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God Loved Us First!

1 John 4:19

 We love because he first loved us.

Life ChangeSunday’s message was about the love God has for us. We talked about our first love. We talked about the memories we have from our first love. We also talked about our forever love with our significant other.

We talked about smells and songs and places that reminded us of our first love. We also talked about the same with our forever loves. I remember mentioning that I had loads more memories of my forever love – 38 years and counting. I’m not dumb!

We also talked about the times we have hurt our love and our love has hurt us. We talked about forgiveness and holding grudges. We talked about how we needed – this Christmas – to make amends with those we were at odds with and two persons came up to me after worship and told me they were planning to do so this week! Praise the Lord! Continue reading

December 17, 2018 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgive Us – As We Forgive Others

Matthew 6:12

and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. NLT

IMG_0301If you’re anything like me – sometimes the Bible says things that cause me to pause.  Stuff like loving my enemies or turning the other cheek or if you deny me before men I will deny you before My Father in heaven or today’s passage and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.  In many translations the word debt is used or in the common Lord’s Prayer used by many – forgive us our trespasses.  Many of us do not understand the meaning as clearly as using the word sin.  We are actually asking God to forgive us our sins/debts/trespasses in the same manner in which we forgive others their sin/debt/trespasses against us.  This is amazing to me.  In the manner that I am gracious – in the way that I forgive – Lord – forgive me.

This seems so amazing to me because many of us – myself included – are not always that gracious.  We hold grudges – we are vengeful – we are resentful – we have a hard time forgiving the past.  Today I simply challenge us to search our hearts and find the areas where unforgiveness lives in us.  I challenge us to be a more grace filled person – a person who is ever ready for new beginnings. Continue reading

May 14, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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