Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Today we’re going to look at one of the most profound Scriptures in the Bible. I love this verse! If you can understand this verse then you can begin to appreciate the richness of God’s blessings in Christ.
Salvation Is By Grace Through Faith
“For by GRACE are you saved through faith”. It is GRACE that saves the sinner. The Apostle says in another place:
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be…
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The soft aroma of simplicity,
On a Saturday afternoon,
The light midday meal,
With gentle warm tastes.
Graceful, meandering music,
Soft and soothing notes,
To gently caress you into your dreams,
To gradually nudge you out of sleep.
A cold sensation on the tongue,
of unmitigated sweetness,
or tasteful bitterness,
relishing the slowly melting chocolate.
Floating peacefully in the pool,
Drifting around contently,
Coolness washing over your body,
A sense of serenity.
Francis de Sales had a wonderful approach to holiness. He believed in the uniqueness of every person and recognized the variety of ways people can become holy. He also believed firmly in respect and dialogue, especially with someone who doesn’t think like you or is from another religious tradition.
Some years ago, I visited a church in Geneva, Switzerland, center of Calvinism in the 16th century, where Francis was the Catholic bishop. A statue in that church (above) pictures him holding a book and a pen in his hand – not a sword.
Geneva was a city of swords then, real and verbal; religious differences led toconflict and even bloodshed. Francis believed instead in peaceable dialogue.
Dialogue did not mean for him abandoning your own beliefs or being silent about them. It meant examining and measuring your own beliefs more deeply while listening carefully and respectfully to the beliefs…
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English Standard Version (ESV)Genesis 48-49
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
48After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.2And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed.3And Jacob said to Joseph,“God Almighty[a]appeared to me atLuz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,4and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after youfor an everlasting possession.’5And now yourtwo sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt,are…
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