New Covenant Encouragement

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These are articles to edify the body of Christ.


The Labor of Rest

One of the charges frequently brought against me and others who teach the message of Grace is that we teach "easy believe-ism” or “cheap Grace.” I would like to address those thoughts.

First, let's talk about the thought of "easy believe-ism." When we teach the Grace of God, we are heralding to humanity that there is a new economy of living made available through the finished work of Jesus. Yes, it is an "easy" economy to enter. I do not shy away from proclaiming that. If God wants people saved, and He does, why would He make it difficult?

I love how in the third chapter of John, when Jesus heralds that eternal life is available through Him, He refers to the little brass serpent that was recorded in the book of Numbers. Remember the story? God sent serpents to deal with the rebellious children of Israel, but He also instructed Moses to make a little brass serpent and put it up on a pole as a remedy for anyone who was bitten by the serpents. All they had to do if they got bit, was take a glance of faith to the serpent and they would be healed. Isn’t that glorious?!

All it took was a glance of faith, and that is indeed all that God requires for someone to enter life. Glorious!

Living that life, however, is a different story; it requires saying a loud and resounding “No!” to our resources so that we can instead trust the resources of God and that is no EASY thing to do! It requires hard work, as the writer of Hebrews says, to enter into rest. It is hard work to trust God’s resources instead of our own, especially since all of us were birthed into the lie that we shall be as God and therefore inherently think that we can do just fine apart from Him. So yes, it is easy to believe and find life with God, but it is hard work to experience life with God.

We must labor to enter into the rest that Jesus has secured for us.

Oh, and by the way, how did He secure that rest for us? He laid down His life on our behalf. He died so that we could be set free from the Law and restored to God instead, and there is nothing cheap about the Grace that He secured for us. In fact, if you really understand the economy of Grace, how dare anyone call it cheap! It cost Jesus His life, and it requires on our part the laying down of our lives in order for us to find His life.

- Pastor Frank Friedmann

The express purpose of Our Resolute Hope is to share the Grace of God in Jesus Christ that sets people free.​
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The following isn't supported by shape up - fly right religiousness but a constant reality by the grace of God.
Thanks Mike Kappler.



God has been with you all day today, enjoying His life in you and thereby enjoying your unique life with you in Him.

While you slept, He was quietly with you.

Every moment was a joy to Him, even what you might have deemed bad ones or insignificant ones.

Fact is, you were the Lords joy today.

And you will be His joy again tomorrow.

And the day after that.

And Forever.

ROMANS 15:13.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

Let the Lords joy fill your heart with hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The eternal hope we are assured of is that joy.

That you will see God.