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FAILURE

Most of us are not used to talking about our sins and failures, yet that’s what I want to talk about in this first blog.

Recently I came across this biography of the guest speaker at a church I know. It says that he’s a “ husband, dad, friend and a big sinner enjoying God’s even bigger grace. He’s an unlikely pastor, a writer at times and a guy with an odd sense of humour (ask my wife).”

A Princeton University professor is in the news this week because he posted a CV of failures. He listed the academic positions that he didn’t get and the rejected articles for academic journals. It’s a CV of setbacks and failures. It sounds like something that the Apostle Paul would write!

“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:30)

Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, knew the secret of strength through weakness. Complimented once by a friend on the impact of the mission, Hudson answered, “It seemed to me that God looked over the whole world to find a man who was weak enough to do his work, and when at last he found me, He said, ‘ He is weak enough-he’ll do. All God’s giants have been weak men (and women) who did great things for God because they reckoned on Him being with them.’

Christianity is for failures. If it wasn’t, no one could be a Christian. As we humble ourselves to admit this obvious truth, we will experience God’s constant grace.

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