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The following comments are based on the sermon We Cannot Put Limits on God's Grace

Comments by Bob Groth - 21 Feb 2003

Dear Pastor Hoffman,

I appreciate your sermon on "We cannot put limits on God's grace". It seems that in this day and age there is so much information to look at that it is hard for many people to pick and choose and in the United States Biblical truth is put on the back burner.

In my opinion, "Grace" is generally insufficiently developed in most churches. Thank the Lord there is just enough to keep them alive. I am wondering what would happen here in America if every preacher who knows Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior would

bring heart felt messages full of grace (or kindness), compassion, mercy, love and a host of other like terms for six months straight. Probably have a revival. The one scripture that is exceedingly important is Romans 10:17, "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God", certainly a familiar verse to us all.

There are thousands of illustrations of God's mercy, grace, love and hope in the Bible and a structure in the Bible, of what truths need primary emphasis as I have studied the scriptures. See what you think.

Just using a few verses, Paul says in his closing remarks 1 Cor. chap. 13, 'Now abideth, faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love'. Seems to me like that is a pretty good outline that every word in scripture will attatch itself to one or more of those three categories.

Just a verse or two that seem to sum this up: Romans 11:32

For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

Galatians 3:22

But the scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

The reason I used these two verses is that I have found that in the 54 years I have been a Christian is that all too often too much emphasis is given by most preachers to the first part of the verse (our sinfulness) when it is the instruction of scripture to emphasize the latter part and God will take care of the judgment part after this life. All too often I have found that we have been all too often dispensers of judgment on sinners rather than dispensers of grace. Well, enough said and may the Lord continue to bless your preaching and whatever other ministries you may now be in.

I like writing poetry and putting some of the Psalms in poetic form. The following is fairly short and perhaps you might enjoy it:

Psalm 1 (a rendition)

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