- Chapter 6: A Delivery System for Grace
- Chapter 7: The Freedom to Be Different
- Chapter 8: The Freedom to Be Vulnerable
Here we go! Dr. Kimmel's words from the book are in italic, interspersed by my commentary in normal font.
I know that I need to feel safe being honest with God. It seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it? But if you've been disappointed with life and especially with other Christians who seemed to have all the answers, it might not seem like he is a loving Heavenly Father after all. That's when it helps to remember that grace is not based on my performance, but on the sacrifice of Jesus for you and me. How much more loving could God get than to die for sinners, taking their punishment, and, much more (!) offering them true, intimate fellowship with himself?
- Web Links about Parenting with Grace Instead of Authoritarian Legalism
- Manifesto of Liberty and Responsibility in Christian Families
- Mothering by Faith and Grace
- Amazing Grace for Home School Moms
And, from one of my other blogs, www.watchtheshepherd.blogspot.com
- On Walking by Grace Instead of a Focus on Mortifying Indwelling Sin
- Wisdom from Letters of Direction by Abbé de Tourville (see quotes from it below!)
"Encourage with discretion all that is good in your pupils; let them feel your support without being embarrassed or hampered by it. Education, as the very word shows, means helping someone to develop himself, to draw out all that is good in him. It is the greatest of all benefits. That too is the meaning of the expression to direct¸ direction. Unless interpreted in this sense, I like the word formation less; it seems to me to carry the suggestion of a preconceived form into which one is to force people whether they like it or not. But people do not lend themselves to this kind of treatment and so the form remains empty.
Remember that it is our souls which are God’s joy; not on account of what they do for Him, but on account of what He does for them. All that He asks of them is to gladly accept his kindness, his generosity, his tolerance, his fatherly love.
Do not worry any more about what you are or are not. You are the object of His mercy. Be satisfied with that and think only of that."
Abbe de Tourville