1. The gospel fires up within us the gratitude, joy, and love to pull off what the law never could get us to do.
  2. Even as children of God, we have down days. That’s just a fact of being sinful and living in an evil world.
  3. When you don’t know whom to thank, you start thanking yourself. Praise turns inward. This is a double bondage. When you have only yourself to thank, you end up having only yourself to depend upon.
  4. In Christ Jesus, through faith, we’ve received everything we need for our bodies and lives, and life eternal.
  5. True strength, wisdom, and understanding come to us from God. His Spirit gives us wisdom and understanding through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus.
  6. This is our frontier religion: God is waiting to shower blessings upon us if only we will unlock those blessings with the right kind of works, and a sufficient quantity of the same.
  7. The real power of his hymn comes from the fact that Bonhoeffer does not offer a rosy picture of life or any of the tropes so typical of cheap piety that tell us that everything is always right, that things happen for a reason, and that we should try to stay positive.
  8. The following is an excerpt from “A Year of Grace Volume 2” written by Bo Giertz and translated by Bror Erickson (1517 Publishing, 2019).
  9. Have you ever invited someone over to your house? Most of us have either invited someone into our homes for supper.
  10. It’s strange that we’ll stuff our mouths today with a bird whose life preaches against us. For consider the turkeys, which neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
  11. Today, if you look closely at my left eye, you’ll see one tiny speck of powder embedded in the whiteness.
  12. I became like God’s child David, whom the Lord pardoned of his adultery and murder. I became like Noah, Abraham, Judah, Aaron, Gideon, and so many more wayward children.

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