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Comfort #3—Fully Comforted

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 Good works and words should feel comfortable on us, like a favorite old shirt or … Continue reading

Prayer #9— Glorious Answers

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:15 Because of my love for you, O God, I sought your help and you delivered me. Because I rely on your reputation, you set me securely in a place of refuge. As I walked through the … Continue reading

Prayer #1—Appropriate Shamelessness

God delights to answer prayer. But sometimes we hesitate to pray, even though we have access to the throne of grace because the way has been opened for us. Jesus urged us, on the basis of his reputation with the Father, to ask for expressions of grace, “so that your joy will be full.” Nevertheless, … Continue reading

Grace #8—Glorious Grace

God lovingly predestined us to adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace … which he lavished on us with all wisdom and insight. Ephesians 1:5–8 Gracious Father, creator of the universe, at your pleasure and through your Son, the gift of life … Continue reading

Grace #7—Forever Grace

Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, graciously united us with the risen Christ so that in the ages to come he might prove the infinite riches of his grace by useful kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4–7 After withstanding Satan’s efforts to deflate him, Jesus came … Continue reading

Grace #6—Cheerful Grace

God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. … You will be enriched in every way for the sake of generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 … Continue reading

Grace #5—Strengthening Grace

Jesus, our high priest, can sympathize with our weaknesses because he has been tested thoroughly, similar to our testing, but without sinning. Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace in order to receive mercy and find helpfully timed grace. Hebrews 4:14–16 Three year old children love to say, “Do it myself!” Offering unsolicited … Continue reading

Grace #4—Co-operating Grace

I am the least of the apostles—unworthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not wasted. Instead, I strove harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of … Continue reading

Grace #3—Varieties of Grace

Use the gift you have received to serve one another as good stewards of the varieties of God’s grace. Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words. Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:10–11). With apologies to Browning: … Continue reading

Grace #2—Grace for Service

Toward scorners Yahweh is scornful, but to the humble he gives grace. … Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (Proverbs 3:34; 1 Peter 5:5). Peter not only knew the Scripture he had been taught, he also learned from the example … Continue reading