1. The promise here is that God is present with us in our troubles, issuing commands to save us before we ask. God does not ignore our suffering and cries.
  2. The best we would have to look forward to, without Jesus, is a society dedicated to addressing problems and working through them.
  3. There is joy in Lent, but it is the kind of joy that comes in being made whole.
  4. To the extent that God is exclusive by offering salvation only through Christ we can say he is more gracious than other systems because he takes on our guilt upon himself while gifting us his righteousness.
  5. God is coloring over your sin and making you fragrant; he is making you righteous in his sight. The old is gone, forever covered over by this new work.
  6. What I have come to see is that while anyone can make a conscious decision to walk away from God or deny him, a person can’t accidentally lose his or her salvation.
  7. If the gospel is promise that means it is essentially relational. It stands that the nature of any promise is that it's only as good as the one who issues it.
  8. Last year, a friend I follow tweeted, “Calling yourself a sinner is spitting on all the work that Jesus did to make you a saint.”
  9. One of the interesting things about Paul’s writings that is not noticed enough is that Paul doesn’t really have an “application” section.