By Cory Golden, The Davis Enterprise
Reprinted with permission from The Davis Enterprise.
Mike Fields explains that his marriage fell apart, that he’s spent more than 10 years living on the streets, that he did prison time after being caught growing marijuana seedlings.
The lowest point, though, might have come when a spider bit him.
He couldn’t walk. He couldn’t talk. But there was Cindy Burger, director of Grace in Action, tromping across train tracks to where Fields had camped, determined to get him to a doctor.
Fields says Burger even stopped a train to do so. Whether she actually did, the tale is a testament to Fields’ appreciation.
“I was discouraged about life in general,” he says. “Then Cindy came along. She didn’t put any pressure to me to listen to her words (about God). It picked me up quite a bit. If it wasn’t for Cindy, I would be dead.” Continue reading
From time to time, we receive questions from individuals reading our website. This question came from someone in Cameroun. I tried to send you an email, but it bounced….so here you go. 😉
Greetings to my friend in Cameroun!
Thank you for writing, and asking such a profound question. You asked, “What is the grace of God?” I’ll try to respond as best as I can. This comes from some reading and studying I have done on this topic. ALL God gives is of grace. We cannot earn what God gives us; we cannot deserve it; what God gives us is given out of the goodness of his heart; what God gives is not pay, but a gift; not a reward, but a grace. Max Lucado, author and pastor writes in his Inspiration Study Bible narrative: “What is the grace of God? The grace of God says you serve God because you’re saved, not in order to be saved. You love people because you’re saved, and not in order to be saved. You’re not trying to keep a legalistic system, you’re responding to a system of love and peace. What is grace? It’s what someone gives us out of the goodness of his heart, not out of the perfection of ours. The story of grace is the good news that says that when we come, he gives. Continue reading