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As Far As The East Is From The West

Psalm 103:12

…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

My wife and I have worked our whole adult lives staying out of debt. We have been married for 37.5 years and we have tried to never be in more debt than we could pay off (paying off credit cards when they came due each month). Of course – buying cars and a home mortgage have been exceptions to the general rule until most recently. We have always paid off all of our credit cards each month when they have been due (which was hard when we were younger – trying to establish a home and staying within our budget or means). It has produced fruit as both my wife and I have great credit ratings – never really felt like we deprived ourselves – and have a good start on the next season of our life (retirement). We had a plan and we stuck with it! We paid back all of our debt. If we couldn’t for a short season – we worked hard to do so – at times holding down two and three jobs at a time. Hard work and good financial planning have produced good fruit. I understand some have had a plan and have not been as blessed. We have been blessed – even as we have worked hard. Continue reading

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Forgiveness and Mercy

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

profileAs John describes Jesus – the Word becoming flesh – I am struck by yet another difference between Jesus and me!  He was and is full of grace as John writes – and I am not always filled with grace – and at times the church is not as well.  I am not – by nature – a mercy person – yet as a pastor I am called to show mercy – maybe another name is compassion.  The church is too.

Recently I was listening to a broadcast on the web and they were talking about grace – and restoration – in the church.  Amazingly – their stories were that even in the church – there weren’t a lot of people who knew how or were even willing to show grace.  Those who have been shown grace – who have been shown mercy – by God – should be the first ones willing t show mercy – forgiveness to others. Continue reading

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