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Laura Catherine Trent

Laura Catherine Trent

My name's Laura Catherine Trent, a/k/a Laura, a/k/a LC. I get to spend a lot of time hanging out with the greatest volunteers over at QuestCare Clinic. Some things you may not know about me: I'm allergic to coconut, I have what I like to think of as a "biblical fear" of snakes, and baseball games in summer time are my favorite thing. Finally, a shout out to my Community Group -- AJ, Minch, Beech, JJ -- it's been two and a half years of y'all living out Acts 2:42-47, and I'm beyond grateful. You guys are the definition of community!

April 16, 2014

GRACE + SOMETHING I CAN DO = SLAVERY

Galatians 2:1-10
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Galatians 2:1-10

Paul Accepted by the Apostles

2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. (ESV)

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  1. HopeH

    Apr 16, 2014 10:01

    eat thoughts this morning! I really like the equation you put in there. Verse 5 stood out to me today " But we did not surrender to them even for a moment, in order that the truth of the gospel would remain with you." The NET Bible ;) Since I started reading the Bible five years ago Paul's writings have both challenged and inspired me. They have challenged my world view especially in the area of sexuality. I think it would be safe to say that one of the major subjects facing the church today is it's stance on marriage and sexuality. I think the challenge is do we abandon the truth of Gods design of human sexuality and definition of marriage; in order to be welcoming, affirming and accepting of those who are gay identified? I firmly believe the Body of Christ can lovingly accept gay identified people without affirming their lifestyle. It is imperative to always stand on the side of truth and speak it in love. I am thankful that the believers God put into my life didn't back down from the truth of His word and challenged me to discover who I am in Christ and who He created me to be. They have and do love me well.

  2. Laura

    Apr 16, 2014 09:55

    From one LC to another, thank you so much for your words of encouragement and truth this morning. I too have been struggling lately with someone very special to me about the act of grace within forgiveness. It is truly freeing when you can accept that we all fall short of the glory of God, but can be redeemed in His Spirit - daily! I appreciate the reminder and am thankful for your spirit.

  3. Fidel Garcia

    Apr 16, 2014 09:54

    2. When have you personally tried to add "Something I Can Do" to the gospel? It was winter of 1995, while I was studying to get my degree in theology and philosophy, my professor started explaining about the Grace of God, in that moment it clicked on me. All of a sudden I started weeping a lot in front of my friends. I couldn't stop, that morning the whole class felt God's Holy Spirit moving us towards our Father's Grace. In my own conclusion I was born again for the third time. The first time was my natural birth, second my spiritual birth in 1991, third understanding and receiving my Father's Grace in 1995. You see I grew up in a pentecostal denomination, where I was taught about the works, but not enough about His Grace. I became a pharisee. I would read every day His Word, I would go to the parks in South Central Los Angeles, and evangelize gangsters and drunkards and people in general, thinking that by doing these good works I would earn my way to heaven. After a while I got tired and depressed, because it was never enough to feel accepted by God and people. Today I continue to live in my Father's grace, like Todd says "God will not love us more or less". Amen!!! :)

  4. Adam

    Apr 16, 2014 09:27

    Laura- very good word today. It is so true and profound that Jesus + anything leads to dead, man made religion. I think we desire/need a harder way so we can feel justified- almost like we earned our salvation; however, this is not the story of the Gospel.

  5. leedanis

    Apr 16, 2014 09:11

    Laura the message you shared this morning never gets old. We always need to be reminded it is by "grace" so we don't take credit for it, or try to replace it with our sorry efforts (which always fail). May I share a brief funny. I was raised (one of seven children) in the frozen tundra of Vermont. When my mother sent us to "time out" that meant get your jackets on and you are outside for 30 minutes. Never mind that it might be about 5' degrees out there. We were pretty quiet when allowed back in:-). Avery,I hope you had a good day at school w/o any lock downs.

  6. Benson Hines

    Apr 16, 2014 09:10

    Really good stuff, Laura Trent! I think I needed to hear that this morning, too, and ponder it... I like pondering... :) I can totally see you doing that self-imposed time-out, too.

  7. Ralph Douglass

    Apr 16, 2014 08:59

    LC, thank you for your encouragement this am!! GOD Bless you!!

  8. Sylvia

    Apr 16, 2014 08:56

    Rockin LC! Love the reminder question "When is forgiveness — especially that which comes from the Creator of the Universe — not enough?" And most importantly the answer "it always is" with Romans 8:15. thank you dear friend!

  9. Jennifer

    Apr 16, 2014 08:51

    Thank you for the well-timed reminder :) - recovering works based girl, being transformed slowly into a grace based, grace filled, grace extending girl! Thank You Lord!!

  10. Brad Keeling

    Apr 16, 2014 08:49

    Thank you Laura! I've been struggling a bit lately and feeling distant Spiritually, thinking that I just must be doing something wrong or not doing something right. It's a smokescreen for the enemy to get a toe hold I think, and is needed to be reminded of Grace again. Funny how easy it is to fall into a thought process that steals joy. Thanks again! God bless you today!

  11. Neil

    Apr 16, 2014 08:41

    Very poignant commentary Laura. We appreciate you greatly. I know my kids hate it when I use them as illustrations. Of course, now they use me. :) keep your head high, Princess of the Most High king and God!

  12. Todd Tramonte

    Apr 16, 2014 07:50

    Solid LC. Great reminder of the truth of God's grace.

  13. Mike

    Apr 16, 2014 07:33

    Woooo! Powerful stuff right there. Well written! Thank you Jesus for "serving the time!"

  14. Jeff Ward

    Apr 16, 2014 07:31

    LC - what a great reminder that God CHOOSES to love us...so there's nothing we can do to lose that love. Also love the way Paul sought unity in the church but not at the expense of a clear gospel of grace. Grateful for you friend - that I get to serve with you - and for all the ways you are living this!

  15. Landry

    Apr 16, 2014 07:22

    LC! I always read the passage and journal before I read the JTJ writer's thoughts. I had a hard time this morning...glancing over the verse you chose to hone in on. Frankly, I'm so grateful to have read your thoughts. Well written and effectively displays that Christ's work on our behalf frees us from the bonds/chains/fetters of performance which leads to slavery. Love it! Thanks LC!

  16. Trey Collins

    Apr 16, 2014 07:10

    Laura, way to preach the gospel! The saving grace of God supersedes any sin we have. Praying for you today!

  17. Rachel

    Apr 16, 2014 06:55

    "Grace + Something I Can Do = Freedom" leads to the opposite — slavery. || Sooo soo good. Such a sweet reminder of His finished work on the cross. He is enough! Thank you so very much for sharing!!

  18. Rebecca

    Apr 16, 2014 06:51

    Laura, thank you for the beautiful reminder that the cross and the Lord's forgiveness are enough. I've been struggling with a poor choice in my distant past (abortion) knowing that the Lord forgave me immediately but that somehow there is still something else I have to do - like not have children because I squandered my first opportunity. I walked right into slavery. But, you reminded me of my freedom and I'm choosing that instead of the heavy burden that I've been carrying. The chains are off, I am free! Bless you for your wisdom!!!

  19. Ann Piper

    Apr 16, 2014 06:48

    That was beautifully written LC. Grace + something I can do = slavery. What a great way of looking at the futility of a works-based faith in light of Christ's complete atonement for my sin. That's exactly what I needed to read as we move toward Good Friday. What a privilege to call you my friend, Laura & serve with you.

  20. Robin Rice

    Apr 16, 2014 06:44

    Loved your illustration. Your Dad shared this story at the Chrisian Counselors of Texas conference in February. Awesome reality that we can add nothing to the cross!

  21. @RickSmith

    Apr 16, 2014 06:23

    Thankful for this great reminder this morning of the freedom we have in Christ. Great job LC! Thankful for how God has worked in your life and glad to see you put a NET Bible reference I there! :-)

  22. karen

    Apr 16, 2014 05:48

    This is so good and so true! Many of us raised in " the church" have experienced the lie that we have to do penance to win grace. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus already paid the only price that is required.

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