Shackles, historical fiction, 83,000 words, set during the years 34-50 AD.
“A Roman family man, cheated by a lifelong enemy, descends into darkness and despair. A transformed persecutor of Christians avoids a vicious stoning and multiple murder plots. Shackles tells the story of two men, separated by hundreds of miles, destined for an earth-shaking encounter.”
It was a scandalous concept demonstrated by Christ and the theme of the life, ministry and writings of Paul the apostle. But too often Christians embrace grace for themselves yet hold others up to impossible lists of rules and standards. If I can “be good” enough, obey enough, pray enough, read my Bible enough, share my faith enough, go to church enough … Hmmm. Just when will it be “enough.”
Paul said the cross was “enough.” So why do we insist on saying, “Yes, grace and the cross, but …?”
There’s no “but” or “and.”
Please don’t pull out the line, “Yeah, but a REAL Christian would …” or “But a GOOD Christian would …”
If you have even an inkling of that attitude, soak in “Jesus, Friend of Sinners.” It’s not about “those people.”
It’s about us.
“Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers … Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded … Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours.”