(Part of yesterday’s lesson) You get a raise or a job promotion by earning it. You make the team by earning a spot on the team. You get a passing grade in school by earning it. Working hard to earn something is great in our society. But when it comes to Christianity, you don’t earn anything. In fact it’s impossible to earn God’s love and grace. Until we get past the fact that we don’t earn our salvation, we’ll never understand what grace is.

What you and I often don’t see is that we’re crippled. You may not see a wheelchair, crutches or a cane, but I’m crippled. You won’t find any braces on my legs, and I don’t walk with a limp, but I’m crippled. I’m crippled spiritually. My handicap is sin. No matter how hard I try, all my goodness and all my righteousness is nothing more than filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).

Thank God for His grace. Three things about God’s grace in this lesson are…

1 – It’s God’s grace, and He can give it to anyone He chooses.

2 – I am what I am by His grace.

3 – I’m saved by His grace, so why wouldn’t I want to share the story with others.

Two texts to follow in this lesson are 2 Samuel 9 and Romans 8:38-39.

Here’s the lesson if you want to listen (God’s Grace -vs- Our Crippledness)


Got a chance to eat at the Deuce for Sunday lunch yesterday. Yum. Our favorite place to eat. Thought I’d include a couple of pictures so you can see what you’re missing. (Thanks Rickey for the lunch!)

So if you had a choice for “Sunday dinner,” would it be buffet or sit and be served? Would you pick Mexican, Chinese, Italian or American food?

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  1. Neva says:

    Enjoyed the notes from your sermon. I cannot imagine a life without grace.

    As for your question. I would rather be eating at moms with all family around, helping cook, helping clean up, etc. Lots of laughter. (cheaper too. :)

    Have a great day brother

  2. Anonymous says:

    For a quiet Sunday family dinner it would have to be Chinese and buffet. We all love the food and buffet only makes since with growing boys.

    For a Sunday dinner with friends, it would probably be the Mexican Restaurant – the atmosphere is more lively and upbeat.

  3. lisa leichner says:

    I might have to learn to like buffets as the kids get older, but for me I’d rather sit & be served — definitely more cost-efficient that way since I don’t eat enough at a buffet to make it worth the cost (and I can take home the leftovers from a sit-down place). Maybe I ought to just stretch my stomach more to keep up with my guys. (o;

  4. Chris says:

    Trey, appreciate the thoughts about grace and your blog in general as it has both challenged and encouraged me.

    I have been thinking a lot about your post titled, “Sharing Coffee with a Homeless Man.” And, it brought to mind the passage where Jesus was approached by a leper who said, “Lord, if you will you can make me whole.” The passage informs us that Jesus reached out and touched him. Interestingly enough, Jesus touched him before he healed him.

    Grace reaches out to those who are undeserving, whether it be God reaching out to sinners like me, or sinners like me reaching out to others.


    Could I have touched the leper or drank from the cup of a homeless man? Probably not, more than likely not.

  5. Brandon Price says:

    Hey Trey! We got back to Lubbock last night and I thought I would let you know that I posted some pictures too. Some are the same that you have, and some have been edited just a bit. Katie and I had an amazing time with you guys. Tell your boys to e-mail me if they ever think of it. Hope things are going great!

  6. TREY MORGAN says:

    Chris … your right about grace. I got a credit card offer by phone the other day that said they would send me their “True Grace Card.” I asked what “True Grace” meant. They said if we’d take out this credit card we could have “True Grace,” meaning we could skip a payment if we needed to. I asked him if that meant that I wouldn’t have to pay at all? He said no I’d still have to pay my bill AND there would be interested added on, but it was “True Grace” meaning I’d get to delay my payment.

    I don’t think the man thought it was funny when I told him that that is not TRUE grace. True grace is free and you can’t pay it back. Oh well, we don’t use stinking credit cards anyway.

    I’m glad God doesn’t have their kind of “True Grace.”

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brandon … welcome! Thanks for the note. I like the picture of Cooper fishing. It WAS a great week.

    (Brandon and his wife Katie, were part of the AIM group that came to Childress last week. They are both past AIM students who now work with AIM. They’ve done lots of mission work in Mexico and the Ukraine. Brandon and his wife are planning on going back to the Ukraine this summer for about a year to do mission work. We need more young couples in this world like Brandon and Katie. You can check out their blog at http://www.brandonandkatie.com)

  8. Brian Nicklaus says:

    because of bobby V and my own reading, I really want to study the word/concept of “shalom” more.

    did you mention that in your sermon, I haven’t listened yet.

    shalom is a lot bigger than the absence of peace, it is about wholeness, completeness, well-being, unity, etc.

  9. Mommysmart says:

    Ahh, grace! The best gift that we have ever been given and yet the least understood.

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Right Monica … Just when I think I’ve figured out grace I read something (like 2 Samuel 9) and I’m reminded that I’ve forgotten …

    1 – Just how good God is
    2 – Just how bad I am
    3 – or Both

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brian … Bobby V? … got a link?

  12. Mommysmart says:

    Oh, I forgot to comment on the “dinner” assuming that you mean what I call lunch? My mom has breakfast, dinner, and supper. I have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. :) (had to add that one since you seem to get constant grief about your accent) Anyway, around here mexican is always the choice unless we can all gang up on Rocky for Chillis.

  13. lisa says:

    You know Bobby Valentine of Stoned-Campbell fame?

  14. Brian Nicklaus says:

    oh yeah, forgot to comment on food.

    buffet: chinese

    otherwise: Italian

  15. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Grace, YES! I’m so in need. I appreciated the reference to the ‘filthy rags’.

    Sunday dinner is meant to be out with others. I can go either way. Buffet is faster and in our world it is easier. Sit down is nice though. If I really want to visit it can be the better choice as there may be too many people / distractions. James

    Kathy says, buffet is pizza – sit down mexican or Italain

  16. TREY MORGAN says:

    As for buffets … I’m sure I told you in the past, we went to Chilli’s once and we all ate off them menu. When the ticket came it was $55 for the six of us and 3 of the boys were saying, “I’m still hungry, isn’t there anything else to eat?”

    At the buffet’s if you don’t get full it’s your own fault. As for Chinese … isn’t the sasame chicken to die for?

  17. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I love the new famiy picture. You have a great looking family.
    We feel the same way about buffets. My problem is trying to not keep up with James or to eat 2 days of food at once. My kids already eat all their food at some places and wonder what they are going to have next. That’s why, if it is not a buffet, we aim at a place with bread or chips that keep coming. Kobi could eat the olive oil/ garlic dip at Carinos with a spoon. Kyli does eat a cheese sauce (different than regular queso) at a local Mexican food place with a spoon. Our goal is to not eat any where that costs more than $16 for all of us including tip. Carinos is only for really special occasions and we better be walking out with left overs. Yes, when we go to places like Tulsa, we eat out 1 meal and eat sandwiches for another or left overs and bum off the motel’s breakfast line to fill us up in the morning. It really helps with expense and I get tired of too much restraunt food. I’d rather have pb&J and carrots. Otherwise, we only eat out once a week.

  18. Brian Nicklaus says:

    I was listening to your sermon until my kids woke up and needed my attention.

    liked the pick-up for two dimes and a nickel story. that was good. I hope to listen to the rest later.

  19. TREY MORGAN says:

    Don’t you wish you could really get a nice truck of two dimes and a nickel? Yea … me too

  20. The Preacher's Household: says:

    We ate at a Chinese buffet in your honor today. I also had the Sesame Chicken. It was mostly dough and not alot of chicken. I’ll try again. I get sick everytime I eat there. Today I opted for anything without a sauce and I have felt fine. Maybe it is just the MSG. The girls really liked it. We referred to it as the Deuce. Really I think it was the second of the four Chinese buffets to open in town.

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