August 25, 2020
Titus 2:11-15
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

New International Version (NIV)
Where would we be without grace?  Today, I remember my friend Fred Cameron singing a beautiful song called, “Were It Not For Grace.”  He not only sang about grace, but he lived it.  Like the song, grace echoes In the chambers of our hearts!

Where did grace first appear to you?  If anyone understood grace, it was the Apostle Paul.  Grace rescued him from a reckless path to persecuting Christians in Damascus. Paul must have smiles as he wrote, “Grace has appeared . .  .”

What exactly does grace do? Grace offers salvation to all.  Grace also tells us “No” to our ungodliness and worldly passions.  Grace teaches us to live for God today.  It greatly empowers us to wait in hope for Christ’s return.  Ultimately, grace makes us eager to do good for God and others.  

C. S. Lewis once said that grace is the unique concept of Christianity which sets us apart.  Where will grace appear today?  Let it be revealed in us as we give grace to others.  Like my friend Fred, our lives authenticate our songs of grace.  
Pray with me:         
Father, we don’t want to know where we would be if we had not found your grace.  Thank you for keeping us in your mercy until grace saved us.  As your authorized agents of grace, make us generous in sharing it with others today.  We all need your grace.  Thank you that there is enough for all of us to spare and to share.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 6:27-28
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 

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.  

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