Grace Family Journal

Cover: It’s Not Too Early to Plan

by Dennis Rokser It is hard to believe that 2018 is here! Our life is a vapor; thus, we need to redeem the time in wise service and faithful stewardship for our Savior. May your heart’s desire be to abide in Christ and not leave your first love this year! We had a wonderful Fall […]


UNDERSTANDING THE BOOK OF MATTHEW, Pt. 2

by Dennis Rokser THE PREACHING OF THE KING (Matthew 5–7) (Continued)1 Unlike John’s Gospel, Matthew makes sure to include the Sermon on the Mount in explaining God’s offer of the Kingdom and what went wrong in Israel’s rejection of their Messiah. So in keeping with this promised earthly Kingdom being underscored in our Lord’s Sermon […]


THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME

by Robert Lillegard When two young guys sat down in front of me at the Itasca County Fair, I didn’t know what to expect. But from their answers, I was surprised to see how similar their thinking was to mine around their age. Connor and Phillip were both “good Catholics” who thought they were much […]


THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS

E. J. Pace     He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:11)  


IS THE KINGDOM REALLY “WITHIN” YOU? (Luke 17:20-21)

by Andy Woods We now begin an extended analysis of Luke 17:20–21,[1] which represents a key proof text utilized by “kingdom now” theologians seeking to scripturally prove a spiritually present manifestation of the kingdom. A statement made by Christ conceivably arguing that the kingdom has already come in spiritual form is found in Luke 17:20–21. […]


ONLY JESUS

by Miles J. Stanford “Thus saith the Lord, Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm” (Jer. 17:5).  Sooner or later the believer goes through a period of disillusionment and bitterness because of what he encounters in the lives of other Christians—leaders included. The Holy Spirit uses this revelation, along […]


RECENT MESSAGES AVAILABLE ONLINE

2017 FALL PASTORS CONFERENCE DON’T QUIT OR LOSE HEART IN YOUR MINISTRY OF GRACE (Verse-by-Verse Exposition of 2 Corinthians 4–5)   Don’t Lose Heart: 2 Corinthians 4:1-7 – Dennis Rokser (Duluth Bible Church) An Eternal Perspective: 2 Corinthians 4:16–5:5 – Andy Woods (Sugarland Bible Church, TX; conference speaker; author) Courage For The Here And Now: […]


WALKING IN THE SPIRIT BY GRACE

by William R. Newell It is conceived by many that to live a holy life a man must keep saying in his heart, “I must not do this or that evil thing”: or, “I must perform this or that good work, or Christian duty, to win God’s favor.”[1] But is not this to walk under […]


THE WEIGHT OF A FEATHER

by Katie Morrison “Nothing must ever be added—not the weight of a feather—to that precious blood which has perfectly satisfied God as a Judge, and which perfectly shelters every soul that has fled for safety behind it.”  C.H. Mackintosh I don’t remember a time before I knew the gospel. Growing up as a pastor’s kid […]


IN MEMORY OF ART RORHEIM

ART RORHEIM, AWANA CO-FOUNDER (May 7, 1918 – January 5, 2018) Rorheim was born May 7, 1918 to Norwegian immigrants who eventually settled in Chicago near the future site of the North Side Gospel Center, the church where Awana would be born.[1] He placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at age […]