Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

The Precious Blood

God's power is at its greatest not in the destruction of the wicked, but in his taking all the wickedness of the earth into himself and giving back love.  (Ortlund)

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake. 

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. 

You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth...

[Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Pe 1:18–22a). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.]

Not Everything That Offends Us Is Persecution

...and Everything Will Change