1. The acquisition of salvation, the giving of salvation, and the keeping of salvation are entirely dependent upon the Savior himself.
  2. We cannot scan any random passage of Scripture and automatically assume the words are unconditionally addressed to us. Often, very often, they are not.
  3. Throughout the Old Testament, the seas and fish were symbols of the Gentiles. When Jesus ate fish, and called fishermen, he showed us that the mission to the Gentiles was about to begin in earnest.
  4. “Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl.” Those nine words could serve as the Bible’s subtitle.
  5. Infamy allows us the opportunity to hone one of our favorite skills: to shrink a 343-page life story down to a single paragraph that narrates what happened on one day, at a certain hour, and in a certain location. We can whittle an entire biography down to a single Tweet.
  6. As the church gathers in worship, however, different words reverberate in readings, hymns, and homilies. These words beckon us to get dirty.
  7. 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.
  8. The Christian sees himself or herself as one just as guilty as the rest of the world. But we see ourselves not just as what’s wrong with the world, but in the One by whom the world has been redeemed.
  9. Jesus cuts right to the chase when it comes to the evil one. He calls the devil “a liar and the father of lies,”
  10. Don’t say you’re beyond hope, for there is not one beyond God. Don’t say you’ve done too much evil, for there is no wrong bigger than God’s heart of forgiveness.

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