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I am a Jesus guy, husband, father, pastor, author, and speaker. Captured by the pure Gospel of God’s  Grace, my focus is communicating the message of Grace and the beauty of Jesus particularly as it relates to  life, culture, and church.

I hope these writings bless you, and I look forward to good conversation and relationship building with  you.

 

 

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  1. Hi Chris,

    I assume you are Chris Kratzer. I just read what you wrote about Christians bullying those of us who belong to the LGBTQ community. I was born in 1951 and am myself a feminist, humanist lesbian Christian and I love Jesus and his Mother deeply because even when others have abandoned me, they never have. I thank you for challenging conservative Christians to love as Jesus loved/loves.
    Blessings of peace and joy to you and your lovely family

  2. Hi Chris,
    Thank you for being a voice to we LGBT folks who are believers in the power of grace and love that Jesus taught and extends to us. Having worked in churches, your insights are spot on. Keep sharing grace, brother.

    Warm regards,
    Stacie

  3. Chris, your article is very good. Having read what you have to say about Evangelical Christianity, I see where you are coming from. And I like it. There is one issue that needs to be dealt with. Under grace, the law has been superceded. That should mean, that under grace, there is no condemnation related to homosexuality. So far so good. Paul though clearly announces homosexuality as a sin. For what it’s worth, I have homosexual friends, although I find their tastes bizarre. They are precisely friends, because I refuse to judge. In my time, I have met “homosexuals” who have become heterosexual after a meeting with Jesus. i have no clue what to do with this, except absolutely to refuse judgement. on my own part. Lying, adultery and stealing are easier to deal with within our current cultural mores, because I suppose somewhere inside we, and our lawmakers can identify with these things. I did not find Jesus. He confronted me. Otherwise, I would still be an atheist. The grace of God, visited with me in Jesus . I am no exception. We are all EQUAL before God. Full STOP. His grace IS universal. In the face of this, it may seem false to say that “there is work to do”. There IS though a huge amount to do. Face to face with God one (at least myself), realises that there is no hiding place at all. So, as I am, a sinner, my job, is to live differently. Trouble is, it is not really a job , because I am madly and totally in love with Him. My guess is that when we stop long enough to listen what is going on within us, we all taste, and experience this “mad love”. When this happens, the world starts to make sense.

  4. Hello Chris,

    Thank you for taking the time to write your articles. Your wisdom and insight is something to be admired and appreciated.

    Today is a particularly hard day for me due to some very hard personal events in my life. But a friend posted one of your articles on Facebook and after reading it I was compelled to leave you a heartfelt “thank you”.

    I am 38 and married to my wife. Previously I was married to a man and have 4 children from him. I was born into a very legalistic “Christian” family. We come from Europe where Christians of protestant faith were persecuted. So understand the deep desire of my family to want to defend their faith. However, I do not allow that to be an excuse for hate. I no longer speak to them and allowing God to resolve their issues with who God made me, as I no longer see that add an issue. I have accepted who I am, God’s beautiful creation. I have accepted that God does not need to heal me as I prayed for it most of my life, because I am not sick or broken. I am exactly as God wanted me to be.

    My children’s father is using faith to keep the children from me. He had brainwashed the older two and they have renounced me as their Mother. Recently, my 11 year old took on their attitude and declared he will not visit with me no matter what the court papers say. It is a matter of time before my 9 year old succumbs to their manipulation and I lose her too.

    Please pray for me. Your articles are very encouraging. Unfortunately I feel faith slipping at times when the pain of losing my children is too unbearable.

    Thank you for your support for the LGBTQ community. May God bless you and your family with all that you need and more.

  5. Chris. Your last post touched a cord. You’ve put into words exactly what I think and have felt for many years now…but…you have to start saying more positive stuff. What does your ministry as pastor look like? How are you reaching out? What part are you playing to fix this? We can’t just be against something, we have to be pro something. Grace, love…

    • ckratzer

      October 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Gavin, I would encourage you to read through the articles in my blog, there are so many “positive” ones. Further more, what may see like a negatively themed article to some, are completely healing, encouraging, and freeing to others. You might be surprised how often that is the case. I don’t awas write to change minds, but to be a voice that lets the bullied know that are valuable, heard, and have one who will go with and for them!

  6. Love and acceptance of all people. That is what Jesus taught, that is what we as his followers should be doing. Loving and accepting does not always mean total agreement, does not mean we will live in harmony with everyone all our lives, yet we can accept and respect one another in our differences with the love of God. It is sad that so many christians are known more for their judgment and condemnation rather than for following the example and words of Jesus to love God and love one another. Thank you for your message of grace to all people.

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