Grace Filled Love


The Voice of the Martyrs, a ministry to the persecuted church co-founder Sabina Wurmbrand wasn’t always a follower of Jesus. Sabina told her husband, “I don’t need him. It isn’t natural. We’re Jewish-it’s another way of life.” Eventually Sabina surrendered her heart to Jesus Christ and became a Christian. This was remarkable considering they lived in very difficult times during a Communist State making Christianity frowned upon. Her husband Richard, who was lovingly patient, modeled his faith in Christ, which convinced Sabina to step into a relationship with the Savior. Richard’s love for Sabina created a trust toward him that allowed her to eventually trust in the Lord. (Sabina Wurmbrand, The Pastors Wife, Bartlesville, OK: Vom Books, 1070, 2005, p.75.)

Sabina experienced a grace filled love. What are the effects of grace filled love in your life? What would happen if Christ followers graciously loved people, even the unlovely?

Ruth could answer these questions! In the book of Ruth you will find God’s hand of grace extended in an amazing way through Boaz toward Ruth, and the aroma of that grace flowing over to her mother-in-law Naomi as she moves from bitterness to blessedness. Boaz was to become the “kinsman redeemer.” We have a redeemer in Christ Jesus. The book of Acts says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

About slennertz

Dr. Steven Lennertz is Founder and Lead Pastor of Eagle Ridge Church in Menifee, California. Steve accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord in 1975 during what is known as the "Jesus Movement" at a Saturday night concert at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. As a young man, Steve worked in cabinet shops, and later obtained a Contractor’s License. He owned one of the Inland Empire’s premier cabinet shops for over twelve years. It was during this time Steve sensed God calling him into full time ministry. He surrendered to God’s leading to plant a church in Menifee in 1994. Steve has a passion for life and for helping others find their purpose. His in-depth teaching from God’s Word equips people to be effective followers of Jesus Christ. In addition to shepherding the flock at Eagle Ridge, Steve had served as a Chaplain for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and is now devoting all his energies at Eagle Ridge. Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gateway Seminary in December of 2017. Pastor Steve is a native Californian; married for 40 years to Kathryn, who is also a graduate of CBU with a Bachelor, and a Masters in Education. Steve and his wife enjoy spending time with their family. They have a daughter, two sons, and they are especially blessed with eleven grandchildren. You can email Steve at View all posts by slennertz

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