“Grace is an outrageously relational term.”
– Dr. Ed Khouri
“How is the indwelling Spirit not relational?” – David Crabtree

Graham Cooke is a dear friend and a guest writer for this site. This is an introductory portions one of his latest posts and is a recommended read.

by Graham Cooke

In a word, alignment looks like health. A properly aligned spiritual warrior is rested for a fight. We are willing to be involved with God; we arrive early to the battle and leave late. We have physical commitment and energy to do something. We are willing to perform physical tasks to make it easier for people to engage God.

Warriors are emotionally stable, living within healthy stress levels. We practice being calm and considerate. We are peacemakers, trained to be joyful. Christians in alignment can see other people’s perspectives on issues. This openheartedness puts everyone around us at ease. Whether in good or bad situations, we move through life glorifying God. Alignment brings an emotional connection between the Holy Spirit and a spiritual warrior.

“In a word, alignment looks like health. A properly aligned spiritual warrior is rested for a fight.” – Graham Cooke

For the complete post go to https://brilliantperspectives.com/evidence-of-true-alignment/

God is Marvelously Good and Kind, No Matter What Kind of Day It Is

It’s true! God can’t help himself! He is wonderfully good and kind and will not change. He is just incorrigible about His kindness. “For God so loved the world He sent His Son…” (John 3:16). I’m not so sure how we (Christians) decided that we needed an angry, wrathful God to motivate sinners and believers alike to want God enough to be saved. God’s primary motivation is love and kindness. “It is His kindness that leads to repentance.” (Rom 2:4). Grace is shocking in its (His) generosity. It really is worth celebrating!

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You’ve Just Got to be a Child

There’s something special about the innocence of a child. I came across this picture while looking for something else in Hobby Lobby. I stopped to look at it, several times, and something of the power of its simplicity grabbed me. I bought the picture. It said a great deal about Grace. I urge you to go to JourneysWithTheMessiah.org and have a look at Michael Belk’s photography. Its message is very special.

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“I know David to be courageous, wise, humble, Anointed, and full of grace living out his life message with others.”

“I count it a wonderful privilege to have had the pleasure of walking through life with David for nearly 20 years. Together we have experienced and learned much. We have discovered how to rejoice and keep walking with Jesus no matter the circumstances our congregations are facing. So, I know David to be courageous, wise,…

Dr. Michael Eaton – Calvinisms

Those who have a strong doctrine of the grace of God are often called ‘Calvinists’; those who have a heavy emphasis on man’s ability to save himself by free will and good works are often called ‘Arminians’. The history is as follows. The Bible clearly has a strong doctrine of grace. The stories of Abraham (in which election, grace, faith-without-initial-good-works are all strongly emphasized), the teaching of Isaiah, the teaching of Jesus (especially as recorded by John’s Gospel), the teaching of Paul — all have a strong emphasis on the grace of God rather than the ability of men and women.

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Dr. Michael Eaton on “Hyper-Grace”

Is it possible to exaggerate grace? No, not really. But it is possible to twist it. It is possible to forget that ‘we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith’ (Romans 1:5). It is possible to forget that grace reigns through righteousness (Romans 5:21), that it does not abound so that we may continue in sin (Romans 6:1), that sin does not have dominion over us because God’s grace prevents it (Romans 6:14), that Christians behave in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity … by the grace of God (2 Cor. 1:12), that God’s grace has appeared ‘training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives’ (Titus 2:11-13). – Michael Eaton

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Dr. Michael Eaton on Amazing Grace

According to Dr. R. T. Kendall, Dr. Michael Eaton is one of the world’s best theologians. Michael grew up in inner-city London, in England, now deceased, had lived and worked in Kenya, where his wife Jenny was born. He was given Kenyan citizenship in 1992. His doctoral research was on the Christian and the Mosaic law (published in Theology of Encouragement or No Condemnation; in 1,2,3 John, and in James).

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