Posts with the tag “mercy”

God's Gift of Grace
by Delman Coates on March 11th, 2024
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." - Ephesians 2:8-9   Throughout Scripture, we find threads woven together, each revealing a different facet of God's boundless love for us. Romans 5:8 portrays God's sacrificial act of sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 1 John...  Read More
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God's Unconditional Love
by Delman Coates on March 10th, 2024
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8   In Romans 5:8, we encounter a profound revelation of God's love for humanity. It tells us that God didn't wait for us to become righteous or deserving of His love before He reached out to us. No, while we were still deep in our sin, while we were still separated from Him, God took th...  Read More
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From Transgression to Redemption
by Delman Coates on January 5th, 2024
"I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins." - Isaiah 43:25    Imagine, for a moment, a God who not only forgives but chooses to forget. A merciful Creator who, for His own sake, erases the ledger of our transgressions, sparing us from the weight of our past mistakes. Micah 7:18-19 reinforces this awe-inspiring image of a God who pardons iniqui...  Read More
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A Journey of Love and Forgiveness
by Delman Coates on October 28th, 2023
"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." - Hebrews 4:16    Have you ever paused to consider the incredible gift of grace? Grace is an unmerited favor, a gift freely given to us by God, and it's something that we, in turn, are called to extend to others. In our daily lives, we encounter countless opport...  Read More
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Breaking Free: From Temporary Pleasure to Eternal Reward
by Delman Coates on August 25th, 2023
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 6:23  Sin, often disguised as temporary pleasure, can place heavy shackles on our lives. It promises satisfaction and joy, yet it leaves us empty, broken, and distant from God. The bondage of sin can hold us back from experiencing the fullness of life and the eternal rewards that God desires for...  Read More
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The Power of Intercession
by Delman Coates on July 13th, 2023
 "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?" - Genesis 18:17   Genesis 18 unveils a pivotal moment in history as God reveals His plans to Abraham regarding the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. In this narrative, we witness the power of intercession and the profound impact it can have on God's divine purposes. As we reflect on this story, let us glean valuable insights and apply ...  Read More
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The Church of Hope, Healing, and Reconciliation
by Delman Coates on June 17th, 2023
"Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." - John 8:7   As Christians, it is easy to become judgmental of others and forget that we too are sinners in need of God's grace. The story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8 reminds us of this truth. The Pharisees were ready to stone her, but Jesus challenged them to examine their own hearts and remember their own...  Read More
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Worth the Wait
by Delman Coates on March 26th, 2023
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.” - Isaiah 30:18  Because I struggle with waiting, I wanted to understand the psychology behind the frustration that accompanies waiting. “Why,” I wondered, “do we get annoyed, upset, or irritated when we have to wait?” And ...  Read More
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Freedom in Christ
by Delman Coates on February 27th, 2023
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:32  Oftentimes, people may believe that religion creates bondage and that it only holds a laundry list of things you cannot do. However, Christianity, in particular, is a vehicle for understanding Christ and the freedom that comes with salvation. In John 8:32, Jesus speaks to the Jews saying, “Then you will know the truth, a...  Read More
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See It Themselves
by Ministry Support on February 9th, 2023
“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” - John 11:40  Have you ever met someone who does not believe what you say until they have seen it with their own eyes? These people might label themselves as “cautious,” but in reality, they are just naturally skeptical. They refuse to believe until their own eyes have seen. These are the type of people t...  Read More
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When They Miss The Mark
by Ministry Support on January 8th, 2023
“They kept demanding an answer, so He stood up again and said, ‘All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!’” - John 8:7  Over the past week, we have discussed the futility of perfectionism. As human beings, we are not and cannot be perfect. If we make perfection our goal, we are setting ourselves up for failure. God has set us free from the strenuous law of the Old Test...  Read More
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I Will Forgive You
by Ministry Support on October 15th, 2022
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14  When you are obedient to God and follow what 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, God will do three things: hear you, forgive you, and restore you. Yesterday we focused on God hearing us. ...  Read More
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I’m Getting My Power Back
by Ministry Support on August 21st, 2021
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” - Isaiah 40:31  Earlier this year, a power outage gripped the state of Texas. There were massive utility failures, water and food shortages, and frigid temperatures that threatened the lives of citizens in one of the nation’s most popul...  Read More
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Less Saying, More Doing
by Ministry Support on September 20th, 2020
And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)  Yesterday, we talked about the three things the Lord requires of us as His followers: justice, mercy, and humility. Today, I want to take a closer look at what each of these words mean.   The Hebrew word “mispat,” translated “justice,” means essentially to correct oppression. It is...  Read More
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Justice, Mercy, and Humility
by Ministry Support on September 19th, 2020
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require...  Read More
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Justice, Mercy, and Humility
by Ministry Support on September 19th, 2020
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require...  Read More
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Praying For Sinners
by Ministry Support on August 3rd, 2020
In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow. You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths. In you are slanderers who are bent on shedding blood; in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines and commit lewd acts. In you are those who dishonor their father’s bed; in you are those who...  Read More
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