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Daily Devotional – February 5


Ever wonder why there are dozens and dozens of “Christian” sects, denominations and cults?

Well, it usually comes down to the “but” following Grace. 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9

Do you see the “but” in there?  You have to look really REALLY hard.  No?  You didn’t find any?  Could it be that there isn’t one?

Maybe if we hadn’t put a “but” where it isn’t we would still be just…Christians.

Related verse: John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Note: Grace is a recurrent theme here at the Bereans.


February 5, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Hi Jack, Grace is the major theme of the New Testament and, therefore, of the Church.

    You know the diagram gave me a chuckle. We have friends who are Greek Orthodox, so we visit them at the Greek Festival almost every year. They put on a great party and introduce people of the community to Orthodoxy. We’ve worshipped there also. Well, I picked up a similar chart at the festival. All the same players are present, only on theirs the straighest line (the trunk) is the one for Orthodoxy with all others as the branches. On this one its “Bapist” that points heavenward. 🙂 Guess I shouldn’t smile at what surely makes God weep.

    Comment by helenl | February 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi Helen!

    I am not sure where this chart came from, but it gave me the same kick it did you. I’m willing to bet that every denomination that does this chart does it differently. Maybe God gets the same chuckle we do! 🙂


    Comment by bereans | February 5, 2007 | Reply

  3. Which path to walk that all may see
    That truth it must it has to be
    So keep your stride and step your pace
    May be not mine but still in grace

    Comment by Voice of Reason | February 5, 2007 | Reply

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