Author Archives: David Timms

Hope Changes Everything

The research is in. Suffering itself does not lead to despair. It’s suffering that we can’t control, for which there is no apparent way forward, that breaks our spirit. And that’s why hope changes everything. Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald was one … Continue reading

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Jobs, Careers, & Callings

The ancient prophet Jeremiah was a reluctant prophet. As a teenager (in all likelihood), the word of the Lord came to him saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated … Continue reading

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Front Doors & Back Doors

We are increasingly security conscious. Many homes are now built in gated communities. Others have small signs in their gardens to warn would-be intruders that the home has a security service. We add security-mesh doors and install Ring doorbells that … Continue reading

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In Jesus’ Name

Few promises rise to this level. Jesus once told his disciples, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it…. If you ask anything in  my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14). Later, he repeated this promise: “Truly, truly, … Continue reading

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Yes and No

We’ve all been in those meetings; the ones where every head is bowed, every eye is closed, and people are invited to raise their hands to “accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.” While it’s hard to imagine Jesus calling … Continue reading

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End of a Season: THANKS!

Dear friends – I have decided that Because of Grace (this blog) has run its course. Well over 1,000 of you have generously received my blog posts — many of you for many years. I am grateful beyond words for your … Continue reading

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Trying or Training?

At the end of 2017, I spoke with Dr. John Coe, Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University. He’s a delightful and gracious person. As we chatted about spiritual formation, he raised the important distinction between training … Continue reading

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