Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Can You Finish?

By David Bragg

    Recently I read of a community in England who, in 2003, exhausted their entire budget (over 3.2 million dollars) building a beautiful new library. The project was completed on time and the dedication date for the new building was rapidly drawing near. Suddenly a sickening realization fell upon the planning committee: they had no monies left to order books! "They had a gorgeous, but empty, library" (Empty Shelves, The Encourager, Calvert City Church of Christ, Calvert City, KY, January 20, 2019).
    How frustrating it must be to have your goal in sight only to realize either that it is the wrong goal, or it lies beyond your grasp. On our own strength alone, we will never be capable of attaining the promises of heaven and eternal life. Divine intervention is required. We need grace!
    Too many Christians short-change themselves spiritually, living in doubt when it comes to the certainty of their salvation. What evidence is there that God’s grace will be insufficient to deliver these spiritual promises? To ask that question is to be struck by the obvious. All the evidence consistently demonstrates that what God promises God can by grace complete.

 - David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: or his blog:

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