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Chaplain's Corner

Chaplain
Brother Jeff Bradshaw
His Grace is Sufficient! 
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. (1 Cor. 15:10)"
Remember always to approach life with the broad brush of God's grace first before picking up the narrow brush of our understanding of God and His miraculous work of grace in Christ. The Apostle Paul understood beautifully about the grace of God as he wrote to the Corinthians and chapter 15 of 1st Corinthians is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The broad brush God used on creation was His Grace. Romans 5:8 reminds us that the Christ was sent into this world as the invisible grace of God made into the begotten visible image of God (God is love). The narrow brush sows the seed of the Gospel into the soil of humanity. Always lead with grace! This is why Jesus gave us His one commandment "to love one another", even our enemies. The enemies of God have mistakenly misunderstand the sufficiency of God's grace. Even in the perishable, fallen state of humanity God's grace is NOT without effect. Here's another snippet of chapter 15 that details the all sufficiency of God's grace...
"37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed...42 The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. (1 Cor. 15:37, 42-49)"













His Grace is Sufficient! 
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. (1 Cor. 15:10)"
Remember always to approach life with the broad brush of God's grace first before picking up the narrow brush of our understanding of God and His miraculous work of grace in Christ. The Apostle Paul understood beautifully about the grace of God as he wrote to the Corinthians and chapter 15 of 1st Corinthians is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The broad brush God used on creation was His Grace. Romans 5:8 reminds us that the Christ was sent into this world as the invisible grace of God made into the begotten visible image of God (God is love). The narrow brush sows the seed of the Gospel into the soil of humanity. Always lead with grace! This is why Jesus gave us His one commandment "to love one another", even our enemies. The enemies of God have mistakenly misunderstand the sufficiency of God's grace. Even in the perishable, fallen state of humanity God's grace is NOT without effect. Here's another snippet of chapter 15 that details the all sufficiency of God's grace...
"37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed...42 The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. (1 Cor. 15:37, 42-49)"













Chaplain's Corner November 2018:

The Power of God
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)”
I just got off the phone with a dear friend who is lying in a hospital bed paralyzed from the chest down.  On top of it he is ill with a cold.  Needless to say he wasn’t in the best spirits as I spoke with him and I was led to pray for him to receive more of God’s power in his current situation.  Only when we truly understand the sufficiency of God’s grace can we rely fully on God’s power in our difficult situations.   My friends in the visually impaired group certainly understand difficult situations.  Men who find themselves going to war, who we celebrate on Veterans Day, understand difficult situations.
However, it is only in the understanding of the impact of grace in our lives that we see best the perfection through weakness that God accomplishes on our behalf.  Jesus made himself weak by taking on our sin and going to the cross.   My friend who is in a horrible situation is learning a lesson many of us would never volunteer for on the sufficiency of God’s grace.  Wars are a testimony of the sufficiency of God’s grace as many lives are lost or maimed as a result of acts of hatred and injustice. 
How is the “power of God” supremely demonstrated?  It is demonstrated when a life falls on the grace of God alone.  It shall be fully demonstrated when all things are made new at the return of Christ.  There would be no wars in this life if ALL humanity believed in the sufficiency of God’s grace.  In the meantime, we give thanks to God for His work of redemption and for the men and women who fight the good fight to keep the world free from unobstructed evil in this world.  God’s grace is there for our freedom fighters as well even when they are put in situations that cross the lines of civilized behavior.  May God’s “grace and power” continue to bless and empower our nations as we celebrate the sacrifice of our fallen U.S. soldiers! 






Chaplain's Corner October 2018:

His Grace is Sufficient!
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. (1 Cor. 15:10)"
Remember always to approach life with the broad brush of God's grace first before picking up the narrow brush of our understanding of God and His miraculous work of grace in Christ. The Apostle Paul understood beautifully about the grace of God as he wrote to the Corinthians and chapter 15 of 1st Corinthians is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The broad brush God used on creation was His Grace. Romans 5:8 reminds us that the Christ was sent into this world as the invisible grace of God made into the begotten visible image of God (God is love). The narrow brush sows the seed of the Gospel into the soil of humanity. Always lead with grace! This is why Jesus gave us His one commandment "to love one another", even our enemies. The enemies of God have mistakenly misunderstand the sufficiency of God's grace. Even in the perishable, fallen state of humanity God's grace is NOT without effect. Here's another snippet of chapter 15 that details the all sufficiency of God's grace...
"37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed...42 The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. (1 Cor. 15:37, 42-49)"







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