God’s Relentless Desire

God has a relentless desire not just to save us, forgive us, redeem us and deliver us from evil but to enjoy us – face-to-face, toe-to-toe, breath to breath, pain upon pain.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 138

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Our God is not Afraid of Permanency

God is so committed to you that He has carved you name into the palms of His hands.  Our God is not afraid of permanency.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 112

God Creates Out of Nothing

God doesn’t save people who have it all together.  He saves whores, prostitutes, porn stars, Bible college professors and stay-at-home housewives who wear head coverings in church, because God loves to create righteousness out of nothing.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 110

Ezekiel 16 is Your Spiritual Autobiography

Whatever your actual biography looks like, Ezekiel 16 is your spiritual autobiography.  You were a promiscuous sinner delightfully forgiven by Jesus – the One who found you in the Dumpster and turned you into a real ingredient of divine happiness.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 103

AWANA Champions and Soccer Moms Included

At the height of his morality, King David plummeted to the valley of wickedness, and it began with one bad decision.  Sin, pain loneliness and twisted sexual sins are crouching at our door waiting to pounce on us.  Yet we – through the power and grace of God – must master them.  We would all be streetwalkers were it not for the grace of God.  Awana champions and soccer moms included.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page  96-97

Its All Grace

Grace sometimes hides its tender favor in order to execute God’s plan of redemption.  Not all the warriors are redeemed by God’s grace, yet grace is what empowers them, despite their sin, to carry out God’s will – sometimes unknowingly (Judges 14:4).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 84

Grace, On the Other Hand…

Grace, on the other hand, means that God is pursuing you.  That God forgives you.  Then God sanctifies you.

When you are apathetic toward God, He is never apathetic toward you.

When you don’t desire to pray and talk to God, He never grows tired of talking to you.

When you forget to read your Bible and listen to God, He is always listening to you.

Grace means that your spirituality is upheld by God’s stubborn enjoyment of you.  So we should learn to speak of our spirituality in the passive voice – not as someone who acts but primarily as someone who has been acted upon by a God who defines Himself as the One who “justifies the ungodly” (Romans 4:5).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 76