Jesus is The Radiance of the Glory of God (A Memoir of Hope #4)

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Jesus is The Radiance of the Glory of God (A Memoir of Hope #4)

By becoming human, Jesus has reconnected humanity with divinity. He's given us access to every spiritual blessing and all power. He's freed us from our twisted desires and healed our rotting, dying bodies. So now our eternity will be one of glory, holiness, and unending life.

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God's Grace: The Story of Abraham

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God's Grace: The Story of Abraham

God's dealings with humanity have always been colored by grace. Way back in Old Testament times, Abraham was a selfish, manipulative coward who brought destruction to all kinds of people that he came into contact with. Yet God's plan to bless Abraham, and even to bless the entire world through Abraham, wouldn't be foiled by Abraham's sin. Because grace. Because that's who God has always been.

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We Do Not Lose Heart (The Father of Mercies #4)

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We Do Not Lose Heart (The Father of Mercies #4)

When so much of the world seems to co-opt the message of Jesus for their own mutually exclusive purposes, some of which are blatantly violent and evil, how do we know what His message really is? One way is to pay close attention to what the New Testament, written by those who were closest to Jesus, actually says.

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The Empire of Grace

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The Empire of Grace

Jesus came to announce the arrival of the empire of heaven. The law of this empire is the law of grace, a law that reflects both the will and character of our Most High God. This empire is coming and will never ever end. So as other-worldly and counter-cultural as it may seem, we can begin to live as citizens of this empire even now. Seek His empire, even when it's at odds with the norms and wisdom of the world around you.

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I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Seriously? #1)

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I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Seriously? #1)

"I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Um, seriously? How can that even be true?

Some statements from Paul in the New Testament make clear that his experience of faith far outstrips most of ours. But maybe these same statements can help us figure out why that's so.

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The Church: God's Plan for the World (Radiant #3)

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The Church: God's Plan for the World (Radiant #3)

Jesus stepped down into the world and laid down His life for the church--to form a community of people united together in Him. The church is at the very heart of the gospel. It is God's plan for the world, and there is no Plan B. We can see how beautiful and powerful this is when we start living like we need each other.

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There is no Them (Radiant #2)

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There is no Them (Radiant #2)

The church is beautiful to Jesus in part because it's the place of reconciliation. We all have peace and unity with each other because of the blood of Jesus, whether Jew or Gentile, white or any shade of brown, or anything else. This week we saw that this is theologically true, and we also saw how this played out in real life for the earliest church.

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When God Became Human

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When God Became Human

All Christians believe Jesus was a fully divine being who became human--that's what Christmas is all about. But how important is this? Is Christmas as important as Easter? The earliest followers of Jesus seemed to think this was the central fact in the entire history of the world. This week we turned to Jesus' best friend John to help tell us why.

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The Rest of the Gospel (I Was Made For This #5)

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The Rest of the Gospel (I Was Made For This #5)

We were made to be like God. God works, so we work. But God also rests--so we rest.

Unfortunately, resting isn't quite so simple anymore because even our rest isn't really rest. Our work is sometimes so long that we don't have time to rest, or it's so intense that no amount of rest seems to suffice. And then when we do rest, sometimes it doesn't feel very restful. So what can we do?

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Grace is for Your Work (I Was Made For This #3)

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Grace is for Your Work (I Was Made For This #3)

We may be as helpless as could be, as guilty as could be, and as complicit with worldwide evil schemes as could be, but God is filthy rich when it comes to grace and mercy. So He's in the process of recreating us in the image of His Son, recreating us so that we can once again joyfully partner with Him in bringing order out of chaos. Wherever you are in your work life this week, this gospel message can help you.

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