Insights from a recovering idiot about life, faith, and grace. | Perfectly Imperfect

WHY YOUR PAST DOESN’T HAVE TO DISQUALIFY YOU

A great post by Pastor and author Kurt Bubna!

via Insights from a recovering idiot about life, faith, and grace. | Perfectly Imperfect.

Self-proclaimed “recovering idiot”, Kurt has been in pastoral ministry since 1976 and now serves as the Senior Pastor of Eastpoint Church, a vibrant, growing, and community-focused congregation in Spokane Valley, Washington.

“I am a chosen son, a prince, and one who belongs to the Father.  He loves me.  He always has, and he always will.  We don’t deserve grace.  We can’t earn it.  We can’t buy it  or bargain for it.  All we can do is accept it and be changed by it into the image of his Son. That’s the story of God’s love in epic proportions!”

Epic Grace ~ Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Tyndale) by Kurt Bubna

 

 


God Loves You.
Always Has
Always Will!


 

“Have I fallen, strayed to far, to receive God’s grace?”

Falling Rain

Back in November I had the privilege to write a review on the book Epic Grace – Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Tyndale) by Kurt Bubna.  The books title couldn’t be any better, for it is, EPIC.  I have found myself time and time again, picking the book up and rereading the countless passages that I underlined back in November.  Since that time more underlining has been done.  More contemplating, more praying, and more importantly, a deeper understanding of God’s epic grace.

Since my first read of the book I have taken every opportunity to spread the word of this, in my words, life changing book.  A few months ago a co-worker overheard me talking about the book and approached me about the book when no one was around.  She asked about God’s grace.  She was concerned about her husband that had taken ill and was looking at a risky operation, a long hospital stay and recover.  Her concerns were also her husbands, “Have I fallen, strayed to far, to receive God’s grace?”  I told her I would get her the book and that both of them should read it.  Before the end of the day she told me that at lunchtime she ran over to the book store and bought the book.  She said that she couldn’t wait as her leave from work started that day.  For the next few weeks she would be by her husbands side as he took on the battle of his life.

That was weeks ago, fast forward to just a few days ago.  My co-worker is back to work, her husband is progressing better than expected.  She looks better herself, better than she had for a long time.  Her first words to me when she saw me, Thank you!”  I said for what?  “For the book, it helped us so much, more than you’ll ever know.”  She went on to tell me that while her husband was in the hospital she read the book to him everyday.  Cover to cover, and then again.  “We never understood God’s grace before.” she said.  “My husband was afraid that he had screwed up to much in his life to think God would want him back.  He was wrong.”  She said that the book helped them get through a very difficult and scary time.  The smile on her face said it all.

If you have doubts, questions, or want a better understanding of God’s Epic Grace, please, get the book.  You will not be disappointed.  If you know of someone that is struggling, get them the book.

GET THE BOOK HERE

“If we let him, God uses difficult people to mold us into his image.  They teach us patience.  They teach us how to die to ourselves, how to lay down our lives for the sake of another.  They teach us how to be more like Jesus.  They stretch us into far reaches of his epic grace.” Epic Grace – Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Tyndale) by Kurt Bubna

A Winter’s Tale (A poem of redemption)

This poem is just too good not to share with all of you.  It is written by Epic Grace – Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Tyndale) author Kurt Bubna.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

A Winter’s Tale (A poem of redemption)
photo courtesy KurtBubna.com

Born at the edge of winter’s tale
Lost in a life so splintered fell
Too deep the darkness ran to tell
Hard my heart began toward hell
What hope had I but You?

Wise too soon to earthly things
Eyes too open to what death brings
Bruised my heart became a sieve
Trapped the evil web was weaved
What path could lead to You?

But then You came and pursued me
A song
A sound
My heart beat free
A whisper now so very near
The end of what I knew was fear

Winters Tale Dark RoadMy twisted tapestry of life a crime
A brokenness far from sublime
Yet through the darkness Your light did shine
A touch
A healing
Your life now mine

For You
For me
For all to see
I live to live and to be free
The grace I’ve known a mystery
You have my heart and destiny

Now past the barrier that once was me
In step with You on bended knee
My hope secure
My liberty
My all
My God
You’ve rescued me!

God’s specialty: redemption, restoration and renewal! Find out why in Epic Grace – Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Tyndale) by Kurt bubna. Get it here: http://tinyurl.com/epicgrace

Epic Grace for a Monday Morning

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God never wastes anything—our strengths, our successes, or our mistakes. In this collection of true stories, Kurt Bubna, a self-confessed “recovering idiot,” chronicles his own honest, heartfelt, and often hilarious missteps along the path to grace.

The following is short excerpt from the book Epic Grace – Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Tyndale) by Kurt Bubna.

“What do suffering and perseverance have to do with grace?”
The short answer? Everything.
Typically, when we hear the word grace, we immediately connect it to sin. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. . . .” And that’s good, ­because without question we all need the kind of grace that covers all our sin. But we also need God’s grace to sustain us in the midst of our struggles. In fact, much of the grace we experience happens in the context of suffering.
God’s gentle grace comforts us when we are deeply wounded.
His larger than life grace covers us when we are wrestling with hardship.
His empowering grace helps us to stay the course when the going gets tough.
And God’s epic grace shows us how to rise above our pain and circumstances with enduring hope and faith in him.
So what does God tell us to do in the midst of suffering? He urges us to persevere which is only possible by his grace.

Want to learn more about God’s epic grace? Then can get the book HERE.

Be a blessing today, Jay.

Today Kicks Off Epic Grace Month

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Last November I had the privilege to review the book Epic Grace by Kurt Bubna. To say that the book changed the way I viewed God’s grace would be an understatement. That wasn’t the only change, it has changed the way I live. I know, it sounds a little over the top, but if you haven’t read the book you don’t know where I’m coming from.

I have always struggled with the mistakes I have made in my life, wondering if I have screwed up so bad that my relationship with God was broken beyond repair. If He was disappointed in me, had turned His back on me, the list of doubts is endless. Then I read Epic Grace. Kurt, a self proclaimed recovering idiot, shares his life, all the good and all the bad, and shows us that no matter how much we screw up, no matter how much of an idiot (yes I said idiot) we can be, God’s grace is EPIC.

The book means so much to me that for the month of March I will be sharing quotes and excerpts of the book Epic Grace here at My 52 Sundays. May God bless you and I hope that you too will find that God’s grace is truly Epic.

The following is an excerpt from the book Epic Grace. You can get the book HERE

I went back and forth on what to title this book, but I knew two words had to be included: grace and idiot. Both describe my life so well. Everything I have, everything I am, and every good part of me exists because of the unbelievable grace and goodness of God. His grace is truly epic. It’s larger than life and beyond my imagination. And that is a good thing, because too often in my life I’ve fallen into idiocy like a meteorite falling from the heavens, fast and hard with an explosive blast of burnout at the end.
I know that using the word idiot may not be politically correct. At times, it’s hard to keep up with what’s okay and not okay in our rapidly evolving cultural lexicon. That said, I assure you no offense is intended. As you read on, you’ll discover I am ex­ tremely honest about some ugly past failures in my own life. So, politically correct or not, the word idiot just fits. It perfectly describes me and the way I’ve lived all too often. On the other hand, I’m an idiot saved by the heroic, sacrificial, and epic grace of God. So, in that sense, I’m a recovering idiot, trust- ing God one day at a time.