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My Memory – God’s Grace

Psalm 103:11-12

as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

My memory is not the best. For instance – I forgot to put out today’s devotional. Before I hear a rousing chorus of amens from the peanut gallery about my memory – let me explain. I’m not sure if it is age – my Tourette Syndrome – my A.D.D. – a male thing – early Alzheimer’s disease or dementia – or simply who I am. I can leave my office and walk to Cathy’s desk and forget why I was going there. I can even at times get into my car and forget where I was headed. It’s my issue – among others – but today it reminded me of God’s grace.

You might ask how I got from my short term memory loss to God’s grace? Well – I’m going to tell you. Continue reading

May 19, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marriage Part 2 – Forgiveness

1 Timothy 1:16

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

IMG_0301What is the worst thing you can remember you ever did?  That’s an ice breaker question when you get together with friends.  It might amaze you what some have done.  They might be amazed at what you confess as well.  You can even play it with your parents when you have passed the statute of limitations if there is such a time frame with your parents.  I heard of some telling their parents some of the things they did when they were younger – at times with a good result and at times not!

When we think of our sins – we often quantify them – from worst to those little things we hardly think are worth naming.  Yet we are reminded that sin is sin and even the smallest sin separates us from God and needs forgiveness. Continue reading

July 13, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgiveness – We All Need It

1 Timothy 1:16

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

RevRayOK – put on your thinking caps – imagine with me – what is the worst thing you’ve ever done in your life?  That’s an ice breaker of a question when you get together with friends for a party this weekend – lol.  It might amaze you what some have done – if they are honest with you.  They might be amazed at what you confess – if you are honest with them.  You can even play it with your parents when you have passed the statute of limitations if there is such a time frame with your parents.  I heard of some telling their parents some of the things they did when they were younger – at times with a good result and at times not!

When we think of our sins – we often quantify them – from worst to those little things we hardly think are worth naming.  Yet we are reminded that sin is sin and even the smallest sin separates us from God and needs forgiveness. Continue reading

May 17, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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