November 17, 2020
Revelation 22:21
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
New International Version (NIV)
                So who gets the last word?  Are you like me?  I can hear my mom saying to me and my brothers, “You don’t have to have the last word.”  But we did.  We had to have it.  Even if we muttered it under our breath.  This is not to say that it did us much good.  Who will have the last word in the history of our world?
                After Eden is restored and all of earth is made new, the people of God reign with our King for ever and ever.  John had seen his vision and again he fell before the awesome angel who had guided him on the tour.  Once again the angel told him to resist the temptation and to worship God alone.    Then Jesus promised to come soon and offered access to the tree of life in the eternal city, validating his words with his own identity and integrity. 
                All are invited to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.  Death, which has no reason for pride, will finally die.  Then comes the final benediction.  May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with God’s people.   This is not the “cheap grace,” which Bonhoeffer decried.  No.  This grace cost Jesus his life, so it can never be cheap, or presumed upon.  “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor so that you through his poverty might become rich,” wrote the Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 8:9).
                In his book, What’s So Amazing about Grace, Philip Yancey tells about C. S. Lewis coming up on an argument between his friends.  “What’s all the rumpus about?” he asked.  “We are trying to figure out what makes Christianity unique among the world religions,” they replied.  “That is easy,” Lewis responded, “Grace.  Grace makes Christianity unique.”  Grace is the last word.  Speak it often.  Get used to it.  Give it freely to others.  Freely we have received it.  Never wonder about who will “say grace.”  God gets the last word in this life.  He says, “Grace.”
Please join me in prayer:         
Father who showed your great grace in the coming and crucifixion of Christ, we long for the coming of your Son.  Thank you for the sufficiency of your grace to sustain and strengthen us today.  Let the grace of Jesus be with us today, as we choose to live life with our Lord and for him.  Make us grateful, gracious and graceful for your glory, we pray.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 7:17-18
Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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