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@@ 14,40 14,15 @@ People He's chosen.
People who love Him.
People who are receiving the great gift of salvation.

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> Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
>
> _[Philippians 2:12 (NASB)](https://biblehub.com/philippians/2-12.htm)_

I am saved by grace alone, through faith alone; it is not because of my work
that I am loved and forgiven, but only because of Christ.
Yet a great tension of the Christian life is that both these things are true:
first that _we can do nothing_ ([John 15:5](https://biblehub.com/john/15-5.htm)),
and also that _God expects us to work for His glory_
([Ephesians 2:10](https://biblehub.com/ephesians/2-10.htm)).
If nothing else, I am meant to stand as tall as possible so that others may
stand on my shoulders and see even farther.

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<!-- > *[Paul Graham](http://paulgraham.com/genius.html)* -->
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I am saved by grace alone, through faith alone; it is not because of my work that I am loved and forgiven, but only because of Christ.
Yet a great tension of the Christian life is that both these things are true: first that _we can do nothing_ ([John 15:5](https://biblehub.com/john/15-5.htm)), and also that _God expects us to work for His glory_ ([Ephesians 2:10](https://biblehub.com/ephesians/2-10.htm)).
If nothing else, I am meant to stand as tall as possible so that others may [stand on my shoulders](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_on_the_shoulders_of_giants) and see even farther.

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> Change is the point.
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@@ 81,6 56,9 @@ It's about moving forward towards Him and His example.
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> _LTC Bernard S. Champoux_

Fixing the small broken things sets the conditions for [punctuated equilibria progress](https://www.strangeloopcanon.com/p/punctuated-equilibria-theory-of-progress).
It is [what holds evil in check](https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/4763879-saruman-believes-it-is-only-great-power-that-can-hold).

Day in and day out, move forward.
If each of us moves forward a little bit, over and over, eventually we will get
to infinity... right?


@@ 90,8 68,7 @@ to infinity... right?
> _[Buzz Lightyear](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzz_Lightyear)_

Why stop at the things we know are possible?
All things are possible
([Matthew 19:26](https://biblehub.com/matthew/19-26.htm)).
All things are possible ([Matthew 19:26](https://biblehub.com/matthew/19-26.htm)).

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