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At GGS, we are unapologetically Trinitarian, Christocentric, and Grace-Based.  

For a discussion on our Statement of Faith, visit our website (link in the comments).
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Now through February 29, we will be giving ONE lucky winner FREE ACCESS to the Certificate of Grace Studies program at Global Grace Seminary!  

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2. COMMENT below with what God’s unconditional love means to YOU.

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If you are interested in obtaining a solid foundation in grace but do not have the time to commit to a full degree program, the Certificate of Grace Studies is for you!  

Created with life-long learners in mind, this unique opportunity grants students access to all 10 Core Courses of the GGS curriculum without tests or per-course writing assignments.  Students can review the course lectures at their own pace, review the recommended reading, and then, if they so choose, submit a final writing assignment which, upon acceptance, will fulfill their requirements for the Certificate of Grace Studies! 

A link to the full description is in the comments.
Love may indeed cover a multitude of sins.  But it never looks away.   Never. ❤️‍🔥
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Get excited, people!  This four-part, user-friendly course will give students a working knowledge of Biblical (Koine) Greek, equipping them to study the New Testament scriptures for themselves!  

Stay Tuned!
Whatever affection, devotion, or honor we bestow on God is only a response to what He initiated.  Nothing within our relationship originates in us.  We are incapable of independent creation, only co-creation, in-and-through our union with the Creator Himself.  

HE FOUND US (1) in our darkness.  We were in darkness until He brought us the Light of His countenance.  

HE OVERPOWERED US (2) at our most willful that we may respond with that same passion in our quest to know Him as fully as we are ALREADY KNOWN (3) by Him.  

He FREED US (4) in our bondage that we, securely in a place of unconditional, unapologetic freedom, could pursue a course of radical liberation from all of the societal traditions and corresponding expectations (5)

HE LOVED US (6) before we even had the vaguest understanding of what love was.  And from that place of pure, all-encompassing, endlessly supplied love, we are made anew, empowered to reflect that love outwardly to all that was, is, or ever will be. (7)

We can only pursue Him because He first apprehended us.  What He finished (8) makes all that follows as a byproduct of our participation in the divine nature (9) possible.  

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(1)
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NASB95): 
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 

(2)
Philippians 3:12 (NKJV): 
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 

καταλαμβάνω - to lay hold, grab onto, pull from harm; to overpower.  

(3)
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NASB95): 
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 

(4)
Galatians 5:1 (NASB95):
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. 

Luke 4:18 (NASB95):
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed.”

(5)
Colossians 2:20 (NRSV):
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations. 

(6)
1 John 4:18–19 (NRSV):
18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.  19 We love because he first loved us. 

(7)
John 15:12 (NRSV): 
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

(8)
John 19:30 (NASB95):
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. 

(9)
2 Peter 1:3–8 (NRSV):
3 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. 5 For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. 8 For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lack, scarcity, and fear are counter to everything we already possess in and through Christ.  He is THE Supply; and He’s inexhaustible! 🙌

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The Holy Spirit is our teacher before anything or anyone else.  Is there ‘wisdom found in a multitude of counselors’ as Proverbs states?  Sure.  So long as that counsel is not taken IN PLACE OF what the Spirit is saying.  

If one delegates (or transfers altogether) their birthright of hearing God to their pastor, prophet, teacher, guru, therapist, or other voice-of-choice long enough, eventually one will mistake the voices of men for that of God.  That puts us right back under the law and its dependence on intermediaries approaching Father on our behalf.  Worse yet, it inadvertently elevates the creation over the Creator.
We are found IN Him and He IN us!  For it is in-and-through Him that we live, and move, and have our very being/essence.  The wondrous truth revealed is this: we face nothing alone! 🙌

H/T Brad Jersak.  

Colossians 1:26–27 (NASB95)
26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

John 14:19-20 (Mirror)
19 In yet a little while the world will no longer see me, but I will be tangibly visible to you in the very life we share together. 20 In the unfolding of this day, you will know that we are in seamless union with one another. I am in my Father, you are in me and I am in you.
“Love alone is credible; nothing else can be believed, and nothing else ought to be believed.” - Hans Urs von Balthasar

H/T Al Kimel and his exceptional book, DESTINED FOR JOY: https://a.co/d/2jRkhaT
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Wm. Paul Young

Professor of Grace Theology

We live in a world where ‘normal’ does not truly exist except as a concept or wishful thought. For each of us, where and how we grew up plays a foundational role in our sense of ‘normal’, and only when we begin to experience the ‘bigness and diversity’ of the world are we tempted to evaluate our roots.
I thought the way I grew up was ‘normal’ but most would probably agree that my history and journey have been a bit unusual. The eldest of four, born May 11th, 1955, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, the majority of my first decade was lived with my missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. These became my family and as the first white child and outsider who ever spoke their language, I was granted unusual access into their culture and community. Although at times a fierce warring people, steeped in the worship of spirits and even occasionally practicing ritualistic cannibalism, they also provided a deep sense of identity that remains an indelible element of my character and person.

By the time I was flown away to boarding school at age 6, I was in most respects a white Dani. In the middle of a school year, my family unexpectedly returned to the West. My father worked as a Pastor for a number of small churches in Western Canada and by the time I graduated, I had already attended thirteen different schools. I paid my way through Bible College working as a radio disc jockey, lifeguard and even a stint in the oil fields of northern Alberta. I spent one summer in the Philippines and another touring with a drama troupe before working in Washington D.C. at Fellowship House, an international guesthouse. Completing my undergraduate degree in Religion, I graduated summa cum laude from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.
The following year, I met and married Kim Warren and for a time worked on staff at a large suburban church while attending seminary. I have owned businesses and worked for others in diverse industries, from insurance to construction, venture capital companies to telecom, contract work to food processing; whatever was needed to help feed and house our growing family. I have always been a writer, whether songs, poetry, short stories or newsletters; never for public consumption but for friends and family. While I have extensively written for business, creating web content, business plans, white papers etc., The Shack was a story written for my six children, with no thought or intention to publish. No one is more surprised that I am now considered an ‘author’. The truth is, I am a rather simple guy; I have one wife, six kids, two daughter-in-laws, a son-in-law and six grandkids, and incredible friends and extended family surround us. New friends, like you, are part of our expanding world and adventure.
These are some of the facts of my life, but they don’t begin to tell the real story. That would take much more room than is available here. The journey has been both incredible and unbearable, a desperate grasping after grace and wholeness. These facts don’t tell you about the pain of trying to adjust to different cultures, of life losses that were almost too staggering to bear, of walking down railroad tracks at night in the middle of winter screaming into the windstorm, of living with an underlying volume of shame so deep and loud that it constantly threatened any sense of sanity, of dreams not only destroyed but obliterated by personal failure, of hope so tenuous that only the trigger seemed to offer a solution. These few facts also do not speak to the potency of love and forgiveness, the arduous road of reconciliation, the surprises of grace and community, of transformational healing and the unexpected emergence of joy.
The data of history might help you understand where a person has been, but often hide who they actually are. The Shack and Cross Roads will tell you much more about me than a few facts ever could, but a writer is always more, intentionally illusive behind the curtain of words. For me as a human being, everything is about Jesus and Father and Holy Spirit, about relationships, and to live is to participate in an adventure of faith which can only be experienced inside one day’s worth of grace at a time. Aspirations of success, visions of significance and dreams of grandeur all died a long time ago and I have absolutely no interest in resurrecting them. I have finally figured out that I have nothing to lose by living a life of faith and trust. I know more joy every minute of every day than seems appropriate, but I love the wastefulness of my Papa’s grace and presence.