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Advent Confession Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Nathan Nettleton
Advent Waiting Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship
Restore the Joy of Salvation On the twenty-seventh day of Lent, Jan Richardson ponders on the topic of joy in Psalm 51:1-12. She asks us to consider the ways in which we can invite God deeper into our spirits. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The Painted Prayerbook | Author: Jan Richardson
Grace Is God's Favorite Word! Say It! Arthur Landwehr's sermon notes on Hebrews 4:14-16 explore various aspects of God's grace, including prevenient grace, sanctifying grace, cheap grace, and costly grace. To disbelieve grace is to be "out of touch with reality." Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection | Author: Arthur Landwehr Good Girls Need Grace The story of Jesus healing the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years is a reminder that Jesus offers his healing grace to all, good girls and bad girls alike. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The Banner | Author: Ruth Vander Zee Grace, and the hopeful honesty of Lent Reflecting on Lent, Tim Keel writes that Lent comes full of grace and truth, giving us time and space to honestly face our brokenness, sin, limitations, and mortality with hope. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Tim Keel The Grace That Comes to Our Paticular Place Even the commonplace way that Paul opens his letters is is a message of grace to us in whatever place or circumstances we find ourselves. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Scott E. Hoezee Grading Grace (or Grace Grading) This reflection on sermons suggests a good sermon is faithful to the biblical text, is lively and energetic and - above all - is a reminder that our Father’s kingdom is all grace. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Scott Hoezee Grace that Leads the Way A sermon starter on Mark 12:38-44, highlighting that we give of ourselves as an outflow and an overflow of God’s grace not because of external pressure, a sense of obligation or guilt. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Scott E. Hoezee Full Text Hymns on Mercy God of Mercy, God of GracePD
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Grace, Grace, God's Grace In Ephesians 2:8-10, believing we are saved by grace sets us free from guilt and fear, filling us with gratitude, and moving us to give our whole selves to God in service and worship. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts Hypocrisy and Grace Only by the grace of God can we avoid hypocrisy, recognize our sin and misery, and live fully into our identity as children of God. Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: Cornelius Plantinga Rich Grace, Richly Given This devotional by Mark D. Roberts on Ephesians 1:7-8 illustrates what it means to receive God's grace as a lavish gift freely given. The Bible assures us that God distributes grace to us in large portions. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D Roberts Gratitude and Grace Drawing from Luke 17:11-19, David Lose reflects on gratitude, how it is a choice and commitment that we make and a counter-cultural witness that makes room for a fresh appreciation of God’s renewing, saving grace. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: In the Meantime | Author: David Lose Common Grace and Race Daniel José Camacho explores how Abraham Kuyper's doctrine of common grace relies on racist assumptions and asks how our contemporary doctrines perpetuate the belief that disparities are attributable to a fundamental lack in virtue. Resource type: Article | Source: Perspectives Journal | Author: Daniel José Camacho Grace Not In Vain This commentary on 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 expands upon Paul's concern that the Corinthian Church not accept God's grace in vain, failing to love each other and truly know the gospel. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Carla Works Grace Bats Last When we’ve done everything we can and it’s still not enough, we can count on the fact that “grace bats last.” A sermon using baseball to illuminate the many wonders of the resurrection. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: ON Scripture - The Bible | Author: Susan Sparks
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