Category: Grace

Notes for the 4 G’s of God

In October 2021, I have the pleasure of preaching a sermon on, what I am calling, The 4 G’s of God. Here are a few notes and links. Glory of God 5 Solae – the 5 Alone statements The 5 Solae (Greek for alone) of Protestantism are five foundational Biblical principles upon which our (Protestant) …

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Grace is a Kingdom with Doors Open Wide

Broken Things is a wonderful song by Matthew West.  The concluding last line, “Grace is a kingdom; With gates open wide; There’s a seat at the table just waiting for you; So, come on inside.” is a great statement on the grace of God, His Kingdom, and the welcome He provides. Lyrics: If grace …

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Howard Thurman influential American visionary, educator, and leader

Howard Thurman Howard Thurman (Nov. 18, 1899, Daytona Beach, FL – Apr. 10, 1981, San Francisco, CA) was an American author, philosopher, theologian, mystic, educator, preacher, and civil rights leader. As a prominent and inspirational religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the 20th century. Dr. Thurman …

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Means of Grace – Jerusalem Cross

https://um-insight.net/in-the-church/practicing-faith/how-to-nurture-a-disciple-of-jesus/

A couple notes on the pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

Chapter 3 is a barnburner. Chapter 4 discusses that faith is a reckoning not just a spiritual feeling. There’s a prayer at the end of each chapter. It is somewhat of a summary of the chapter but also a progression upward toward the pursuit of GodIt is somewhat of a summary of the chapter but …

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Be present at our table, Lord

table grace https://hymnary.org/text/be_present_at_our_table_lord sung to the Old 100 UMC Hymnal # 621 Be present at our table, Lord; Be here and everywhere adored; Thy creatures bless and grant that we May feast in paradise with thee.

“Come, let us discuss this,” says the Lord.

Isiah, long before Christ appeared, unfolds the Gospel plan Isiah 1:18 18 “Come, let us discuss this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat …

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Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying Grace

Good, not to long, article on Wesley’s view of Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying Grace. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/our-wesleyan-heritage  To sanctify means to set apart as or declare holy; consecrate. To consecrate means to make or declare (something, typically a church) sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose. Through God’s sanctifying grace, we grow and mature in …

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Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman)

Spotify Commentary:   Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman) – lyrics It’s there in the newborn cry It’s there in the light of every sunrise It’s there in the shadows of this light Your great grace It’s there on the mountaintop It’s there in the everyday and the mundane There in the sorrow and the …

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Golden and Platinum Rules

The Golden Rule Matthew 7:12 (ESV) 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Kant’s Categorical Imperative [Disclaimer: This is slightly off topic, because Immanuel Kant  (in the top 5 philosophers of all time) was not a Christian. He did have a strong moral …

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