Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bono and Faith








Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), most commonly known by his stage name Bono (/ˈbɒnoʊ/ bon-oh), is an Irish singer, musician, and humanitarian best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, often using political, social, and religious themes. During their early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to U2's rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with members of U2.

Outside the band, he has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists, is managing director and a managing partner of Elevation Partners, and has refurbished and owns The Clarence Hotel in Dublin with The Edge. Bono is also widely known for his activism concerning Africa, for which he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red. He has organized and played in several benefit concerts and has met with influential politicians. Bono has been praised and criticized for his activism and involvement with U2. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and was named as a Person of the Year by Time, among other awards and nominations.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Grace


The Bible tells us to "Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." In Max Lucado's new book, Grace Happens Here, he reminds us that Salvation is God's business. Grace is His idea, His work and His expense. God's Grace is more powerful than sin. Keep reading and let excerpts from Lucado's book and Scripture help you start receiving the freely given Grace of Almighty God today... 

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own works that we forget Romans 8, which says "nothing can separate us from the Love of God." You don't have to be perfect to receive God's Grace -- only willing. Lucado says, "To discover grace is to discover God's utter devotion to you, His stubborn resolve to give you a cleansing, healing, purging love that lifts the wounded back to their feet."

Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." All He awaits is your request. Jesus treats our past with grace. He'll take the weight of it all -- if you'll ask Him. The work of Jesus Christ on the cross makes this precious gift of Grace available to you. Max reminds us "Christ came to earth for one reason: to give His life as a ransom for you, for me, for all of us."

The Apostle Paul reminds us, "He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ." Trust God's Grace by receiving forgiveness. Forgive yourself. See yourself as God's dear child who He's remodeling daily. Let Grace overpower your past and create in you a clean conscience. "But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Grace is the power of God that keeps your engine going. God says, "For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Continue to follow hard after God and don't let your memory paralyze you.

Max says the Graciousness of God empowers us to love boldly and live robustly. Start loving others and start grasping the heart of God. "The Lord's love never ends, His mercies never stop. They are new every morning." Wake up to this Scripture and start your day on the receiving end of God's endless love. Max reminds us because God has forgiven us, we can forgive others. Because He has a forgiving heart we can have a forgiving heart. Extend the gift of grace to others and remember that God's powerful grace is made perfect in our weakness.

Another great book to understand what grace means is "In the Grip of Grace" by Max Lucado.