Category Archives: Grace

‘Bless those who curse you’

As a teenager Lizzie Velasquez, horrified, watched a YouTube video titled ‘World’s Ugliest Woman,’ including comments that said: ‘What a monster’ and ‘Why didn’t her parents just abort her.’ The video was about her. Lizzie was born with a condition … Continue reading

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Unconquerable hope

Booth Tucker was a Salvation Army officer in Chicago. One evening he preached a sermon about the sympathy of Jesus. Afterwards a man said to him, ‘If your wife had just died, like mine has, and your babies were crying … Continue reading

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Handfuls of grace

When I was a small boy there was a shop that would sell kids a handful of lollies for a penny. The shop was owned by a married couple, and of the two the husband was by far the most … Continue reading

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Grace does not depend on what we’ve done for God

Over the years there have been so many extras that have been added to the teachings of Jesus that He wouldn’t recognize much of what most people think Christianity is. Heading the list would be the common assumption that to … Continue reading

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The story may start with prejudice … but

There’s a tendency to discount the Bible because of odd verses in the Old Testament that don’t fit modern ideas. But one of the basic rules of understanding is that you have to look at the whole story, not just … Continue reading

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Don’t people say grace in this place?

Celeste Sibley got an insight into the effect of childlike faith when she took her children to a diner for breakfast. It was crowded and her eight-year-old daughter Mary had to sit alone at the far end of the counter. … Continue reading

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No taking a bath on the main street during banking hours

In a classic Frank and Ernest cartoon, the two of them stand facing hundreds of books in a Law Library. Frank says to Ernest: ‘It’s frightening when you think that we started out with just Ten Commandments.’ And so it … Continue reading

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No difference

A doctor in Missouri was driving between hospital calls one evening, exceeding the speed limit. Suddenly a police car appeared behind him, signalling for him to pull over. So the doctor picked up his stethoscope and held it up for … Continue reading

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The night the Queen left her crown at home

At a reception for Sir Robert Mayer on his 100th birthday, Lady Diana Cooper, who suffers from failing eyesight, chatted to a friendly woman who seemed to know her well. It wasn’t until she peered more closely at the magnificent … Continue reading

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‘Man sees the deed, but God sees the intention.’

I remember my little daughter once deciding to buy me an ice-cream with her own money. But on the way back from the Mr Whippy van the ice cream started to melt. So she began to lick the sides of … Continue reading

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