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Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1
Unity in Grace is a non-denominational social Christian website with the purpose of providing an online community for believers to Love, Grow, Share and Encourage one another in Christ through the use of prayers, stories, testimonies, fellowships, devotionals, and other site related content.

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Site Testimony

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unity in grace about me Introductions!
My name is Matthew and I helped create this site! I am about 33 years old and I have a beautiful wife of almost 10 years with two little boys. We currently reside in Southern Oregon. I just graduated SOU with a Computer Science Degree. I have built two other fully functional membership based sites; this is my third site and first endeavor into the world of ministry.

I served in the military for eight years and I am also a cancer survivor. I wanted to use the skills God has given me for Him. This site, a reflection of that desire, a ministry to glorify the Lord by supporting, encouraging and inspiring believers around the world; and for those who are not believers, to show them the reality of Jesus in our lives, and in so doing, lead them to Christ.

My Testimony
After graduating high school, I finally took the advice of Billy (my pastor) and went to Trout Creek Bible Camp for the summer as a counselor. It is one of the best things that ever happened to me and the best summer I had ever had! This is also where I met my wife Jennifer. After camp I joined the Navy and faithfully served this great nation for eight years.

The first five years in the Navy I spent training and on the USS Boxer. The last three years I got to teach UHF Satellite Communications as an Instructor in San Diego. In 2006, as I was leaving the service I was not feeling right and had a pain in my side. I ignored it and kept moving forward....

I was discharged honorably in 2006 and found a job in Roseville California. I was more stubborn than ever and committed to finally earn a living outside the military on my own for my family. But the pain and exhaustion were getting worse, so I finally relented and went to see a doctor.

Bitter-Sweet
Almost all within one week, we found out that Jennifer was pregnant with our second child AND I had cancer. Talk about bitter sweet.

I had an advanced aggressive cancer. The doctors gave me a 50/50 chance. I was in complete denial and could not believe I had cancer at age 26! My pride would not allow it. It literally took a family intervention for me to see how bad my situation had become. This was the most humbling experience in my life to date. We ended up saying goodbye to our life in Roseville and to make ends meet, moved in with family in Medford, Oregon.

Cancer turned out to be a real blessing, but what a rough road it was. I went through one of the toughest chemo regiments there is. Meanwhile, Jennifer was 9 months pregnant taking care of me, herself, and our 1 year old.

The chemotherapy took out most of the cancer, but I had to have a major surgery to remove one of my kidneys and most of my lymph system. Thank the Lord, it is in remission. On the down side, a side effect of the chemo, I now have a blood disorder called ITP. But “all things work together for good”, and it is much like a “thorn in the flesh,” something to always keep me on my knees.

Think about it, if you were told you were going to die in one year, how would you change your life? In some ways it’s very much a blessing, because for some, they never get that kind of warning.

I have been cancer free for four years! Praise the Lord! In the mean time, I was able to go back to school. I just recently graduated SOU with a Computer Science degree. In the time of going to school I have built two fully functional websites, both for experience and as a hobby.www.matthewscaloriecounter.com and www.easy-a.com

So we come to the end, which is the beginning of this site, Unity in Grace. This site has been a long time coming, something all for the Lord. I feel an urgency like never before to get this site finished. I really hope it glorifies the Lord and at the same time is helpful to his church.


Why UnityInGrace.com?

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unity in grace picture This site is somewhat a culmination of certain issues and desires I have had in my life that I have dealt with and have a heart for, but have not been able to do anything about. There have been two driving forces for the creation of a site:

1. To Glorify the Lord
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:6-8
I truly believe that we are all put into different positions in life with different skills and talents to serve the Lord in different ways. Everyone's story is a little different and everyone is placed where they are by the Lord for a reason. We are different parts of the body, with one purpose. Sometimes like instruments we need to be fine tuned before we can begin our work.

After the Cancer I knew I had a second chance that not many people get. I struggled for a while trying to figure out what I could do for the Lord. I was never good at public speaking, especially when it came to sharing my faith. I have always been creative, inventive, but how could that translate into a ministry? While seeking this answer I went back to school to learn a new trade and earned my BS in Computer Science, focusing on website development.

During my time in school I started designing websites for experience. It was getting close to graduation and I was feeling an urgency like never before. It seemed like all the events of my life were leading up to this point, all my skills, talents and training were preparing me for something.

After a lot of prayer and seeking the Lord, the idea to build this site was confirmed by the Lord in many ways. It was like a dam broke. It was time to finally use all my talents and everything God has done for me to glorify Him.

2. Lack of Church Unity
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love
Revelation 2:4
As Christians, we are to be lights to the world so others may see Christ in us. But the problem is that we still have issues and those seem to be magnified through the lens of the worlds eyes, to the point where Christianity has more negative stereotypes than good ones. The largest is our lack of unity.

If you have not read “The Heavenly Man,” it is a must read. It is like a modern day book of Acts set in China. It centers around Brother Yun, in which he tells the story of the underground house churches of the Born Again Movement during the 70's and 80's. The whole book is fascinating, but the most interesting part for me happened toward the end, in which this 'Unity" problem dissects itself.

In it Brother Yun discusses how the Born Again Movement sprang from infancy to over 58 million Chinese Christians today. In the beginning they were all one, with one heart and one mind for Christ. Brother Yun goes on to explain that after a while, once their stories were starting to get out, help from the west in the form of smuggled shipments of Bibles were starting to be delivered. This was great at first, but after a while, along with these Bibles they started seeing tracts hidden here and there. These tracts were about all kinds of things, from having to be baptized to be saved to other pharisaical and legalistic rules. At this point, the churches began to split over these issues, and have been separated ever since. I am sure these tracts were sent with the best intentions, but exemplify how horribly misplaced our focus as believers has become.

This story is compounded by my own experiences with the Church.

While in the service, a friend invited me to his church. Right away I noticed a few odd things. One of the walls was covered in tracts, which is nothing new, but it was the content that vexed me. Not one was about salvation, every single one dealt with a different theological issue. Tracts like “Why Mechanical Instruments In Worship Are Sinful” or “Why the Old Testament is no Longer Valid” were everywhere. The sermon started out with an announcement of how they were going to debate another church on whether you need to be baptized or not to be saved. The whole sermon ended up mirroring a lot of these tracts I saw on the wall, nothing really about Christ, just pharisaical and legalistic rules. Now don't get me wrong, these issues do have a time and a place, but our whole focus should not be just on them, it should not be what defines us. After the service the Pastor and I got into a heated discussion about these issues, and it was amazing how fanatical he was about them and only them. Needless to say, this experience shook me to my core. And I have had many like this since.

The more I dwelled on these issues, the more they bothered me and I did not know why. The Lord keeps bringing me back to these issues, perhaps for the very purpose of creating a website where despite our disagreements we can come together on the same foundation with one purpose – to bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ and in so, be lights to inspire, encourage, uplift, edify, and help one another in Christ.

Closing
I believe much of the Church of today has fallen into the same mistakes made 2,000 years ago. We have become so pharisaical and legalistic with our beliefs that we are forgetting our first love and basic truths. Just like we are all members of one body but have different functions, different gifts, so God gives to each of us, grace -an undeserved portion of Himself, of His strength, of faith… and it is in His grace, what HE has done in us and given to us, that we can come together, Unity In Grace.




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