Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
December 29, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<005> Thesis: When grace is in place, the next most crucial item is the One toward whom we "wish". Introduction: We are looking into Paul's Message of Motivating Hope. In our previous study we locked our attention on the root assumptions of "giving thanks" and discovered that the concept of "grace" is the underlying foundation stone. The "giving of thanks" is a fundamental recognition that we have received of the good grace of God. This evening we are going to move a step further into Paul's words in order to better understand why the giving of thanks was founded upon "our prayers". There are a couple of things that bear some further thought. First, there is a particular fact about "grace" that we really did not emphasize in our last study that makes a good bit of difference when we think about "prayers". And, second, the concept of "prayers" is presented to us as a way to identify just how we think about where the joy of life is found and how we get to participate in it.