Dear Grace Family,

My dear Mother-in-Law was not a fan of edges. When you combined edges with speed, height, or both, things got interesting.

When Kathaleen and I were first married we lived in New Jersey. I was in graduate school. Kathaleen’s mom, from Las Vegas, flew out to take a training course at Harvard and she extended her visit to stop by and see us. Kathaleen was working and so I drove the hour south to Philly International to pick her up. It was summer, the sun was out, and so before I left for the airport, I took the doors and the top off the Jeep. It was a glorious drive down I-95. I arrived at the terminal, found her, loaded her stuff into the back of the Jeep, she climbed in. We were 15 minutes into our return journey, driving 65 on the freeway, my left leg dangling out the driver’s side door, when I realized, she had stopped talking. I looked over and it was clear she was petrified. Both of her hands were clamped onto the grab bar in front of her. She was not enjoying the wind through her hair, or the sun on her face. For the next 30 minutes she didn’t say much, did not laugh at my jokes, her expression did not change. Things got better when I slowed down and turned onto surface roads. But honestly, it wasn’t until we stopped, she pried her fingers from the grab bar, and she exited the Jeep, that she began to breathe again. I learned then and there that she was no fan of edges. I’m pretty sure, being the good and loving Son-in-Law I am, that I put the doors and top back on before our return trip to the airport (actually I’m hoping that’s what I did … not completely sure).

Our passage from Luke this Sunday is terrifying. It is the one place where we come right to the edge of unforgiveness. We are warned here not to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. How horrible to be eternally beyond the forgiveness of God. That is a place no one who understands what lies on the other side of death wants to be. Is this something that I could do by accident, one moment unintentionally saying something, doing something, blaspheming, and falling off the edge into eternal unforgiveness? Much better to put the doors back on and stay well clear of the edge.

But then again, even with this dire warning, we need to hear the expanse of God’s grace and mercy. He is warning us here because He loves us. Stand clear of the edge!

In Christ,
Pastor Curt
A special request for prayer and consideration:

This information (see below) was received from a staff member of the YWAM Base, part of a group that is trying to set up a new ministry to college age students in a city called Bentay Meanchay. They have found a house they can rent that can house students from outline villages but need an extra $200 per month to get this place. If there is any one out in the Grace Community that would like to participate please contact Eric Gustafson at 509-961-8565 or Nancy Gustafson at 509-952-5403. Whether $25 or $200 per month, it will all help. 

This is the letter we received from Saolin Chan, a 38 yr old, single Cambodian woman giving her life and energy to spreading the Gospel:

Hello Eric good morning. 
Now we are in the processing of making decisions. 
Last week we prayed for a house for students and we got a picture of the house. The style is flat, the color is gray and the road is red not smooth. And after riding for a hours, we found the house. It has two floors, 8 rooms for students, a kitchen, and open space downstairs that we can have for meetings and worship. And it is located near the university and the market, close to Road 1. But the price is 450$ per month, and we have only 250$ and we still need 200$ per month to cover the rent. So please pray for us to make the right decision and for God's provision and people that God will give to us to minister to them. 🙏🏼🙏🏼 your prayers will make a big difference.
We love education, we want to have the house for the students that they don’t have a place to stay. Mostly young people from village that don’t have relatives live in the city. We will use this as the platform for the gospel, disciple them and create a safe space for them to continue their studies. We believe that, if students will know the truth of Jesus, they will be a resource to their society. We want to see every sphere of society to have believers working and spreading the Word. 
Thanks for praying for us.🙏🏼🙏🏼
Let’s add a bit of zest to the Hospitality Ministry Team with some fellowship, refreshment for body and soul, and be strengthened by the LORD. We will gather together for praise, prayer, and preparation to minister in extending the hospitality of Jesus through service to others.

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Are you ready to be encouraged as fall begins? Are you open to inviting God and His living Word to restore places in your life where difficulties, wounds, or trauma have taken a toll on your relationships or spiritual vitality? Sometimes it’s as if there are cracks in our walls of faith, yet the Great Renovator is available and ready to set us back on a firm foundation. Join Tina and our amazing community of women as we grow our faith together.
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