So, all of the times that we said, “Well, he shouldn’t do that.” or “She shouldn’t be doing that,” would be recorded. All God would have to do is play those back for us to prove that none of us have even lived up to our own standard for other people, and if we can’t live up to our own standard, well, there is no way that we can live up to God’s standard. In the end we are all in need of grace – grace that God so freely gives to all who have faith in Jesus. Jesus came to pay the price of sin for sinners and to give a righteous standing before the almighty God to all who have faith in Him.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

John McEnroe

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John McEnroe is arguably one of the greatest tennis players of his generation. He won 16 Grand Slam tennis titles. The peak of his success came in the 1984 Wimbledon finals where he beat his long time rival Jimmy Connors in only 80 minutes. The other day I was listening to him in an interview where he said looking back on 1984, “I was 25 years old and I had the world by the tail. I was the best tennis player in the world, and yet I wanted more. I wanted to be connected to something bigger.” You see, deep down we have a desire to be connected to something bigger than ourselves, and that desire is only rightly fulfilled when we are connected to God. You see, ultimately your relationship with God is the most important thing about you, and a relationship with Him is the only thing that will fulfill you.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

Hope

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Your future hope is the number one determinative of your present joy. What you are hoping in for the future will tell you a lot about who you are now. When you look at people throughout the centuries, people in horrible and painful situations have been able to find joy and peace, while people in relatively good or comfortable situations have been miserable. The difference is what they are hoping in. So, the question for you is where is your hope? What are you hoping in that will really last? Most people spend their time and energy investing in passing joys, fleeting moments, and rusting toys. But my hope for you, for my church, and for myself is that we would hope in the eternal, never-diminishing kingdom of Christ. In His kingdom relationships will never end, hearts will never be broken, and true peace will be known. Trust in Jesus, the Son of God who came to earth to save you from your sin and to call you into His eternal joy.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.