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Bill G“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~Jesus

I’m Bill Giovannetti, a husband, dad, pastor, author, professor, and child of God. I’m tired of Christianity that wears people out and smashes people down. I don’t want to beat you up; I want to fill you up. That’s how grace works. So stay a while. Unburden Your Self. To the right (or below if you’re mobile) you’ll find three convictions that guide me. They rescue me from being a gooey splat of guilt and shame on the windshield of faith and life: [Let’s keep in touch through the social media links on the bottom the page. Please sign up for email updates about new books and occasional blog posts.]

1. The heart is terminally resistant to grace.
We’re natural-born legalists, 180 degrees out of phase with the crazy little thing called GRACE. We’ve turned it into a bland “niceness” on the part of God, when it really is a fierce, fiery, loyal, relentless commitment on the part of God to bless you, even on your lousy days. Even when you’ve been a jerk. Even if anything. I’m blown away by how many times Christianity tells me to do stuff for God, while basically ignoring all he’s done for me in his matchless, infinite grace. God is more committed to you than you will ever be to him, and he’s good with that.
2. You've been slimed.
We go through life collecting labels. These labels can create self-fulfilling prophecies. Unless you had a miraculously healthy childhood, odds are strong you carry the demeaning labels of our half-crazed culture: stupid, ugly, worthless, damaged goods, unwanted, nobody, fat, short, skinny, tall, wrong color, whatever. You’ve been slimed. That’s why GRACE HEALS THE IDENTITY FIRST. God gives you new labels. Before you run out and do stuff for him, let him reach down and do this in you. Let him rehab your sense of self. Embrace new labels that flow from your identity in Christ. When you accept those labels, they create self-fulfilling prophecies too, and give you the life of your dreams.
3. Grace is hyper (by definition).
“And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly [hyper] abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:14). The only truly “crazy love” is God’s love for you. Your love for him is just a drop in the bucket by comparison. He’s good with that. God is all-in for you. He’s not just a fan, but also a follower of you in grace (Psalm 23:6). He serves you more than you serve him, and this makes him happy. If you want to talk about surrender, commitment, dedication, devotion, and giving your all, start by looking at the Cross. Christ surrendered, committed, dedicated, devoted, and gave his all for you. All he wants is for you to rest your weary soul in his his love. Unburden Your Self. 

Author

I’ve written a number of articles and books, mostly about life with a God who is infinitely more committed to us than we will ever be to him. If God is like that, how can we live? How should we live? Amazing Grace is my theme, probably because I’m so desperately in need of it. Scroll down for the store.

Speaker

I’d be honored to come and speak to your group. Please use the contact page, and we can talk about it.

Pastor

I’m the senior pastor at Neighborhood Church, in far northern California. Come and join us, live or online!

Bill's Sermons & Blog

Unburden Your Self

Jesus Was Thirsty

He who created water thirsted for it.

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God's New Years Resolutions

I understand that God never changes, and that his plan dates back to eternity past. In that sense, the turning of our earthly year means nothing to “the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity” (Isaiah 57:15). However, I also understand that God is...
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Grace Rehab

Introducing GRACE REHAB Meet Grace Rehab, my latest book, and follow up to Grace Intervention.  I’d also like you to meet the Grace Rehab Study Guide, a companion book for groups or personal reflection. Since every author feels like their books are their babies,...
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God's New Years Resolutions

I like New Years resolutions as much as I enjoy having my gums scraped. By mid-January, those resolutions mock me. The Bible-reading plan goes sideways, the bathroom scales audibly groan, and the personal organization collapses into chaos. So, rather than slogging...
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It's Okay to be Free

I’m haunted by the tears of a missionary who couldn’t say what he wanted. This young man had served God for eight years as a missionary in South America. He was frustrated and felt God might be leading him to another place. He didn’t know what to do....
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