1. The acquisition of salvation, the giving of salvation, and the keeping of salvation are entirely dependent upon the Savior himself.
  2. Why are Israelites told to say, “my father was a wandering Aramean” and why is it significant?
  3. I finally climbed all 109 mountains. My journey began out of desperation, fueled by anger, fear, resentment.
  4. Thank God for heroes: they inspire us to be better, to help others, to live and work for the good of our race. And thank God for villains, too: they incarnate our shadow side, our nocturnal soul, the dragon within us that must incessantly have its throat slit on the altar of repentance.
  5. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” But the fool also says in his heart, “There are many gods.” And we, dear friends, are the fools.
  6. How strange and yet how comforting: God prays to God for us, the Spirit to the Father. He sees through the fog of our emotions to what we truly need.
  7. He was providentially injecting streams of light into the darkness, that thereby he might lead them toward the true light of Christ.
  8. But one key theme that kept surfacing again and again was love: Jesus loved people, the Church showed me genuine love, and above all, God’s love in Christianity is unconditional.
  9. He has wandered away into the darkness of his doubting, got lost in his grief, confused by the pains he’s suffered. It happens. Shepherds sometimes become lost sheep as well.
  10. But on the mountain in Galilee, where we encounter a very different side of God, doubts overtake us. Why?
  11. That is the way of our Lord, the way of grace. He doesn’t abandon Thomas to drown in a sea of doubt.
  12. Our faith is not a mountain but a grain of sand, not pure gold but gilded plaster. And all it takes is a few nicks and scratches to reveal its shallowness.

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