1. This episode extends further into questions about certainty and evil. Dr. Paulson discusses the concept of "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
  2. It has been 1 year since Katie and Gretchen started the Freely Given podcast.
  3. It turns out that when Elijah battled depression, God sent someone to just be with him. To comfort him.
  4. Baptism is always valid because no unrighteousness or faithlessness on our part could ify God’s faithfulness.
  5. The Psalms aren’t the clandestine successes of a faithful soul, but are the journaled hopes of a desperate soul — of one teetering on the edge of oblivion.
  6. The acquisition of salvation, the giving of salvation, and the keeping of salvation are entirely dependent upon the Savior himself.
  7. We prefer God to forgive our sin by not paying attention to it. Then our prayer is not for grace but that God would overlook and wink at us from the sidelines.
  8. We are all veterans of some sort. Wounded from little wars with no heroes welcome and scars disguised as character flaws. Let the dead bury their own. Grab a seat, O weary soldiers. Let us entertain you with a fairy tale that might be actually be real.
  9. People are searching for connection, direction, and hope in a troubled world, and we can use their star-shaped questions to point them to the shape of the cross.
  10. Jesus is proclaiming the good news that he has come to put an end to laboring to be loved by God.
  11. The cross is not some mystic metaphor for the change we must undergo before our self-realization, but the earth-shattering event that changed the course of eternity.
  12. We will always need comfort until the reign of God, his kingdom, comes in full with Christ’s return, and our suffering and the sin that causes it is no more.
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