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very child of God is saved by the   help in time of need” (Heb 4:16, KJV).
              grace of God (Eph 2: 8-9), and God   At one time there were only two books
        Eis going to take delight in the ages to   (besides the Bible) that might be found in
        come in the exceeding riches of His grace   a Christian’s home, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s
        in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus   Progress and Fox’s Book of Martyrs. Some
        (Eph 2:7). There are two good definitions   saints have thought that they could never
        of this grace: “God’s riches at Christ’s   have enough grace to become a martyr,
        expense,” and “God’s favor toward those   but God only gives grace when we need
        who deserve the opposite.” These two   it: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be”
        definitions fit many of the occurrences of   (Deut 33:25, KJV).
        the word “grace.”                      I had the privilege of being in the home
          Now I want to write about the enabling   of Mr. & Mrs. Jones in Girard, Ohio. Mrs.
        grace of God. The same grace of God that   Jones had told a neighbor that, if a criminal
        saved us is “teaching us that, denying   came to her house with a gun, she would
        ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should   faint. One day three criminals trying to
        live soberly, righteously, and godly in this   escape realized the police were closing
        present world” (Titus 2:12, KJV). When   in and drove up the Jones’ driveway. The
        Barnabas had come to Antioch, “and had   home was soon surrounded by police of-
        seen the grace of God, he was glad”(Acts   ficers and others. The youngest member
        11:23,  KJV). He saw what the grace of   of the gang guarded Mr. & Mrs. Jones.
        God had done in the changed lives of the   Some hours later they surrendered. All
        Christians at Antioch. The enabling grace   the time that they were in captivity Mrs.
        of God is a supernatural supply of strength   Jones didn’t faint, but she and her husband
        from God.                            were preaching the gospel to them. When
        Grace in Trial                       the people learned what the Joneses had
          Peter wrote his first epistle especially to   gone through, they were amazed that they
        help suffering saints. Grace is 10 times in 1   did so well.
        Peter, more than in any other epistle after  Grace in Sacrificial Giving
        Ephesians. Every child of God is welcome   There are four examples of giving in 2
        at the throne of grace. “Let us therefore   Corinthians 8 and 9. The actual giving of
        come boldly unto the throne of grace, that   those in Macedonia was a real encourage-
        we may obtain mercy, and find grace to   ment for others to give (2Cor 8:1-5). Paul

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