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Grace & Mercy At The Cross

Title: Grace & Mercy At The Cross
Materials: Digital Illustration
Description: 
At the cross, Jesus disregarded all his rights.
At the cross, Jesus showed grace to his enemies.
At the cross, Jesus showed mercy to a sinner.
Because of the cross, we are saved.
Now, would you bear the cross for His sake?

 

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02-Paradise-(final)

03-Redemption-(final)

04-Open-access-(final)

 

Endless Mercies

By Jude Dias, Walk The Same   

Read Lamentations 3:22-23
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Do you find that parents (in general) can be a bit slow to catch up with technology? If your parents are geniuses when it comes to technology, good for you! It’s a totally different story with mine. My mum loves technology but when she uses it, she is probably the slowest person I know. I remember this time when she wanted to print something from our wireless printer. I was away at the time and had to give her instructions over the phone so that she could get her print-out. Not only was she slow, but she also kept making mistakes over and over again. She couldn’t find the right buttons, the right icons, or the right anything. It took 30 to 45 minutes before we could get anything printed, and boy was I frustrated!

Looking back and thinking about it now, I feel guilty. I am not perfect; I am just as error-prone as my mum is. Yet I was so frustrated and impatient with her. Does God get tired of me when I stumble and am slow? No! He does not because His mercies and love for me are endless and limitless. And it’s the same for everyone—no matter who we are, where we come from, and what our capabilities are.

We constantly sin, make mistakes, and are clumsy when it comes to our walk of faith. Yet we do not see God sighing and grumbling because of what we do. Instead, He reaches out to us in His mercy, enabling us to progress every day, to learn from our mistakes, and to become better human beings. I know that I still have a lot to learn. If God can show me mercy every time I fail and fall, surely I can do the same for others too.

Remember today that you are never pushed away just because you have failed. In fact, in your failure, you are invited to walk with God in this journey. His love for you never ends and despite the failures and mistakes you make, you are still treasured in His eyes.

ODB: Disposable Culture

More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates, plastic eating utensils. Products are used, tossed, and then replaced.

This disposable culture is also reflected in more significant ways. Many times true commitment in relationships is seen as optional. Marriages struggle to survive. Long-term employees are discharged just before retirement for cheaper options. A highly revered athlete leaves to join another team. It seems as if nothing lasts.

Our unchanging God, however, has promised that His loving mercy endures forever. In Psalm 136, the singer celebrates this wonderful promise by making statements about God’s wonder, work, and character. He then punctuates each statement about God with the phrase, “For His mercy endures forever.” Whether it is the wonder of His creation (vv.4-9), the rescue of His people (vv.10-22), or His tender care for His own (vv.23-26), we can trust Him because His mercy will never fail. In a temporary world, the permanence of God’s mercy gives us hope. We can sing with the psalmist, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (v.1).

— Bill Crowder

October 4, 2014 

READ: Psalm 136:1-9,23-26 

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. —Psalm 136:1 

More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates, plastic eating utensils. Products are used, tossed, and then replaced.

This disposable culture is also reflected in more significant ways. Many times true commitment in relationships is seen as optional. Marriages struggle to survive. Long-term employees are discharged just before retirement for cheaper options. A highly revered athlete leaves to join another team. It seems as if nothing lasts.

Our unchanging God, however, has promised that His loving mercy endures forever. In Psalm 136, the singer celebrates this wonderful promise by making statements about God’s wonder, work, and character. He then punctuates each statement about God with the phrase, “For His mercy endures forever.” Whether it is the wonder of His creation (vv.4-9), the rescue of His people (vv.10-22), or His tender care for His own (vv.23-26), we can trust Him because His mercy will never fail. In a temporary world, the permanence of God’s mercy gives us hope. We can sing with the psalmist, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (v.1).

— Bill Crowder

I sing of mercies that endure,
Forever builded firm and sure,
Of faithfulness that never dies,
Established changeless in the skies. —Psalter

God’s grace is immeasurable; His mercy inexhaustible; His peace inexpressible.