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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 24, 2011 - The Blessing of Grace

By Anita Neal Harrison

I love receiving grace. Last month, I misplaced my electric bill and earned a late penalty, but the nice company took it off because I normally pay on time.

That experience contrasted sharply with an encounter I had with the law a week earlier. While lost in a neighborhood I had never before visited, I unwittingly turned into a school zone and was pulled over for speeding. The officer knew I was lost, but the law was the law, and I got a ticket.

I much prefer grace!

Thank God grace is what Christianity is all about. While other religions require followers to earn divine favor through good works, Christianity teaches that no one’s works are good enough to earn God’s approval. I offered the electric company a “good record,” but I have no righteousness to offer God because my best efforts are stained with sin, making them “as filthy rags” in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6, KJV).

My only hope is to put on Jesus’ righteousness so that when God looks at me He does not see my works but Jesus’ perfect, sinless life. This is what it means to be “in Christ.” We not only believe Jesus lived and that He is God, but we trust Him for our salvation with a faith that moves us to make Him our Lord.

I like the message of Hebrews 4:16: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Praise God He invites us to His throne of grace so we may escape His divine judgment.

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:21-24, NIV).

— Anita Neal Harrison is a freelance writer living in Brumley, Mo.



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