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We All Need More Grace

Christ’s words from the cross are an iconic point of the Bible in which He shows His grace and mercy to all, even while dying. Yet, when you get stressed, it’s easy to become ungraceful in your reactions. How can you find this same grace in your daily life? Follow along with Chris Kennedy as he shows you how Christ’s crucifixion words can guide the grace you can show under life’s pressures.

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Part One

The Necessity of Grace

Learn about the four dimensions of grace that are seen in the Bible and are at work in our lives when we’re stressed.

Common Grace
Saving Grace
Sanctifying Grace
Sustaining Grace

Part Two

Grace from the Cross

Study these Gospel verses from Christ’s crucifixion to see how you can show His grace during the stressors of life.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

“When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved [John] standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’” John 19: 26–27

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’” John 19:28

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished,’ and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” John 19:30

“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!” Luke 23:46

Perfect for Groups or Individuals:

  • Discussion questions at the end of each chapter for individual study
  • Question-and-answer style leader guide for all chapters of Grace under Pressure


“Replete with timely illustrations and grace-filled applications, this is a one-stop resource for anyone looking to preach, teach, or study about how Jesus addressed and conquered unspeakable strain and stress.” Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing, professor of theology and ministry and director of the Center for Biblical Studies, Concordia University St. Paul

“Pastor Kennedy offers real, practical guidance for a ‘new creation’ response to life’s many stress-inducing situations. . . . There’s guidance here for all who want to exhibit less ‘me’ and more Jesus in the words and deeds of their daily Christian walk.” Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman, executive director of Grace Place Wellness Ministries, Lutheran Church Extension Fund

“Chris has captured the struggle every reader has with life’s stresses, and he offers a Gospel-oriented assurance of Jesus’ presence in the midst of that stress!” Rev. James Otte, MDiv, MEd, LPC, associate pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, Texas District director of congregation and worker care


About the Author

Christopher M. Kennedy is a blogger, podcaster, and pastor, serving a large congregation in San Antonio, Texas. He is also the author of Equipped: The Armor of God for Everyday Struggles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, a master’s of theology, and a doctorate in ministry. He and his wife are parents of four. 

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