The Sanest Risk (James 2:14-26)

“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you.” We work out what God is working in.

The life of faith is increasingly free: an eternal perspective that liberates us to take risks in the here and now.

Movements of faith come from a very deep and settled place of sanity.

“This is my endlessly recurrent temptation: to go down to that Sea… and there neither dive nor swim nor float, but only dabble and splash, careful not to get out of my depth and holding on to the lifeline which connects me with my things temporal.” – C.S. Lewis

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” – William Shakespeare

Building a spiritual resume on your own is a fool’s task and dishonors God.

So much anxiety comes from believing in God’s grace to us but not receiving it.

Patriarch and prostitute are received in the same way – by sheer grace!

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Made it! 35 weeks to go…

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True Faith Does Not Sit Still (James 2:14-26)

“He has always cared more for truth than for consistency. If he saw two truths that seemed to contradict each other, he would take the two truths and the contradiction along with them. His spiritual sight is stereoscopic, like his physical sight: he sees two different pictures at once and yet sees all the better for that.” – Chesterton

Take into account the whole counsel of scripture.

“A compendium of doctrinal technicalities with no purchase on the human soul.” – Ross Douthat

On the other side of even tepid faithfulness, then you’ll know that you’re God’s child.

We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, but true faith will not stay alone.

Faith and works are complementary rather than adversarial.

“Truly, if faith is there, he [the one justified] cannot hold back; he proves himself, breaks out into good works, confesses and teaches this gospel before the people, and stakes his life on it.” – Luther

“Living is a total act. Thinking is a partial act.” – Wendell Berry

“Life is a story. Christianity is no good at all as an idea. Stop thinking that an asserted proposition is the same thing as faith. It’s a start. But it can also be a good costume. Enflesh it.” – N.D. Wilson

“For it is one thing to see the Land of Peace from a wooded ridge… and another to tread the road that leads to it.” – Augustine

“It is only in the gospel of Jesus Christ that you get the verdict before the performance.” – Timothy Keller


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