grace

To Those Who Can’t Stand in this Fast-Paced World

This world is fast-paced and yet in the midst of it, we’re told to encourage the fainthearted and help the weak. Doing this means getting near to and coming close to those who are weak and hurting, who are unable to go on. Find out what this looks like in Pastor Frank’s short video. 


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To Those Who Can’t Stand in this Fast-Paced World

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We live in a very fast-paced world and if you don't keep up, it's very easy to get left behind. In fact, most of us are so busy that we don't have time to help those who get left behind. Yet, that's exactly what the Bible calls us to do. 

In 1 Thessalonians 5, 

We're told to encourage the fainthearted and help the weak.

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NASB)

Encourage is the Greek word “paramythéomai” which means “near speech.” That's a great word picture, isn't it? Get near to these people, come close. 

The Bible says our words are to be like words seasoned with salt. Salt makes food tastes good, but salt also preserves. Let's take the opportunity to…

 Speak Truth! Speak Life into the weak-hearted! Encourage them to continue in their struggle. 

Help the weak is the second half of that verse. The Greek word for weak is “asthenōn.” It literally means “without strength.” Do you see what this means, Beloved?

We have the opportunity to provide ourselves as crutches for people to lean on. 

My wife gave me a plaque and I'm not normally one for Christian clichés, but she knows me very well. This one resonated with me. It haunts me every day and is on my mind constantly. This is what it says, 

“Grace sat down with me until I could walk again.” 

Isn't that great? Doesn’t that capture exactly what the Thessalonians charge is all about? Are there people around you who can't get up anymore? Sit down with them until they can get up! Take the opportunity to be the Church. The Church is actually to be “God with skin on” 

so that we can touch people's lives! 

Go be the Church...sit down with someone until they can walk again!


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How to Survive in a World You Can't Keep Up With

The pain of this world can leave you asking if there is anyone who loves or accepts you. In today’s short video, Frank reveals the beautiful heart of your Father, who never stops fighting for you, and who never leaves you nor forsakes you. 


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How to Survive in a World You Can't Keep Up With

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We live in a very fast-paced, performance-oriented world and it's very difficult to keep up, isn’t it? Sometimes the circumstances of life can be so overwhelming that we can't keep up and we lag behind. The sad thing about that is the rest of humanity is so caught up in this fast-paced, performance-oriented world that they don't stop to help us catch up. 

We're left alone in some very difficult circumstances. 

I believe that if we took the time to listen, we would hear the desperate cry - “Is there anyone out there that will fight for me? Is there anyone out there that will love me? Is there anyone out there who will accept me?”

The parable of the Good Samaritan comes to my mind, where people kept passing by the man who had been beaten up and left for dead. In the end there was one, only one, who stopped. 

We’re told in 1 Thessalonians, “Encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14b (NASB) The word “fainthearted” is, “asthenés,” and it literally means “those who are weak” or “those who are without strength.” Have you ever felt that the world you’re living in has knocked you down so severely that you have no strength to get up? Recently, my wife gave me a plaque that I just love and it reads, “The Grace of God sat down with me until I could walk again.” My friend, did you hear that? 

The Grace of God sits down with you until you can walk again.

Oh beloved, that is the heart of our God, but it needs to be the heart of the Church. We are God with skin on to the rest of the world. I challenge you to look for those that are weak and weary. Look for those who are “asthenés,” - without strength. Look for that man on the side of the road that's been beat up and sit down with him until he’s able to walk again. You will be living Grace in that moment, and Grace will no longer be just a doctrine, but a reality to the one that you sat down with. 

God bless you today. Go be the Church!


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There's No Need to Imitate His Life, You Have the Real Thing!

As we encounter life, we must say no to our resources and yes to His. In today’s short video, Frank reveals how denying our own ability and instead, trusting God's ability, is in fact, the most difficult thing we will ever do.


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There’s No Need to Imitate His Life, You Have the Real Thing!

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If you've walked at all in the glory of the grace of God, you have probably been accused of teaching “cheap grace” or “easy believism.” Well, let me tell you something friend, His grace is nothing of the sort! 

When Adam sinned, he believed the lie that he should be his own god, he believed the lie that he could provide his own source of life. Adam, up until this point, had lived in an economy of receiving. He was created halfway through the sixth day, so his first full day of life was the day of rest! He went out to work on day eight, but not to achieve anything. He was working simply because it was the divine ethic - God works. God is working right now holding all things together and if He takes a day off, the universe blows to bits! 

So, Adam worked from a position of rest, he was working from a position of already possessing everything. But now that he's made the choice to be like God, all of that has changed. He's now in an economy of achieving. He thinks, tell me what to do and I’ll do it, or tell me what not to do, and I won’t do that thing - that’s the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

Of course, there's a huge assumption with all of this, which is that man is going to be able to pull it off. This is how every man and every woman lives on this planet, performing for life, performing for love, performing for acceptance, performing for significance, performing for an identity.

The Cross of Jesus Christ has changed all that, beloved! At the Cross we died with Him, we have risen with Him, and we’re placed into union with Him. 

We no longer live for God, but instead, we live from Him.

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” 

Colossians 2:6 (NASB)

We’ve received grace, through faith, and so we also walk in grace, through faith. And I'm here to tell you, my friend, there is nothing easy about that! 

One of the most difficult things you will ever do is to deny your own ability and instead, trust His ability; to say no to your resources and lean on the resources of God. In the words of John the Baptist, 

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” 

John 3:30 (NASB)

Those are our marching orders for life. God is not impressed with our cheap imitation of His Life. What God made way for in the New Covenant was for us to have His Life in us, and experienced by us and expressed through us by faith. 

There is no such thing as cheap grace, and there is no such thing as easy believism. As we encounter life, we must say no to our resources and yes to His, and that requires diligent confidence and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. May you walk today, in the powerful grace of God. 


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How To Live A Radical New Life

Can you relate to the cycle of trying and then failing, only to try harder again and fail worse than before? In today's short video, Frank reminds us that God doesn’t require us to meet a certain code of conduct through our own resources. Our gracious Father dwells in us and because of Him we can live differently!


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What Legacy Are You Leaving?

We know that David was a man after God’s own heart, but how did David get that beautiful heart we hear so much about? In today’s short video, Frank answers that question, and reminds us that only hearts that have been truly touched by grace can pass grace on to others.


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What Legacy Are You Leaving?

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Heritage. Legacy. Ponder those words.

Where did King David, beloved King of Israel, author of the Psalms, a man after God’s own heart get his amazing heart?

Let’s start tracing back. Let’s look at where he came from. One of his ancestors was a woman named Ruth. Who was she? She was a Moabitess from a far country, one that was at war with Israel. A woman who, according to Deuteronomy wasn’t even allowed in the assembly of God. In the Book of Ruth Boaz took her as his wife and she was no longer a Moabitess. And where did Boaz get his heart? Well if you trace it back, his daddy was a man named Samon and he loved Rahab the prostitute. Do you begin to get the idea? All these people were touched by grace.

Hearts that have been touched by grace are the only ones that can pass on grace. I believe with all my heart that that’s what made David a man after God’s own heart. He wasn’t born with it. I believe he learned it from others, people who passed it down to him, a man who could unconditionally love a prostitute and a man who could unconditionally love a Moabitess.

It makes you start wondering, what are your kids are learning from you and your heart?

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The Only Thing to do When You're Feeling Overwhelmed

When our eyes are on our circumstances we quickly lose sight of God. We become overwhelmed as we try to make sense of things, forgetting that there is only one thing God has called us to do. In today’s short video, Frank reminds us that it is our Father who will be our strength as He leads us through the darkness.  


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The Only Thing To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

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Adversity. I don’t like that word, nor any of its synonyms—distress, hardship, struggle, conflict. All those kinds of things can loom very large in our lives. Let’s be honest, when they do, it’s so easy for you and I to fix our eyes on them and not see God. Then God becomes very small in our lives. Sometimes I feel like the disciples when Jesus said to them “Oh you of little faith!” I’m not sharing with you something that I don’t struggle with. Those looming things that pop into our lives can seem so big. What can we do?

Well, I’m always looking for stories of how other people have trusted God. I think of Asaph in Psalm 73. He went horizontal in life and life seemed so harsh. He went vertical and he saw the true reality of life. He saw the world through heaven’s eyes.

Recently I came across the story of the Boxer Rebellion in China. Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission during the Boxer Rebellion and the saints were suffering very badly at this time. So Hudson Taylor, who was now in his late seventies, gathered them together and this is what he said,I cannot see. I cannot think, I cannot even pray.” Have you ever been there? When life seems so overwhelming, you can’t think straight. You can’t see the light in the midst of the darkness and you’re so overwhelmed that you cannot pray. But Hudson Taylor wasn’t done. Listen to all of what he said. “I cannot see. I cannot think, I cannot even pray, but I can trust.” My heart was warmed by those words.

You see, God doesn’t call us to understand why things are happening. God doesn’t call us to muster up our strength and tread through the darkness. He calls us to trust Him that He will be our strength and He will be our guide and He will lead us through the path of darkness into the light of His glorious grace and love.

I hope that encourages your day and bless you in Jesus’ name.


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The Labor of Rest

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One of the charges frequently brought against me and others who teach the message of grace is that we teach "easy believe-ism” or “cheap grace.” I would like to address those thoughts.

First, let's talk about the thought of "easy believe-ism." When we teach the grace of God, we are heralding to humanity that there is a new economy of living made available through the finished work of Jesus. Yes, it is an "easy" economy to enter. I do not shy away from proclaiming that. If God wants people saved, and He does, why would He make it difficult?

I love that in the third chapter of John when Jesus heralds that eternal life is available through Him, He refers to the little brass serpent that was recorded in the book of Numbers. Remember the story? God sent serpents to deal with the rebellious children of Israel, but He also instructed Moses to make a little brass serpent and put it up on a pole as a remedy for anyone who got bit by the serpents. All they had to do if they got bit, was take a glance of faith to the serpent and they would be healed. Isn’t that glorious?! All it took was a glance of faith, and that is indeed all that God requires for someone to enter life. Glorious!

Living that life, however, is a different story; it requires saying a loud and resounding “No!” to our resources, so that we can instead trust the resources of God and that is no EASY thing to do! It requires hard work, as the writer of Hebrews says, to enter into rest. It is hard work to trust God’s resources instead of our own, especially since all of us were birthed into the lie that we shall be as God and therefore inherently think that we can do just fine apart from Him. So yes, it is easy to believe and find life with God, but it is hard work to experience life with God. We must labor to enter into the rest that Jesus has secured for us.

Oh, and by the way, how did He secure that rest for us? He laid down His life on our behalf. He died so that we could be set free from the law and restored to God instead, and there is nothing cheap about the grace that He secured for us. In fact, if you really understand the economy of grace, how dare anyone call it cheap! It cost Jesus His life, and it requires on our part the laying down of our lives in order for us to find His life.

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The Bridge

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You know, Pilate asked a question, “What shall I do with Jesus?” The crowds said, crucify Him. Jesus asks that same question of each of us today; What will you do with Jesus? 

I often use this illustration when I'm sharing Christ with someone in my office or on the street; picture a great big, extremely wide river. Let's go down to that river and make a good effort at jumping over it. How far are you going to go, six feet? Eight feet? I'm an ex-athlete, with the emphasis on "x," so I might go ten feet. Does it earn me bragging rights that I jumped ten feet but you only jumped six? No! Why? Because we're both soaking wet, floating down the river! There is no way that we're ever going to be able to jump across that river. There's only one way across, and that's if someone builds a bridge. It's the same way with our relationship with God. Adam plunged us all into sin, and we're now separated from God just like that great big, extremely wide river separates one side of land from the other. We can try all we want with all of our good works to try and get to that other side, but that big old river of sin hinders us and the only way we're ever going to make it across is if someone builds a bridge and that's what Jesus Christ came to do. He came to build that bridge for anyone who will make that choice when the question is asked, what shall I do with Jesus? 

If you're reading this today and haven't made that choice, I pray you would because this is a choice with the greatest consequence you will ever have. To choose Jesus is to have life eternal with Him; forgiveness of sins and to be put into union with God and enjoy Him forever. What a marvellous, marvellous consequence! To not choose Jesus is to choose death, and why would anyone want to choose that?

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The Life We Need

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One of the misconceptions that I am finding among people who hear us teach grace is that we are against the Law. Nothing could be further from the truth. As true believers, we, like David, love the Law because it comes with a glorious God-given purpose. What is that purpose? Well, it is two-fold.

The first purpose of the Law is found in 2 Corinthians 3:5-9. There we learn that the Law has a purpose, and that is to kill and condemn us. Isn’t that wonderful? In fact, it is even called a “ministry of death and condemnation.” Now, why would God give us a Law that would kill and condemn us? The answer, of course, is to kill and condemn us.

Remember that we as human beings were all birthed under the lie that we shall be as God. Every one of us born on this planet is a god-wannabe. God gave us the Law, which is holy, perfect, and good (Romans 7:12) to keep us from a false hope that one day we just might be able to be like God. The Law came with a demand on our lives but provided no power for us to fulfill that demand. Alas! We are left to our own resources to try and keep the Law, and there is not one of us in and of ourselves who will ever be able to do that – hence the Law kills and condemns us. It pronounces every one of us guilty as sinners before God.

An old proverb went something like this, “Run John, run, the law  demands. But gives him neither feet nor hands.” So the first purpose of the Law is to provide us with a great need for Life, as we are all pronounced dead and condemned by the Law. Wonderful!

The second purpose of the Law is then to lead us to Jesus (Galatians 3:24) because He has the market cornered on Life. He who has the Son has the Life says the New Testament. In John 10, Jesus affirms this when He told the disciples that He came for the express purpose of giving us Life, an abundant Life because the Life He was giving to us was His own Life. Incredible! We have been given the Life of God for us to experience and express, and this wonderful Life came to us because the Law first affirmed our death and then led us to the only true source of Life. Wonderful indeed!

The rest of that proverb goes as follows, “But grace an even greater brings, it bids us fly and gives us wings." The truth is that we would never have found the Life we need without the Law first affirming our need for Life. I love the Law, don’t you? It was the tool that brought us to Jesus.

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Living From God

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Listen to this verse; it is one of the most neglected verses in the New Testament in my opinion. “For through the Law, I died to the Law, that I might live unto God!” (Galatians 2:19).

Did you hear that? One of the purposes of the Law was to lead us to Jesus (Galatians 3:24). By virtue of our union with Him, we would be crucified with Him (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 2:20) so that our relationship with the Law could end and we could instead be married to Jesus (Romans 7:4).

The verse goes on to tell us that this all occurred so that we might live unto God, meaning that until we die to the Law, we really cannot live unto God! Did you hear that? The Law was the very means that ended our relationship to the Law. You really can’t make it any more clear than that! That is why in 1 Timothy 1:9 it tells us that “the Law was not made for a righteous man.” Now that we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), the Law no longer is to be a functioning agent in our lives. We have something far better to lead us, and that is the Holy Spirit Himself. That makes great sense, doesn’t it? The only way to truly live unto God is to learn to live from God!

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Being Right vs Being Loving

Freedom is promised when we know and walk in God’s truth. But how will others share in this same freedom if we neglect to tell them what we know to be right and correct them when they’re wrong? Find out in this short video what we need to be right about as Frank shares how we can love one another even when we disagree and what evidence should be seen in our lives as we walk in the truth of the Grace of God.

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Sin Isn't Your Master

 If I am not "under grace"... but instead look to self-discipline, or principles, or effort, or meeting expectations of myself or others, SIN WILL BE MY MASTER!

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Sin Isn't The Supreme Issue

When Adam sinned, God's heart was grieved - of course it was! What grieved His heart most is what man would have to experience fear, grief, sorrow, anxiety, guilt, shame, and isolation as a result.

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I'm a Former Legalist. And so Are You.

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We are all former legalists... Rom 5 says "the whole world is shut up under the law."

I've been seeing something happening lately that I'd like to talk about.

Mainly, I'm noticing that as some people find freedom and life in the grace of God, they become very cynical and mean to the 'legalists' or 'religionists'. I'm noticing such people almost boasting how they cannot stand such people or their teaching. That they cannot even bear to listen to such teaching, that they would rather not go to church at all rather than sit under such teaching.

Isn't that amazing, when religious and legalistic is exactly what we used to be before finding the New Covenant? Why are we not going back into the legalistic cesspool we came out of to rescue those who are still stuck in there?

Though I understand the zeal, I do not understand the lack of compassion. Jesus, though rejected by the legalistic world never stopped presenting Himself to them, and no Pharisee was ever afraid to go into His presence. How are we going to win the legalistic world if we do not spend time with them?

 We should be so secure in our position, that we can sit under any teaching without it "making us sick." We must remember that many of these dear people who are legalists, do in fact name Jesus as their Lord and Savior, making them our brothers and sisters in Christ. They may be misguided. They may be no small source of discomfort for those of us who are free.

We should be so free that we can sit under their teaching and not have it ruin our day. Paul said, "I become all things to all men that I may win some." The grace of God was never intended to make us isolate and insulate ourselves from the world of religious men and women. That is what the Jews did and in doing so they failed to reach the world with the light that they had been given.

We who secure in our true identity and grounded in our freedom should be able to live in the camp of the religious without their dogma and behavior causing us unrest.

Now that, my friend, is true freedom.

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