God’s Grace Flips the Script

by mjongsma on February 5, 2013

Matthew 20 gives us several uncomfortable and inconvenient lessons about how the  God’s grace changes the way we understand Him and ourselves. In the Kingdom of God…

… the unwanted become the welcomed.

… the Rejected becomes the Redeemer.

… the lead dogs become the pack mules.

… the blind become the guides to faith.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

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Debra February 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm

When I think of the grace of God, I think of a 30 year old woman that just came to Jesus. She was dirty, and dusty from the sins of the world, and her own choices. She happened to come to a service with a friend that Sunday morning in Homewood, IL. Her friend Kathy had invited her, after she had invited Kathy to her church group. The group she was involved with meant well, but were cultish and told her she would never make it to heaven, or her family if she left their church. She had searched the scriptures for proof of this teaching, and just didn’t find it. At this service her friend invited her to, she was met with the grace, love, and the compassion of a Father’s heart. Something was different there, she didn’t feel judged, scorned, or shamed. This woman continued to go to this church in Homewood, and then was introduced to the Holy Spirit through the Compassionate Prayer Team Meetings with Pastor Dave, Chris and Brian Andrews. Much healing went forth through this time of learning about the heart of her Heavenly Father. She was the woman at the well, and had struggled with her self esteem, and worth for many years.

After being away from the area for several years, one Saturday night at her father’s request, (now she knows it was her earthly, and Heavenly Father) she attended a special service at what is Living Springs. There she was, once again, met with that same GRACE that drew her there in the first place……. I thank you Pastor Dave, for all you do, and for having the Father’s heart for the lost, hurting, and hungry. May God continue to use you, and the many staff to show His heart, and love to His children.

I could go on about how Pastor Dave came to Markham, Il where I lived, and helped our little moms group minister to the young women and men that got in trouble with the law. Pastor Chris also came, and picked up a car full of young men, including mine, and brought them down town to the Botanical Gardens. My sons and their friends were always welcome there, and I was thankful for the seeds that were planted! I remember Prayer Storm in Colorado, where my son’s and my now, husband’s daughter, went to experience even more grace and the love of God.

We may never see, until we get to Heavn, who was touched by us showing grace, that is why I wanted to share this today. I live in Bourbonnais now, and don’t always make it up, but am honored to be affiliated with the Living Springs family. Blessings to all!

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Melanie Jongsma February 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

That’s an amazing testimony, Debra. Thank you for sharing it. It’s so encouraging to hear all the different faith stories that make up the Living Springs family!

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Debra February 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

My pleasure Melanie, and thank you for your kind words :)

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Debra February 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Pastor’s Jason, Mark, and Ann, I don’t know you as of yet, but am looking forward to making memories with you, for His glory!

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Debra February 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

So thankful that our Heavenly Father loves the sinner, but hates the sin. Thankful for the grace and mercy that has been shown to me through God’s servants at Living Springs!

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Mark Prestriedge February 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Praise the Lord Kathy! Amen to a great testimony. I look forward to getting to know you as well. Blessings, Mark

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