CharlieHeadshotHi. My name is Charlie Marquez. I’m a sinner saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to the scripture alone, for the glory of God alone. In addition (not that you need to add to that), I have been a pastor, church planter and Bible teacher in Southern CA for more than 20 years. This site is a record of an amazing journey I took recently. It’s a journey I never intended to be on – a journey I never knew I needed to be on – one I didn’t chose for myself. But it’s one I am eternally grateful the Lord took me on. It was a journey back to the grace of God.

Religion in it’s many forms (namely legalism and moralism) is a subtle yet destructive enemy of a humble walk with Jesus. I say it is subtle because it often masquerades as deep devotion and commitment. It is destructive because the effects are the opposite of what the gospel should produce in us. The gospel produces humility and assurance of acceptance, while religion produces pride and condemnation. Unfortunately contemporary Christianity has inadvertently embraced this subtle enemy even while denouncing it’s name. I was an unsuspecting victim. I would have boldly proclaimed that my Christianity was based on a relationship not a religion – but on the ground – it sure looked like religion.

Since then, my eyes and heart have been opened, and I have come to realize that subtle enemies require a bold defense. For me that bold defense was a decision to turn back to the Cross of Christ and lean on God’s grace instead of my own abilities and efforts as the means to secure and sustain God’s blessing. This blog is simply a place to think out-loud and share my learning and experiences with anyone willing to take this journey with me.

I have come to realize that for much of my almost 30 years as a Christian, I have derived my personal identity from living up to an image (an idol) that I created in my mind. It was the image of a “good Christian.” And by an act of God’s grace, through some voices of some pilgrims who have journeyed before me, God showed me that I had wandered from His grace. When I heard these faithful brothers, I realized they had an understanding of the gospel and grace that was significantly deeper and fuller than my own. What I had come to believe over the years was that the gospel was simply the truth that we believed to “get saved” and, in the day-to-day life of a Christian, grace was what I needed when my effort to be holy fell short.

I didn’t know how wrong I was or how thirsty I had become until I stumbled, panting and parched, upon the inexhaustible oasis of God’s grace. It was then that the idol I had previously erected began to crumbly under the weight of my self-righteousness and the realization of the depth of the sin that still remained in me. But it was also then that I saw, for the first time in a long time, my perpetual need for the Good News of the gospel of Jesus and the endless supply of grace that it affords. I realized that the gospel was not for the unbeliever only. It is for me – and I need it every day. It was when that truth became a reality to me that I was truly, wholly, finally free.

That is what Grace Impact is about. Join me on the journey into the fathomless depths of the amazing grace of God.


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  1. May God bless and use you to spread His grace and mercy to His sons and daughters. And thank you for subscribing to my blog IMMORTALITY ROAD. None of us have even scratched the surface of His abundant grace. I keep hearing that line by the apostle Paul: “If God be for us, who can be against us”! God bless. Kenneth Wayne Hancock

  2. Hi! Just wanted to thank you for subscribing to my blog! Yours looks great, going to have to check it out.
    Blessings on your writing endeavors! Thanks again.
    ~ RuthAnne from Out of the Ordinary Dreamer

  3. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed to get set up? I’m
    assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% positive. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  4. Hi Charlie, I am excited for your new ministry. Praying for you and Julie. Please pick up Anne Graham Lots book “Wounded by the Church”, the pain “the church” is putting people through is not the heart of God. This upbringing by the church or in the Calvary’s crept in so silent, but deadly as most of us learned and then copied the pattern ourselves. We accepted The Lord, got involved in minisrty and actually believed we were better then everyone else. Our positions became who we were in Christ instead of that flowing living water of the gospel flowing through the sick, sin in our churches. Judgment begins in the house of The Lord, but we tend to give greasy grace to leaders because of their position and are not honest about the ladder climbers and power hungry people who serve the position in the church rather then The Lord. The best thing that has happened to me was getting a job outside the church, and realizing that the world is full of patient, kind people who need The Lord just as bad as I did. This book is a warning to all Pastors and believers the dangers of how we get complacent and begin biting and devouring one another. I never thought it would happen at my church, but it is the last days, so why am I surprised. May God use us to raise this next generation not to fear the world, or think we are better, but to be as Jesus. In the world not of it, being light in the dark, not building a so-called heaven on earth. For who are we kidding, the church, our taste of heaven should have more of those that are going to hell in it. We are lukewarm and we know what Rev. 3:16 says So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth!
    17 Because you say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing,” but do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.
    May we repent, get back on track, judge ourselves, love the sheep and not let the position in the ministry blind us from the love we are to have.
    For 1 Cor. 13 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
    2 And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
    3 If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit.

    It’s all nothing if our sheep leave hurting, and unloved, we are responsible, because we misrepresented God.

    Learning and Healing


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