"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
Certainly the word ‘grace’ is used to indicate the favor and blessing of God as in 1 Corinthians 1:3, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” But grace is also a faith-based covenant contrasted with a law-based covenant. For example, under law, sins were merely covered in spite of thousands of ritualistic killings of sheep, goats, bulls, and other animals whose blood couldn’t remove sins.
We are excited to announce that starting September 1, 2012, The Life Bookstore will be our new materials supplier. For many years this responsibility was ours through Cross Life Books. In 2005, Carl and Jackie Ehmann purchased Cross Life Books from us and have since ran it under their very capable leadership. In recent months Carl and Jackie have decided to close Cross Life Books and move onto to other adventures in their life. We will miss them and wish them the best in this new chapter!
For a background to these thoughts, let us look at the legalistic Jews of Jesus’ day. They insisted that they did not need a new method of obtaining righteousness - they were satisfied with what they had. Jesus’ new teaching presented a threat to them, just as it does today to those who are Christians in name but legalistic Jews at heart. Jesus’ system of righteousness made Him a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to the Jews (Romans 9:33).
As of late I’ve been considering this whole matter of “a call” particularly to vocational ministry. It appears to me that throughout scripture and Christian history that God would often give a man public ministry and then hide him in obscurity or vise versa. It seems as though God was willing to share his servant with the world and then would draw Him back unto Himself for He only to enjoy.
We have been working on a new web site for sometime now and are happy to finally be able to make it available to the public! With the new web site we also have a new domain name. For years our web site has lived at the address www.elmcolo.org but with the launching of the new web site we decided to shorten the address to www.elmco.org