Kemp Otto: A Chapter of My Story With Grace

For more than twenty years I relegated Grace to an academic concept, safely buried in commentaries that belonged and stayed on shelves.

You see, I already knew about Grace. And I knew that I was the one person for whom it didn’t extend quite far enough over the chasm. My best shot at Heaven was to get a running start...

Andrew Sundar: The Grace Journey

One of my mentors gave me a book called The Ascent of the Leader, authored by Bill Thrall and Bruce McNicol of Truefaced and Leadership Catalyst. Since then these two and John Lynch have also written TrueFaced, Behind The Mask and Bo’s Cafe.

Reading through The Ascent of a Leader opened my eyes...

Dave Kaufman

It was September of 2004. I had just been given notice that my job of almost 15 years had just been shutdown and along with 300 other personal, I was out of a job. It was only four more months and then I would retire. And I found myself sitting next to my wife in an Oncologist’s...

Erik Kakimoto

Growing up as a 2nd generation Asian-American Christian, I was brought up in a culture deeply rooted in shame along with a theological framework that is often more shame-driven than grace-driven. In other words, I had to be someone “better” than who I was if I wanted to be accepted...

Lee Blum: Grappling with Grace

Hey FINDINGbalance Friends! I just returned from Fb’s amazing Hungry for Hope Conference in Colorado Springs. If you didn’t attend this year, be very sorry you didn’t and get your behind there next year! It is for sure something NOT to be missed! Hopefully, there will be some sort...

Stewart Black

In 1984 I looked, perhaps, a lot like you. Although I was a pastor, I lived a life of hiddenness, a life of barely concealed shame: Shame caused by the secret sexual sins that plagued me, sins I would contritely and tearfully confess before God, vowing with all my heart never again to be lured into...

Brady Steenhoek

I grew up in a Christian home, and have been involved with a church my entire life. Early on I learned how to behave really, really well. I learned to be good kid. I went to church every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night. What I remember clearly from my childhood is...

Lindy Black

I was born into a football family. My dad was (and still is at 79) a football coach. I am the oldest of 5 kids. I grew up loving competition and I really loved to win! I believed the words of Vince Lombardi early on: “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”...

Shirlee Lamoureux

I remember my early childhood with fondness. It was an idyllic time when neighborhoods were safe and being part of a gang meant being in a gang of kids who played Kick the Can and Run Sheep Run. It was a time without televisions, computers and iPods; a time of family togetherness...

Rosemary Carlson

I grew up in a home where my father didn’t want me. He told me I was stupid and that I never should have been born. His treatment of me dealt a blow to my self-worth. To make matters worse I thought I had to have my father’s love and acceptance before I could be happy...

Carol Barger

A late in life surprise has transformed my perspective and lifestyle. From early childhood I had known and experienced the grace of God through salvation in Jesus Christ. Intentionally and with satisfaction to the degree I had been taught about spiritual matters I walked with God...

Gin Dagger

I had known for quite a long time that I had a story to write. Too many things had happened to me and evidence of God’s presence and protection was scattered throughout my life, even before I gave my life to Christ. My fear of putting my thoughts on paper for all to read was...

Don Hammond

As I think about it, most of my life has been spent trying to please people. As a child, I tried to please my parents. As a student, I tried to please my teachers. As an employee, I tried to please my employer, and as a husband, I tried to please my wife. It was very natural for me as a Christian...

Michael Elia

It had been almost two decades since I had first smoked pot, and rarely a day passed that I had not used or pursued the use of some mind-altering substance. My addiction had progressed into harder drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines, and it was taking its toll on my life. Homeless...

Paul Hadley

I am at the stage of life where I have more history than future! As I get older I find that dramatic, life changing “before and after” experiences tend not to be the norm. But don’t confuse this statement with meaningful change not taking place. Now, change is a more lengthy process...