2// It is because of God’s mercy that we don’t see the full impact of our sin.
3// God sees the full impact our sin, yet because of his grace he absorbs the full consequences of our sin.
4// Our sin has a ripple effect. But so does reconciliation with God. We are adopted & forgiven...find peace, purpose, joy...
5// The disciples and Mary acted as if Jesus was leaving for good. "Clinging" to him.
6// The ascension is not about the absence of Jesus; it’s about the heightening of his presence.
7// Feel alone or abandoned? God never leaves his family members alone. Doubt your emotions more than you doubt God.
8// Frederica Mathewes-Green: "If you hunger to know the presence of God, it's because you have already begun to scent God's compelling delight."
9// The Parable of the Great Banquet is the Great Commission in parable form.
10// Our mission: Invite people to be reconciled to God so that his kingdom rule can begin now in a partial way in & through their lives.