1. I finally watched the film “Encanto” with my kids. I had heard many people say the subtext of this movie was deeper than most. So, we snuggled up on the couch and watched it to see what everyone was talking about.
  2. Grace remits sin, and peace quiets the conscience. Sin and conscience torment us, but Christ has overcome these fiends now and forever.
  3. Meeting the crown prince is one thing; meeting God in the flesh, as the Light of the Gentiles and the Savior of the world is another.
  4. Without the sacraments, God’s grace is simply an artifact behind a glass-case in a museum. We might be able to describe and even admire it, but we never get firsthand access to it.
  5. Our experience with good fathers – even when they are not our own – can point us to God the Father.
  6. While the insights in each chapter are uniquely personal to the individual writers, the overarching theme is one of the sufficiency of Christ.
  7. Grace does not emancipate us from any requirement of obedience. Rather, grace allows Jesus to be obedient on our behalf that the righteous demands of the law can be fulfilled.
  8. Except for the Augsburg Confession, Melanchthon’s Loci communes of 1521 were the most important of his writings.
  9. The night has passed and the day broken. In response to the morning dawn, birds sing, beasts arouse themselves and all humanity arises.
  10. Baptism is always valid because no unrighteousness or faithlessness on our part could ify God’s faithfulness.
  11. Jesus did not need a single act of mercy to get him started on the road to mercy, his essence was by nature merciful.
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