Monday, June 18, 2018

Your Grace Is Enough

I wish everyone could feel the grace of God. I wish that everyone could see that it is enough. No works can change a thing. Only God's grace can save sinners. Only his grace can make us whole.

In a recent sermon, a Pastor at my church said something like: "If I could be made right by what is done externally, then Christ died for nothing."

And Christ died for something. He died to save us from our sins. He died to take away our death and give us life. We are only saved through his grace. And his grace is enough.

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me

Your grace is enough
I'm covered in your love
Your grace is enough for me
For me

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

He Loves Us

We're human. We fail.
But Jesus loves us.
He loved us at our darkest. He knows our deepest secrets.
He sees us when we turn away from him and do any kind of wrong.
And yet he loves us.
He always loves us.

What a beautiful thing his love is.

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Even Though I Walk Through The Darkest Valley

What do we do when the unthinkable happens? How would we react to a sudden loss of a relative or close friend?

It's nice to think that our faith would be strengthened. That we would be bold enough to endure. But we don't know that.

If there was a gun pointed at our face, would we be strong enough to keep from denying Christ? We don't have the answer to that.

The truth is we don't know what we would do if we were faced with terrible things. We don't know how we would react.

But one thing that we can know is that God will be with us always. No matter what kind of hurt or pain we face, he will be with us. He will love us. He will guide us.

When a dark time comes, we might be stronger than we think.

Or, we might go through a dark time and lose our way for a while. But when we come back, our faith will be sweeter than ever.

God provides strength for us. There is never going to be a time in our lives that is too hard.

With God, there are no limits.

He will not abandon us when things get hard. He will never leave our side. And that is what we need to remember.

Life isn't always easy. But God loves us.

Life can take some hard turns. Can point us in a direction we don't want to go. Maybe we won't see the end of a long, dark tunnel. But he does. And he is looking out for us.

I hope and pray that I will find strength in the dark times. That my faith will become stronger when I am challenged. And I hope you pray the same thing.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Not By The Law, But By Faith

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Galatians 5:6b

Faith is what matters. Not the laws or rules that are put in place in regard to religion. We won't have a place in Heaven unless we have faith in God. Unless we believe in Jesus and ask that he take away our sins.

Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Galatians 3:12-14

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Inspiration from Acts

There is so much encouragement and inspiration found in the book of Acts. These verses are some that teach us to be brave and bold in our faith no matter what happens to us.

The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
Acts 5:41

"We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
Acts 14:22b

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
Acts 18:9

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.
Acts 20:24

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Monday, April 9, 2018

A Few Amazing (not your average read) Christian Fiction Books I Read Recently

These are a few of the books that I have read recently and loved. They aren't your average reads, and that is what made me enjoy them so much.

A Time To Stand by Robert Whitlow
This book speaks on an important issue. It talks about racism. It focuses on a police officer who shot an unarmed teen, and it gets you to see things from every side. A very interesting read. So much different and deeper than most fiction.

A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden
I love Elizabeth Camden's style of writing. She creates characters that are funny and have heart. I am not always a fan of historical fiction, but when it comes to her books I can't get enough of them. I love all of the facts that she mixes into the story, helping the reader to learn about the era they are reading about. This book had so much action, character, and family drama, and I loved every bit of it.

If I live by Terri Blackstock
If you love suspense books, then this is one that you need to check out. It is the third in a series so you should start with the others first, but even if you don't, it is still a great read. I enjoyed the fast-paced action and how the story kept going with twists and turns all the way to the end!

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Because He Lives

God sent his son, they called him Jesus,
He came to love, heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives.

Because he lives
I can face tomorrow
Because he lives
All fear is gone
Because I know he holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because he lives

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
Acts 13:38

Happy Easter!

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken