Posts tagged with ‘grace’

7 Items

Propitiation

by Pastor Hartley

You probably know the story of the Trojan War. It is a war best known for how it ended. The legend goes that after 10 years of trying to break into the City of Troy the Greeks finally gave up. Or it appeared so. What they really did was pull off a grand deception. The Greeks […]

The Grace of the Father

by Pastor Hartley

In his book, The Prodigal God, author and pastor Tim Keller makes the observation that Jesus gave us the parable of  “The Two Lost Brothers” (or, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son”) so we would see two distinct ways people rebel against God (Luke 15). Early in the parable neither brother loves their father. The younger brother, who […]

The Disruption of Grace

by Pastor Hartley

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So begins Charles Dickens’ story, A Tale of Two Cities, a historical fiction that takes its characters into and through the French Revolution of the late 18th century. The two main characters are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a French aristocrat, […]

the weary world rejoices

by Pastor Hartley

On the night Christ was born, Almighty God did something that at first glance seems absolutely unnecessary. He sent a brilliantly dressed angel to disturb a band of shepherds. Shepherds. Herdsmen who in the late watches of the night near Bethlehem were faithfully going about their lowly business. “And there were shepherds living out in […]

Grace, God’s Finished Work

by Pastor Hartley

With October 31 just around the corner I was thinking that if I had more talent I would carve the likeness of Martin Luther into a pumpkin. But then again that may be too diminutive a commemoration for such a dear brother in Christ. As you know October 31 was the day in 1517 that […]

You Deserve a Break Today…

by Pastor Hartley

One of the scripts that plays every day in our minds is the script titled, “I Don’t Deserve This.”  You are familiar with this script. It plays in your mind. It will play today, if it has not already. When your wife fails to appreciate your efforts in providing financially for the family, you hear […]

Communities of Competence or Grace

by Pastor Hartley

One of the things the world is quite good at creating are communities of competence. Communities of competence are little informal societies of people who associate with one another for the primary purpose of demonstrating their individual competence in whatever endeavor has joined them together. Thus communities of competence come into existence to exhibit, to […]