From Pastor Mary Beth: Things You Won’t Find in the Bible: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

We often throw words around to prove a point or to bolster our position. There’s an extra punch when we say, “But it’s in the Bible!” This month we consider popular phrases that you won’t find in the Bible. We are on a search for the truths we will find there.

And so we begin this week with the theme of grace. Grace is a word that means unearned love and forgiveness. We love to say, God helps those who help themselves. But the truth that goes deeper is that “God helps those who cannot help themselves.” Self-reliance is important but grace is essential. It’s why we say to children at communion, “This means Jesus loves you.” It’s why we sing this song:

Jesus loves me, this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong,
They are weak but he is strong.    

 Yes . . . the Bible tells us so.

Pastor Mary Beth

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