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GraceNotes is a weekly publication of Bill Knott, Editor/Executive Publisher of Adventist Review/Adventist World magazines.

GraceNotes is a weekly publication of Bill Knott, Editor/Executive Publisher of Adventist Review/Adventist World magazines.
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JOURNEY TO JOY (September 21, 2018)

9/21/2018
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On our best days, we fall far short of our inspiring goals. We say the angry words, repeat the wicked gossip, upset the ones we’re pledged to love. And were it not for grace, our story is an endlessly repeating tale of good intentions and bad performances. But grace upends what keeps us mired in our sins, for grace proclaims release from guilt, redemption from our foolishness. We get a new and wonderful reset each time we come to Jesus. The slate is cleaned; the record washed; the sins...

Duration:00:01:32

THE HIDDENNESS OF GRACE (September 14, 2018)

9/14/2018
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When grace has lived a while in us, we wake one day to learn how much we’ve changed, how everything is different. We speak new kindness to the ones who mock us, or who irritate our peace. We listen well to those who never seemed worth hearing. We find our hearts have been enlarged, with room for those we feared or scorned. This is the sign of Jesus living in us, and yes, we never saw it coming. Christ changes every heart He owns, replacing stoniness with love. We get the double blessing of...

Duration:00:01:07

MORE ABOUT JESUS (September 7, 2018)

9/7/2018
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You’d think sometimes it was an opera about us: “I was sinking deep in sin . . . ” “I’m a pilgrim, and I’m a stranger. . . ” “Just as I am, without one plea . . . ” But grace is always, first and last, an anthem about Jesus—His deep kindness; His strong arm; His refusal to give up on us. The song that saints and angels sing is no dull aria on how heroically we battled sin, what we did to earn our stars, or when we shunned a second slice of pie. It’s the whispered wonder from the angels...

Duration:00:01:33

GRACE AWAKENINGS (August 31, 2018)

8/31/2018
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For every “rock the road” conversion on the highway to Damascus, there are a dozen quiet stories where grace gently, slowly lights our lives—like sunrise. Don’t pine for big-time drama, voices thundering at noon, or temporary blindness. Your grace may simply be ascendant hope because you learn that you are loved: what joy to know that darkness grips your life no more! As day comes on and shadows flee, we learn by hours how to live free. Christ gives His light uniquely for our moments in the...

Duration:00:01:16

GRACE MOVED BY LOVE (August 24, 2018)

8/24/2018
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The motive for the grace of God is nothing other than the love of God. It's His unquenchable affection that moves Him to continually arrest our flickering attention; warm our icy hearts; heal our self-inflected wounds; and wash away our sins. Grace isn't given to make us lovable or acceptable, but because we have been, are now, and always will be deeply loved. The prodigal was loved before he repented and came home-and even if he spurned the Father's marvelous forgiveness-for love is how the...

Duration:00:01:06

A HYMN TO GRACE (August 17, 2018)

8/17/2018
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It’s tough to sing of liberating grace when all we know are dirges about effort. We chorus qualities designed to keep us climbing (ever upward!)—songs of courage, risk, and faith—but then discover that we’re badly, sadly lacking in all three. Our promises are “ropes of sand.” Our self-talk leads to critical self-doubt. Unyielding guilt dries up our tongues. But there’s an anthem tuned to hope, and yes, it’s all about the Lord: “We have heard a joyful sound—Jesus saves, Jesus saves!” The...

Duration:00:01:30

GOD'S GRACIOUS TIMELINE (August 10, 2018)

8/10/2018
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Believing in the grace of God includes believing that it came to us at the right time. In kindness, Jesus offers us the lifeline just when we want and need it—neither too soon, when we would have scoffed at rescue, nor too late, when we would have been completely sunk. If we imagine we would have welcomed grace much earlier, we underestimate our own deceitful hearts—and underestimate God’s deft and flawless timing. God’s grace is always right on time—at just the point we finally agree how...

Duration:00:00:55

IN FULL, (August 3, 2018)

8/2/2018
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For all the healing that it brings, grace causes one great, fatal injury. Our pride—the jest that we are masters of our fate—cannot survive when we admit how fully lost we are—and fully saved because of grace. To be in grace is to always be in debt—gladly, joyfully in debt to One who smiles at all our ledgers. Christ paid the debt, erased the loss, so satisfied His Father’s justice that it now appears we never sinned. And so we dare not glory in ourselves: we glory only in the cross. The...

Duration:00:01:13

ALL OF GRACE (July 27, 2018)

7/27/2018
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Grace is a great and cosmic love that reunites our lives to God—and a hundred daily miracles that illustrate what deep affection heaven holds for each of us. The phone call from a long-lost friend; the bit of birdsong heard between the din of passing cars; a child’s note with big red hearts left where we couldn’t miss it—these are the evidences of grace that draw us to a close-in Lord who loves to see us happy, full, and satisfied. Grace is Christ’s kind attentiveness to all that makes us...

Duration:00:01:09

GLORIOUS EXCEPTION (July 20, 2018)

7/20/2018
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Human nature being what it is—unkind, ungenerous, and unmerciful—it’s nothing short of amazing that the one who loved to call Himself the Son of Man could have lived with such consistent tenderness and grace. Jesus is that great exception to our otherwise unbroken rule of brokenness and sin. The unfallen one of us—whom heaven also affirmed as Son of God—offers us the grace we have no right to offer ourselves and rarely offer to each other. We follow Him in hope, believing that His saving act...

Duration:00:01:15

THE REACH OF GRACE (July 13, 2018)

7/13/2018
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It is the glory—and the mystery—of the gospel that the Lord of everything is also the Lord of grace. Infinite power is matched by inexhaustible tenderness. Unrivaled authority is paired with unrelenting kindness. The Judge of all offers Himself as the Saviour of all—an act so rare, so incandescent in the darkness of our world, that we are driven to our knees in awe and adoration. Christ takes on Himself the sentence that His justice mandates for our sin. And we who did the crime may do the...

Duration:00:01:17

A VICTORY FOR GRACE (July 6, 2018)

7/6/2018
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The decision to forgo revenge is an early sign that grace is really changing how we think and act. The old and “natural” response is far too easy—to wound when we are wounded; to scorn when we are scorned; to satisfy our sense of fairness by perpetuating the unfairness. Unless renewed by grace, we take out eyes and punch out teeth, asserting this is “justice.” But Jesus shows another way—the wise absorption of the blow that cancels, disempowers, and finally defeats it. When we forgive, we...

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GRACE ON THE WAY (June 29, 2018)

6/29/2018
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We need each other as we walk to hear the fears that grip our nights, to borrow faith when ours is weak. We need a place to say, “I hurt,” and savor the reply, “I’m here.” We need a hand upon the shoulder that will say—no words at all— “You’re safe with me. You’re not alone.” We need the honest laughter that will share a story we would never share in crowds. We need the friend who knows the gospel well enough to call us to repentance and remind us of God’s grace. It was a mercy that the Lord...

Duration:00:01:16

GRACE AND SELF-DENIAL (June 22, 2018)

6/22/2018
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Beware the musings of your heart when it concludes, “I am alright. I’m not in need. Christ needn’t spend His grace on me.” The subtlety of self-deception makes us award ourselves whatever growth in godliness we’ve lived. We say that we resisted the temptation, achieved a victory, did our part. But here we tell profound untruth. Only “Christ in us” caused us to choose justice, or be merciful, or avoid the hurtful thing. Only Jesus merits favor. Only grace deserves applause. We are—at...

Duration:00:01:17

CHANGING THE STORYLINE (June 15, 2018)

6/15/2018
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The friend who points me to the grace of God when I’m sinful, broken, or discouraged offers me far more than comfort. Grace changes my eternal destiny, as well as my emotions. A life made right with God—aligned with honor, caring, and integrity—can still be my story, even though the early chapters predicted dire sentences. The greatest gift we ever give another human being is sharing the grace that rescues and revives us: “Jesus loves you; so do I. And the Bible tells us why.” So stay in...

Duration:00:01:07

GRACE AND PATIENCE (June 8, 2018)

6/8/2018
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Grace tarries at the door when others rap and rush along. Grace knocks when others rashly batter down the door. Grace waits to be invited when others tout prerogative. Grace share a meal of fellowship when others force-feed what they know. He who knocks upon our door will not decide for us, or choose because He’s wiser, or force us to the table. Christ loves to hear our hearts respond, “Yes, Lord; come in. Come be my joy.” So stay in grace.

Duration:00:00:59

GRACE AND TRUTH (June 1, 2018)

5/31/2018
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When I know myself a sinner—when the evidence of my brokenness can no longer be hidden, even from me—I become, at last, a member of the blood-washed throng who always sing of Jesus. So I lay down the myth of my perfection, take off the seamless robe that only Christ can wear, and own my true identity as a sinner saved by grace. This is the touchstone of community, the place where “church” begins. Christ only heals those who need a doctor. He can only mend those who know themselves as...

Duration:00:01:22

GRACE AND LIGHT (May 26, 2018)

5/25/2018
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“The friend who quietly forgives my sin; the colleague who affirms when she could justly criticize —they make God’s grace more real than half a hundred sermons. Grace is not just a distant, theological abstraction—a ledger cancellation in some far-off reckoning of sins. Heaven knew we’d never “get it” until grace became a human being whose words and arms and uncondemning love quick-bridged the chasm of our shame. Give me one grace-filled Christian—holding, speaking, loving as did Jesus—and...

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WHAT GRACE REQUIRES (May 19, 2018)

5/18/2018
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Does grace ask nothing of our lives? Are we, as some believers think, released from all that God expects of us? There’s one great obligation placed on us when we accept the grace of Christ—that we give up the tight-wound management of us; that we allow the Love that will not let us go to work according to His pleasure. (...) Christ knows our frame: our frame is dust. And He reshapes old dust into new lives where imitating Him is all our joy and all our work. So stay in grace.

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TRAVELING WITH GRACE (May 12, 2018)

5/11/2018
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When our hearts are full of joy, or our eyes are full of tears, we grasp the mercy of our God far better than in textbook definitions. (...) We’re never saved by theories or theology. We’re healed by love that seeks us at our worst and guides us toward God’s best. Grace is a daily walk with One who’s never in a hurry. Keep walking. Stay in grace.

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