Grace and Peace!

Paul used those three words in the greetings and words similar to them in the closings of his letters. “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” resounds in the opening verses of each of his epistles, except Romans, until he comes to his letters to Timothy, where he adds “mercy” to his repertoire. In a couple of letters, the “our” and “the” are interchanged. In Philemon, he drops the word mercy.

“Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,” and its variations close each of his letters.

Why?

Because he loved Christ and he loved the people of his day—especially those who loved Christ. Part of displaying that love was to intercede for them, and that’s why you can read some of the greatest prayers in the Bible from Paul’s writings. We’ll have some of those on this site for you shortly.

There’s a lot in store for you here. We’ll be introducing prayer guides. We’ll be presenting prayers. We’ll have free downloads to help in your prayer life. We’ll offer book on prayers and praying. We’ll have a section for and honor prayer requests, and we’ll ask you to share your prayers so that all might participate with them.

We hope you draw closer to our Savior by visiting often.

In the meantime, may “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

IBG / JF

Bible Meditation

Meditating on Scripture verses should always be an illuminating and rewarding spiritual experience with God. It helps to approach your time with a proper attitude and the right appetite. Remember, spending time in His Word is a first step toward His throne and communication with Him.

Jesus told us, "... do not worry ..."

Jesus told us, “… do not worry …”

Here’s a short request that I pray before immersing my soul and my spirit with our Savior. Perchance, you might like to use it, too:

Lord, let me know You as You, not as others profess You to be, not how I want You to be.

Let me know You as You are, as I may get to know You in Your Word.

Jesus, You became man to redeem us and to teach us. Speak to me in Your words every time I open this book, so that I may know You, the man, my God, my King, my Savior.

Thank You.

I wrote this in my NIV Study Bible on April 14, 2008, in the white space to the introduction of the Gospel of Matthew. I have turned to it many, many times since. I could add to it; but, why? It is short and sweet, and so meaningful to me.

Do you have one like it?

 

IBG/JF 03-23-14

A Prayer for My Hacker.

I pray for the soul of the individual who hacked this site and others in August and September. While the hacks caused countless hours of frustration and anxiety, loss of reputation, damage to credibility, plus weeks of downtime, I forgive the person and pray to God that He might bless this individual and cause him (or her) to turn his (or her) energies into something productive and away from things destructive.

I also thank God for the energy to persevere and get this site and 17 others healthy and back online. I thank Him for the knowledge that I’ve gained in discovery and in weeding out malware, plus learning how to protect, secure and strengthen websites of all types. Most importantly, I am so grateful for His presence and guidance in overcoming the evil inflicted by some lost soul. Oh, that this person would turn from his or her wicked ways and see that so much more can be gained in a life with God!

IBG/JF 12-13-2013

Our Job: Not to Convert, Just to Witness.

We can preach the Gospel over and over again, till our lips are parched, till our throats run dry.

But unless the Holy Spirit opens the ears, the eyes, and the hearts of those who reject His truth, all they hear, see, and sense is gibberish, and all they understand is foolishness.

It is hard for us to accept that such reaction or worse.

Yet, it should give us a tremendous sense of peace.

For, our job is not to get others to respond to the Gospel. Our job is only to share it.

Don’t be discouraged when friends and family fail to respond to the message of Christ that you bring to them.

Instead, pray that God would lift the veil from their eyes so that they would see the Gospel for what it truly is: the power of God!

As Paul said in Romans 1, verses 16 and 17:

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… . For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’ (Hab 2:4)

The Gospel is the promise of eternal life through the life, death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who bore our sins in our place and conquered  death through the power of His Father, our God. Need Biblical proof? See John 3:16 and 1 Cor 15:3-8.

Want to know the true meaning of eternal life ? Jesus tells us in John 17:3: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” And, we get to know him from now until f-o-r-e-v-e-r!”

IBG / JF