December 7, 2014 Mategyero

If grace is an ocean;Am drowningIf grace is a fire;Am consumedIf grace is a mad dog;Am devouredIf grace is a speeding car;Am run overI don’t have a life;Except under graceMerit and demerit;Don’t give me lawUnmerited favor;Is my innate desireFor my deserving;Is undeservingMy performance;Is nothing but filthI don’t have a life;Except under grace©2014 Daniel N. Mategyero

December 4, 2014 Mategyero

The ‘short and meaty definition’ of grace, I believe, is this one I found somewhere:Grace is unconditional acceptance [by God] given to an undeserving person [the sinner] by an unobligated giver [God] (Emphasis mine).This short-on-word-but-long-meaning definition has three parts; unconditional acceptance, the undeserving person, and the unobligated giver.Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s love for us is not conditional. Like I will accept you if you make this standard, no. Because “while we were yet sinners”—He took us in no matter our badness.This unconditional acceptance…

November 19, 2014 Mategyero

After preaching grace to a youth group, one posed a question, “You said grace is God’s unconditional acceptance to a sinner who is undeserving,and does that mean we should go on sinning because God’s acceptance of us is unconditional?”In Romans 6:2, Paul provides the answer: “By no means! We dies to sin how can we live in it any longer?” He continues to explain:Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from…

October 29, 2014 Mategyero

Daniel W. Whittle (1840-1901), the author of a classic hymn writes:I know not how God’s wondrous GraceTo me he hath made knownNor why unworthy, Christ in loveRedeemed me for his own.Figuring out howGod does what He does is not ours. Figuring out how He will pull us out of that ‘fix’ is not ours. Even figuring out how He did what He did at Calvary is not ours.This Grace is greater than our understanding. It lies on thousands of years of promise (Genesis 3:15). So, the ‘how’ is not our question.What should we know? Whittle goes on to write:But “I…

October 29, 2014 Mategyero

My uncle enrolled into a two year carpentry course so many years ago. Wanting to make something of himself, he studied hard and finished top of the class that semester.An administrator of the school asked him if he could pay some little money – a small fraction of the tuition so that he could study the rest of the course free of charge. My uncle was stunned! He ran to look for the money for it was insanely little. After finishing the course, he found out that top performers were entitled to bursaries.But he had paid for one. My uncle…

October 8, 2014 Mategyero

About the year 2,500 BC, God had created man and woman, placed them in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:27; 18). In between there, He had commanded man (Adam) not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 1:17), but the most ‘crafty’ of all animals—the serpent talked Eve into taking a bite of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.When God knew that they eaten from the tree He had forbidden them from partaking of, he delivered ‘curses’ to them and the serpent alike. To the serpent he said: I…