Christian Outreach Center is a community of believers that have hosted my ministry since the 90’s. Pastor Dwight Fearing and Kirk Snaza have become dear friends… and any opportunity to spend time with them is time well spent! Their hearts and passion for God is such a blessing to be around… as it is contagious. So much love, and passion for God… as well as the people they serve inspires me greatly.
As worship began before my time of ministry, I felt God’s presence fill my heart and life as we all began to sing. I knew that my time of ministry there would not be the norm. I believe God moved all of us to a place a grace… and knowing what that means as well. In other words… I laugh as I say that because all of a sudden I realize there aren’t any words to describe fully how grace was defined in that moment.
Often grace is seen as something that believers abuse… as a way to continually “miss the mark” in their daily walk with Christ. But I believe no true believer wants, or desires to abuse this amazing gift of God. I believe that God wanted us to know that grace comes before mercy.
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Pet. 1:2-3, KJV, emphasis added).
Simply put, grace is the favor of God that gives us access to the power of God for everything we need for life and godliness. Grace is not to be confused with mercy…
Mercy is when we are released from the judgment we deserve… and it is through God’s “favor” thru His “grace” that we have access to mercy.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
This is hard for me to articulate… and it’s something that is resonating in me as we speak, but I believe the simple revelation welling up within me is this… God’s mercy endures forever and through this I am alive in Him! Mercy triumphs over judgement and through Grace I have access to live a powerful life in Christ.
As we worshipped together in Sisseton, God was moving in my heart and even though I had no words to communicate that then (during my time of music and ministry), I was blessed with something that has been welling up within my heart and spirit since that time. God is good!
Much love to Pastor Dwight and Kirk… and the rest of the COC Family… it was a pleasure serving you last week-end! Wishing you all… until next time, ALL God’s best!