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Week Five | Grace Week

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Week Five | Get Out of Your Head Online Book Study
Reading Assignments – None this week
Listen to the Audio version | Read time 3.5-minutes

Growing up, I thought “grace” was just the prayer that you said at mealtime.  “God is great and God is good, and we thank Him for this food…”  But grace is so much more.

Surprisingly, the definition of grace is not found in my Zondervan Compact Bible Dictionary.  But maybe it is because God’s grace takes shape differently in each of our lives.

Grace is the pardon of our sins.  Grace is the chance for a do-over.  Grace is the whisper to try again.

No matter the form it comes in, it is a humbling of oneself, a stooping low in recognition that we are not worthy of the gift of grace.  

What does grace look like in your life?

The apostle Paul addressed grace in this way,

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV

We all fall short.  We’re human.  And to be human means to fallible.  

We all need Jesus, and desperately.  Thank God He’s infallible and so gosh-darn generous!

So my friend, accept this gift of grace this week, even if you’ve fallen short, or stopped reading the book entirely.  Even if you’ve cursed more than you’ve blessed.  Even if you are not sure where to begin… accept the gift of grace.

It comes from…

“A God who loves you, knows you, sees you, has shown you a love so radical, intimate, personal, and wild that He would painfully choose to lose a child to reconcile all mankind. ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died.’”

jennie Allen’s friend, rachel, get out of your head (pg. 85)

We purposely build a week into each of our online book studies to allow you to receive grace and to also extend it to yourself.

Life is crazy-busy, and we fully acknowledge and accept that you have probably fallen behind on your reading.  It’s okay if you have.  Because guess what!?!  Your leaders struggle to keep up too!

And that is the beauty of Grace Week – a week that is built into the schedule for you to catch up or just plain rest!  There are no additional reading assignments or Thursday night Community Chats.  There’s just time for you to inhale and exhale… good, now do it again… so that you are able to join us for the last two weeks and finish the study strong!

Okay, bud, I’m letting you loose.  But I’ll see you back for Week Six on Sunday!

May His grace go with you.  Virtual hugs!

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