The Miracle of Mercy

The Miracle of Mercy

by Terry Rush

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Minister Terry Rush shows how to fill the world with the love of God by exploring the miracle of mercy.

If you think it will take a miracle to fill the world with the love of God, you're right, according to popular author Terry Rush—it will take the miracle of mercy. Rush, who authored the gripping God Will Make a Way about the unsolved


Minister Terry Rush shows how to fill the world with the love of God by exploring the miracle of mercy.

If you think it will take a miracle to fill the world with the love of God, you're right, according to popular author Terry Rush—it will take the miracle of mercy. Rush, who authored the gripping God Will Make a Way about the unsolved murder of his future son-in-law, offers a unique view about how the mercy of God, flowing through our lives, will impact the entire world. This very visible host of television's CrossView shares timeless truths and his own hard-earned lessons that will help Christians offer the miracle-working power of mercy to each other and the world.

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The Miracle of Mercy

By Terry Rush

Howard Books

Copyright © 1999 Terry Rush
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781582290102

Mary Karr, in her memoir The

Liar's Club, tells of a Texas uncle who, after a fight

with his wife, remained married to her yet did not speak to her

for forty years. He thought she spent too much money on sugar. He

sawed their house down the middle and moved his half several

yards away.  He gave new meaning to the term halfway


    Upon telling this story, Philip Yancey points


    Forgiveness offers a way out. It does not

settle all questions . . . but it does allow a relationship to

start over, to begin anew. In that way, said Solzhenitsyn, we

differ from all animals. Not our capacity to think, but our

capacity to repent and to forgive makes us different. Only humans

can perform that most unnatural act, which transcends the

relentless law of nature.

    Now note his counsel: "If we do not

transcend nature, we remain bound to the people we cannot

forgive, held in their vise grip."  The man sawed the

house in half ! Over money spent on sugar! This shows the

desperate efforts of some to retaliate, to do harm. But in

reality, the greatest harm was to himself. We must change this

dominant spiritual gene found in each of us.

A World without Mercy

    America's condition isnot declining

simply because violence, greed, and immorality moved in but

because forgiveness, grace, and mercy moved out. Her churches are

not dwindling because they lack the creative juices to

effectively market their cause. It's because we have been

just as indignant as the world we are trying to save. We have

failed the call of Jesus to love our enemies as we do our

friends. Stinging words and snobbish attitudes have driven the

masses from the house of God to live on the streets of a cold and

loveless world.

    Harsh and stubborn responses have deterred

many a softening heart from giving in and making up. Pride

refuses to say the simplest things like, "I'm

sorry" or "Please, would you forgive me?" or

"I was wrong." Independence has convinced us, at times,

that we need no one. We do think we are better off as islands.

Indeed, many have made concerted efforts to make a difference for

good. Money has been contributed. Foundations have been forged.

Humanitarianism is abundant and deserves our applause and

participation. Yet, tension increases, privacy fences abound, and

individualism holds potential apologies and reunions at bay.

The Choice to Be Merciful

    Yet, there is hope. For all the isolation

of the information age, it does offer vast choices. Everywhere,

from automobiles to cereals to deodorants, choice is abundant.

It's up to me to decide how I will respond to the wars

raging within and without me. I choose. And oftentimes, choice is

based on what I believe about the circumstances in my

life. William Backus and Marie Chapian wrote in Telling

Yourself the Truth, "In emotional and mental health,

what you believe is all important. . . . Other people,

circumstances, events and material things are not what make you

happy. What you believe about these things is what makes

you happy or unhappy."  Those three sentences changed

my life. Whether or not I live a life of forgiveness, compassion,

and mercy is up to me and no one else. I decide.

    And some people are choosing the road less

traveled. A global warming is taking place in the hearts of many.

Reports of mended relationships, unearthly forgiveness, and

surprising compassion are met with rave reviews. Talk shows and

news reports gladly tell of victims who walk a higher road by

refusing to hold on to bitterness and anger toward personal

offenders. Many believers are tired of being mean. Preachers are

tired of being loud and abrasive. The blessings that result are


    Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon were on

to something when they wrote, "Our everyday experience of

life in the congregation is training in the arts of forgiveness;

it is everyday, practical confirmation of the truthfulness of the

Christian vision.". Great hope is found in the determination

to "train in the art of forgiveness."

    Training does not come from reading good

books, however. It comes by being offended. This calls us to a

kingdom style that not only works but also is work.

It's one thing to talk the talk in Sunday school with

lifeless flannel graph. It's another to walk the talk when a

drunk runs over your son. The former requires nothing more than

religious chatter. The latter exists only in a newly created

person and originates in undaunted courage to love one so

irresponsible. It calls for strength of character—other

worldly strength. It calls for a characteristic that few dare to

grapple with. It calls for the marvel of mercy.

The Marvel of Mercy

    Mercy is what God is about. And it's

what we are to be about. The marvel of mercy lived out in

everyday lives is every bit as powerful as a nuclear warhead.

Even more so. But be warned. Mercy's calling and demands may

at times seem beyond reason. Don't sweat it. So is a nuclear

warhead. But along with mercy's high calling, God issues us

the unequaled power required to live it out.

    William Willimon tells a marvelous story about

a college student ministering in the inner city of Philadelphia

for a summer. Following is a paraphrase of that story:

The greenhorn hesitantly made his way off of the bus and onto the

sidewalk of one of the worst looking housing projects in town. As

he entered the huge, dark tenement he was first greeted by a

horrible odor. Windows were out. No lights in the hall. He heard

a baby crying and skeptically knocked on the door.

A woman holding a naked baby opened the door slightly.

Disgruntled, she wanted to know what he wanted. "I'm

here to tell you about Jesus." She cursed him all the way

down the hall, down the steps, and out to the sidewalk.

    The boy sat on the curb and cried.

    Upon noticing a store on the corner, he

recalled the baby had no diapers and that the woman was smoking.

He bought a box of disposable diapers and a pack of cigarettes.

With fierce trepidation the student made another trek up that

memorable flight of stairs. Upon hearing the knock, the

ill-tempered woman opened the door. He slid the box and the

cigarettes across the threshold. She said, "Come in,"

and then sternly, "Sit down."

He fitted a diaper on the baby and, although he didn't

smoke, did have a cigarette with her when she offered one.

Eventually she asked what a nice boy like him was doing in a

place like that. He told her everything he knew about Jesus . . .

in about five minutes.

He later reported to his colleagues, "I not only got to tell

'em about Jesus, I met Jesus. I went out to save somebody,

and I ended up getting saved. I became a disciple.

    Along with this naive college student, we can

share in the marvel of mercy—but only if we are willing to

be involved in a most radical process. The cadence of mercy does

not move to the rhythm of mediocrity. It can't, for it

assumes we are in trouble. Mercy is the cure for injury. It does

what we can't, and it's tough too. Mercy is not about

the trivial. It's about the unlikely and the impossible.

Mercy will not hedge on the truth. It will not hear of playing

politics. Its public relations firm consists only of an innocent

Nazarene, who was willing to take on the guilt of the guilty by

being suspended from a cross in enormous humiliation. That's

the marvel of mercy.

    Answering the call of mercy is more than

noble; it's appealing. It's enticing to all who are

weary of giving it their best shot only to end up with broken

hearts and shattered dreams. We are fatigued from trying to

repair one-sided relationships and lopsided goals. The worries,

the discouragements, the anxieties . . . where can we go?

Hope for the Weary

    If you find yourself embroiled in a

domestic war—the sort that is every bit as intense as the

Mideast conflict—you will like this book. If you are tired

of living out bitterness, animosity, avoidance, hostility, and

even cruel hatred, you hold in your hand artillery for fresh

hope. If you're worn down over family or career conflict,

take heart.

    The goal of this book is to offer empty souls

a brave and daring hope. If your mind continually rehearses

wounds and injuries, get ready. You are about to become aware of

one of the most outrageous, most scandalous, most improbable,

impossible facets of God—mercy.

    Brennan Manning declares the power of the

message of God to crack open our world.

    When the Gospel is preached with purity and

power, it should force us to reassess the entire direction of our

lives. The Word breaks our train of thought, cracks open our capsuled doctrine, shatters our life of comfortable piety and

well-fed virtue. The flashing spirit of Jesus breaks new paths

everywhere. The Gospel is no Pollyanna tale for the neutral but a

cutting knife, rolling thunder, convulsive earthquake in the

world of the human spirit.

    May the knife be sharpened, may the thunder

clap, may the earthquake rumble! May the marvel of mercy break

our train of thought . . . that a miracle might capture our

hearts once again.


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Meet the Author

Terry Rush writes with heartfelt enthusiasm and out of years of practical experience as minister to the Memorial Drive church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Terry has a heart for evangelism that reaches out not only to the person next door and in his television audience but also to those in the celebrity realm.

Twice a year Terry is privileged to play baseball with former St. Louis Cardinals players, and that adventure has resulted in much teaching and counseling and many conversions. He has authored several books -- including God Will Make a Way When There Seems to Be No Way, and The Miracle of Mercy -- and has produced a video, High Hope for the Human Heart, interviewing celebrities on their faith.

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