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Grace and Peace

This afternoon I was blessed by a blessing. In fact, I found myself with arms raised and tears streaming down my face as I listened to the blessing given by Paul to the church as Thessalonica in 2 Thessalonians 1:2 as sung by Fernando Ortega. It was a song I had not heard before, but I really like Ortega and his quest to recapture hymns for today, so I wanted to check it out.

I listened, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV) and slowed myself down to focus on the goodness of God to me in the midst of troubling times. I’ve been given his Gospel. The Crucified One is my testimony. The Cross my confession.

The time of reflection and reception was a gift of grace to me. My heart has found buoyancy for the day.

***If you get a chance, go to Ortega’s website here and click through the songs on his jukebox located in the upper right corner to listen to “Grace and Peace.” Close your eyes. Think upon the blessings given to us in Jesus Christ. Enjoy.***

Yancey Arrington
Dr. Yancey C. Arrington is an eighth generation Texan, Acts 29 Network and Houston Church Planting Network fan, and Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in the Bay Area of Houston. He is also author of Preaching That Moves People and TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You, and periodically writes for Acts 29 and The Gospel Coalition.

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