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Christ came down from heaven, and whenever his disciples entertained dreams of prestige and power he reminded them that the greatest is the one who serves. The ladder of power reaches up, the ladder of grace reaches down.
~Philip Yancey
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When the Galatians fell from grace, Paul asked, “Where is the sense of blessing that you had?” (Gal 4:15). A grace-filled life is a blessed life. A law-based life is a cursed one (Gal 3:10). Which do you prefer?
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A person has no identity apart from his relationship with someone or something else. That’s why we will latch on to practically anything in a desperate need to discover who we are. People will determine their identities through their appearance, occupation, abilities, family relationships, friends, denominational affiliation, and many other ways… The opinions of other people are a shaky way to determine who we are. Professional athletes strike me as the ultimate example. Make a great play, and people will throw a parade for you. Blow the play and they will likely hound you about it for the rest of your life…

There is only one way to determine your identity that cannot be shaken, one foundation that cannot be taken away from you: “I am a child of God.”… Do you think that if God were introducing you around the kingdom of heaven he would say, “This is Jimmy: the paranoid, manic-depressive schizophrenic”? No! God would say, “This is my beloved son, Jimmy”!

~Bob George, Classic Christianity
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When God made the heavens and the earth, everything He did was good. And yet none of the six days of creation was considered holy. “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy” (Gen 2:3). Have…
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Jesus is the exact representation of the Father (Heb 1:3). If Jesus is full of grace and truth, then so is the Father. If Jesus is grace personified, then so is the Father. Or who do you think is sitting on the Throne of Grace?
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No one can enter heaven except as a child; and nothing is so obvious in the child – not in a conceited child, but in a good child – as it’s great and undisguised pleasure in being praised.

Apparently what I had mistaken for humility had, all these years, prevented me from understanding what is in fact the humblest, the most childlike, the most creaturely of pleasures—namely, the specific pleasure of the inferior: the pleasure of the beast before men, a child before its father, the pupil before his teacher, a creature before its Creator.

~C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
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God’s favor is unmerited. That’s why it’s called grace. You can’t earn it by doing good any more than you can lose it by doing bad.
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And he probably sent her an invite to play Farmville
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Grace is both favor and divine influence through the Holy Spirit. We’re not just freed captives; we’re kings and priests called to reign with Him. We are no longer victims; we are more than conquerors through him who called us.
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Christians ought to be celebrating constantly. We all ought to be preoccupied with parties, banquets, feasts, and merriment. We ought to give ourselves over to veritable orgies of joy because we have been liberated from the fear of life and the fear of death. We ought to attract people to the church quite literally by the fun there is in being a Christian.
~Robert Hotchkins
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The stench of self-righteousness?
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